Student Placements & Projects

If you have a project that needs completing but don't have the necessary staff resources, why not consider one of our placement schemes?

Placements on offer vary from one day, to five weeks, to up to one year depending on your business needs.

In this section you can explore the different placement schemes to find out which would be of most benefit to you.

One Year - Industrial/Sandwich Placements

Sandwich placements are scheduled for 12months between mid-June and mid-September annually (between the second and final year of the student's undergraduate programme). Students are paid a salary by the employer (typical salaries range from £12k to £18k per annum). Students available for sandwich placements are studying the following programmes within our Business School:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Business Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Studies
  • Events Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Tourism Management

 Please contact Vikki Brockhurst, Placement Co-ordinator, / 01244 512100 or for further information go to

20 week - Business Masters Placements

This is an opportunity for an organisation to gain completion of a low cost management consultancy project of your choice, to benefit your business. It also allows employers to meet and vet potential high quality employees who are already qualified and studying at masters level.

  • 20 week paid consultancy bespoke project placements
  • Available in October and April
  • Graduate's salary whilst on placement is paid by host at minimum wage
  • Opportunity to meet the most capable, entrepreneurial and well-qualified graduates
  • Enjoy full support from a team of professionals including business mentors
  • Benefit from a full personalised matching service
  • No recruitment costs or lengthy contracts

Contact Lisa Rowe, Business Development and Programme Manager, / 01244 511252 or for further information go to

Match-funded internships

The Chester Internship Programme (CIP) provides opportunities for current undergraduate and postgraduate (Masters Level) students of the University to undertake a 2, 4 or 10 week paid internship within an SME. We have both fully* and match-funded internships available from Santander Universities (35 internships) and University funding (8 internships).

*To benefit from a fully funded 2 week internship, your company must meet the criteria AND be a charity, social enterprise or not-for-profit organisation.

Contact Joanne Forsyth, Employer Engagement Co-ordinator, / 01244 513066 or go to

Five-week Student Work Based Learning Placements (Unpaid)

Five week unpaid placements provide the opportunity for students to develop employability skills whilst undertaking a project or piece of work that benefits your organisation. Placements are scheduled between May-June annually. Second year undergraduate students from all academic disciplines are available to undertake placements. Benefits include:

  • Student takes responsibility for a defined project
  • Offers a fresh perspective, new ideas and skills
  • Development opportunities for staff
  • Opportunity for collaborative working with the University
  • Helps to further develop the workforce of the future
  • Extra pair of hands to aid productivity

Contact the WBL team on, call 01244 512100 or visit


Students gain valuable skills and unique employment opportunities through volunteering. The University has a large number of students who are engaged in volunteering and we are always looking for new opportunities.

If you are a not-for-profit, charity or community organisation and may be able to offer students a volunteering placement, please contact The Volunteering and Mentoring Team on / 01244 513201 for Chester or 01925 534282 for Warrington.

One Day - Work Shadowing

Work Shadowing is your opportunity as an employer to help shape the career ambitions of a student or recent graduate and thus enhance future recruitment. We are looking for employers who will host a student for half a day or a day and allow them to "shadow" one of your employees as they go about their work.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to meet prospective future employees and to see what current University students may be able to offer your business. Our students gain a great deal from these visits; they provide an opportunity for them to enhance their understanding of the world of work and particular careers. It is also a great way to raise the profile of your business within the student community. If you would like to get involved please contact the UniJob team, / 01244 513066.