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Finding a placement

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When should I start looking?

Most students begin their search at the start of the second year, but there is nothing stopping you from starting early as some companies will open their applications in the summer.  Students are responsible for finding their own placements however the Careers Service and the Placement Officer will be able to help you by sending you information on the opportunities available throughout the year.

If you are a first year student thinking about doing a placement, increase your employability by doing a summer internship.  By the time you come to apply for a placement, you will have gained invaluable experience and skills to back your academic achievements.

Where should I look?

You will be sent weekly bulletins advertising vacancies which you can apply to through CareersLink

Check out the noticeboards opposite the lifts on the ground floor of MBS East for the latest opportunities.

Follow us on Twitter so you don’t miss out on opportunities that may not feature in the bulletin.

If you are interested in a particular company, check to see if they offer placements through their websites as many companies have a page dedicated to careers. 

Many companies take part in careers fairs both internally at the University and externally at various locations so make sure you attend these as it is a good opportunity for you to network.  Companies also have drop in stands throughout the semester in the Atrium which is a good way to find out more information.

Help at Alliance MBS

Alliance MBS will hold a series of meetings in semester one and two to help you during the second year. Meetings will either be programme specific or careers related.  It is important that you attend these meetings as you will be kept up to date with the requirements of your programme, the process for having your placements approved and also be made aware of all the resources that are available to you in your search for a placement. Travel costs for attending interviews are not reimbursed by the University of Manchester, however, costs may be covered by employers.

Need help with your CV and cover letter?

It is important that you keep your CV up to date with details of your work experience and achievements.

For advice and examples, please click on the links below:

CV Guide

Example CVs

You can also submit your CV online via the BlackBoard and received electronic feedback. This service is solely for second year students enrolled on the industrial placement / professional experience option of their degree programme. Feedback will be provided on the CVs received as quickly as possible, directly to the email address quoted on CVs, so please ensure you use a valid email address.  

Cover letters

A cover letter usually goes hand in hand with your CV so make sure you tailor every letter to show why you have applied for that particular role. 

For more information on cover letters please click on the Covering Letter Guide

Placement clinics 

Placement clinics will be running by a member of our Careers Service from 28 October, every Monday afternoon, 2-5 pm at Alliance MBS during term time. Please book a place through the link on the Blackboard from 21 October. 

Have an interview?

Once you have passed the application stage, companies may ask you to take part in several of their recruitment stages which could involve a telephone interview, assessment centre, psychometric tests and then finally, a face to face interview.

Our Careers Service have put together some guides to help you through these.


Preparing for interviews

Assessment Centres & Psychometric Tests


Secured a placement?


Your placement will require approval before you can go ahead and accept it.  This is so that we can ensure that the work you will be doing is in line with your programme of study and learning outcomes.

To start the approval process, please contact the Placement Officer at

And finally……..

Check that you are on the ‘with Industrial/Professional experience’ stream of your programme.

Make sure your placement ties in with your programme and learning outcomes as all placements will have to be approved by Alliance MBS.

Placements must not start until after the release of the exam results at the end of the academic year.

Remember to be pro-active!

Good luck!