Careers and employability

Enterprise and volunteering

Student Oliver Peel with his new brewing business

Leeds Internship Programme

We advertise a range of smaller, 8-12 week paid internships in local SMEs, charities, University of Leeds departments and multi-national organisations. Over half of these opportunities are exclusive to University of Leeds students meaning that the number of students you are competing against is lower than if it was a national scheme. To find out more email our employability team.

Student enterprise

If you’re keen to develop your entrepreneurial skills or set up your own business, then we have the facilities and experience to help you.

The University’s innovative SPARK initiative can help you with business start-up support, advice and funding to develop an idea you may have into a viable business. You also have the opportunity to apply for the year in enterprise programme, which gives you the chance to take a year out to develop your business – you’ll receive a £5,000 bursary and have access to advice, mentoring and professional networks.

Visit the enterprise website to find out more.

Clubs, societies and volunteering

Leeds University Union (LUU) runs over 300 student-led clubs and societies, bringing like-minded students together. Whether you want to pursue an interest or try something new to add to your CV, there’s something for everyone. The ShockSoc society is our School society that offers you a number of opportunities throughout your degree.

Volunteering is a great way for you to enhance your CV further and develop valuable skills, as well as giving something back to the community. The LUU has a number of student-led volunteering societies that you can choose to get involved with, such as Leeds RAG and Engineers without borders. There’s also the chance to develop your own ideas into a project with the Leeds for Life Foundation cash grants.