Graduate Jobs and Internships
If you are looking for graduate roles, internships, work experience or voluntary work in the UK or globally, use the resources/service below as starting points:
Lots of employers approach UCL directly to advertise opportunities which in some cases may not be advertised elsewhere.
UCL JobOnline is a vacancy search engine that enables UCL students and graduates to find career opportunities. Jobs listed on this site range from part-time work, voluntary work and work experience to internships and full time graduate positions.
If you're considering working or studying internationally our International Futures site, (hosted by our parent body, The Careers Group), contains graduate vacancies and internships outside the UK, country specific labour market information plus a range of other resources such as blogs, discussion forums and videos.
The internet can be a valuable tool for finding job vacancies as there are a whole host of sources of vacancies online.
Individual Job sites can advertise opportunities for a huge range of different types of jobs or be limited to a specific industry sector.
See The Careers Group guide to job hunting for lists of the most popular graduate job boards, online newspaper and trade journals and ideas for other ways to carry out your job search.
Gaining experience of the industry that you are interested is important (and sometimes essential) in the current highly competitive job market.
There are increasingly opportunities for those leaving UCL to gain access to graduate internships, work experience and shadowing offered by a very diverse range employers on a short, long or part-time basis.
Opportunities are advertised as and when vacancies arise and can often be less structured than traditional graduate scheme internships. They also vary hugely both in type of work you will undertake and whether you will be paid for your time.
Two good sources of graduate internships are:
UCL Job Online - access to a huge number of internship, work experience and temporary opportunities (in some cases advertised solely to UCL students and graduates through this site). Search for internships by keyword, location, job type and hours.
Graduate talent pool - a partnership between government and employers designed to help UK graduates looking for work placements. The internships are based primarily in England, and you can search for opportunities by career sector and region. In addition to listing internship opportunities there are tips and advice on CVs, applications and interviews.
In addition, our online guides to finding advertised internships and work experience have further listings of both generalist internship sites as well as some that are sector specific.
- UCL Careers Service guide to graduate internships
- The Careers Group guide to Vacation Opportunities 2011/12
Whilst there are a growing number of online vacancy sources, the majority of opportunities are never publicised and you will need to be proactive in creating these opportunities for yourself in the same way you might for jobs. See our job hunting section.
Work experience/ shadowing
Sometimes organisations are not able to offer internships but will allow you to gain some short-term experience or to ‘work shadow’ someone. This involves spending time with a professional, watching what their role entails. It may be for one or two days but if you make yourself indispensable for that brief time, they may invite you to stay longer. In order to identify these types of possibilities, you will need to pinpoint the career area(s) you would like to research and then look for suitable people to shadow. Try to find contacts via family and friends or other networks and if that is not successful, make speculative applications to individuals working in organisations that attract you. The key to a successful shadowing placement is being proactive.
Careers fairs and employer presentations are some of the best ways to learn more about opportunities that might interest you.
These events are an excellent opportunity to meet potential employers face to face and market yourself to your chosen industry.
As a UCL GradClub member you have access to the entire UCL employer fairs, presentations and events programme that primarily runs in the autumn and spring. The best way to be kept informed of these events is to sign-up to UCL alert where you will receive first notification of relevant events run by UCL Careers Service plus information on job vacancies and other careers events straight from employers or The Careers Group. Find out more...
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Research suggest that only 25% of jobs are advertised publically. The majority of jobs are accessed using a diverse range of job search strategies and being proactive. Find out more in our job hunting section
Our online Careers Resource Library, (hosted by The Careers Group, University of London), provides listings of a huge range of online job sites, employer directories and recruitment agencies. Use search tags such as "Job Site", "Employer Directory" or Recruitment Agency". Alternatively, search by a sector or type of job e.g. "engineering", "law", "accountancy", "media", "journalism" etc. for more specific information or job sites.
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