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Graduate Internships Scheme

The 2017 UWE Bristol and Santander Graduate Internships Scheme provides a high-quality opportunity for our 2017 graduates to gain valuable work experience in a range of employment sectors – and you'll earn at least £300 a week.

Applications to our Graduate Internships Scheme, run in partnership with Santander, are now open to 2017 UWE Bristol graduates. This is an exciting opportunity for you to build your skills and gain a head start in the jobs market.

Internships will last for ten weeks full time or 20 weeks part time. They will also incorporate support from us and training from the employer.

You are invited to search and secure your own internship with a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) in the UK. An SME has a workforce of under 250 employers and a turnover of up to 50 million. Public sector and not-for-profit third sector (charities) opportunities are also accepted. There will also be a limited number of vacancies listed on InfoHub (login required), which eligible students can apply for.

Please note that the company must be one that you've not worked for in any capacity at all.

Am I eligible?

  • The scheme is only open to 2017 UWE Bristol graduates. 
  • The scheme is only open to UK domiciled students
  • Masters, Postgraduate and PhD students are not eligible.

Internship dates

  • You will be paid at least £300 per week, based on a 37-hour working week.
  • Internships can start any time from Monday 22 May 2017. Please speak to our Internships Team if you wish to start an internship before this date.
  • The latest available start date is Monday 25 September 2017.
  • The latest date to confirm an internship with us is Friday 22 September 2017.
  • The internship duration is ten weeks full time or 20 weeks part time.
  • The internship must be based in the UK.
  • You cannot undertake an internship with an employer that you have previous worked for in any paid capacity.
  • You can only complete one UWE Bristol internship during the 2017 summer scheme.
  • Organisations must be an SME with a total workforce of under 250 employees and turnover of up to £50 million.

Benefits of an internship

Doing an internship will give you:

  • valuable, high-quality work experience
  • insight, knowledge and the opportunity to develop skills
  • an enhanced CV
  • a competitive advantage in the job market
  • the chance to apply knowledge gained during your studies
  • a chance to build up a network of useful contacts
  • increased confidence
  • experience in a sector that isn't directly related to your degree, widening your career options.

Applying for internships

We encourage you to find your own internship by speculatively approaching companies. Once you've found somewhere, the company should contact our Internships Team to formalise the arrangement. You can read further guidance about making speculative applications in the FAQs below.

Log in to InfoHub

Eligible students will be able to apply for a limited number of vacancies posted on InfoHub. To find out more, log in to InfoHub and then:

  1. select ‘Type of work’
  2. choose ‘UWE Internship Schemes’
  3. click ‘Find vacancies’
  4. a list of all internships will appear – you should look for opportunities that include ‘UWE Bristol Graduate Internship Scheme 2017’ in the job title.

You will be able to log in to InfoHub for up to three years after you graduate. Simply select the ‘Graduate’ option on the login screen and enter your details – you can reset your password if you need to. If you have any problems logging in please email infohub@uwe.ac.uk.

CV and interview help

Need assistance with your CV, covering letter or interview preparation? You can:

Frequently asked questions

What sorts of employers are offering internships?

All business sectors are eligible. Your internship must be 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 must be an SME with a workforce total under 250 employees and turnover 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. View a guide to making speculative applications (InfoHub login required).

We have 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 a 'Summer 2017 Graduate Internship Scheme', which offers a £1,500 subsidy to companies/organisations who employ a 2017 UWE Bristol graduate for a ten week full-time internship.

All internships must be paid at a minimum of £300 per week. Further details about the scheme are available on the internship web pages.

If you have any questions, please contact the Internships Team directly on uweinternships@uwe.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)117 32 82353."

What are the benefits of arranging my own internship?

  • It demonstrates high levels of personal initiative
  • You can explore opportunities that we may not have offered
  • It's a chance to discuss your internship needs with your company

What sort of work will I be doing?

Your internship project is likely to provide the opportunity to:

  • contribute fresh ideas to the business
  • grow in confidence
  • build on your graduate skills and knowledge.

An element of appropriate training should also be included within the programme.

Are the opportunities related to my degree?

  • Don't restrict your thinking to jobs directly related to your degree subject or you will miss out on some amazing opportunities. Your degree discipline alone does not determine your options.
  • Your degree will have given you skills as well as knowledge, which can open the door to a wide range of challenging jobs in business, media, the environment and other sectors.
  • As well as gaining skills through your studies, you will also have developed skills through part-time work, hobbies, volunteering and other activities. These transferable skills are hugely attractive to employers, and include:
    • research skills
    • written and oral communication
    • time management and planning
    • working to deadlines
    • IT skills
    • the ability to generate new ideas and work productively, both in a group and autonomously.

    Don't make assumptions – if a job sounds interesting, see if you can demonstrate that you have the skills and attributes the employer is 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 will be paid directly by them (through PAYE) on either a weekly or monthly basis.

Do I need to sign an agreement?

Yes. We will provide the employer with access to an agreement that needs to be signed by all three parties (the employer, the graduate 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 internship agreement.

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

You can search for graduate opportunities within InfoHub. Use the Search Vacancies toolbar at the top of the page and select "Graduate Vacancies – UK" as the Type of Work. Look for fixed-term or temporary opportunities if you're searching specifically for internships.

The Careers Toolkit (login required) provides resources to assist you with finding jobs in all disciplines. To access support:

  1. select ‘Find a Job’
  2. choose ‘Jobs by Occupation’
  3. select the document for your area of interest.

If you would like more help with finding opportunities in all areas of work you can go to the Vacancy Plus desk in Ezone (2D11). This drop-in service is open:

  • Monday to Friday from 09:00–13:00 and from 14:00–16:30.

Contact our UWE Bristol Internships Team

If you have any further questions, please email uweinternships@uwe.ac.uk or contact one of the team on +44 (0)117 32 85353.

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