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How to make the most of summer

Summer is nearly here and while it’s tempting to plan on spending the next three months relaxing in the sunshine, summer is also the best time to gain work experience.

Here are some opportunities you could get involved in as a Newcastle Uni student that will help you to wow employers.

1. Internships

Internships are intensive periods spent working within a company. They are usually held over the summer vacation, so they’re sometimes known as summer placements. However, they can happen and other times in the year and last for up to 6 months.

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Here are a few opportunities available for Newcastle Uni students to make the most of this summer:

Newcastle Work Experience

Newcastle Work Experience (NWE) is a paid, flexible work experience programme run by the Careers Service. It gives you the opportunity to do a challenging project-based placement within Newcastle University or various local businesses.

Santander Universities Internship

The Santander Universities Internship scheme offers a paid three month placement for final year students or graduates of the last two years, with a small to medium-sized company in the North East or London.

School Internships

Academic schools sometimes offer internships. For example, the Business School offers global experience internships in countries like India, China and Africa. These internships are open to all undergraduate degree disciplines, so it’s worth looking into even if you’re not part of the Business School.

2. Placement Year

Many undergraduate students have the opportunity to integrate a 9–12 month work placement into their degree. Summer is a good time to research and plan a placement year, which can help you develop skills, gain a better understanding of the world of work and potential help you receive a graduate job offer!

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3. Volunteering

Volunteering during the summer is a great way to give your time, energy and experience to help others – and there are also many benefits for you.

Go Volunteer, organised by the Students’ Union, offers loads of volunteering opportunities over the summer. These include working on theatre productions, local festivals and summer camps. Find more about the opportunities available on the Careers Service website.

There are also opportunities to help out at Open Days and Summer Schools run by the University.

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4. Student Expeditions

Want to organise your own expedition overseas?

Organising a research trip is an excellent way to see the world whilst developing your knowledge and confidence. The University Expeditions Committee can offer advice and, in some cases, financial assistance to help support worthwhile expeditions.


5. Fieldwork

Some academic schools offer fieldwork opportunities over summer, to help students develop a wide range of field skills that will ensure they stand out in the graduate job market. These field work opportunities are also some of the most enjoyable bits about the course!

Biology Field Trip



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