Careers and Employability

Internship opportunities

Student in a lab

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.

School internships

We 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.

Summer research placements

Each year we offer opportunities for students to apply 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 6 weeks. Examples of recent projects include:

  • Working towards a commercialised liquid crystal contact lens
  • Exploring novel superconducting topological materials
  • Microwave resonators for space travel

Undergraduate Research and Leadership 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:

  • Novel skyrmion materials for magnetic storage: characterization of thin magnetic multilayer systems
  • Carbon based magnets: Reducing our dependency on Rare-Earth Metals

Employability interns

We recruit student interns each year to support the work of the Faculty Employability team. The Intern team will focus their time on the development of school newsletters highlighting placement and internship opportunities for students

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. To find out more email our employability team.