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There are opportunities to undertake internships, helping you prepare for the move into your career of choice, once you’ve graduated. Past examples:

  • Research at the University of Kiel in Germany
  • Work experience at a gold and silver mining company in Eastern Kazakhstan
  • A field project in Shetland Isles
  • A placement at Caledonia Mining in Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • Research projects at the University of New South Wales, Sydney
  • An internship at EGI Utah Universities institute in Bratislava, Slovakia.
What is the Micro-Placements Scheme?

If you are a second year Earth Sciences student, the micro-placements scheme is your chance to develop professional skills and improve your career prospects after graduation.

Under this award-winning scheme, the Careers & Employability placements team offers a limited number of short summer placements across a wide range of industries to the most motivated students.

Micro-placements last between two and four weeks and take place during summer vacation. Most of the placements are located in and around London, but requests for flexibility in location may be taken into consideration. All placements are unpaid, but they are recognised on the students’ degree transcript and all travel expenses incurred during a micro-placement will be reimbursed.

The application process

In order to get a place on the scheme, you will need to go through a competitive selection process which has been designed to boost your employability and develop skills required for the job market.

Students attend workshops, get tailored feedback on their CVs and cover letters and attend a short interview. Successful applicants will be offered a placement secured by the placements team.

To find out more about the scheme, second year students have the chance to attend one of several micro-placements presentations running at the beginning of the autumn term. You can find further information here.

Student experiences

Intern @ ERCE Energy

Involvement in the company weekly meetings allowed me to understand how a company coordinates projects and keep other members up-to-date with current progress. Working on updating the companies’ database allowed me to gain an understanding on all the different types of projects and locations within a short period of time.

Intern @ WYG

The highlights from the placement included gaining knowledge into business development. This included networking, research into new sectors/clients and looking at key account management plans. I also gained an understanding of mapping data using google maps to present sites. As well as this I was also able to gain an insight into project work by reviewing reports and helping contribute towards presentations that would be used in conferences by the company.


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