Internships, insight courses and holiday work

Internships, insight courses and holiday work allow you to:

  • Gain valuable experience that will help you in your interviews
  • Show potential employers what you are made of 
  • Make decisions about your future

Vacation internships generally last for 2-12 weeks. They are often aimed at penultimate year students so, if you are doing a four-year sandwich degree, it is worth considering applying for internships for the summer at the end of your placement year. You can also apply for some internships at the end of the first and second year of undergraduate studies.

If you are a 1st year student you can apply for an insight course which may last from a few days up to a week and these often take place around Easter time. An insight course is a short period of time, usually structured around some activities, that allows you to get a flavour of working within a particular company or organisation.

How to find internship and insight courses

Try these useful websites for finding vacation internships and insight courses:

Aston Futures C+P
Rate my placement C+P
Prospects Work Experience careers

We've also put together a useful guide to help you find insight experiences and internships. Take a look here

Or you can contact graduate employers directly. Take a look at the following Careers & Placements page to get some ideas on starting your research:


A variety of internship programmes for students of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering programmes working towards minimum 2.1.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

City law firm insight designed for first year law students.

City View

An event with technology focus for female STEM students interested in financial internships.

Civil Service Fast Stream

Early Diversity Internship Programme– 5 day insight into Fast Stream through a placement in a government department. To apply students must be in their first year of study and either from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background, socially or economically disadvantaged or consider yourself to have a disability. For more information on the criteria details please visit the website.

DLA Piper

First Year Insight Programme into the work at a global commercial law firm for law students.  

EDF Energy

Engineering and commercial internship opportunities for students on programmes such as Engineering, Maths, Business, Marketing or HR interested in the energy industry. Visit the website for more details.

Explore The Law

Insights event into careers in law for students with disabilities and health conditions.

Fresh Look Banking

A networking event designed for women from all disciplines who are interested in investment banking.


Maths and Cryptography Summer Programme – single and joint honours Maths students who are achieving 1st Class Honours.

Cyber Insights Summer – Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, Maths, Natural Sciences or a Joint Honours degree students with one of these subjects and ability to operate in one of the code languages (C, Python, Java or MatLab) at minimum basic level.

Investing In Talent

Insights event into careers in financial investment for students with disabilities and health conditions.

Severn Trent

A variety of programmes in Engineering for students working towards a degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical or Civil Engineering.

Target Chances Law

Open to both law applicants and non-law applicants who are able to demonstrate a real desire to work in City Law and who are from an ethnic minority background as per the Cencus Report 2011 criteria.

Target IT

Insights into careers in technology for female students on STEM programmes. 

How to find holiday work

Holiday work is a great way to get experience, whether it’s paid or unpaid. It doesn’t need to be relevant to your degree or your career to be beneficial and it shows potential employers that you are reliable and resourceful. 

Here are some useful links and holiday work ideas:

Jobshop Aston
Using recruitment agencies C+P
Prospects TEFL C+P
Camp America C+P