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Global Placements

Hosting a placement student is a great way to develop the next generation of talent, whilst supporting their programme and assessment.

Every year we support growing numbers of undergradute students to undertake formal placement opportunities in the UK and overseas as part of their year-in-industry. 

This widescale development of King's placement provision changes the identity of our provision, with access to a diverse talent pool based within a research-intensive leading instiution.

With dedicated support for faculties integrated into our central Employer Engagement function, your organisation will benefit from bespoke local intelligence on our students, whilst also being linked to the innovation and partnership of our wider teams ensuring your organisation develops a wide-ranging partnership with King's.

King's students are extremely well prepared for the workplace, and we have been impressed with everyone who has joined us as a placement student.

Host Supervisor at Haplo Services Ltd (hosted a Computer Science with a Year in Industry BSc student, 2019/20)

All placements are an integrated and assessed part of a student’s degree programme therefore opportunities must allow students to achieve the required learning objectives.

We work with employers from all industry sectors to support you through the whole placement lifecycle, including:

  • Formulating placement specifications, advertising and promotion, onboarding and assessment and health and safety
  • In-placement support, site visits and regular interactions
  • Review, reflection and re-integration to their programme and building your profile and talent pipeline on campus

Faculties with Global Placements provision

King's Careers & Employability facilitates provision for students undertaking a placement, including the complete partnership management with employers, to students on the following programmes:

King's Business School
Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Overall, the placement programme worked tremendously well for us. King's supported us through the recruitment process, and the student came to us fully prepared and aware of the expectations for the placement. An outstanding individual, the student brought a lot to our team and took a lot from the experience of working in a commercial software development environment as part of an experienced team.

Host Supervisor at Teletrac Navman (hosted a Computer Science with a Year in Industry BSc student, 2019/20)

Our Placement Support

• Play a significant role in future generations’ career learning & development
• Introduce a fresh and creative perspective to your team or organisation
• Attract and retain early global talent before students enter the graduate market
• Build your organisational reputation among our diverse student body
• Develop a strong recruitment pipeline from a leading Russell Group university

Your placement should meet the following criteria, together with King’s wider terms, policies and statement of professional standards in order that we can promote your opportunity to our students.

• Last between 3-12 months
• Start any time from June and finish by September of the following year
• Be paid at least the national minimum wage for the country in which you are based
• Provide Employers Liability Insurance cover
• Provide supervision throughout the placement
• Offer meaningful work experience

King's expects all placement students to be paid throughout the duration of their placement - salaries are entirely dependent on the organisation, sector and country, but generally range between £11,000 - £25,000 pa. for the UK (Prospects) or equivalent international rates.

King's Terms, Policies & Statement of Professional Standards (pdf)

We prepare our students for their placement year from day one of their degree with a series of placement information sessions and professional development workshops designed to support them throughout their placement journey.

With this, our aim is to help students to become placement-ready, so they are comfortable and confident to enter the workplace by the time they reach you for onboarding. All students are provided with a dedicated Global Placements Handbook, containing a wealth of information to assist them before they join you, during their placement and returning to King's.

We undertake a series of interactions with both students and employers during their placement, including workshops and check-in briefings conducted by members of our team or academic colleagues.

We’ve made it easy to engage with our placement students to ensure you’re able to recruit for your placement opportunities in a way that best suits your needs.

• Post your placement on our free King's CareerConnect vacancy board
• Feature your Placement in our Placement Student Newsletter
• Send a targeted email to specific student cohorts in the faculty
• Attend our Placements Networking Night or participate in dedicated placement workshops*
• Hold your interviews or assessment centres for placements on campus

Have you hosted a placement student from King’s already?
You can encourage them to volunteer for our King’s Placement Ambassadors scheme where their role will be to promote the value of placements to fellow students in their final year at King’s.

*Availability for our placement events are strictly limited so please express your interest as early as possible. Attendance at timetabled placement workshops is offered by King’s invitation only.

As part of a truly international community, our students have worked in a range of organisations - from start-ups and SMEs to multinational organisations spanning all sectors, from New York City to Singapore.

Previous hosts include:

• Amazon, United Kingdom
• BNP Paribas, Germany
• Expedia Group, United Kingdom
• IBM, Singapore
• Kraft Heinz, United Kingdom
• McKinsey & Company, Russia
• PwC, Hong Kong SAR
• Sony Media, France
• The Walt Disney Company, United Kingdom

Read our students' placement stories

Placements can be based in either the UK or Overseas. We are always very keen to hear from employers offering opportunities overseas.

We are well versed in dealing with new organisations looking to host students for a placement as part of their studies.

Download our Employer Handbook (pdf) for further information and guidance.

Host a Placement Student from King's Guide (pdf)