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Placements – University of Reading

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    Gain valuable work experience as you study and enhance your career prospects


Gain relevant work experience and apply the theoretical and analytical skills you learn during your degree to the real world.

If you are one of our single-honours degree students, there is the possibility of doing a placement in between your second and final year of study, or opt instead for internship opportunities during vacations.

Watch our film to discover more about taking a placement as part of your studies



Our students have previously taken up placement opportunities with the following companies:

  • Bottomline Technologies
  • Grant Thornton
  • Walt Disney Company
  • RSM UK Tax & Accounting

“Recruiters have confirmed that 32% of this year's entry-level positions are expected to be filled by graduates who have already worked for their organisations”

High Fliers Survey 2016, AGCAS

Dedicated PLacement support

We have a dedicated placement coordinator based within the Department who can provide you with professional placement training and one-to-one support with applications and preparing for a placement.

The Government Economic Service

In addition to opportunities within the private sector, you may also apply for placements within government.

The Government Economic Service (GES) offer one-year and summer internships. Through GES's internship scheme you get the chance to support professional economists in a range of government departments.

Previous students studying the GES scheme have completed placement years in:

  • HM Treasury
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Home Office
  • Office for National Statistics
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Emma's story

Emma Wilks undertook a placement at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It was an excellent opportunity for her to apply her degree to the real world and gain a first-hand insight into a key UK governmental organisation.

“You learn skills and personal qualities that you just cannot learn at University while also being able to add to your CV, have lots of stories to tell and stand out from the crowd when applying to graduate roles.”

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