Cass Professional Placement Programme


A key part of a Cass Business School degree is the opportunity to gain professional work experience.  All undergraduate students can apply to undertake an optional one-year paid work placement (typically 9-12 months) during the 3rd year of a four-year sandwich degree programme.
The experience of working for a leading institution in the UK or abroad can be invaluable in terms of your future career. It will enable you to acquire skills and competencies sought by graduate employers, and give you an edge over the competitive job market.  Many of our students go on to work for their placement/summer internship employers after graduating.

Although this additional year is not credited and will not count towards your degree classification, it is a recognised part of the degree programme and will be endorsed on your

Many Cass students also undertake summer internships. These usually take place during the summer after your second year of study for a period of 4-12 weeks.  Companies who have recently provided Cass students with a placement/internship include American Express, AXA Investment Managers, Baker Tilly International, Bank of England, Bentley Motors, British Airways, Coca-Cola, EY, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Mazars, Prudential, PwC, UBS, UNICEF, The Walt Disney Company.

  • Rajiv Shah undertook a placement at Lloyd's Banking Group
How to get involved 

Each placement is a different; however it all starts with the student sending a CV and cover letter to the programme office. The student may also be required to complete an online application depending on the company. If the student is sucessful in securing an interview, then the company would contact the student directly. Students may also be required to attend an assessment day or have a video interview.  Again, this varies depending on the company.


Important dates
Benefits to getting involved 

Cass Professional Placement Programme supports students to become more employable by

  • Offering one-to-one advice and support on CVs and covering letters
  • Advertising placements and summer internships via the vacancy portal
  • Holding employer campus events and skills workshops
  • Referring students to advice on assessment centres, psychometric tests and mock interviews
  • Monitoring and supporting student during their placement year.

Benefits to doing a placement or internshhip

  • Gain a clearer insight into your future career
  • Enhance your market value, skills and competencies
  • Network within your employing organisation
  • Increase your confidence, knowledge and professionalism 
  • Earn a competitive salary
  • Secure a possible graduate position


When does it take place? 

The placement program is open to second year students on all of our undergraduate courses and is undertaken during the third year of your degree programme.

  • Placements last 9-12 months, starting between July and mid-September
  • Choosing this option will convert your degree to a four-year sandwich degree
Where does it take place? 

The majority of placements are based in the UK.  However, you can apply and accept placements overseas but you must ensure that you have the relevant work permits to work in that country especially if it is not your home country.

Who can apply? 

All Cass second year undergraduates.  See above for application process.

More information 

Get started building your portfolio now, or when you start University by:

  • Volunteering
  • Taking part in extracurricular activities
  • Mentoring
  • Reflecting on your current skills and interests


Contact Information:

Mohammed Rahman
Jenny Bryant
Eilieen Rahilly
Work Placement & Internship Coordinators
Phone +44 (0)20 7040 3359 / 8663 / 8573