On this page:

  1. Business internships – key resources
  2. Resources at the University of Kent (for part-time and temporary jobs)
  3. Internship programmes
  4. Seasonal jobs
  5. Volunteering
  6. Financial help with unpaid experience
  7. Work Experience abroad and Gap Year organisers
  8. Your safety abroad


1) Business internships – key resources


Most internships and summer placements are targeted at Stage 2 students and form part of an employer’s recruitment strategy. Sometimes, as many as 75% of interns are offered graduate jobs with the same employer.

Key resources for business internships are listed on the Stage 2 (Year in Industry) page, as the majority of the recruiters list both, summer internships and year in industry placements. Click here for business internship providers.

Intergrad – a site for graduate jobs and graduate internships.

2) Resources at the University of Kent

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The University’s Careers and Employability Service’s job vacancy database lists some work experience programmes abroad: University of Kent’s jobs database. Log in with your university log-in for work experience, internships, placements and graduate jobs.

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JobShop– run by the Kent Union, for part-time and temporary work in and around Canterbury.


Employability Points Scheme– make sure you register your work experience and collect points for awards and prizes.

3) Internship programmes

Below are some additional resources for internships programmes:

  • Accountancy internships and placements
  • AdMission dedicated site run by the IPA (Institute of Practitioners in Advertising) for internships in advertising, media and marketing communications
  • AISEC – www.aiesec.co.uk Run by students and recent graduates for students and recent graduates in over 100 countries, facilitating tens of thousands of international exchanges so that young people may experience and understand cultures other than their own, enabling students to develop management and leadership skills.
  • City Internships – City Internships is an organisation that will (for a substantial fee over £2000) provide training and summer internships in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. For full details see City-Internships.
  • Efinancialcareers for finance and banking summer internships www.efinancialcareers.com
  • Graduate Prospects – major UK HE careers publisher, supported by UK universities.
  • IAESTE – now run by the British Council for IAESTE in the UK, this started off over 65 years ago as the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience. It is now a global work experience programme, providing valuable international work experience to over 300,000 young people around the world in over 85 countries. www.britishcouncil.org/iaeste
  • Intergrad – a site for graduate jobs and graduate internships.
  • NCWE – The National Council for Work Experience is the UK’s official work experience website. Their remit is to promote, support and develop quality work experience for the benefit of students, organisations and the economy. Useful information and links to programmes.
  • Rate My Placement – provide information about internships and placements with wide range of employers; including salary information, inside rankings from student reviews from students who have worked in the organisations, sector information and more. Sector information includes Advertising and Marketing; Banking; FMCG; Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism; Investment Banking; Management Consultancy; Retail. Useful tips about skills and insights into what’s involved.
  • Spring Weeks/Insight Days – although these are work experience opportunities, often targeted at first year students, some are also advertised to Stage 2 students who would like to get some insight into what it’s like to work for a large business. Typically, these are advertised by finance companies, management consultancies and investment banks as well as other large organisations such as Unilever. Click here to take you to Stage 1 work experience for details.
  • STEP for project based summer placements (usually two months) with small and medium-sized companies. An organisation that began as Shell UK’s social investment activities, and is now run independently, supporting 22,000 Step placements for students and recent graduates in businesses right across the UK. Businesses are typically small medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
  • TargetJobs – includes advice and other resources

4) Seasonal jobs

These are some general websites for seasonal and summer jobs:

5) Volunteering

Kent Union volunteering

Volunteering can be a highly rewarding way to get work experience and develop employability skills. A few spare hours can make a huge difference.

University of Kent, Kent Union – Volunteering https://www.kentunion.co.uk/activities/volunteering/kscv/

University of Kent, Careers and Employability Service information and useful links http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/workin/voluntaryWork.htm

Porchlight – a charity supporting the homeless in Canterbury www.porchlight.org.uk
The Young Lives Foundation http://ylf.org.uk

Some key volunteering sites: www.do-it.org.uk; www.csv.org.uk; www.volunteering.org.uk; www.timebank.org.uk

6) Financial help for unpaid work experience

Most quality work experience is paid. However, there are some unpaid opportunities, often with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or charities. The Careers and Employability Service at the University of Kent administers a bursary scheme, whereby students can apply for up to £100 to help with up to three weeks’ experience. See http://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/bursarykew.html for details.

7) Work experience abroad

American Hospitality

1. Work experience and summer jobs

Any Work Anywhere www.anyworkanywhere.com

www.bunac.org/uk for work, intern and volunteer programmes abroad (mostly in other English-speaking countries)

Summer Jobs – www.summer-jobs.co.uk
‘Summer jobs worldwide’ – a book by Susan Griffiths, updated every year

American Hospitality Academy – summer jobs in various holiday resorts (click on image above)

2. Gap Year organisers

(includes shorter projects over the summer holidays; programmes have variable fees depending on duration)



  • www.gapwork.com
    Provides search facility about projects in various countries, provides information about visas, insurance, safety issues, holiday jobs, accommodation and more. Includes student reviews.


  • www.gapyear.com
    Search facility about projects, including wide range of business and finance placements, message board, blogs & journals, international gap year and placement schemes and more.


  • www.gap-year.com
    Publisher of gap year guides and comprehensive online information about taking a gap year, including tips about how to stay safe and healthy, insurance, visas, hostels, travel companies, car hire and more.

Gap Year Escape

  • www.gapyearescape.com
    Providing useful resources, flights, accommodation, insurance, packing advice and more. Website run by an experienced gap year traveller.

Real Gap

  • www.realgap.co.uk
    The UK’s largest independent gap year travel company, sending thousands of people to hundreds of projects and programmes around the world, including volunteering, community work, conservation, teaching English, adventure travel, sports and expeditions.

Worldwide Volunteering

3. Country-specific information (visas, work permits, embassies etc.)

These sites provide information about work permits, visas and any other schemes along with contact details and embassy representations. If you want to work abroad, then this needs to be researched in good time as well, as it can take time to get visa applications or any other paperwork through the system.




8) Your safety abroad

Before you travel abroad, research the country, know how to prepare in terms of insurance, safety, visas and any other documentation, fees etc. you may need to organise beforehand.

  • The Foreign Office travel advice site: www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo;
    or telephone 0845 850 2829
  • Caroline’s Rainbow Foundation, a registered UK charity, promoting personal safety amongst young travellers, gap year students and backpackers; useful advice if things go wrong – www.carolinesrainbowfoundation.org

Travel safety courses (for example www.objectivegapyear.com)

You might also like the information provided at UpgradedPoints.com,
30+ Ways to stay safe while travelling the world. Click on image below.


Other useful resources:

[1] www.comparetravelinsurance.com.au/resources/kids-safety-travel-guide

[2] www.volunteercard.com/travel-and-safety-resources/

[3] www.independenttraveler.com/travel-tips/safety-and-health/six-travel-apps-for-medical-emergencies