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The Micro-Placements Programme

The Micro-Placements Programme provides an opportunity for students to take on exciting projects and gain real life experience to enhance their core employability skills and explore different career options.

The Micro-Placements Programme offers opportunities for students who want to explore careers different from those traditionally associated with their degree. It is an exciting way to gain professional experience via short summer placements with a wide range of London-based employers. The aim of the Programme is to give you real-life exposure to the business environment and enhance your employability skills. The Micro-Placements Programme will take place in June and July 2021. Law students will be taking their placement in June. All placements will be 140 hours across a minimum of 4 weeks.

We are excited to announce for the first time the Micro-Placements Programme has become a 15-credit bearing elective module.

Am I eligible?

In 2020/21 the Micro-Placements Programme is offered to a number of courses. You can find the full list of courses here

I’m interested, what do I do now?

If the Programme is offered to your course as an elective, you can start your journey in three simple steps:

  1. Complete a short Expression of Interest form which opens on Monday 28th September 2020  and closes on Sunday 11th October 2020. To express interest please click here.
  2. Attend a mandatory MPP Workshop.
  3. Complete an Online Application form.

Supporting materials and feedback will be given.

If you would feel supported in completing your application by the introduction of some reasonable adjustments, then please contact us to discuss this further.

Hear directly from one of your peers, Kishan Chatwal, on how completing a Micro-Placement supported his employability.

Read Kishan Chatwal’s story here.

Frequently asked questions about the Micro-Placement programme

How long is the Micro-Placement?

All placements will be 140 hours across a minimum of 4 weeks. Law students will be taking their placement in June only.

What is the timeline for Micro-Placements?

Should your application be successful, the team will invite you to attend a virtual assessment centre hosted by our partners Gradcore, and an interview. You will know the outcome before the winter break as to whether your are successfully onto the Programme. All of these autumn recruitment activities will be completed remotely.

Should you be successfully placed on the Programme, you will be matched with a project in the Spring and officially select the module. You will complete the placement in the summer and your assessment in the autumn term of the next academic year. Therefore, if you are an eligible first year this will technically be a second year elective module, and if you are an eligible second year it will technically be a third year elective module. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Micro-Placements team micro-placements@city.ac.uk

When and where will my Micro-Placement take place?

Micro-Placements take place in June and July 2021, after your exams. Law students will be taking their placement in June. All placements will be 140 hours across a minimum of 4 weeks. You will be placed with organisations based in Central and Greater London (Zones 1-4) and your travel expenses will be covered by host organisations. All placements are intended to take place at the employers place of work. Should it be unsafe or unfeasible to return to offices, projects will take place remotely.

What types of projects could I work on?

Examples of projects our student worked on in the past include:

  • Chamber and Committee Team Assistance project with the House of Commons (public sector)
  • Sustainability project with Pinsent Masons LLP (law firm)
  • Premier League Marketing Campaign project with Sky UK (telecommunications company)
  • Human Resources and Employee Engagement projects with Tata Consulting Services (information technology service)
  • Competition Analysis project with Salt-Water Sandals (retailer)
  • Data Protection Improvement and GDPR compliance project with Save the Children International (charity)
  • Customer Relations project with Hachette (publisher)
  • Financial Analysis with Sportyminis (educational programme)
  • Marketing assistant with Pulse Social (social enterprise)

How many hours will I be required to work per week?

All placements will be 140 hours across a minimum of 4 weeks. These can be completed on a full or part time basis, although Law students must complete their placement in June.

Will my travel and lunch expenses be covered?

Yes, you will have all your lunch and travel expenses covered if you are working from the office.

I have missed the deadline, can I still apply?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications after the deadline, due to the competitive nature of this programme.

What if I cannot attend a specific workshop?

If you cannot attend your allocated workshop, please let us know as soon as possible and we will try to accommodate you at another workshop subject to availability.

I did not submit an Expression of Interest form, can I still go to the workshops?

We believe learning is essential and therefore the workshop is open to all students in participating courses and year groups. If you have not submitted an Expression of Interest form you will still be allowed to attend the workshops but you will not be able to participate in the Micro-Placements Programme.

I did not attend the Workshop, can I still progress on the programme?

Attending the Workshops is mandatory and, unfortunately, we are unable to progress students who failed to attend.

Can I book a mock interview before my MPP interview?

Yes, we encourage students to book mock interviews with the Careers Service Careers Advisors. You can book an appointment online here.

When will I hear back about the outcome of my application?

You will be notified of the outcome of your application in w/c 9th November 2020 If you are successful, we will invite you to one of our Assessment Centres and to complete a short interview.

If I have to re-sit exams, can I still do my Micro-Placement?

Students failing to meet the requirements of the module through non-attendance of the Micro-Placement will result in them selecting an alternative stage 3 module.

I am an International Student, can I still do a Micro-Placement?

You can! As with all candidates, you can do a Micro-Placement so long as you can provide evidence that you have the right to work in the UK. As the number of hours you are allowed to work may be restricted by your visa, do not hesitate to contact the Micro-Placements Team for more guidance. Please contact the visa compliance team for specific visa questions on visacompliance@city.ac.uk.

Where can I get more information?

if you couldn't find answers to your questions above, please feel free to email us at micro-placements@city.ac.uk

Is the module assessed?

Yes, you will complete an assessment in the autumn term after your summer placement. Please see your module handbook for more information.