Graduate jobs and internships


Graduate Jobs and Internships

If you are looking for graduate roles, internships, work experience or voluntary work in the UK or globally, use the resources and services below:

UCL and The University of London vacancy services 

Lots of employers approach UCL and The Univeristy of London directly to advertise opportunities which in some cases may not be advertised elsewhere.

UCL JobOnline

UCL JobOnline is a vacancy search engine that enables UCL students and graduates to find career opportunities. Jobs listed on this site range from part-time work, voluntary work and work experience to internships and full time graduate positions.

Find out more and register for UCL Job Online

UCL Talent Bank

Talent Bank connects UCL students and graduates with opportunities within small- and medium -sized organisations and via UCL alumni.

UCL Talent Bank will shortlist and recommend relevant UCL students and graduates, to employers, who fit the bill and will proactively contact relevant candidates.

"UCL Talent Bank is a quick and easy way to find fantastic opportunities with SMEs. As a recent graduate I found many relevant, interesting opportunities and first one I applied for, I got! The job I have now has fast tracked my career and I’ve even started a professional qualification." – Sarah, BSc Economics, 2011.

Find out more and register for UCL Talent Bank

The University of London STEP Internship Programme

The Careers Group in partnership with Step Ltd have paid graduate internship opportunities available throughout the year.  All internships are paid and not subject to tax or national insurance.  Advice and support provided throughout the placement to make the most of the experience and there is the potential for a permanent job at the end of the internship.

‘It was a great experience and helped increase the look on my CV with a great reference.’

‘My Step Internship was a perfect first step into full time employment.’

The University of London Temp Agency

The Temp Agency is a professional recruitment agency offering a specialised and tailored service to both student and graduates by placing candidates in both temporary and permanent positions working within The University of London, its associated Colleges and institutes as well as with external local businesses.

UCL Union JobShop

An online job site provided specifically for current UCL students and recent graduates who are looking for part-time, temporary and/or vacation work.

Vacancies are available in a wide range of job roles with recruiters who are local to UCL or who are based on campus.

Working at UCL (UCL Human Resources) 

For those who want to work for UCL, all full and part time vacancies are advertised via the UCL Human Resources Department.

Find out more about working at UCL

Online Job boards

The internet can be a valuable tool for finding job vacancies as there are a whole host of sources of vacancies online.

Individual Job sites can advertise opportunities for a huge range of different types of jobs or be limited to a specific industry sector.

See The Careers Group guide to job hunting for lists of the most popular graduate job boards, online newspaper and trade journals and ideas for other ways to carry out your job search.

Graduate internships and work experience

Gaining experience of the industry that you are interested is important (and sometimes essential) in the current highly competitive job market.

There are increasingly opportunities for those leaving UCL to gain access to graduate internships, work experience and shadowing offered by a very diverse range employers on a short, long or part-time basis.


Opportunities are advertised as and when vacancies arise and can often be less structured than traditional graduate scheme internships. They also vary hugely both in type of work you will undertake and whether you will be paid for your time.

Two good sources of graduate internships are:

UCL Job Online – access to a huge number of internship, work experience and temporary opportunities (in some cases advertised solely to UCL students and graduates through this site).  Search for internships by keyword, location, job type and hours.

Graduate talent pool – a partnership between government and employers designed to help UK graduates looking for work placements. The internships are based primarily in England, and you can search for opportunities by career sector and region. In addition to listing internship opportunities there are tips and advice on CVs, applications and interviews.

In addition, our online guides to finding advertised internships and work experience have further listings of both generalist internship sites as well as some that are sector specific.

Whilst there are a growing number of online vacancy sources, the majority of opportunities are never publicised and you will need to be proactive in creating these opportunities for yourself in the same way you might for jobs.  See our job hunting section.

Work experience/ shadowing

Sometimes organisations are not able to offer internships but will allow you to gain some short-term experience or to ‘work shadow’ someone. This involves spending time with a professional, watching what their role entails. It may be for one or two days but if you make yourself indispensable for that brief time, they may invite you to stay longer. In order to identify these types of possibilities, you will need to pinpoint the career area(s) you would like to research and then look for suitable people to shadow.  Try to find contacts via family and friends or other networks and if that is not successful, make speculative applications to individuals working in organisations that attract you. The key to a successful shadowing placement is being proactive.

Employer recruitment fairs and events

Careers fairs and employer presentations are some of the best ways to learn more about opportunities that might interest you.

These events are an excellent opportunity to meet potential employers face to face and market yourself to your chosen industry.

As a UCL GradClub member you have access to the entire UCL employer fairs, presentations and events programme that primarily runs in the autumn and spring. The best way to be kept informed of these events is to sign-up to UCL alert where you will receive first notification of relevant events run by UCL Careers Service plus information on job vacancies and other careers events straight from employers or The Careers Group.  Find out more.

Make Yourself More Employable Blog

Keep an eye on our blog for news from recruiters, interesting articles from the media, features on a range of sectors, success stories from GradClub members and students, general careers advice and links to relevant twitter feeds.

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