There are various opportunities throughout the year for both undergraduate and postgraduate students to work with industry.
- We support short term opportunities for undergraduate students through our Internship Module, which encourages students to undertake a 30 hour work placement as part of their degree.
- We are also able to support longer term summer placements for students. Some of these opportunities will be sourced by us and others are sourced by the students themselves. We advertise a wide range of placements through our Careers Portal, GoinGlobal and will contact students regularly to advise of new opportunities.
- There are also a multitude of agencies and organisations that facilitate and offer placements, such as the Saltie Foundation. We work closely with these bodies to ensure our students are supported to apply and make the best of these opportunities.
- Industry projects - our engagement with industry is so expansive, it means that opportunities for students can come out of the blue. We have evidence of students meeting employers at our events and going onto undertake small project work for them.
- Volunteering opportunities with third sector and charitable organisations.
- Our postgraduate students are able to consider our Global Internship programme.
- A number of our postgraduate students also spend short periods of time working with local companies on real-life projects with many of them using it to undertake their MSc project.
For many ambitious, hard working students, summer presents them with the opportunity to undertake work placements and develop their business knowledge and skills. Michael McKaig, a 3rd year BSc Business Management student in the School of Business is one of these students. Michael wanted to use the summer to do something really interesting and he was successful in securing a summer placement with Verdant Spirits, in Dundee.
We have established a recent partnership with “Along Came Kirsty (ACK)”, a social enterprise company based in Dundee. This partnership allowed us to advertise a number of mentor roles, which were available as part of a project run by ACK, aimed at encouraging young people to consider careers in the voluntary sector.
What our students say
I came across the placement opportunity with EQ through the ICAS website. I am here for six weeks and doing a variety of accounting related work including accounts preparation, taxation and audit work. I think this placement will be very beneficial to me as it will give me some hands on experience of how things are actually carried out in a workplace environment. Also, working with a smaller, medium sized firm is better for me as it is not departmentalised so I get the opportunity to try a lot of different jobs.
Lia Hay – 3rd year – BAcc Accountancy
Summer placement with EQ Chartered Accountants, Dundee
I came across this opportunity through the Saltire Foundation which is actively promoted throughout Dundee University. Specifically, a previous Saltire Scholar had given a speech on my first day of university and since then I have said to myself that it is something I have to do.
I will be interning in Corporate Treasury with Jabil Circuit, one of the world’s largest electronic manufacturing companies. Specifically, I will be working within cash management, credit, and financial risk management. This involves work surrounding FX markets and minimising the risk of currency fluctuations, whilst also providing global oversight on cash positions and ensuring our exposure to our customers from a credit pov is minimised. I am looking forward to catching up with friends and finishing what has been an unforgettable 4 years at the University of Dundee.
Kieran McIntosh – 3rd year – BSc Business Management
Summer placement in Corporate Treasury with Jabil Circuit, Florida
I took up the position of commercial manager at Dundee Stars in the summer of 2016. It was a big role for a 19 year old student, however it has been a fantastic experience. During my second year at university I helped out the Stars during the business management internship module. At the end of the semester my predecessor stepped down and one thing led to another.
My main focus in the role is identifying and exploiting both existing and new avenues of revenue. The main area of this is sponsorships. We currently work with a range of commercial partners in the Dundee area and beyond; I am constantly looking to expand this portfolio and ensure that our clients reap value from their sponsorship. The opportunity to meet and work with local businesses has been a great experience that opens up many doors for my future employment. Allowing me to transfer my academic understanding into a practical setting has taught me so much and I feel prepared to enter a high-pressure full time role after university.
Elliot Shaw – 3rd year – BSc Business Management