Look for work experience while studying

During your time studying in the UK there are lots of opportunities to undertake work experience, where you can gain some of the following key skills and attributes employers are looking for:

  • Communications skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Time management
  • Using initiative
  • Commercial awareness
  • Computer skills
  • Team management

Part-time jobs

Many international students work part-time during their studies as it helps them to meet new people, improve their English, develop new skills and gain valuable work experience. Working can of course also help you to earn extra money, although you should not rely on part time work to pay your tuition fees or accommodation.

See the following options below to help you start looking for part-time jobs:

Services advertising part-time roles
Unitemps This our on-site recruitment agency to help you source temporary short-term work. Most of the roles advertised involve working within DMU and with businesses in the local area.
Frontrunners The campus-based placement scheme allows current students to apply for a variety of diverse placements within DMU to put what you have learnt in the lecture theatre into a practical role in the workplace.
MyGateway MyGateway, our online jobs portal often advertises graduate positions but also has part-time opportunities from local and national employers.
Leicester  Mercury Jobs Every Wednesday, the local newspaper advertises the latest vacancies around Leicestershire and local areas.
Student Gems This website advertises one-off and freelance projects.


Volunteering is often unpaid but a great way to engage with the local community, gain work experience and meet people from a diverse community.

The DSU is a brilliant place to start and it has hundreds of unique and exciting opportunities. Whether you want to volunteer with the Student Union or with over 250 local organisations.


An internship is an opportunity where an employer can offer you work experience for a fixed period of time lasting from one week to 12 months. They can be part-time and take place during your studies, or could take place in the vacation period for four to 12 weeks such as Easter, summer or winter.

Internships are a great way to determine whether it is the career path for you and a way to make contacts and add value to working internationally.

Note for overseas students

If you are on a Tier 4 student visa, your visa conditions should allow you to undertake a full-time internship either during your holidays, or once you have completed your studies.

You will need to make sure:

  • Term time (for your mode and level of study) has ended
  • You have completed any written assignments or other course work, before you undertake a full-time internship

If you are still completing written coursework, you are not regarded as being on holiday and will not be allowed to take on a full-time internship.

Students on certain courses might be able to take on a work placement - this needs to be an assessed part of your course. Visit the Work-Based Learning Unit in your faculty to find out more.

Internships are advertised throughout the year and are very competitive. Look early in your first year as employers recruit far in advance. Please note there are certain sectors e.g. media, fashion or arts where internships can be unpaid.

Recommended websites to look for internships:

Inspiring Interns advertises student and graduate opportunities.

Step Enterprise has a range of paid student and graduate internships.

Target Jobs internships advertised from a range of sectors.

Employment 4 Students is a student-friendly portal advertising nationwide opportunities.

MyGateway advertises a range of paid internships.  

Work Placements

Many undergraduate students have the opportunity to undertake a one-year work placement between their second and final year of study.

A work placement is a period of work experience that is related to your course. You work for an external employer in a relevant, challenging role, with support from the university throughout the year. Work placements are available in a wide variety of organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Students who undertake a work placement during their studies gain an insight into graduate-level work and develop essential professional skills. A placement gives you the opportunity to put your learning into practice in a working environment and to experience working culture in the UK.

To find out more about placement opportunities related to your course, please contact the Placement Team in your faculty:

Health and Life Sciences - Edith Murphy 1.23

E: hlsplacements@dmu.ac.uk

Technology - Gateway House 4.13

E: placementunittech@dmu.ac.uk

Business and Law - Hugh Aston 0.36

E: businessplacements@dmu.ac.uk

Art, Design and Humanities - Clephan 0.07

E: adhworkbasedlearning@dmu.ac.uk

For more details about how a placement can benefit you and the support we offer, visit our placements page.

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