Graduate talent

Does your organisation have a professional opportunity or specific graduate development programme that is suited to a recent graduate? The Derby Talent team can help you find the best candidate for the role.

Employing someone at the start of their career will often bring new perspectives and can be a great way to create a long-term talent pipeline for your organisation and help develop future leaders.


Year in industry placement

A year in industry placement is a three-way partnership involving a student, your organisation and the University. A placement allows a student to apply their skills and develop knowledge in the workplace. It also helps your organisation to develop your future talent pipeline and look for potential graduate hires.

The year in industry placement enables your organisation to recruit a university student (between the 2nd and final year of their degree) for between 9 and 15 months. The student is a contracted, paid employee of your organisation for this period, and you will receive support from the University to help recruit and manage the student.

Please note: The University of Derby can generally only endorse and promote paid placements.


Business Management graduate talks about his placement year

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An internship is a paid period of short-term work experience that students or graduates can undertake for your organisation. This could be a 6-week internship over summer, a fixed period of part time employment during term time or a work-based project that students or graduates can complete for your organisation. 

Please note: The University of Derby will only endorse and promote paid internships.


Part-time or casual work

We have a wide range of students who are looking for part-time, casual work to fit around their studies to improve their employment prospects after graduation and to help support themselves financially during their studies.


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Five examples of student projects for business

Academics in Derby Business School have been creating opportunities for students to work on real projects for companies and charities as part of their learning. This has had a positive impact on both the students and the organisations involved.

Take a look at our case studiesTake a look at our case studies

Student employment agency (SEA)

The student employment agency can help your organisation find a suitable student or graduate to fill permanent, casual or part-time roles. The agency has a wide range of students and graduates available and offers a flexible service, at very competitive rates.

Get in touch with the student employment agency to see how they can help you.


How to advertise your opportunities to our student and graduates

If your organisation has any of the above opportunities, you can advertise them for free to our students and graduates by uploading it to our online vacancy platform. Alternatively, if you'd like to discuss your opportunities further then email the team.

Service promise

We promise to listen to your requirements, offering you advice and guidance and a streamlined process to access the University of Derby’s excellent talent. You will receive a personalised service, responsive to your needs. 

Wider business services

The University of Derby is a university of and for business; an applied university, committed to using our research and knowledge, expertise and resources to inspire and develop the organisations of today and tomorrow. Using technology, we offer learning and personal development, industry-shaping research and innovation, digital networking events and seminars along with support to nurture and recruit your workforce. For further information, learn about our growing innovation and business.

Contact us

To discuss any of this information in more detail, please get in touch with the Derby talent team directly via email: or telephone: 01332 592939.

Accounting and marketing students work with Chatsworth

Every year, our undergraduate accounting and marketing students work on projects for Chatsworth as part of their courses. Find out what they do and how this benefits them.

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