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Finding a work placement

This article contains four key stages to help you find a work placement

1) Read the Placement FAQs

Before looking for a placement job, have a look at this article: Placement Frequently Asked Questions.

2) Search for jobs 

'Search Vacancies' with Handshake; this will allow you to browse placement job opportunities of organisations that have registered with us.

3) Seek help from a Careers Adviser

Book an appointment with a Careers Adviser, we can help you to search for a placement job. You will also be able to discuss your career options, get CV and application form feedback and interview support.

4) Meet recruiting employers

Find out about upcoming careers fairs where you can meet recruiting employers.

International students

N.B:  If you are on a Tier 4 study visa, remember to check whether a work placement will affect your visa - for guidance, contact the Student Immigration Team (Advice) via email: sitadvice@herts.ac.uk or by telephone: 01707 284800.  This includes checking any restricted work placements.

International students (non-EU) can work full-time hours if they are undertaking a UH approved placement year as part of their studies. Outside of this, you can usually only work up to twenty hours per week – check your BRP card for how many hours you can work in term-time. You can undertake most types of work/work placement but you must NOT engage in business or self-employment which includes being a shareholder or owning a business.  Self-employment can also include selling your own products or regular Ebay selling.  You cannot take a placement as a professional sportsperson/sports coach.  Professional sportsperson includes playing or coaching, paid or unpaid, at all levels in any capacity.  This includes being registered with a national/youth/state/professional/semi-professional team.  This is not an exhaustive list, so if you are involved with any type of sporting activity or coaching, please seek advice from the International Student Support team. 

You also cannot be employed as an entertainer (including modelling) or doctor in training, and cannot fill a permanent full-time vacancy. UH international students are also not eligible to undertake a placement which involves solely being based from home.

If you are a University of Hertfordshire student, you will be able to work a maximum of 15 hours per week during term-time, regardless of whether you are a home or international student. 

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The Careers and Employment Service is open to all of our current students and graduate for up to four years after their course ends. Our services are currently operating remotely during our normal opening hours. We offer daily video and phone appointments with Careers Advisers. Please find out more by visiting our website: herts.ac.uk/careers.
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