Environmental placments advice for students

It is important to have a clear idea of what you are looking for, but being flexible will improve your chance of getting a placement. Before deciding, you need to ask:

  • what do you want to get from the placement?
    • research that may count towards your dissertation
    • real work experience
  • how will the placement relate to your academic studies?
  • what career are you thinking of pursuing?
  • where do you want to work and how flexible are you in terms of location?
    • do you own a car and would be willing to commute or would you need to use public transport?
  • when can you start?
  • how long can you work for?

If you can't find something in your ideal line of work, try looking in related fields. Don't worry if you can't find the right placement for you straight away - employers will add new opportunities regularly.

When you find a placement you're interested in

Contact the employer directly using the contact details on the placement information. They will get back to you within 2 weeks if you have been successful.

We do not provide a matching service between placement providers and students. You will be in direct contact with the organisation.

For advice on applications and CVs visit the University of Kent's Careers and Employability website.

When you receive a placement offer

Arrange to meet the placement provider. Make an agreement with your prospective employer about the details of the placement, and then sign a placement agreement (DOCX, 151.1 KB) between you, the placement mentor and, if relevant, your academic mentor.

Keep a diary during the placement and provide regular feedback to your placement mentor and academic mentor as agreed.

Pay during placements

This will vary depending on the placement and organisation you will be working with, some are voluntary (with expenses) but others may offer a wage. All placements should give you training and support to ensure that it is a valuable experience to support your development.

If you are effectively performing as a 'worker', then in most cases you will be entitled to the National Minimum Wage.

See our flow chart to see what type of placements should receive pay (PDF, 262.3 KB).