Category Archives: placements

Paid Placements: Eco Innovation Internships

Paid internships with local businesses

The Enterprise & Business Development team at the University of Cumbria are running two business support programmes that are recruiting students to work with local businesses on innovation research projects.


  • We are recruiting for short term internships – 20 days (140 hrs) maximum
  • You will be paid @ £7.90/hr

The type of project will depend on the individual businesses and will give you the opportunity to focus on a new idea or particular issue that a company has. You will be supported by an academic and someone in the business.


  • Get paid for conducting a research based project with business
  • Link it to your dissertation
  • Apply your learning and demonstrate your creativity
  • Gain insights into business challenges and how to respond
  • Enhance your business skills working alongside and learning from colleagues in the workplace
  • Further develop your employability skills such as communication, team working and organisational skills in the workplace
  • Develop your network and get connected by collaborating with local businesses

How to apply

Current Opportunities: 

Undergraduate Internship with Modular Build Solutions (MBS) – closes midnight, Monday 15 January 2018. Download the MBS Application Pack which includes advert, job description and application form.

Undergraduate Internship with Twoey Educational Resources – closes midnight, Friday 26 January 2018. Download the Twoey Application Pack which includes advert, job description and application form.

Change 100 – Open for applications now!


Change100 brings together the UK’s top employers and talented students and graduates to offer three months of paid work experience.

Change100 is for talented students and graduates with disabilities or long-term health conditions — including physical, visual or hearing impairments, mental health conditions and learning disabilities and difficulties like dyslexia and dyspraxia.

Since its launch in 2014, Change100 has partnered with over 90 employers across the UK to host interns including Barclays, the BBC, Skanska, Lloyds and Taylor Wimpey.

Website –

Online information sessions:

There are some online information and support sessions being held on Tuesday 12 December and Wednesday 17 January. Find out more here –

How to apply:

The deadline for applications to the scheme is 24 January 2018 at midday. More information for applicants can be found here –

#UoCMedia Industry Day: Why Work Experience is Important and How to Get It


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There are many ways to gain relevant work experience in the media industry and they don’t all involve traveling to London!

I recently represented the University of Cumbria at a BBC Digital and Creative Careers Day at Media City in Salford. One of the biggest things I took from the day is the need for graduates applying for training schemes, jobs and freelance work to have relevant work experience.


How much experience should I have?

As a current student or recent graduate you are not expected to have years of experience in the sector you want to work in. Instead, you need to demonstrate that you are committed and interested in working in your intended field. You can do this by attending relevant work experience, reflecting on what you have learned and asking for a letter of recommendation from the employers you work for.

Work experience opportunities can range for a day’s shadowing, a week or two, a few months or a longer-term internship. With such a wide variety of opportunities available it is important to focus on the quality and relevance of a work experience placement rather than the amount of placements you do.


How to get relevant work experience:

  • Send a CV and covering letter to companies and ask for shadowing/work experience
  • Make your own content
  • Volunteer for university or community radio and TV
  • Apply for advertised work experience


It’s all about the money…

Some work experience opportunities will be paid, others may not be. If you are planning to take part in unpaid work experience I suggest deciding (before you apply) under what circumstances you will work for free and for how long.

Think about: what benefits you will receive, what skills and experiences you will gain, if you have done the same thing or something similar already, how much it will cost you, when you are available, if you can get funding and how it will benefit your career.

When thinking about if you should take part in an unpaid placement consider:

  • Are you being asked to do work that you would usually be paid for?
  • When you are on placement are you doing the same work as paid staff members and are you being given responsibility for work?
  • Are you being asked to take on an unpaid placement for more than 6 weeks?

If the answer to any of the above is yes the placement offered should be a paid one.

Note – we know it can sometimes be difficult to judge whether a work experience placement should be paid or not. If you are unsure you can e-mail for advice.


I have included a list of work experience opportunities below and some information on the upcoming Media Industry Day on Wednesday 13 April 2016.


Good Luck!

Kathryn Jones

Careers and Employability Coordinator

University of Cumbria

Careers and Employability Service



#UoCMedia Industry Day

Wednesday 13 April 2016 – 9am to 4.15pm – Brampton Road Campus (registration at main reception)

Find more information here –

Registration has now closed but UoC students are welcome to just come along on the day.



Media Careers – Work Experience Opportunities:


BBC Work Experience

There are four application windows every year and each one will last two weeks.

Various Locations


ITV Insight

There are four windows of opportunity to apply each year, with the Insight Programme open in January, April, July and October.

Various locations


Discover Wildlife Magazine

BBC Wildlife welcomes work experience students for a period of one week throughout the year.


C4 Pop Up Events

C4 Pop Up is a day of industry talks, creative workshops and down to earth careers advice and support from Channel 4. Dates for the London, Belfast and Cardiff events are already up with more to follow.


Event Volunteer Quays Festival 2016

Quays Culture – North West England

Deadline – 30 June 2016


Volunteer Venue Assistants and Festival Runners

Bradford Literature Festival – Yorkshire

Deadline – 6 May 2016


Event Steward

Wild Rumpus – Staffordshire

Deadline – 18 April 2016



Lake District Summer Music – Cumbria

Deadline 25 May 2016


Volunteer media opportunities at the Animal Refuge and Carlisle Youth Zone


Contact Max Evans-Kirkman –


Mullholland Media


Contact David Mulholland (Company Director) for potential work experience opportunities

07770 676766 / 07879 444443


Cloudscape Studios


Contact Lou Kneath Gibson (Company Director) to find out more

07521 295534



Useful Contacts


Careers and Employability Service

Contact us for CV, application and personal statement feedback, careers appointments, career planning, help finding placements and graduate jobs.


Student Enterprise

If you are thinking about starting your own business, whether it’s for profit or not, we can help and support you all the way.

01228 888734


Have you considered a graduate Internship?

Inspiring Interns


In the clamour to get graduate jobs after university, many graduates are left unable to make the career start they wanted to. Step in, graduate internships.

Rate My Placement define an internship as “a period of paid work experience between one and four months, usually taking place during the summer.” (RateMyPlacement, 2016).

However, not all graduate internships are like this. In fact internships after graduation not only give you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in an industry you’re interested in, but will often lead to much longer term employment.

So what are the advantages of an internship after university?

A Graduate Job Afterwards

Recent High Fliers research suggests that amongst the UK’s top 100 graduate employers, almost a third expect to fill their graduate positions with people who have already interned specifically for that company. So while internships might appear to be a short term prospect, or simply an opportunity to gain experience, it could well secure you a full-time graduate job.

Get Experience

Of course, one of the main motivations to apply for internships is the opportunity to gain some work experience in a certain sector. As they are employing fresh graduates, many companies looking to hire an intern will provide a lot of training. As a result you’ll have the opportunity to gain experience in certain procedures and technical areas, as well as the type of soft skills you generally gain from being in a professional environment.

Build your Network

Doing an internship at a top company can also be a great way to build your business network. Even if you don’t secure a job afterwards, you can use it to establish relationships with certain people in the business as well as outside of it. They might not have a role available for you, but they may know someone who does. At the very least you’ll have a contact book who you can call on for advice or mentoring.

Not Sure What to do?

While internships are often seen as an opportunity for employers to assess candidates before they decide to hire them full time, this works both ways. If you’re unsure about exactly what area you want to go into, you can take a plunge into an internship in a sector you might be interested in working in and assess whether it’s right for you. As much as they have the option to not offer you a full-time job at the end, you’re not obligated to take an offer if it’s given.

Matt Arnerich is the content writer over at graduate recruitment agency Inspiring Interns, writing about all things graduate recruitment and graduate careers advice.


Friday Featured Vacancy – Unilever Placement

If you are looking for a placement or internship for the summer or a year in industry you might be interested in the range of opportunities offered by Unilever. The scope and scale of opportunities on offer is vast and gives you the platform to take your career in varied and interesting directions Unilever make a range of brands  including household names such as: Dove, Lynx, PG Tips, Sure, Magnum, Persil and Hellmann’s, to name a few. With over 173,000 employees worldwide, there’s plenty of different career paths to choose from! The Unilever Future Leaders Programme (UFLP) is about helping develop the business leaders of tomorrow – and quickly. It’s designed to give you all the training and experience required to be a manager in two to three years Firstly, you choose the business area that best suits your aims and skills. The options are: Customer Management (Sales); HR Management; Financial Management; Supply Chain Management; Business & Technology Management; Research & Development. From day one you’ll have ownership of key decisions and you’ll be working with experts across many disciplines on a number of different placements. You’ll work in different locations – for those people making the biggest impact,  that may be internationally – and by experiencing multiple aspects of the business hands-on, you will be in a better position to take control of your career and drive your own development. If this sounds like something you might be interested in check out the Unilever Future Leaders Programme and the placement information on their website


Friday’s Featured Vacancy – 19/12/2014


VACANCY: Web/Graphic Designer
Business Name: Enitiative Media Ltd
Rate of pay: £6.50 per hour for 150 hours. Work to be on a full or part time basis. Timing and hours to be discussed at interview.
Location: Carlisle

This role is offered through the University of Cumbria’s Business Growth Hub project, working with a local business for a total of 150 hours. Work can be undertaken on a full or part time basis. Timing and hours to be discussed at interview.

Business Need:

To develop enhanced web and advertising based services and resources for the benefit of the existing and prospective client base.

Overall Purpose of the Role:

To assist the design studio meet work demands from existing clients and provide ideas and new techniques for web and advertising based services and resources.

Other Useful Information:

For the successful candidate there is the possibility of further work following on from the project.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Gain an understanding and awareness of the resources and services offered by the business.
  • Re-design website / promotional artwork for specific clients identified by the business.
  • Once the designs are agreed, proceed to develop in line with a project plan agreed with the owner.
  • Contribute to the development of ideas and techniques for the design studio.

More information, and details of how to apply are available at:

Student Success Story – Amanda Jane Law



Way back in March, the careers team interviewed Amanda Jane Law, one of our graduates who participated in the Unite scheme. We asked her some questions about why she did a Unite placement, how it helped her, and what happened next! You can have a watch here:

A while ago I spotted that Amanda had been interviewed by Tom Little for In-Cumbria. Here’s a little bit of an extract from the article, but you can read it in full here.

Unite with Business, run by the University of Cumbria, gives students and graduates the chance to complete paid placements at Cumbrian businesses, with some gaining full-time employment as a result.The scheme, started in 2012, recently got funding to continue until September 2014, and organisers are so pleased with it they have already put a new scheme in place to replace it.
One talented graduate who gained full-time employment after completing a Unite with Business placement is Amanda Jane Law. She declined the chance to go to prestigious art schools in Edinburgh and London to study a degree in Contemporary Applied Arts at the University of Cumbria, and she hasn’t looked back.
She graduated in 2011 and in 2012 she jumped at the chance to work for the Hesta Scene? gift shop in Caldbeck, through the Unite scheme. 
The company was so impressed with her that they offered her a dream opportunity to become their product developer, allowing her to jump onto the employment ladder, and use the shop as a springboard to set up her own business. She now splits her time between working on her own art, and working for the shop that sells it.

So what is Unite?

Unite with Business is a consortium of six north west universities, including the University of Cumbria, which provide free business support to SMEs. They take on a graduate for 20 days at no cost to themselves on a full or part-time basis. Typically projects have included designing or re-designing a website, developing a communications or marketing strategy or even prototyping a new product. The graduate is paid for their work via the project leaving the business free to concentrate on the project brief.

One of the benefits that graduates bring to the business are the up-to-the-minute skills they can bring, which can be beneficial to local businesses in many ways; by increasing sales, improving efficiency, updating branding, or expanding knowledge of social media marketing. For the graduate it is an ideal opportunity to get some real world industry experience, to enhance your CV, and also to find out check if a particular business or business sector is right for you.

If you would like to find out more, you can contact the Unite team directly on 01228 888731 or email

We love a good success story, so if you have one, you can email and you could be featured on the blog too!

Placements and UNITE with Business


A placement is a great way of making your CV stand out from the others, and you stand out from the crowd – if your course doesn’t include a mandatory placement, why not take the initiative and find one yourself?

The Careers service can help you find the right placement during your time at University. We can help you identify suitable businesses and create a CV and cover letter to support your application. Through our careers fairs and events you could also meet businesses who may offer you placement or internship opportunities.

At the University of Cumbria we also have a number of schemes where we work with businesses to create placement opportunities for a range of students from across lots of different disciplines, including UNITE with Business and the Business Placements Service (BPS). These services prepare students and graduates for the world of work by providing you with the skills and experience to make a real difference to your employer’s business from the first day you start work with them.

What is the Business Placements Service?

The University of Cumbria Business School organises undergraduate and graduate placements of between 2 to 13 weeks (part-time or full-time) in local companies in Cumbria and surrounding regions for students and graduates from any UK College or University.

What would I be expected to do?

The work would be a project based placement which will focus on a particular issue that the company has to resolve. The type of work available depends very much on the type/needs of the company. Past projects have included working on the development of websites, re-designing marketing material, streamlining working processes and undertaking research.

What would I be paid?

There is no fixed weekly allowance, companies can decide what they want to offer but we urge companies to offer an allowance that will help to attract good quality candidates.

Why should I participate?

Placements are invaluable in giving you an advantage over other students/graduates.

The experience you gain during these placements can include business specific experience using the skills you have learned during your studies as well as transferable skills such as communication, team working, time management and organisational skills amongst many others.

It also gives you a chance to try working for a particular type of company or in a particular environment before committing yourself to it in the long-term.

How do I get to hear about any vacancies?

The most important thing to do is to register your details with us to receive our weekly newsletter. You can also look at our current vacancies or search for vacancies and prospective employers through Prospects.

If you are a student at the University of Cumbria you may also be targeted directly with details of any vacancies that are relevant to your degree course. We gain this information from the University of Cumbria student database.

If you are not a University of Cumbria student or graduate, you are welcome to register your details on our database.

Who can apply?

You can apply if you are an undergraduate (any year), postgraduate or graduate of any discipline from any UK college or university. Just register your details and we will email vacancies to you.


View the current opportunities

In the meantime if you would like any help with finding a placement opportunity email and we can help!


Friday’s Featured Vacancies – 24/01/2014

Today we have two opportunities for placements through UNITE with Business. You can keep up to date with placement opportunities on the UNITE with Business web pages at the following address:


Product Designer – Planet Knox Ltd

Planetknox need to strengthen the design department in order to grow and develop innovative new products, so we are looking for a highly inventive and motivated Product Designer to join the design team.

About (The SME): 

Knox is an innovative sportswear company with a rich history in motorcycling and bikes, based in the Lake District. For the last 30 years Knox has specialised in developing innovative products from all types of impact protection, accessories and technical clothing.

Overall Purpose of the Role: 

To develop and design innovative products and marketing material for the Planetknox range.

Other Useful Information: 

This will be a creative and diverse role so an instinctive and ambitious designer would flourish within the role. We are keen to develop our team so this could develop into a permanent post for the right candidate.

Online Marketing Specialist – Conference Business Agency Ltd

Business Need:

To improve online presence through search engine optimisation, updating design of websites and social media. Currently ranking on search engine websites is low and there is not enough experience or staff time to adequately improve our online presence.

About (The SME):

CBA Ltd has been placing and managing meetings, conferences and events throughout the UK and Europe since 2002, providing clients with a completely free of charge venue-finding service. Last year we launched ‘Cumbria Conference Desk’ to bring more business to Cumbria.

Overall Purpose of the Role:

To re-design where applicable websites for CBA and Cumbria Conference Desk; to implement search engine optimisation and create a strategy for the future; to advise and develop on social media (create Facebook page, advise on current TWITTER activity and create Google + account). To work alongside current staff in order to ensure they can continue to implement online marketing strategy for the future.

Other Useful Information: 

Remote working possible with regular meetings.

To apply for any of these opportunties, please visit the UNITE with Business web pages at:

Five Transferable Skills We All Have

What do you do when your work history doesn’t match the skill set for the job you are applying for? Use your transferable skills! An important part of your time at University is getting your degree; that goes without saying. But employers will look at extra-curricular activities to differentiate the run-of-the-mill applicants from those they can see as a good fit with their company. Use them!


This is perhaps one of the easiest ways to get some extra experience on your CV – volunteer with a company, and you not only help that company, but help your employability as well. For example, if you are studying towards a career in law, volunteering as an Independent Custody Visitor through will gain you valuable skills and knowledge in the judicial system.


Have you been back-packing around the world on your gap year? Have you spent the summer working in a Summer Camp or driving across the USA? Travelling shows prospective employers that you are flexible, cultured and independent. Demonstrate the skills you used on your CV: Did you learn a new language? Did you have to organise yourself and others? All of these skills enhance your employability.

Part-time work

Think that your student job in a bar while you were studying has no place on your CV now that you are applying for a graduate job? Don’t be too quick to wipe it! A part-time job while you were studying shows employers that you have good time-management skills, are not afraid of hard work, and have well-developed interpersonal skills to boot!


If you have something to say, then say it! If you are passionate and knowledgeable about a subject, but don’t have a lot of experience, then starting a blog can demonstrate to employers that you have the skills and knowledge required. It’s a great way to demonstrate your writing skill as well as helping you to develop your own voice.

Interests (not hobbies!!)

Make the most of the ‘interests’ section on your CV by highlighting how your interests make you the perfect fit for the company. Any interest you have, be it photography, playing the violin, sports or even bird-watching, can prove that you have one skill or another; motivation, passion, a drive to succeed. As long as you can link your interest with a skill that is required by the company, include it on your CV!

What transferable skills do you have?