Recruiting a student or graduate

The Business Partnership Team based in the Careers & Employability Service help businesses to employ University of Huddersfield students and graduates through a number of ways. We advertise employment opportunities through the JobShop, the University’s online jobs board. if you know any businesses who are considering employing students or graduates, please send their details to

We help businesses identify the most suitable option outlined below:

Extra-curricular opportunities for current students 

Part-time jobs - are you looking for assistance to help you with a just few hours or days a week? Employing a student can bring a much-needed pair of hands at peak times. part-time jobs are in huge demand from our students as they look to financially support themselves during their studies. students can help with admin, customer service or support work but can also bring their expertise related to their degree. for example, social media, graphic design, photography or web support. 

Volunteering – students can offer community organisations and charities a wealth of skills and attributes whilst gaining that much needed work experience. volunteering is encouraged by the university as we hope our students engage with their community and demonstrate their charitable nature. 

Summer internships – many of our students look for short-term opportunities through their summer vacation (June to mid-September) to develop their skills and enhance their longer-term employability prospects. you may have a specific project which requires a certain skill-set, or you might need an extra pair of hands through a busy period, either way, the fixed-term appointment of an intern could help your business. Internships are a great way to identify future talent and if the internship goes well, the student can work part-time when they return to their studies. 

Opportunities that are part of a student’s degree 

Placements – otherwise known as ‘sandwich years’ or the ‘year in industry’. placements are advertised through each academic school. contact your school placement unit for assistance. If you are not sure which placement unit to contact, we can point you in the right direction. 

Student projects – our students can undertake specific assignments or challenges, within the context of their degree, which will benefit your business. we invite businesses to put forward small projects, or briefs, which we can offer to students as research opportunities for their coursework/dissertation. Such application of knowledge enriches the student experience and builds on their academic understanding, thus increasing their confidence and career prospects. 

Employing graduates 

Employing graduates is a great way of filling junior vacancies in your business - they bring new ideas, a fresh perspective and they are available to work for you permanently as they have finished their degree. this employment can be done in two primary ways:

Graduate schemes – if you already have an established graduate scheme, small or large, we can help advertise this to our final year students and raise awareness amongst the student body.

Graduate internships – we understand many businesses will need to trial graduate recruitment before they commit to a permanent job. In this case, graduate internships are a great way of trialling graduates before offering a permanent role. if you are looking for someone who already has work experience. Graduate internships are also great if you have a shorter-term project which requires a specific skill set or a particularly busy period that you require extra help with. we have various funding options to support businesses recruiting our graduates. Internships are a great way of finding future talent.

Promoting your organisation to our students and graduates

For businesses who would like to meet our students, we host employer events throughout the academic year. during the COVID-19 pandemic we are hosting these options virtually:

Careers fairs – the perfect time and place to promote internships, graduate jobs, and graduate schemes to students from across all courses at the University. a general fair is held each year and is typically scheduled for October. We also host part-time jobs fairs, work abroad fairs, volunteering fairs and sector specific fairs.

Employer presentations – gain visibility and meet students to introduce your organisation and opportunities to Huddersfield students - arrange a workshop, q&a session, mock assessment centre, applications support or more to a targeted group of students.

Employer site visits – a site visit offers students the opportunity to connect with top professionals in the industry, get first-hand personal experience of the company, and direct exposure to their planned career. the insight that students can gain from these opportunities help them develop a greater understanding of the industry.

Mentoring – becoming a mentor to one of our students is a great way to support students hoping to join your industry or sector. you can provide insights into your sector, share your career journey, help students to network and offer advice and guidance when applying for jobs. Mentoring can also help to develop your own skills, by working with students on a one-to-one basis, you’ll improve your communication, leadership and coaching skills.

Sponsorship – get your name in front of our students by sponsoring a publication or event. 

Video content – provide a short video promoting your company / sector. 


To discuss any of the above in further detail, please email the Business Partnership Team at