Careers and Employability Centre


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.

These placements can be based in the UK but 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.

Placement views

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 "There’s no question a placement year looks fantastic to employers, and is often an easier route to a great learning experience than applying to trainee positions after graduation."

Justin Crow, Brandwatch placement 2014-2015

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"It was a brilliant experience that completed my time at Sussex and I would definitely recommend the placement option to students as it opens doors that you wouldn’t necessarily have access to otherwise and provides you with priceless life experiences."

Bella Eldred-Smith, MINT Partners placement 2013-2014

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How we support you

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:

  • A placements team conveniently based in the Careers & Employability Centre in the Library
  • An employer engagement team developing links with local, national and international employers (currently over 4,400 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

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


If you have more queries, search our frequently asked questions on CareerHub.


The Placements and Work Experience team at the Careers and Employability Centre:

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: Ths form is for undergraduate students only.

See also

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