Revealed: The top companies for work experience and internships

Anywhere you don’t have to make tea

Microsoft, Pinsent Masons and Barclays are the best places to get a work placement, according to a new survey. 

Lidl and Warner Bros also made the top 20 best companies for work experience in a survey of over 30,000 internships reviews

It has revealed the companies where you can make a difference, and not just the tea.

Overall, tops dogs are the Bank of America Merrill Lynch who, despite the name, still make hires and have interns in the UK too.

They scored an impressive 9 out of 10 on average across the board, coming out as top for responsibility and value given by colleagues.

Where should you get a placement?

Where should you get a placement?

Finance might dominate the top ten, but it’s not all about big money deals.

Warner Bros shot up 39 places to claim third place, which means the UK film industry might not be such a bad place to work.

Meanwhile if you want to work for a supermarket, Lidl is by far the best place to apply.

But if cash doesn’t rule everything around you, Macmillan came out as the best charity to work for, scoring 48th overall.

The figures were collected by RateMyPlacement, a company which helps students to finds placements and advice.

To get a grad job, you usually have to have some work experience first

To get a grad job, you usually have to have some work experience first

Ollie Sidwell, Co-founder at, said: “Choosing the right undergraduate employment is one of the most important decisions that a young person can make.

“With such a competitive jobs market it’s vital that students find an opportunity to complement their university learning with practical experience gained in the workplace.

“Our Top 100 table gives students a leg-up in seeing the range of companies at which they could thrive, as well as providing employers a high-profile platform with which to attract the very best undergraduates.

“The drop in salaries paid to undergraduates in some areas is concerning. A placement or internship is a brilliant place to gain vital experience and it’s important that students are paid at a reasonable level that allows them to complete their time at a company without financial worries.

“That said, the fact that so many UK companies are seeing it as a matter of pride that they feature in our Top 100 table can only be a good thing.

“This will ensure that the quality of opportunities for our young people will continue to rise and will bring a myriad of benefits, not only to the students and their employers but also to the country as a whole.”