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Gain Experience for your CV

Gain Valuable Real-World Experience

From summer work to work shadowing and jobs on campus, all experience counts.

Here is where, how and why you can start building up your CV with experience today.

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Our expert employers share what skills really stand out to them when they meet students.

Find out the different ways you can gain CV experience below.

Gain Valuable Real-World Experience

Whether you are looking for a funded summer internship, a short-term Micro Internship, or work overseas, you can use MyFuture to search and find work experience opportunities.

These experiences will help you build your employability skills and boost your confidence.

They can also help put what you’ve learned on your course into practice, enhancing your CV and graduate prospects.

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Complete a Micro Internship and Earn a Salary

Our Employment Engagement team links up with a range of employers to offer you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience. Participating in a Micro Internship for an employer client or organisation can strengthen your employability skills.

The Micro internships involve approximately 100 hours of your time and you will receive a £1,100 bursary upon completion, funded by Santander Universities.

Key Dates

Typically, Micro Internships take place after the academic year comes to an end during the months of May and June.  The application process happens in February each year. Keep an eye of the job section in MyFuture for details.

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Funded Summer Internships

This is an opportunity to gain paid work experience with a participating employer over approximately 8 weeks (circa 33 hours per week) where you can earn approximately £3,000 (gross salary). 

Key Dates

Typically, our Summer Internships commence after the academic year comes to an end during the months of May and June. 

However, each Internship is different and specific dates will be set by the host employer. 

Projects are advertised on the jobs section of MyFuture in February.


Work Shadowing

Not sure which career path is right for you?

Our Employer Engagement team have strong links with top companies in NI and further afield who are keen to recruit our students and there is a lot of support available to help you find a suitable opportunity.

Work shadowing is a great way to try a career on for size to see if it fits.

Shadowing a professional can help bring a job to life – you may decide it’s the career for you, or you may be inspired down another route. Either way, it’ll help you define your career plan and narrow your options for you.

The next Work Shadowing Week will take place in Semester 2 on 25-28 March 2024!

Find out more about Work Shadowing Week

Discover a different culture

Keen to travel and experience a new culture whilst you study?

Our Global Opportunities Team offer work and study abroad opportunities in other countries, including the chance to spend up to a year at an overseas university.

Some courses offer periods of study and work abroad as part of your degree.

All Queen's students have access to a range of life-changing travel opportunities suited to every study level and discipline.

You can go abroad for the summer, for a semester or for a whole year.

Find out more about Global Opportunities

Stand out from the crowd with a Future-Ready Award

We want to help you shine in the increasingly competitive graduate job market.

Employers are looking for more than just a degree: they want to see proof that you have built up valuable work-related skills during your time at Queen’s.

Completing our Future-Ready Award (formerly DegreePlus), is the perfect way to really demonstrate your skills to future employers.

Our top employers tell us why initiatives like the Future-Ready Award help students stand out from the crowd.

Find out about the Future-Ready Award