Recruit our students

How will you connect with our students?

Register and manage your own vacancies on our jobs board

Did you know you can promote your vacancies free of charge to all University of Plymouth students and graduates through myCareer, the Career Service's online jobs board?

The types of vacancies you are able to advertise through this service include graduate jobs and schemes, casual or part-time roles, and short-term summer internships/placements.

As well as advertising your vacancy on our jobs board, we can also offer interview space on campus and suggest opportunities for you to come onto campus and engage with our student in person. 

Placements and work-based learning opportunities

If you are considering offering a twelve-month placement or work-based learning opportunity (also commonly referred to as a sandwich year, a year in industry, or a work placement) to our students, then please get in touch using the contact details below to discuss your options with one of our dedicated Placement Advisers:

Email us: placements@plymouth.ac.uk

Call us: +44 (0)1752 586007

Read about the experiences of some of the employers in our network.

Case Study

"During my final year I linked in with the Careers Service and signed up to the jobs board. I found and applied to an advertised Trainee CAD Engineer vacancy. Using their workshops to build my confidence and skills I applied and was I successful. Thanks to the Careers Service I found and I am now working in my dream job!" 

Nathan Coombes, HNC Construction – Partner Colleges

“We found that the University of Plymouth Careers Service provided an excellent route for us to gain contact with appropriately qualified engineers. This proved successful for both us as a company and for graduates who had recently completed their course” 

Mathew Venner, Regional Manager, Beacon Communication Services

Nathan Coombes and Mathew Venner

Would you like to offer an enthusiastic University of Plymouth student an internship?

Employing an intern is a cost-effective, flexible method of identifying a talented individual and using their skills and enthusiasm to contribute to your organisation. 

An intern can fill a skills gap, contribute to a one-off project or help determine whether there is a scope for a more permanent position. 

This is also an opportunity to bring in a new perspective and fresh ideas to your organisation whilst providing valuable work experience to our students.

The University of Plymouth, as one of the Santander Partner Universities, can offer funding to enable SMEs to recruit students or graduates as an intern. 

Therefore, if you are you seeking the expertise of one of our students and/or recent graduates but finances are holding you back then the Santander work experience bursary may be for you.

Graduate internships

We are able to offer funding support to an SME employer which will offset the cost of hiring our alumni into a graduate role. The amount is intended to partially cover the employees’ wages which should be match funded by your organisation. The funding can contribute £157.50 per week for up to 10 weeks, with the expectation that the organisation will contribute at least £157.50 per week to the wages also.

To be eligible your organisation must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a small and/or medium enterprise (SME) with fewer than 250 employees
  • You have a turnover of less than £50 million a year
  • You can provide a contract of employment and pay the employee through your payroll system
  • Your organisation has suitable liability insurance
  • Your organisation can have a maximum of two placements a year. 

If your organisation meets the criteria and you would like to discuss this further please contact us on employers.careers@plymouth.ac.uk or call +44 1752 587729

Employer testimonial

"SD Hardware is a fast-growing business and we needed help with various projects for our e-commerce site. The University of Plymouth with Santander combined to offer an internship that would help with not just the employer but also the candidate to learn new skills. We decided on Daniel. I have to say that this was one of the best decision I have made. Not quite understanding exactly how we would achieve the projects that I wanted, Daniel came in and very quickly and professionally understood what needs to be done. Not only has he completed the required tasks he went on to show and guide SD Hardware to a new level of understanding of our internal IT system and how it can work more efficiently. I would not hesitate in using an intern from the University of Plymouth and recommending to other companies. It has made me understand my companies IT needs and has added real short and long-term value."

– Gary Ewings, Managing Director, SD Hardware

Meet our students in person on campus

Each year we hold career fairs for part-time work, internships, placement and graduate roles to provide employers with he opportunity to meet our students in person and to identity potential candidates. You can find out more about these events by visiting www.plymouth.ac.uk/employers.

“We were impressed by the Careers Service at Plymouth; the team were very clear and concise about all the fair details. We were recruiting for our hospitality and gaming departments, for which we received an overwhelming amount of interest and have shortlisted some excellent candidates.”

Alison Molloy, Events Manager, Grosvenor Casino Plymouth
Part-time Jobs Fair attendee

Discover more ways to engage with Plymouth students and graduates to raise your profile on campus

From career fairs and drop-ins, to mentoring and internships, the Careers Service can offer cost-effective alternatives to traditional direct recruitment routes. They also facilitate ways for businesses to help students gain the necessary skills and experience to excel in their chosen field.

See how you can engage further with the University of Plymouth Careers Service

Meet the campus-wide Careers & Employability team