UWE is home to one of the largest undergraduate internship schemes in the UK, funding and supporting over 120 students in 2012. Incorporating businesses in educating, inspiring and training students and graduates, UWE supports the local economy and improves employment prospects for individuals.
Benefits for all
- Improve the employment prospects of future graduates by developing relevant knowledge, experience and contacts.
- Enable businesses to develop relationships with future graduate talent for mutual benefit.
- Increase the capacity of local businesses, also benefiting future graduates and the wider economy.
- On the back of successful internships, students have been taken on part-time while they finish their studies and offered employment once they graduate.
How it works
The University sources businesses to take part, and advertises internship vacancies to students while the businesses run the recruitment process. The internships run for a minimum of eight weeks, and UWE subsidise the cost of each intern, with employers matching the funding.
This has two main benefits; all students can afford to participate in the placement scheme and it enables small employers to participate, who wouldn't otherwise have the capacity to take on an intern.