Businesses: offer 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 interchangeable terms. They're 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 from 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
We work with employers to offer valuable placement and internship opportunities for students through Bath Spa Works.
Bath Spa Works is a series of work experience initiatives including funded internships, placement years, and short-term curricular placements.
Our students are encouraged to engage with opportunities that give them the skills, attributes and networks to progress their career. We have identified ten key skills essential to the workplace and particularly welcome employer opportunities which allow our students to develop the following:
- analytical reasoning
- emotional intelligence
- people management
- time management.
Bath Spa Works
Bath Spa Works: Internships is entering its fourth year and once again we're looking to offer our students the opportunity to work with and support local businesses.
Whether you're intending to grow your business or if you have a specific project in mind, by taking part in Bath Spa Works: Internships, you can advertise an exclusive opportunity and recruit one of our fantastic students for a period of several weeks.
All roles are required to be paid but we have various funding options available to help support paying the students in the desired role.
There will three intakes for Employer Proposals throughout the academic year:
- 3 October 2022 to 4 December 2022
- 9 January 2023 to 19 March 2023
- 24 April 2023 to 16 June 2023
All Internships must have started by 31 July 2023.
To register your interest, you'll need to complete our Employer Proposal Form. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Placements allow students to build experience as part of their course and gain academic credit for their activities, or be a valuable extracurricular undertaking. They can vary in duration and timing but range from a few days or weeks to a full year.
Short Placement Modules
Second year students from any course can choose to undertake a work placement module where they're required to source a minimum of 70 to 120 hours of work experience between October and May. These placements can be undertaken flexibly throughout the year (not exceeding 15 hours per week during term time) and can be paid or unpaid, but must provide a clear development of student's skills and attributes.
Skills Development Exercises
To help our students develop the key skills essential for the workplace, we're seeking input from employers to create short exercises to simulate situations where they could put those skills into practice. This could take the form of a problem-based scenario or a short submission of work (lasting no more than a couple of hours). These are designed to be flexible in timing so that students can complete them at any point during the year.
If you have an idea you would like to offer, or if you would like to discuss getting involved with our placements modules, please contact us via email@example.com.
The Professional Placement Year (PPY) - traditionally known as a sandwich year or year in industry - enables a student to undertake work with an external organisation that provides invaluable experience that enhances key employability skills. The PPY takes place between a student's second and third years of undergraduate study and lasts for a period of between nine and 13 months. A student may undertake up to three shorter placements (for example three months each) to make up the required amount of time meaning that there is flexibility in the contract lengths that businesses can offer.
As the PPY 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.
To find out more about the PPY and how to advertise, please read our Employer Guide or get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It's an amazing resource for growing small businesses.”Tim Edwards, PCGamesN
If you'd like to advertise a position with us, whether that’s a placement, internship, part-time job or graduate role, you can register on our MyCareer portal.
If you'd like further information about any of the schemes, or to find out how you can advertise a placement, please email email@example.com 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.