Careers and Entrepreneurship


Find out about the undergraduate placement opportunities available as a Sussex student.

About undergraduate placements

You can do a placement with a company or organisation as part of your course.

There are a broad range of organisations where students have done placements previously. Examples include: Apple, Atkins, Astra Zeneca, Bank of England, Department of Work and Pensions, Disney, EDF, GSK, Great Ormond Street Hospital, IBM, Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, Ministry of Justice, National Literacy Trust, NHS, Vodafone, Warner Bros etc.

As well as large organisations, you can also work in regional Small and Medium sized employers, or you could also go to Europe or elsewhere in the world.

Our placements are an academic year in duration. You pay a reduced fee and the majority of placements are also paid.

Benefits of a placement

More and more graduate employers are looking for relevant experience alongside qualifications.

A paid, year-long professional placement can put you ahead of the competition. It's a fantastic experience that can give you an idea of what you want to do (or not do) in the future. You'll also develop personally and professionally by doing one.

Other benefits include:

  • first-hand experience of the world of work
  • consolidation and application of academic learning
  • knowledge of how an organisation works
  • new or enhanced professional and intellectual skills
  • the chance to be involved in a project from start to finish
  • increased personal effectiveness and confidence
  • greater career awareness.
How you are supported

If you're thinking of undertaking a one-year placement as part of your course, you'll get access to the Placements Preparation Programme (PPP) from the start.

You also have access to:

  • our dedicated placements team
  • an employer engagement team developing links with local, national and international employers (currently nearly 10,000 on our database)
  • an allocated placement tutor from your department, who will support you throughout the duration of your placement
  • reduced fees for the academic year of your placement.
What to do next

If you are interested in doing a placement year, complete the Placement Interest form (login required). You will then have access to our full range of resources.

Track your placement progress

See the Placements Tracker to view your step-by-step progress.


If you have more queries, check out our FAQs and search for more on CareerHub.

Register your interest

To register your interest in undertaking a placement year, please complete the placement interest form (login required).

By completing this form, you are not committing to a placement year. This form will allow us to communicate relevant placements information to you during the academic year.

Please note: This form is for undergraduate students only.

Placement views

Osher, placements student

 "Taking part in the placement scheme was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I gained invaluable insights and a foothold into the industry I wish to work"

Osher Beveridge, IBM placement 2018-2019

Matt, placements student

"The placement scheme helped me grow both personally and professionally. I’ve gained invaluable, transferable skills alongside a year's worth of employment experience that will be crucial in the search for a graduate job"

Matthew Chapelle, Sussex Innovation Centre placement 2018-2019

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Latest placements on CareerHub

See also


The Placements and Work Experience team at Careers and Entrepreneurship: