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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.

By taking part, you can:

  • Stand out from the crowd by undertaking a Micro-Placement project
  • Be part of the competitive process where you will receive exclusive training and constructive feedback
  • Gain concise insight into a particular sector or organisation
  • Increase your employability prospects
  • Enhance and develop your commercial awareness
  • Develop your confidence and resilience
  • Build a network of industry contacts
  • Project manage at an early stage whilst benefiting a company at the forefront of business
  • Get a supervisor and mentor during your Micro-Placement
  • Do it over the summer so it is convenient to you.

What skills can you develop?

  • Project management
  • Written and oral communication
  • Interpersonal
  • Time-management
  • Leadership
  • Team-working
  • Business etiquette
  • Organisation
  • Multi-tasking and prioritisation

Through undertaking a Micro-Placement, you will be able to talk about your experiences in applications and interviews for internships and graduate schemes.

When do Micro-Placements take place and how long are they?

Micro-Placements are between 2-5 weeks long and take place during the summer, between June and August 2018. You can also choose to do a full-time or part-time Micro-Placement which works according to your schedule. This is an ideal time to gain work-experience as it will not interfere with your studies and is not a lenthy commitment!

Which students can apply?

First YearSecond Year
BSc Psychology*BSc Psychology*
BSc Accounting & FinanceBSc Accounting & Finance
BSc Actuarial ScienceBSc Sociology*
BSc Mathematics*BSc Politics*

*The Micro-Placements Programme is open to BSc Psychology, BSc Sociology with Psychology, Bsc Criminology and Psychology, BSc Mathematics, BSc Mathematics with Finance & Economics, BSc Mathematics & Finance, BSc Sociology, BSc Criminology, BSc Criminology and Sociology, BSc Media Communication and Sociology, BSc Politics, BSc International Politics, BSc International Political Economy, BSc International Politics and Sociology.

I’m interested, what do I do now?
Fill out an expression of interest form on CareersHub by 11:59pm Tuesday 10th October 2017.

To view the Micro-Placements Flyer, please click here.

Sophia Demetriou-Jones, LLB3 Law student

"I enjoyed my Micro-Placement because it was so different from anything else I'd done before. As a law student I hadn't been exposed to the education/tech start-up scene so that area of work was alien to me!

I was given responsibility right away and the 5 weeks I spent at The Profs definitely improved my ability to work under pressure, think on my feet and overcome obstacles more easily. I was lucky enough to come away with a part-time job offer and I've continued working with them since my placement finished!"

What is the Micro-Placements Programme?

Micro-Placements are short-term, convenient projects which focus on career exploration and you will complete a project at an employer’s office and essentially project manage.

Who is the programme open to?

First YearSecond Year
BSc Psychology*BSc Psychology*
BSc Accounting & FinanceBSc Accounting & Finance
BSc Actuarial ScienceBSc Sociology*
BSc Mathematics*BSc Politics*

How long is the Micro-Placement?

Micro-Placements are two-five weeks long. You get the choice of how long you want to commit.

When and where will my Micro-Placement take place?

  • Micro-Placements take place in between June and August 2018, right after your exams
  • Micro-Placements will be local and will take place within Central and Greater London and travel expenses will be covered.

What types of projects could I work on?

Projects may be self-contained or form part of a larger, on-going project. Examples of projects can include:

  • Development of a prototype
  • Research and production of an impact framework for a community-run project
  • Data presentation and illustration
  • Production of an advisory report on proposed changes
  • Development of your organisation’s social media presence
  • Internet-based research
  • Reviewing communications and your organisation’s website
  • User surveys
  • Research into target clients/markets
  • Digitisation of materials/resources.

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

This will depend on your specific Micro-Placement, but there are both full-time and part-time options available. We suggest you notify us of your preference in the Expression of Interest form.

Will my travel and lunch expenses be covered?

You will have all your lunch and travel expenses covered. The team will try and work with employers to offer payment but this is not always guaranteed.

When do applications open?

The expression of interest form opens on Monday 25th September and the deadline to submit your form is 11.59pm, Tuesday 10th October 2017.

How will students be selected for a Micro-Placement?

The application and selection process:

  • Attend Workshop 1: CVs, applications and interview guidance
  • Attend Workshop 2: Email etiquette, networking & personal branding
  • Application submission
  • Panel Interview with academics and Careers Service staff
  • Interviews with host organisations
  • Final placement etiquette workshop in May 2018
  • Go on Micro-Placement.

You will need to attend two mandatory workshops taking place in weeks beginning 16th and 23rd October 2017, prior to being eligible to apply. Successful students will also attend a pre-placement workshop prior to starting their Micro-Placement to learn how to make the most of the experience.

Please note the following exception:

  • Law students will have to attend both workshops in the week beginning October 16th.

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. All workshops are timetabled and we are repeating the sessions so hope to accommodate your needs.

I did not submit an expression of interest form, can I still go to the workshops?

We believe learning is essential and therefore the workshops are 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 however, you will not be able to participate in the programme.

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

Attending both workshops is mandatory and unfortunately we are unable to progress students who have not attended both.

Can I book a mock interview before my MPP panel interview?

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

When will I hear back about my interview?

Students will be notified of the outcome of their interview by mid-January 2018 with the exception of Mathematics students.

Please note the following exception:

  • Maths students will not be interviewed until January 2018.

Once accepted on the programme, can I apply for a Micro-Placement at more than one organisation?

Successful applicants will be matched by the Micro-Placement Programme with up to four projects. If offered an opportunity, you are required to attend the interview with the host organisation.

Will I get to choose what organisation I undertake my Micro-Placement at?

Choosing the organisation is a mutual decision between the student and organisation. If you receive more than one offer from your interviews, you are free to choose your Micro-Placement.

Will I be guaranteed my industry preference?

Whilst we make every effort to ensure that your Micro-Placement matches your preferences, we cannot guarantee it. We will, however, try and accommodate one of your three sector choices.

How will I be supported on my Micro-Placement?

You will have a mentor or supervisor throughout your Micro-Placement.

What is expected of me on my Micro-Placement?

On Micro-Placement, you are expected to demonstrate a proactive approach to your project that shows commitment and enthusiasm.

Will I get a chance to meet my host organisation before the placement?

After students have been matched, we will send your application and profile to your host organisation and strongly encourage you to meet them prior to your placement. This may take a form of a face-to-face interview, Skype conference or a phone call.

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

Unfortunately, some examination re-sits may clash with your Micro-Placement and in that case you must forfeit your place.

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

As the academic term finished on July 31st, International Students who want to complete a Micro-Placement in June – July will be restricted to a part-time option of 20 hours (or however many hours are stated in your visa restrictions). If you would like to do your Micro-Placement in August, you will be able to do it on a part-time or full-time basis depending on your preferences.

Where can I get more information?