Internships - Real world learning - University of Derby

Internships and placements

Boost your career prospects with work experience - you’ll have a wealth of opportunity at your fingertips at Derby.


An internship is a short to medium term paid employment period for undergraduate students or graduates.


Placements are longer term paid work placements for undergraduate students who have completed two years of their degree. Generally they last around 12 months.

Helping you get ready for your internship or placement

Our Employability Advisors help you with writing your CV, finding placement and internship opportunities and interview preparation, through one to one appointments or drop-in sessions.

A variety of short, focused workshops including Commercial Awareness, Social Media and Benefits of Work Experience are also available to you.

"When I was offered a work placement year at E.ON, I can honestly say that my tutors were as excited as me. I had been offered such excellent guidance by staff who even carried out mock interviews to help me be prepared.

In the end I was offered a number of jobs and even turned down interviews because I had so many opportunities.

Now, I am delighted to be two months into my internship with E.ON where I am working as a Risk and Governance Analyst.” Jordan Wilkey, BA (Hons) Business Management with Psychology student