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

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 socially, environmentally and sustainably led projects, as well as 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:

  • adaptability
  • analytical reasoning
  • collaboration
  • communication
  • creativity
  • emotional intelligence
  • people management
  • persuasion
  • resilience
  • time management.

Bath Spa Works

Bath Spa Works Internships

Bath Spa Works Internships provide the opportunity for small businesses and third sector organisations to advertise and promote paid extra curricular internships to our students. To directly support the growth of micro businesses and SMEs, we're able to part-fund the recruitment of our students into positions ranging from ten days up to ten weeks, which could be ideal for any longer term projects you need help with.

Timing is flexible - for example, you could offer a four week internship spreading 20 days over a number of weeks. The student must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage but we part fund at a rate of £150 per week / five days (maximum 15 hours per week during term time).

For third sector organisations we offer fully funded virtual internships, with access to recruiting an intern for up to 50 hours to help support your essential business needs. The University has committed to pay these students £9.30 per hour for this remote project-based work.

If you would like to take part in the Bath Spa Works Internships initiative, keep an eye out for when we launch the scheme and open applications in March 2021. Internships will then be advertised to students via our online job portal and applications will be sent directly to you to select the most suitable candidate.

Please note that Bath Spa Works Internships must be completed by 31 July and the scheme is only open until funding has been exhausted. For more information please contact us using the details below.

Bath Spa Works Placements

Placements are where students get experience as part of their course and gain academic credit for the activities they undertake. They vary in duration and timing but range from a few days or weeks to a full year.

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 nine and 13 months between their second and third years of undergraduate study. A student may undertake up to three shorter placements (for exmaple 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.

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.

Short Placement Modules

Second year students from any course can choose to undertake a work placement module where they are required to source a minimum of 70-120 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 students’ 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 discuss, please contact us via placements@bathspa.ac.uk

Bath Spa Works Projects

The Bath Spa Works project office is working with local and regional not-for-profit and purpose-led organisations in order to allow our students to build their employability skills whilst working on real life social, environmental or sustainable project challenges. Managed by the Careers and Employability team, organisations are supported to create meaningful projects that can take place as part of assessed curriculum modules, or as extra-curricular opportunities. Projects can take place anytime throughout the academic year.

The project office champions collaborative multi-disciplinary working so that organisations can benefit from accessing the variety of skills and talent on offer at Bath Spa University in order to provide the best results.

If you think you have a suitable project and wish to discuss it with the Bath Spa Works team, please contact Louisa Clark on l.clark2@bathspa.ac.uk.

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

Tim Edwards, PCGamesN

If you would like to advertise a paid position with us, whether that’s a placement, internship, part-time job or graduate role, you can register on our MyCareer portal.

Contact us

If you'd like further information about any of the schemes, or how you can advertise a placement, email placements@bathspa.ac.uk 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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