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Royal Holloway University of London, offers a unique and award winning* micro-placements scheme which encourages students to experience a day-to-day professional working environment in their chosen area of interest.

Micro-placements are unpaid and last between two to four weeks during the summer. They are open to second year undergraduate students from 12 academic departments.

All opportunities are secured by our Placements Team.

*Winners of the 2015 AGR award for ' Best Preparation for Work Initiative' (Higher Education)

The micro-placements scheme is an effective recruitment solution for your business.

Offer a two to four week work placement to identify new talent, develop your business and benefit from our students fresh ideas and enthusiasm. You might also secure a useful link for future employment.

To gain a place on the scheme, students go through a highly competitive selection process which includes, CV assessments, attending career workshops and a panel interview.

Successful applicants liaise closely with Royal Holloway University Placement Officers who source work opportunities matched to their specified area of interest.

The Placements Team works with a large number of organisations to offer a variety of roles across all industries including;  

  • TV Production
  • Education
  • Publishing & Printing
  • Law Firms
  • Finance
  • Charities
  • Environment & conservational
  • Arts & Heritage
  • Public Relations & Marketing

What do employers say about us.

‘The whole experience participating in Royal Holloway University of London placement scheme was an absolute pleasure from start to finish. The scheme was well-organised, the students were incredibly well-prepared and work-ready, and had a real understanding of what to expect from the scheme. A well-oiled machine!

Furthermore, I felt that the scheme really exemplified the quality of students from the university - employers should all be dying to get their hands on them!

I hope to continue to work with Royal Holloway University of London on its employability schemes, and will most definitely be recommending the university to other organisations.’

Isobel Colchester, Chief Executive, Poet in the City

‘The student was the first intern we have had in the finance team at Airwave, so it was a bit of a learning experience for us both.  From her side, I think it helped her understand that the tasks she will face in the real world will not always have a definite answer, or all the information needed to find one.

From our side, the student was able to help out on project work we had, I threw her in at the deep end and she acquitted herself well.’

Mike Williams, Head of Commercial Finance, Airwave Solutions

Next Steps?

We would love to hear from you!

For further information on micro-placements or any other work experience opportunities, please contact a member of the Placements Team.

Contact details



The Royal Holloway micro-placement scheme is open to all second year students from 12 departments across the university, and 1st and 2nd year students studying Criminology. For further information, please see your departmental webpage under Work Experience.

The placements take place every year between June and September, lasting between two to four weeks. All placements are unpaid, however Royal Holloway does reimburse travel expenses incurred during your placement.

The placement team will try to source you a placement in your chosen area of interest and match you to the most relevant placement provider for your area of interest. Whilst we  do our best to source placements from a wide range of industries, from  publishing to working in a laboratory,we always rely on employers’ availability to host students. In our experience, we have found that a successful placement is one where students are flexible with their areas of interest and open to explore new areas.

In order to get a place on the scheme, all students need to go through a recruitment process. This process in itself, is a good way to improve your employability skills and hone those skills required for the job market.

Why join the scheme?

  • Get an insight into a professional work environment
  • Create contacts in the industry
  • The work experience will look great on your CV
  • You will acquire new skills
  • Improve your employability prospects

Student experiences

Elliot Lloyd - JSA Landscaping

Kadija Murray - Airwave Solutions

Katherine Wan - Penguin Random House

 For more case studies, workshop dates, deadlines, your Placements Officer and much more, click on your department below. (Please note dates will be updated in October 2016)

Next Steps?

For the 2016-17 scheme, applications open in October 2016! Keep an eye out on the website and email for dates.

Contact Details

If you have any questions before the start of the scheme, please contact a member of the Placements Team via your departmental page. 



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