International Talent Internship Scheme FAQs

Your questions answered about the UWE Bristol International Talent Summer Internship Scheme.

Who can I recruit?

You can recruit any UWE Bristol international student with the right to work alongside their academic studies at the University.

Working permissions for international students can normally be found in their passport or on their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), but if you are unsure you can call the government's Sponsorship, Employer and Education helpline. Call 0300 123 4699:

  • Monday to Thursday 09:00–17:00
  • Friday 09:00–16:30.

What sort of work is suitable?

The internship needs to give the student a meaningful opportunity to build and demonstrate skills, knowledge and confidence in a professional area of work. With a view to supporting an SME, international students are able to provide expert support such as: 

  • assistance with researching new markets
  • liaising with key suppliers, clients and customers in a specific overseas market
  • developing international contacts
  • providing cultural advice
  • customer service and administration for international customers
  • support with marketing and social media campaigns
  • translation and interpreting services.

What should the induction cover?

You should give a short induction to cover:

  • general information about the company (including normal working hours, dress code, travel arrangements, parking and lunch facilities)
  • who they will be reporting to
  • what is expected of them in terms of project aims
  • how the project will be structured and the team they will be working with
  • how to report absence and any other pertinent information
  • a full health and safety briefing on procedures, especially for fire evacuation and reporting incidents.

We also strongly recommend that each intern is assigned a mentor from within your organisation. This is an excellent way of supporting your intern, whilst providing a staff member with a valuable development opportunity.

What ongoing support can the University offer?

We have a dedicated Internships Team on hand who will:

  • provide you and your intern with an information pack on how you can make your internship a successful experience for your company and the intern
  • be on hand to answer questions and queries made by interns or yourselves before, during and after the internship.

After you have conducted the interview and appointed the intern of your choice, we will check in with you and the student intern to monitor progress and ensure that everything is working well.

We are always available to offer support to our international students. However, the mentor role provided by someone within your organisation is extremely valuable.

Are we expected to provide the intern with feedback?

Providing feedback is essential to any student’s development. Assessing their skills, strengths, areas for further development and giving advice on the industry/current market will be invaluable to their career progression, which is the fundamental aim of this scheme.

Appraisals or feedback should certainly happen at the end of the internship, but it could be useful to meet halfway through the project to allow your intern to put the feedback into practice.

Are we expected to provide UWE Bristol with feedback?

It is essential for you to provide feedback so that we can issue you the funding subsidy. We will send you a feedback form midway through the internship. Any delay in completing this form may result in funding not being paid for your intern.

Is there an expectation to recruit the international student after the internship?

Whilst we would, of course, welcome any further interest or engagement with our UWE Bristol International Talent programme and UWE Bristol international students, there is no expectation to recruit an international student once they have completed their internship.

How do I carry out all the relevant ‘right to work’ checks when employing an international student intern?

You can do this in the same way that you would check whether any prospective employee is able to work in the UK. The Government provides extensive information for employers regarding this.

Working permissions for international students can normally be found in their passport or on their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) but if you are unsure the government has a Sponsorship, Employer and Education helpline. Call 0300 123 4699:

  • Monday to Thursday 09:00–17:00
  • Friday 09:00–16:30.

Contact us

If you are interested in finding out more about how you can partner with UWE Bristol to offer an international talent internship, or if you have any further questions, please contact our Internships Team at internationaltalent@uwe.ac.uk or +44 (0)117 32 85353.

Back to top