LJMU Funded internships and work-based learning

About LJMU-funded internships

LJMU offer our second and third year students (Levels 5 and 6) the opportunity to undertake a paid 'Discovery Internship' with a local organisation, working on a suitable project or piece of work that will enhance your employability skills and career insight. You will be paid a living wage for their time and internships can be completed part-time alongside your studies.

Discovery Internships are sourced by the LJMU Student Futures team and will be advertised via Unitemps at LJMU, so you must be registered with Unitemps before you can apply. These 105-hour, paid internships (including 1 hour of training) will be with a local organisation working on a real life project that you can really get stuck into.  Discovery Internships are an opportunity for you to:

  • test out your career ideas 
  • improve your employability and workplace skills 
  • show your commitment and enthusiasm 

If you do not know what direction you want to take in future, or you cannot find your perfect internship opportunity, any work experience on your CV is of huge benefit. Whatever role you try, you’ll learn more about yourself and working life. 

You'll also gain skills in the process. It may even lead to more suitable experience with the same company or it could be good preparation for another opportunity that’s closer to what you want to do.   

Discovery Internships Timeline 

Discovery Internships typically take place in semester 2 but applications for the first round of opportunities for the 2024/25 academic year could open in late in semester 1 (around November 2024, TBC) for a start date in January/February 2025.  Further opportunities will be available throughout semester 2.  To stay informed about Discovery Internships, registered with Unitemps and you will receive notifications when the opportunities are advertised.

Please note
If you intend to apply for a Discovery Internship you must be registered with LJMU's Unitemps branch.

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Support with your CV/application for an internship

Use this LJMU internships CV template if required.  Remember, if you need help with a CV or application, or want support preparing for an interview, you can book a 30-minute career meeting with one of our experienced advisers from the LJMU Student Futures team. Details of how to do this can be found here.

You can also access our handy digital careers apps including CV Builder (ideal for building your first CV), CV360 (to give your CV a polish) and Interview360 (to practice interview questions and scenarios) in Careers Zone 24/7.


"My LJMU internship at Sound City was a fantastic experience. It was great to work with others in a large crew on a very exciting project. Being in the thick of the action with only one opportunity to get things right was a huge adrenaline rush and something that cannot be replicated in the classroom. I was also able to work with some fantastic students who I’ve kept in touch with since and have had other opportunities for work off the back of that."

Sam O’Brien -
Audio and Music Production graduate

Contact us

For more information about the internship programme contact LJMU's Employer Engagement Team on 0151 231 8751, or email internships@ljmu.ac.uk.