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Industrial Placements


Health and safety

The University takes health and safety seriously therefore we take certain measures to ensure that we exercise our duty of care when students are on their internship.

The Engineering Department health and safety process for students is:

  • On arrival at the Department, all students are given a briefing by the Health and Safety Officer regarding the potential hazards and dangers within the Department. Emphasis is given during the talk that these hazards and dangers also exist outside the Department.
  • Students complete a risk assessment form prior to going on a placement. This must be completed by undergraduates who will be working away from the University of Cambridge. If they are undertaking an internship to meet the Industrial Experience requirement, a risk assessment must be completed.
  • All students undertaking an internship to meet the course requirements will be issued with a report template which contains information on Health and Safety, a checklist and a letter for any prospective employer outlining our responsibilities.
  • The Department of Engineering employs a full time Health and Safety Officer who can advise on any matters relating to Health and safety. Should you need any specific help or advice, the Health and Safety office is Room INO-11 or you can


Work permit regulations for undergraduate vacation work

As an undergraduate registered on a UK course and are expected to return to their studies following the internship, they have the right to work in the UK, out of term time, without a work permit.​ Visit the University International Students office for advice on working on a student visa.



As the employer, it is your duty of care to look after the student(s) while he/she/they are working with you (paid or unpaid). There are no special insurances required to host a student but it is expected that the company will be registered with the FSA and have Employer Liability and Public Liability (as is standard practice for UK businesses) or the equivalent if in another country. Click on the following link for further information:

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