Careers and employability

Internship opportunities

Internship opportunities

During your time at Leeds you will have the opportunity to take part in a number of internship opportunities that will help to further build your skills and strengthen your CV. You may also choose to do an industrial placement year or study abroad.

Industry internships

We advertise a number of exclusive industrial summer internships with local and national employers. Normally focussed on a specific project, these opportunities allow you to develop skills acquired through your studies and often lead to further recruitment opportunities.

School internships

We also recruit a number of students to work during the summer months on research projects or teaching and learning projects. These are supported with personal development workshops and provide an excellent basis for students then wishing to apply for industrial placements with industry.

Toyoda Internship in Japan

Thanks to our established international link with Toyota-Boshoku and alumnus Dr Shoichiro Toyoda, each year three students have the opportunity to complete a fully funded summer internship in Japan. You will work with a project supervisor, using their research and technical engineering skills to address a current industry manufacturing challenge, whilst engaging with Japanese culture and travel opportunities.

EPSRC Vacation Bursary

Each year we receive funding from the EPSRC to support students to complete a research project over the summer. You will be given practical, first-hand experience of working on and carrying out research in the School. The projects usually last around 10 weeks. Examples of recent projects include:

  • Cloud connected modular bio-inspired robotics
  • Autonomous minimally-invasive surgery using robotic manipulated therapeutic ultrasound systems
  • Stabilization and control of THz systems for satellite-based gas-sensing.

Alumni-funded scholarships

We also offer a number of alumni-funded scholarships to support you to develop research skills over two consecutive summers, led by an academic specialist. As well as participating in established academic research, you will develop leadership skills through training, conference attendance and an outdoor trip in the Yorkshire Dales.

Recent examples of these projects include:

  • Microwave Communications and Wireless Power for Mobile Robotics 
  • Soft Robotics-Solutions for Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • A framework for robotics programming tasks.

Employability interns

We recruit 10 student interns each year to support the work of the Faculty Employability team. One team of interns will focus their time on creative development of current communication channels and social media platforms and the second team, as returning industrial placement students, act as mentors to support current student looking to secure work experience opportunities, through sharing their own experiences, tips and advice. The employability interns provide a valuable link to the wider student body, providing feedback to help shape the services that the Employability team provide. Working in these roles not only provides financial support for the students but an opportunity to develop skills and experience for their own CVs.

Leeds Internship Programme      

We advertise a range of smaller, 8-12 week paid internships in local SMEs, charities, University of Leeds departments and multi-national organisations. Over half of these opportunities are exclusive to University of Leeds students meaning that the number of students you are competing against is lower than if it was a national scheme.