Getting Work Experience in Photography


Hallam Union Volunteering offers a wide range of excellent relevant projects for you to get involved in whilst you are studying for your degree. If you have your own idea for a volunteer activity, why not contact the volunteering team to discuss how they can support you. For more information on volunteering, see the Volunteering section.

Work Shadowing / Work Experience

Work shadowing and work experience are excellent ways to establish contacts in your chosen field. Successful work placements can often lead to offers of work at a later date or generate leads to other opportunities through the valuable contacts made whilst on work placement. Try to use your holiday periods and free time during term times to exploit these networking opportunities. These experiences will provide you with a wealth of evidence to refer to in your CVs/job applications

Contact local companies directly, use the local Yellow Pages or creative directories such as the CDI Directory Sheffield.  See the Suggested Links box for other useful resources and directories.



Unpaid internships should be for no longer than four weeks. The company should provide you with a meaningful training programme designed to help improve both your sector specific and generic employability skills. An experienced member of staff should be nominated to act as your mentor for the duration of your time with the company. Travel expenses should be reimbursed and flexible working hours should be on offer.  

Paid internships normally refer to placements of more than four weeks. However, a paid internship also applies if you are required by your employer to work specified hours or undertake specific duties. You can expect to receive a salary equal to or more than the national minimum wage of £6.08 per hour for employees over the age of 21 years.

The Careers Central Jobs and Events site is a good place to start looking for internships, but you can also search for internships using Graduate Talent Pool, Intern AvenueCreative Skillset interns and Global Mamas.



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