Interns and Student Consultants – our Career Lab programme

We are committed to providing real world learning to all students and closing gaps in graduate outcomes for students from underrepresented groups. Working with our employer networks we provide a range of opportunities for students to develop their skills, gain experience, and increase their confidence. These opportunities come under our Career Lab programme and there are several ways organisations can get involved.

Career Lab Student Consultancy

Launches to organisations in November 2021 and February 2022.

The Student Consultancy Programme is an opportunity for you to solve a live problem your organisation is facing whilst providing meaningful work experience to a small group of students. Students (studying a mix of academic subjects) will work in groups on a project brief set by you for a combined 100 hours.

Student Consultancy runs twice during this academic year:

  • Spring: 14 February to 11 March 2022 (students work part-time on project brief)
  • Summer: 6 to 13 June 2022 (students work full-time on project brief).

There is no financial obligation, time commitment is low, and clients benefit from a business-style presentation, delivered by the student team with their recommendations, at the end of the project.

Open to: all size organisations.

Eligible students: all final year undergraduates and taught postgraduate students (all academic subjects).

Expressions of interest open to organisations: 1 November to 22 November 2021 (Spring programme) and 28 February to 21 March 2022 (Summer programme).

Log into CareerHub to express your interest in the Spring 2022 programme. If you do not already have an account you will need to register one to access the form.

To learn more about Student Consultancy, download the Student Consultancy Programme information booklet [PDF 206.59KB]

I would recommend the Student Consultancy Programme to other organisations without hesitation. I was provided with invaluable information through the project.” gill pawley
Founder of Inkpots.org

Career Lab Summer Internships

Launches to employers in January 2022.

As an employer, you can access full funding to recruit a Sussex undergraduate student, full time for six or eight weeks during the summer of 2022. We are seeking genuine work experience opportunities, with structured projects and tasks that will offer the intern personal and skills development. Part-time hours over a longer period will also be considered. You will find further information here when expression of interest opens on 10 January 2022.

Open to: all size employers.

Eligible students: those in the second year of their undergraduate degree (all academic subjects). Some places allocated for students and recent graduates with an autism diagnosis (employer training provided).

Employer expressions of interest open: 10 January 2022 to 7 March 2022. 

Internships take place: from June 2022.


Other opportunities to engage

Sussex alumni are invited to become mentors, or be mentored, in one of our exclusive mentoring programmes.

Career Lab Graduate Mentoring Programme

If you, or colleagues, have graduated from the University of Sussex since 2018, please consider supporting our final year undergraduate students by sharing your experience and expertise. Full mentor training will be provided, and mentoring will take place via the Sussex Connect alumni platform.

This programme runs for 6 months, starting in October each year and ending with a celebration networking event. 

To express your interest, please email: careerlab@sussex.ac.uk.

Career Lab Alumni Chat

Sussex alumni from any year can support current students by signing up to our alumni platform, Sussex Connect

Global Mentoring Programme

For Sussex alumni and students not eligible for the Career Lab: Graduate Mentoring Programme, the Global Mentoring Programme is available for Sussex alumni to mentor, or be mentored by, fellow graduates. To express your interest, please email alumni@sussex.ac.uk.


Business and community focused experiential learning

Our academics welcome the co-creation of real-world project briefs that will benefit your organisation whilst also contributing to students’ academic learning. Several of our courses, including our MBA and MSc in Management, work with organisations on substantial challenges. For example, exploring new overseas markets, or creating a marketing plan for a start-up. We use an experiential learning platform, Riipen, to facilitate our projects. Contact andrea.wall@sussex.ac.uk for more information.


Next steps

Look out for our regular communications and full details on how to get involved. If you don’t receive our communications, please sign up by emailing: careerlab@sussex.ac.uk.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss these opportunities please contact Andrea Wall, Employer Engagement Manager: andrea.wall@sussex.ac.uk.