International Talent Internship Scheme FAQs

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

What sorts of employers are offering internships?

All business sectors are eligible. Your internship must be either project based or add value to your CV. It should also include an element of training and/or mentoring.

The organisation that you intern with should be an SME (small to medium-sized enterprise) with a workforce of under 250 employees and turnover of up to £50 million.

How do I approach a company I want to work for?

We encourage you to find your own internship by approaching companies speculatively. Take a look at this guide produced by Prospects on making speculative applications.

We’ve prepared a statement that you may want to use in your speculative application:

“You may be interested to know that my university, UWE Bristol, is currently running an 'International Talent Summer Internship Scheme', which offers a £600 subsidy to companies/organisations who employ a UWE Bristol international student for a 74-hour or 148-hour internship.

All internships must be paid at a minimum of £600 for 74 working hours or £1,200 for 148 working hours. Further details about the scheme are available on the internship web pages. If you have any questions, please contact the Internships Team at uweinternships@uwe.ac.uk or +44 (0)117 32 82353."

What are the benefits of arranging my own internship?

  • It shows that you have high levels of personal initiative
  • You can explore opportunities that we may not have offered
  • You won’t have a competitive interview
  • You’ll be able to discuss your internship needs with your company

What kind of work could I do?

Your internship will give you an opportunity to build and demonstrate skills, knowledge and confidence in a professional area of work. Examples of the kinds of work you could be doing include:

  • assistance with researching home country 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
  • supporting marketing and social media campaigns
  • translation and interpreting services.

Are the opportunities related to my degree?

Don't restrict your thinking to jobs directly related to your degree subject or you’ll miss out on some amazing opportunities. Your degree discipline alone doesn’t determine your options.

Your degree studies will have given you skills and knowledge. These can open the door to a wide range of jobs in business, media, the environment and other sectors.

As well as getting skills through your studies, you’ll also have developed skills through part-time work, hobbies, volunteering and other activities. These transferable skills are hugely attractive to employers. They include:

  • research skills
  • written and oral communication
  • time management and planning
  • working to deadlines
  • IT skills
  • coming up with new ideas
  • the ability to work productively alone and in a group.

Don't make assumptions – if a job sounds interesting, see if you can demonstrate you have the skills and attributes the employer’s looking for. For many of our internships, enthusiasm, motivation and a desire to try out a new area of work to broaden your prospects will go a long way to getting you noticed.

Am I employed by the University?

No. The company will recruit you on the same basis as they would any other member of staff. You’ll be paid directly by them (through PAYE) on either a weekly or monthly basis.

Do I need to sign an agreement?

Yes. We’ll provide the employer with an agreement that needs to be signed by all three parties (the Employer, the Student Intern, and UWE Bristol).

We recommend that your internship employer provides you with a separate agreement to cover any company policies not included in the UWE Bristol internship agreement.

What happens in my internship induction?

When you start your internship they’ll give you a short induction covering:

  • general information about the company (including normal working hours, dress code, travel arrangements, parking, lunch facilities)
  • who you’ll be reporting to
  • what’s expected of you in terms of project aims
  • how the project is structured
  • the team or individuals you’ll be working with
  • how to report absence and other important information
  • a health and safety briefing, especially for fire evacuation and reporting incidents.

What support can UWE Bristol offer?

We’ll give you an information pack that’s full of guidance to help you make your internship a successful experience.

Our dedicated team will also be available to answer your questions during and after the internship.

Are we expected to provide the University with feedback?

Yes. It’s essential for you to give us feedback. We’ll send you a feedback form midway through the internship.

How do I check my working permissions?

As an international student, it’s your responsibility to ensure that you comply with the conditions of your visa at all times, including any restrictions on working in the UK. If you’re unsure of your work permissions please speak to an Immigration Adviser at UWE Bristol.

Can I stay on and work for the company after the internship?

This will be at the discretion of your employer. However, if your employer offers you continuing work, this must be paid work. Both you and your employer are responsible for completing the relevant UKVI checks and record keeping. It's your responsibility to ensure that you comply with the conditions of your visa at all times, including any restrictions on working in the UK. If you are unsure of your work permissions please speak to an Immigration Adviser at UWE Bristol.

I’m not eligible for the scheme. Where can I find other internship opportunities?

We list other opportunities within InfoHub (login required). Simply use the Search Vacancies toolbar at the top of the page. If you’re searching specifically for internships, look for fixed-term or temporary opportunities.

The Careers Toolkit (InfoHub login required) is also there to help you with finding jobs. Just:

  • select ‘Find a Job’
  • select ‘Jobs by Occupation’
  • select the document for your area of interest.

If you need more help with finding opportunities, our Vacancy Plus desk in E-Zone (2D11) is there to help. Visit this drop-in service from Monday to Friday from 10:00–14:00.

Contact the UWE Bristol Internships Team

If you have any further questions, please contact the UWE Bristol Internships Team at uweinternships@uwe.ac.uk or on +44(0)117 32 85353.

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