Careers Service

Recruit students to work with you

This guide for University staff on recruiting students includes links to HR resources and details of University internship schemes.

Why recruit students? 

Employing students is mutually beneficial for students and the University. 

Staff benefit from an enthusiastic and flexible workforce, with different skills and perspectives at an affordable cost.  

Students benefit from valuable, supported and paid work experience that fits around their studies, develops their employability and can strengthen their affinity with the University. 

Recruiting students allows for flexibility; they can cover short-term or ad-hoc work requirements, provide extra resource during busy times of the academic year, as well as provide extra assistance on certain projects. 

What can students do? 

Students can work on a part-time basis during semester and full-time during vacation. They are highly capable and can support a wealth of projects and tasks, for example: 

  • marketing and communications 

  • event support and management 

  • research projects  

  • outreach and peer support 

  • project support 

Have a look at these case studies for more ideas: 

Case studies (Employ.ed on Campus)

How to recruit?  

The Careers Service and HR work closely together to provide a student employment service to staff. Please ensure you are aware of the HR processes you will need to follow and you know who your HR contacts are. 


Step 1 – Identify your requirements and secure budget approval 

We can help you to identify the most suitable recruitment option for your work requirements. You need to get approval from the budget holder in your area. This process may vary by area; the business support or administration team in your area can help you with this.   

HR Recruiters Guide


Step 2– Get in touch with the Careers Service for support 

The Careers Service can: 

  • Provide consultancy support on the type of student employment to suit your needs 

  • Review job adverts  

  • Advertise your role on our vacancy and events portal, MyCareerHub. Guidance on University roles that need to be approved through People & Money can be found in Step 3.

  • Promote your vacancy to students 

  • Provide students with application support and development support

The Careers Service runs a summer internship programme for Undergraduate students and a programme specifically designed for PhD students, more information can be found by following the links below:  

Employ.ed on Campus

Employ.ed for PhDs


 Step 3 – Select your hiring option 


Frequently asked questions