Student Placements & Internships

The SWDTP Placement Scheme offers you the opportunity to get work experience of up to six months in a relevant partner organisation. This can benefit your research as well as helping to enhance your CV and future employment prospects.  All SWDTP-funded doctoral students are eligible to take part. It is not usually possible to arrange a placement during an MRes year.

If you are interested in doing a placement, it is best to speak to your supervisor in the first instance, and arrange an informal discussion with the SWDTP Collaboration Facilitator, Rob Keegan.

Full-time placements are usually between one and six months although we recommend a minimum of six weeks.  Part-time placements can be longer subject to a cap on total working hours. Subject to agreement with your supervisor, placements can start at any point during your studies, but not within the first three months and must start, at the very latest, before the last three months of a studentship.

“I feel that my PhD research and academic responsibilities within the university have benefited from my three months away (on placement). I have returned to my studies fresh and revitalised, with new ideas and a new enthusiasm for my work… I would highly recommend this scheme to other students in terms of its academic, career and personal benefits.”

– Comment from a former PhD student

Funding your placement

If your placement request is approved by the Academic Advisory Board you will be given the relevant extension to your ESRC award and completion/submission date.

The Collaboration Facilitator will help you develop your application, as well as approaching external organisations and developing a formal placement agreement on your behalf.  You are also required to complete an end of placement report and work with the Collaboration Facilitator to produce a feature or case study which may be used by the SWDTP for promotion and impact reporting purposes.

Further information and all relevant documents are here:

For further information and guidance and to discuss your ideas contact the SWDTP Collaboration Facilitator Rob Keegan

We can offer bespoke and prestigious placement and internship opportunities with our partners at the Environment Agency in Bristol and the Cabinet Office in London

Please click on the links or contact Rob for more info.