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The Micro-Placements Programme

The Micro-Placements Programme is an exciting social-mobility initiative from City, University of London which aims to place students, the majority of whom are from under-represented backgrounds, into short-term career-exploration projects during the summer. Due to the success of our 2017/18 Office for Students pilot initiative, the Programme has now expanded to cover 31 courses across 4 Schools.

If you would like to offer a placement this year, please submit a Project Proposal Form.

What is a Micro-Placement?

Micro-placements are:

  • Work experiences lasting between 3-5 weeks between June - August 2019
  • Focused on the assignment of a specific project which is provided for the student by the host organisation
  • Part or Full-time, depending on your needs.

Why host a Micro-Placement?

  • Have a project completed which adds value to your business and can solve real business problems
  • Benefit from students’ transferable skills and help develop students’ soft skills
  • You will be helping students become more employable and enhancing your Corporate Social Responsibility Agenda, with the majority of students being from under-represented backgrounds
  • It’s time-efficient and flexible- students come to your office when it suits you- June-August 2019, full-time or part-time, for 3-5 weeks
  • Have direct contact with our diverse pool of students- the 2019 publication of the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide included rating of institutions by the proportion of undergraduate students from ethnic minority groups for which City was ranked first in London and third nationally.
  • Establish long-lasting links for future employment - at least 13 students have had extra employment and work experience as a direct result of Micro-Placements
  • Give students keen to work in your sector vital work experience which could improve the quality of graduate applications.

Frequently asked questions about the Micro-Placements Programme

How does the scheme focus on social mobility?

The Micro-Placements Programme is a great way of getting involved with outreach work and giving back to the community as part of your corporate social responsibility agenda. We encourage students from under-represented backgrounds to apply, as approximately 60% of students at City, University of London are from a widening participation background.

Widening participation students include the following:

  • Students from families where there is no previous history of higher education
  • Under-represented groups
  • Students from low-income backgrounds or low participation neighbourhoods
  • Looked after children or Care Leavers
  • Disabled students.

For more information on how Micro-Placements focuses on social mobility, please check out Office for Students blog post.

What types of projects can Micro-Placements include?

A project should be the focus of each Micro-Placement. We encourage projects which are:

  • Small-scale: for completion within a minimum of three working weeks and a maximum of five working weeks
  • Of sufficient complexity to provide a valuable learning experience for the student
  • Of value to your organisation.

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

We especially welcome projects in the following sectors:

  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Advertising, Marketing and PR
  • Public Sector
  • Education
  • Market Research
  • HR and Recruitment
  • Voluntary Sector/Charity work
  • Creative, Publishing and Media.

Can I submit multiple projects?

You can host any number of projects, with a recommended maximum of two students per project. Please submit one form per project as this will help us match the most appropriate student candidates for each opportunity.

Can multiple students work on the same project?

Multiple students can work on the same project. Please provide clear, distinct objectives for each student to ensure a valuable learning experience for all.

Which degree disciplines are Micro-Placements students from?

Micro-Placements students are from the following disciplines: Accounting and Finance, Actuarial Science, Economics, English, Law, Mathematics, Music, Politics, Psychology and Sociology.

What’s required of the host organisation?

  • Employer’s liability insurance- this is a legal requirement for any organisation employing more than one employee
  • London-based office space (zones 1-6) and equipment needed to complete the project
  • Ability to cover at least lunch and travel expenses. We strongly encourage the payment of the National Minimum Wage.
  • Have a health and safety policy in place.

Will Micro-Placement students be paid?

We require all participating organisations to cover travel expenses (where applicable) and either provide lunch or cover the costs of lunch (recommended £5-£10).

As a National Minimum Wage employer, and as per employment legislation, we strongly encourage the payment of at least the National Minimum Wage from all employers. Offering payment of a stipend or bonus in addition to expenses could also be considered in certain circumstances. Find out about minimum wage.

The student application process

Students undergo a highly competitive recruitment process to be successful on the Programme. The application process includes the following:

  • A mandatory workshop on CVs, applications, and email etiquette prior to submitting applications
  • Assessment Centre and Interviews for shortlisted applicants
  • Selected students will also be attending a pre-placement workshop prior to starting their Micro-Placement in order for them to learn how to make the most of the experience.

What if I want the student for longer than five weeks?

At City, we also have access to the Santander Internship Scheme for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which could be an option worth exploring for offering paid internships if you would like to keep the student for longer. Please note that any time worked after the 5 weeks should be covered by a separate agreement between the host organisation and the student and falls outside of the Micro-Placements Programme.

I would like to offer a Micro-Placement- what are my next steps?