The University of Sussex provides a number of opportunities for local companies to recruit students and graduates throughout the year via its placement and internship programmes. With the application deadline approaching for two of the biggest summer schemes, here’s everything you need to know about what they can offer your business, and how to apply.

SEPnet Summer Placement Scheme

Deadline for applications: Monday 12th February 2024

SEPnet – the South East Physics Network – offers Physics and Maths undergraduates and PhD students from universities across the region to help local organisations address their data challenges. The scheme organises over 80 summer placements each year, and is seeking projects of 8 weeks or more, working in industry or research in areas including data analysis, mathematical modelling, programming, product design and testing, or science communications.

Who can apply?

The scheme is aimed at any organisations interested in recruiting physics or maths graduates, or who can offer valuable business experience, including large companies, SMEs, start-ups, research institutions, charities and NGOs.

Benefits to employers

  1. Early access to bright, numerate students with excellent problem-solving and IT skills
  2. Enables you to carry out projects you would not normally have time for
  3. Provides a fresh perspective on your business challenges
  4. All advertising, administration and placement support is handled by the SEPnet team
  5. Match-funding available for SMEs!

What employers have said:

“Very satisfied with the whole process, organised and straightforward, with good students.”

“We took SEPnet students for the second year running and have been very impressed with the calibre, their capabilities and the general high standard. For your records we have just made a permanent job offer to one of the students…”

Register your placement project, or projects, online here.


Career Lab Summer Internships

Deadline for applications: Friday 1st March 2024

As an employer, you can access full funding to recruit a Sussex undergraduate student, full-time for six or eight weeks during the summer of 2024. The Career Lab is a series of opportunities prioritised for students from underrepresented groups, designed to develop their skills, experience, connections and confidence throughout their degrees.

The programme’s organisers are seeking genuine work experience opportunities staring in June 2024, with structured projects and tasks that will offer the intern personal and skills development. Part-time hours over a longer period will also be considered.

Open to: all-size employers.

Please read further information here and submit your expression of interest here.