Newcastle University Business School

Placements

Overview

We want to make sure you leave us as highly employable graduates with an understanding of the relevance of academic learning in an organisational context.

You are welcome to take part in a placement year in industry if you are a student on any of the following programmes:

  • BA Economics and Business Management
  • BA Business Management
  • BA Marketing and Management
  • BSc Marketing
  • BSc Economics
  • BSc Economics and Finance
  • BA Accounting and Finance
  • BA International Business Management

Many of our students are offered a graduate job by their placement organisation, taking away the burden of applying for graduate jobs in Stage three.

Two Nissan representatives at our 2016 Placements fair.
Nissan representatives at our 2016 Placements fair

Companies offering placements

Companies offering placements include:

  • G‌laxoSmithKline
  • Procter & Gamble
  • L'Oréal
  • PwC
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • IBM
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Microsoft
  • SAP
  • Accenture
  • Unilever
  • Nissan

With over 100 students going on placements each year, you are sure to to find something that's just right for you. 

Benefits of a placement

A one year placement brings a wealth of benefits, including:

  • real life business experience
  • practical evidence of achievement
  • increased confidence
  • commercial acumen and occupational awareness
  • networking opportunities
  • earning a salary
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Undergraduate 12 month work placements

Connect with us

Connect with us

Contact our Placements Officer, Nicola Burnip to find out more: nicola.burnip@newcastle.ac.uk

Support

We offer full support to all students who are interested in doing a placement year as part of their degree between stages two and three.

Placement Matters

A monthly e-newsletter sent directly to your inbox. It contains vacancies, details of events, student profiles and advice in searching for placements.

Drop-in sessions

You can come along to meet the placement officer and returning placement students.

Skills sessions

CV writing, assessment centres, Psychometric testing – all designed to help you with the application process. These are organised regularly through the careers service.

Career Development Week

We put on a dedicated week of careers related advice and activities at the beginning of Semester One. We host various skills sessions, preparing you for your placement application. 

Appointments with the Careers Service

You can arrange to meet with a careers advisor to discuss things such as CVs, cover letters, advice on where to look for placements and mock interviews.

Employer presentations

We welcome national and regional employers the opportunity to present to our students their work experience and placement opportunities. This means you get direct access to employers. 

Returning placement student presentations

This will be a chance to hear from our stage three students who have completed a placement year. They will also become your Placement Ambassadors.

Visit our blog to meet our Placement Ambassadors

Employer fairs and skills events

Hundreds of employers linked with the university visit St James’ Park each year to promote their placement and graduate schemes. We also host a placement and work experience fair at the Business School each year. 

Visit the Business School events page or the Careers Service events page to see what's coming up.

Connect with us

Nicola Burnip, our Placements Officer will be able to answer any queries you may have:

Email: nicola.burnip@ncl.ac.uk

Call: +44 (0)191 208 1632

placement fair 2016

International Placements

Organisations are now looking for employees with a global outlook. If this is you, then you should definitely consider an overseas placement.

A work placement outside of the UK is beneficial in a variety of ways; you will:

  • demonstrate you are confident, organised and determined
  • develop a global network - an opportunity you may otherwise miss out on
  • gain maturity
  • experience different cultures, customs and languages

There are many sources of information which will be the key to your global work experience:

Remember, the placement must be relevant to your course and should you find an overseas placement, you must discuss it with our Placements Officer: Nicola Burnip. 

Email: nicola.burnip@ncl.ac.uk
Call: +44 (0)191 208 1632

What our students have to say: 

"Working abroad in Silicon Valley allowed me to surrounded myself & learn from like-minded people, whilst also gaining experience in how to work in an international team given cultural and societal differences & various management practices. In my opinion, International HRM isn't really something you can learn from a textbook. To experience this first hand teaches you a whole lot more & has been beneficial for my personal development."

Olly, 2015 placement student in California at Nestlé 

"I never planned to do a placement year abroad. Having now done so I can say that it has been the most beneficial experience of my life. Learning from experienced individuals in a different country has allowed me to gain real-world knowledge of my industry on a global scale and has given me the confidence to work abroad in the future"

Emilio, 2015 placement student in California at These Quiet Sounds

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Case Studies

Read about the experiences of some of our placement students.

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    Business Operations Intern, Nike UK Ltd

    Doing something different to my degree and previous work experience really helped me on seeing other opportunities that are out there. 

    Read Amy's full profile.

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    Henry Cope - Business Management Intern, L'Oréal

    Working as part of a great team on placement, I have been exposed to all aspects of commercial sales helping me to decide on my career goal

    Read Henry's full profile

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    Boris Junior - Project Management Intern, Cummins

    The different projects which I lead helped me develop leadership abilities which I consider crucial in achieving some of my career goals.

    Read Boris' full profile.

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    Cat Brown - Customer Business Analyst Intern, Intel Corporation

    I am a completely different person to who I was in second year! I used to be quite shy and a bit unsure of myself. Now I’m much more confident and outgoing

    Read Cat's full profile

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    Jess McGann - Events Intern, Absolute Taste

    As my placement year was so people driven, my interpersonal skills improved rapidly. I was thrown into liaising with customers and clients over the phone and in person within my first week. 

    Read Jess' full profile

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    Jack Hayes - European Human Resources Intern, Enterprise Holding Inc

    Being able to take a year out of studying to add some ‘real world’ experience to my CV was a fantastic opportunity that could not be missed.

    Read Jack's full profile.