There are two employment options offered to students studying any of the bachelor's degrees we offer in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science.
Industrial Experience Year
This provides the student with a chance to spend a year working with an employer in a role related to their degree subject, and offers you, as an employer, the chance to gain a talented, motivated employee for a year to help deliver, for example, a new project.
Summer Internship Module
The Summer Internship Module provides students on our degrees in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science the option to gain academic credit for a period of summer work experience. It is a final year, 15 credit module that counts towards the degree classification.
Our aim for students who take either of these options is for them to:
- Make an effective contribution to the workplace and apply their technical skills to real-life business problems
- Demonstrate the ability to reflect on their experience and to evaluate their performance
- Identify, reflect on and plan for their own personal and professional development needs
- Develop and improve their technical, transferable and interpersonal skills.
What are the potential benefits for employers?
As well as providing students with valuable opportunities to enhance their employability skills, there are also clear benefits to the organisation in employing a student, including:
- Gaining access to talented and motivated people who can bring new ideas and enthusiasm
- Providing a cost-effective skilled staff resource to work on new projects/business initiatives
- Allowing you to ‘test-drive’ a student’s potential for permanent, future employment with your organisation
- We have an incredibly diverse student body so, as well as their technical skills, your business could also benefit from the international experiences, culture and language skills that many of our students bring.
Frequently asked questions
Students apply for the industrial experience year during the second year of their course and take up the post in the summer following their second year exams (June-September).
Their placement finishes by September of the following year, when they return to University to complete the final year of their degree.
From start to finish, a placement for an undergraduate must last for a minimum of 10 months.
To meet the academic requirements of the summer internship module, the internship must be a minimum of 3 weeks’ full-time work but we anticipate that most roles will be longer than this. The internship is undertaken during the summer between the penultimate and final years of study.
The University will provide support throughout the entire process.
- Advertise your vacancy and assist with the recruitment process as required (at no cost) Ensure that the student is fully aware of the requirements of the employment
- Ensure that you are aware of any requirements and responsibilities you have to the student before they begin working
- Be in regular contact with the student and be available for you to contact at any time during the student's employment with any queries or concerns you may have.
We do expect our students to receive a fair salary for the work they are doing and the rate of pay varies widely according to the sector and role.
Over the past few years salaries have ranged from £12K to £36K per annum.
We do expect our students to receive a fair salary for the year’s work and the rate of pay varies widely according to the sector and role. Over the past few years salaries have ranged from £12K to £36K per annum.
No. You decide the precise length of the contract (within the limitations set out above) and following this, have no further employment obligations.
This makes the schemes an ideal option if you want to fill a skills gap or complete a fixed project without the long term commitment of a permanent employee.
In practice, however, we often see employers so impressed with our students that they decide to offer them a permanent position after they’ve completed their degree.
As the work is an integral part of their degree programme, overseas students do not need additional work visas or paperwork from you as the employer.
Some of our industrial experience students
VJ didn’t think his industrial experience year
working for UVD, a digital agency, would
involve working out on a rowing machine, but when he took a lead role in designing software for British Rowing, that’s just what he ended up doing. The product he worked on is being piloted before a potential roll-out across a nationwide gym company.
Milka completed her industrial experience year at ITRS Group. She impressed them so much during the programme that she was sent to represent the company in New York at a client site visit and they’ve kept her on part-time as she completes her final year back at university.
If you would like to advertise a vacancy or ask any questions about employing one of our students please contact:
Industrial Placement Manager
W: 020 7882 8532
M: 07500 993810