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"It was a great opportunity to learn"
Centrica - video (3 mins)
Learn about Abi's journey as a summer intern in Finance at Centrica, during which she lived at Royal Holloway for 10 weeks with all the other interns.
How to get the most out of your placement
Mitsubishi Chemical - video (5 mins)
Ben, Industrial Placement Student, talks about how his work experience has helped him progress, and what he has done to get the most out of it.
"You are fully immersed in the firm"
Herbert Smith Freehills - video (6 mins)
Charlie, Trainee at Herbert Smith Freehills, tells us what the company's Vacation Scheme involves.
CERN's Technical Studentship – during the pandemic
CERN - video (3 mins)
Heeral talks about what it was like to do a Technical Studentship at CERN, partly in the midst of a pandemic!
How will doing a placement assist me during my final year at university?
Cummins - video (6 mins)
"It really gave me the opportunity to see the principles and concepts that I learnt at university applied in the real world." Emma, Placement Student.
"It all matters"
ABB Ltd - video (1 min)
Jackie, head of recruitment at ABB, gives her view on the importance of all types of work experience.
"The point of an internship is for you to learn"
MBDA UK - video (3 mins)
Alice Baird, Systems Test Analyst, describes what you can expect from an internship with MBDA. Find out what Alice got up to, and what she got out of it!
From teaching to engineering!
MBDA UK - video (5 mins)
Becky Harrison-Pitt, Systems Engineer, talks about how doing an internship helped her decide what she wanted to do in the future.
Zack's placement with Frazer-Nash
Frazer-Nash Consultancy - video (4 mins)
From being fast-tracked during the graduate application process, to developing a better idea of what you want to do in the future – there are lots of benefits of doing a placement.
Lindon's journey as an intern at GSK
GlaxoSmithKline - video (2 mins)
A placement/internship is a really good opportunity to see if the company is a good fit for you.
Behind the scenes of CERN's Summer Student Programme
CERN - blog
Jenny and Eszter, coordinators of CERN's Member State Summer student programme, describe the recruitment process and give their advice to students wishing to take part.
"I got so much more out of my placement than I expected!"
GlaxoSmithKline - video (4 mins)
Be open to different sectors – Emily did a mechanical engineering degree and applied to an industrial placement with GSK, who lie within the pharmaceuticals sector.
Milana's internship with KPMG – and beyond!
KPMG - video (6 mins)
Milana describes the benefits of doing an internship prior to joining the company as a graduate.
"There's nothing to lose, and there's so much to gain"
Mitsubishi Chemical - video (3 mins)
We speak to Ben, placement student at Mitsubishi Chemical, about work experience in and outside of industry.
"It will make you stand out!"
Essity - video (1 min)
Essity Recruiter Ruth explains why they value candidates with work experience.
An insight into: a year in industry
Severn Trent - video (2 mins)
Brian, Undergraduate Engineer at Severn Trent, shares his insights on completing an undergraduate placement.
"Everything's an open door"
BAE Systems - video (4 mins)
Ciara and James, Graduate Engineers at BAE Systems, both completed placements with the company prior to joining as graduates. Find out what they got up to, and what convinced them to come back!
Lucy's internship at Babcock
Babcock International Group - video (2 mins)
Lucy Peck, Industrial Engineering Intern, describes the experiences and skills she has gained at Babcock so far.
Discovering real-world applications
Herbert Smith Freehills - video (3 mins)
David Hemming, Trainee in Real Estate, explains how his placement with GSK actually helped him firm on a career in Law at Herbert Smith Freehills.
Find what works for you
Cundall - video (5 mins)
Cundall graduates describe their work experience prior to joining Cundall and explain how it led them to where they are today.
Summer and year-long placements
Morgan Stanley - video (4 mins)
Lauren, Software Engineer, and Esta, Technology Analyst, describe what they got out of their placements at Morgan Stanley.
Explore different career options
Mewburn Ellis LLP - video (2 mins)
Isobel is now a Patent Attorney in Engineering at Mewburn Ellis: "I spent one summer on the trading floor at RBS. I spent another summer doing management and operational consultancy...and I realised that..."
Work experience as a requirement
Taylor Wessing - video (2 mins)
The only way to secure a place on Taylor Wessing's Training Contract is to complete their Summer Vacation Scheme. Learn more.
"Some of the key takeaways were..."
Johnson Matthey - video (3 mins)
Dominic, Commercial Graduate at Johnson Matthey, describes how his internship with a different company helped to guide his career.
"It was an invaluable experience and I can't recommend it enough!"
Frazer-Nash Consultancy - video (1 min)
Dylan describes what he got out of his work placements prior to joining Frazer-Nash Consultancy as an engineer.
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