Work Experience


What is a Work Experience placement?

Work Experience placements give you the opportunity to get involved in the workplace and to help you understand how the world of work operates. It can also increase your confidence and develop your employability skills for your future career.

Why choose Nationwide for work experience?

We provide successful applicants with a structured framework for the business area they’d like to work in during their placement, and provide an opportunity to find out more about the type of work we do and future career opportunities.

“ The depth and breadth of departments means that you should find a placement that matches your interests. All the staff are really interested in finding out how your time here would most benefit you. I'd highly recommend work experience at Nationwide. ”

Jack — Economics under graduate, Portsmouth University

Unpaid work experience is an excellent way for students to gain insight into specialist roles, operating divisions and potential careers within the Society, to feed into our future talent pipeline. Our work experience programme consists of 1 - 2 week unpaid placements for students in Year 10 and above.


When completing the application form, please state clearly what part of the business you’re interested in, and in what location.

We have numerous branches located throughout the UK. These can provide opportunities for you to experience face to face financial services and customer service roles.

The types of placements available in our Head Office and Administration Centre’s are:

  • Head Office, Pipers Way, Swindon - Finance, HR, Legal, Procurement, Customer Operations or Marketing
  • Northampton, Moulton Park - HR, Customer Operations or IT
  • Bournemouth, Portman House - Marketing or Customer Operations

We want to make sure that we match your interests to the correct business area or branch, so we'll aim to find you a suitable placement. Sometimes this isn’t always possible to do, however we’ll inform you either way.

How and when can I apply?

We run several intakes throughout the year. The below table give you more information as to when the intakes are and when we accept applications:

 Intake month Application
window opens during
 April February
July April
September July

*Please be aware that we receive high volumes of applications and therefore the application window may close early.

To be the first to apply, you’ll need to register for Work Experience job alerts. That way, we'll email you as soon as these are open for applications.