Careers Service


Spring weeks and insight days for 1st year students

Getting work experience will help you explore different career areas and jobs so that you can make informed choices and will help you develop skills for future roles. All great material for your CV.

Many summer internships are aimed at 2nd year students but there are opportunities for 1st year students to get work experience. Often these are called spring weeks or insight days, they may last a week or more or just be a day. You may work on a project or shadow a staff member or be given a tour of the office or site depending on the length of the opportunity. They may occur in any vaction period or if it's just a day it may be during term time.

They are often advertised from Autumn onwards, some opportinities will have early closing dates, others may not be advertised until later in the year. Often it is dependent on what time of year the opportunity will take place, if it's at Christmas or Easter it will have to be organiserd earlier than summer. That said large corporates do tend to organise work experience early in the year!

Where to find opportunities

  • Student Insight Weeks in Manchester Open to 1st year undergraduate students during reading week & Easter vacation. Organised by the Careers Service
  • Via CareersLink look for student internship / placement and duration 1 week or possibly 2-4 weeks. Look for insight days & spring weeks.

You will find opportunities listed on many graduate or student job sites, these will often be with larger employers.

Are there any other opportunities?

Yes there are! Work experience doesn't have to be called an internship or spring week to be valuable. Think about skills you would like to develop, or jobs you are curious about, and use your vacation periods to get some experience. Consider: