Placements and industry links
The Placements Team at Royal Holloway is offering a limited number of work experience placements to interested students studying History.If you are a second year History student, this is your chance to develop professional skills and improve your career prospects after graduation in your desired career area.
Placements include a varied selection of work experiences tailored to the students' interests, in areas such as publishing, audio and video production, theatres or musical venues. Placements are typically 2-4 weeks in length and will take place between May and October 2015. Most of the placements are located around London, but requests for flexibility in location will be taken into account.
Apply for the scheme
To gain a placement secured by The Placements Team, students will have to go through a competitive selection process. To find out more about the application process you are invited to an Intro to Placements presentation for History students on Tuesday, the 14th of October 2014 at 5pm in WIN0-03.
For information and guidance on finding your own placement or internship, visit Royal Holloway's Careers and Employability website.Royal Holloway Careers and Employability is offering support for students through the career decision-making process, helping them look for suitable jobs or study, meet employers, research postgraduate courses and apply successfully.
Student success stories
Case study 1: Two History students, Emma Crew and Elle Larsson, won placements at the BBC during summer 2012.
"Work experience placements at the BBC are designed to quickly introduce you to a wide range of roles that contribute to the production of television programmes. Our placements on history documentaries meant we were able to participate in and observe a variety of these roles.
"Between us we conducted research, sourced props, collected equipment, went out on location and witnessed filming first-hand for both live and pre-recorded shows. We also transcribed footage and observed edits.
"Our four weeks were a valuable hands-on learning experience that it would be very difficult to find elsewhere and we really enjoyed the opportunity. We gained valuable experience right through from the initial application process and would encourage other students not to be put off by the number of applicants that the BBC receives. Be optimistic, take a risk and give it a go!"
Case study 2: In spring 2012 History student Rosa O’Rourke won the Arts and Humanities Award as part of the high-profile annual national TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards, sponsored by a list of top graduate recruiters. Her prize, supported by Barclays, was a summer internship with the company and a personal meeting with the Chief Executive. Encouraged to enter by Royal Holloway’s Careers Service, Rosa topped a very strong field of over 500 students from a group of the top universities in the country.
"This is a huge opportunity for me as the internship gives me the chance to network with other areas of the business where I may be interested in working in the future. It has been an incredibly rewarding process which I would recommend to any other students who may consider applying in the future." Rosa O’Rourke