Work with our students
Whether you’re looking for additional resource or expertise to undertake a defined project or ways to build your talent pipeline, there are numerous ways in which businesses can engage with our students and graduates. You can also help our students by mentoring them or guiding our entrepreneurial students via our Student Enterprise programme.
Find a student or researcher
Advertise a job vacancy
Our online system, Surrey Pathfinder, allows you to post your vacancies to reach our students and graduates.
Recruit a placement student
If you are looking for a student to work in your organisation, our Professional Training placements scheme offers you the opportunity to recruit an undergraduate student to undertake a period of work experience between the second or third and final year of their study.
If you’re interested in working with a dedicated researcher on a defined programme of research over a period of three to four years there are a range PhD or EngD studentship opportunities available. This includes:
- MiNMaT (Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies)
- Centre of Environment and Sustainability's Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability
The Doctoral College can also help connect you with the relevant researcher at the University and provides additional funded opportunities to have PhD placement student at your company.
We have a number of programmes that help you to engage students in your business by providing some or all of the wage costs involved.
The Intrapreneurial Knowledge Exchange Enterprise Pathway (IKEEP) is a funded programme that gives students a chance to offer their knowledge and skills whilst solving an innovation challenge for a local business or charity. If you have a business challenge that a group of students could tackle in a two-week period, register your interest now.
We will recruit PhD students from diverse backgrounds to carry out industry-relevant research. Companies will share the costs of each PhD studentship with Surrey, a SEPnet university partner and work with academics to shape projects in line with each company’s business strategy.
We can support 25 placements/consultancy projects for PhD students into SMEs and 3rd Sector organisations to run between March 2021 and July 2022, funded by the University. The maximum full-time placement will be 12 weeks, 35 hrs per week but shorter and more flexible models are also welcome e.g. part-time, to better meet the needs of the organisation and our postgraduate researchers.
For further information contact Clare Wunderly (Researcher Employability & Engagement Manager, Doctoral College).
What our employer partners say
PwC recruit from the University of Surrey because their students consistently demonstrate practical industry work experience, bridging the gap between their subject area and the world of work, making a real impact on the business from day one.PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
Mentor our students
Our Career Mentoring scheme is looking for mentors from business to provide insight into the world of work for our BAME students and those who need extra support entering the graduate job market. If you are able to offer a minimum of 12 hours of contact time over the academic year and would like to make a real difference to our students please email firstname.lastname@example.org to express an interest.
Do you work in the Hospitality and Tourism sector? Share your expertise with final-year undergraduate students by becoming an industry mentor.
In Student Enterprise we are always looking to work with businesses or individuals who can help to inspire our students and foster their entrepreneurial spirit. Our students really value interacting with successful business people so we would love to hear from you however you want to get involved. Find out more.
Our Doctoral College mentoring programme enables you to support Post Graduate Researchers to understand their career options, build relationships with businesses and get an external perspective on their research. Please contact Clare email@example.com to express an interest. Find out more.
Are you a Surrey Alumni? Connect your work experience with graduating students to help them on their journey through joining SurreyConnects.