There are many opportunities available to you which will broaden your career options, allow you to build your professional network and improve your chance of securing a graduate job.
Many of the larger organisations' summer work experience application windows open early in the academic year (some as early as August) and close the December before.
Start planning your work experience options ahead of time and make sure you're ready to start applying during the autumn. Find out more about work experience timelines.
The Futures Connect Team, within the Careers and Employability Service, acts as a bridge between students and organisations. We work across a wide range of industries and sectors to bring in work experience opportunities, just for Cardiff University students (and some of our recent graduates too).
You can register with the Futures Connect Team to hear about their latest opportunities, including:
- Insights: Bite-sized work experience, flexibly set up around your timetable and available on a part-time basis.
- Paid Internships: In a wide range of industries. Internships can be undertaken part time alongside your studies or full-time during University holidays.
- Classroom Experience Project: Flexible opportunities in schools if you’re exploring a career in teaching.
You can follow the team on Twitter @ExpWorksCU or Linkedin for all the latest information.
Securing your own opportunity
Interested in a particular role or sector? Then you can search our careers areas for job-specific work experience advice.
You can also search for work experience opportunities on:
- Graduate Advantage
- Graduate Business Partnership
- Graduate Talent Pool
- Inside Careers
- Student Employment Service
- Year in Industry
The BBC also offers work experience opportunities.
If you're interested in securing a volunteering role, you can start your search with:
- Cardiff Volunteering
- Student Volunteering Cardiff
- Do-it Trust, the UK's national volunteering database
- VCS Cymru
- Volunteering Matters (formerly Community Service Volunteers)
- Volunteering Wales.
Some work experience opportunities aren't advertised, so you may need to find your own placement. Find out more about networking, using social media and taking a speculative approach to securing work experience opportunities.
If you're a current student
If you'd like to undertake extra curriculum work experience, the Futures Connect Team are here to support you with a range of opportunities including Insights, Internships and classroom experience.
Book an appointment to speak to a Careers Adviser about finding work experience opportunities in the career area you’re interested in. You can also speak to the placement officer or employability staff in your School.
GO Wales is an EU-funded project which creates tailored, flexible work experience opportunities for eligible students. The team can work with you to source work experience, improving your chances of securing employment when you complete your course. Find out more about Go Wales for University students.
You could also think about doing the Cardiff Award – it aims to improve your employability, increase your awareness of the skills you have developed and will enable you to sell yourself and your skills effectively to future recruiters.
You can also take part in the Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme, which offers you a grant – £200 a week, for up to eight weeks – to take part in a summer placement, working with supervision on research projects.
If you'd like to go abroad, the Global Opportunity Team is here to support you regarding all aspects of of working, studying and volunteering overseas.
Find out more
If you need help finding work experience opportunities, please contact us:
Careers and Employability
- Telephone:+44 (0)29 2087 4844