Placements and internships

Offer a placement or internship to a Bath Spa University student or graduate and help your business flourish.

Placements and internships are valuable opportunities for both students and businesses to mutually benefit from a period of work experience involving a defined, short-term project for a set period of time.

Employers gain from a cost-effective, flexible solution to solve a specific resource issue or undertake an additional project, and benefit from fresh ideas. It's a low-risk opportunity to "try out" future graduate talent.

“The scheme was a great opportunity for us to invest in new talent until the point that our intern had proven themselves (which was pretty quickly).”

Tom Lewis, Cowork Inc

Students develop the additional skills needed for the world of work, ultimately enhancing their employability and long-term career prospects.

If you'd like to advertise a placement opportunity you can register on our online MyCareer portal. For further information, please contact us using the details below.

We offer a range of placement and internship initiatives, including some part-funded schemes to generate invaluable, paid work experience opportunities.

“It's an amazing resource for growing small businesses.”

Tim Edwards, PCGamesN


Santander Universities SME Internship Programme

Bath Spa University, in partnership with Santander, offers funding to support SMEs (small and medium enterprises) looking to recruit recent graduates and those graduating this year.


  • You need to be a local SME with an annual turnover below £50m and less than 250 employees.
  • You must be able to pay the graduate at least minimum wage, £1,260 of which will be refunded by Bath Spa University (for a maximum 35-hour week).
  • Our graduate will need to commence their internship with you no later than 31 July.

Funding is limited, so if you wish to join the programme and advertise an opportunity, please get in touch to check availability. Priority will be given to businesses looking to employ the graduate after the internship.

If you meet the criteria outlined above and are accepted onto the scheme, we'll email to confirm eligibility and details of next steps.

BSU Internship Programme

Do you have a longer term project you need help with? This scheme runs throughout the year allowing you to recruit a Bath Spa student to help.

Projects can be between 2-10 weeks long and are flexible. You can make the internship work for you, for example, it could be a four week internship consisting of ten days work during term time (up to two days per week) and two weeks full time over the Easter holiday. Projects can be remote, in person or both.

We part-fund at a rate of £150 per week (maximum 15 hours/week during term time)

Virtual Internships Scheme

We've launched a new Virtual Internship Scheme, providing organisations with fully-funded resources to help support their essential business requirements during Covid-19. For full details and to apply, please visit our Virtual Internships page.

Professional Placement Year


During a Professional Placement Year (traditionally known as a sandwich year), a student undertakes work with an external organisation for a period of between 9 and 13 months between their second and third years of undergraduate study. A student may undertake up to three shorter placements (e.g. three months each) to make up the required amount of time.



As the scheme is now open for undergraduate students from all subjects, Bath Spa University is seeking opportunities across multiple sectors to advertise to the next cohort. We are seeking particularly high numbers of opportunities in the Psychology, Business and Management and Film and Television production sectors.

Learn more

To find out more about the Professional Placement Year and how to advertise, please read our Employer Guide or get in touch using the contact details below.

Contact us

If you'd like further information about any of the schemes, or how you can advertise a placement, email or call +44 (0)1225 875525.

Our Placements team was recently shortlisted for the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in the Most Improved Commitment to Employability category.

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