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University of Exeter Business School

Business Internships and Placements

Module titleBusiness Internships and Placements
Module codeBUS2004
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Ms Emma Wood (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Module description

This module is designed to encourage you to enhance your employability through a guided programme of study and practical business experience. Guidance is provided through subject based seminars, interactive electronic resources and personal guidance. An understanding of the key elements of the selection and recruitment process, raising self-awareness of key skills and competencies and developing the reflective skills required for Continuous Professional Development and future career management will be provided.

You are required to participate in an approved work placement, organised by yourself, for a minimum of 140 hours (4 weeks). This can be undertaken during or after the taught element of the module.  Ultimate responsibility for finding and scheduling a placement lies with you; however there will be advice and support from the module team, particularly on how to approach employers and identify suitable opportunities. International placements are acceptable but will still need to be approved by the employability adviser prior to starting the placement. It is important that all placements are deemed of ‘degree’ level, in order for you to gain useful experience for the future. Low level part-time jobs will not be approved.


Module aims - intentions of the module

This module will enable you to study a dedicated career management module whilst benefiting from the experience of a degree level work placement or internship (minimum 4 weeks). The module aims to

• Define the core elements of the recruitment and selection  process

• Identify personal competences and work related skills

• Develop and extend relevant work-based skills and knowledge

• Provide the opportunity for students to develop an understanding of a business environment through practical experience, to encompass non-government organisations (NGOs) and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)

• Review and evaluate theories learned in relation to practical experience  gained

• Gain experience in the use of technologies and applications commonly used in organisations

• Develop a reflective approach to personal performance and continued professional development

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Define the process of job acquisition, with specific regard to the range of processes and assessments that may be involved in securing a job at graduate level
  • 2. Identify services and resources that will assist in your placement search and subsequent graduate job search
  • 3. Demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on practical experiences gained, and the impact they may have on your views and actions
  • 4. Demonstrate an ability to compare theory with experience

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Understand the social, economic, cultural and administrative considerations which influence employment settings

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Develop / enhance practical work-based skills and experience
  • 7. Demonstrate the ability to identify and reflect on personal challenges and to learn from their resolution
  • 8. Demonstrate ability to use a range of technologies and applications relevant to most workplaces
  • 9. Negotiate the different types of working relationships with staff within the workplace, and others - directly or indirectly - relevant to the placement

Syllabus plan

Core topic seminars will be supported by practical workshop sessions.

• Start with you (identifying personal skills, core competencies and unique selling points)

• Placement search and signposting to the employability team support services

• CV and cover letters

• Application forms

• Psychometric Testing

• Assessment Centres

• Interview techniques

•• Next steps (placement paperwork, final assessment, workplace skills)

Please note: Although all taught content will be delivered in Term 1, students will need to ensure they have enough time in Term 2 to source and apply for relevant internships and complete the required paperwork.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Lectures6Blended online and face to face delivery
Career workshops42 x 2 hours blended online and face to face delivery
Approved work experience140

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Feedback on activities in workshopsDuring workshops1-5Verbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Online career action plan1010 MCQ quiz on ELE (1 hour)1,2,3,6,7Automatic written feedback provided on ELE
CV and cover letter401500 words3,5,7,9Written feedback
Written report502000 words1-9Written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Career action plan10 MCQ quiz on ELE (1 hour) (10%)1,2,3,6,7Relevant ref/def assessment period
CV and cover letterResubmission of CV and cover letter (40%)3,5,7,9Relevant ref/def assessment
Written reportResubmission of written report1-9Term 1 of subsequent academic year

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

The Business School’s online careers management skills page on the ELE: ‘Your Employability Skills’ YES pages:

Career Zone on-line careers resources:




Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources


Career  Zone: Business School - Placement preparation & workplace skills

Prospects website

Inside careers website

Key words search

Placement, Internships, Work experience, Employability, Recruitment, Selection, Refection, Continuous Professional development, Assessment Centre, Psychometric Testing, Interview.

Credit value15
Module ECTS


Module co-requisites

WYA students can defer the BIP placement and written report until after the year abroad but before their final (4 th ) year. Students on the split work/study abroad must secure a different placement for BIP, as we will not count the WYA placement towards BIP. WYA students need to be aware that the normal rules of progression will still apply and they may be removed from the WYA programme if they do not meet all the necessary requirements.

Cannot be taken by students on the 'With Industrial Experience' programme.

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