UWE Bristol Undergraduate Internship Scheme 2017

This is an exciting opportunity for UWE Bristol undergraduates to gain valuable work experience in a range of employment sectors – and you'll earn at least £300 a week (or £1,500 over the summer period).

Applications to our Undergraduate Internships Scheme are now open to current UWE Bristol undergraduates. This is a great opportunity for you to build your confidence, knowledge and skills while getting experience in a real workplace.

Internships will last for ten weeks full time or 20 weeks part time.

We encourage you to find your own internship by approaching companies speculatively. There will also be a limited number of vacancies 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?

To be eligible, you must be:

  • a current UWE Bristol student on your Foundation, first, second or placement year on a BA, BSc, BArch, BEng, LLB, MArch or MEng course AND returning to your undergraduate studies in September 2017
  • a UK domiciled student (international students may be interested in the International Talent Internship Scheme).

Internship dates

  • You will be paid a minimum of £300 per week, based on a 37-hour working week.
  • Internships can start any time from Monday 22 May 2017. Please speak to the Internships Team if you wish to start an internship before this date.
  • The latest available start date is Monday 10 July 2017.
  • The latest date to confirm an internship with us is Friday 7 July 2017.
  • The internship duration is ten weeks full-time or 20 weeks part time.
  • Your internship must finish in time for you to return to study on Monday 18 September 2017.
  • 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 may only complete one UWE Bristol internship during the 2017 summer scheme.

Benefits of an internship

Doing an internship will give you:

  • valuable, high-quality work experience
  • insight, knowledge and the opportunity to develop skills
  • a competitive advantage in the job market
  • the challenge of applying knowledge gained during your studies
  • the chance to build up a network of useful contacts
  • increased confidence
  • experiencing work in a sector that isn’t directly related to your degree, widening your career options
  • the opportunity to work in full-time employment over the summer vacation period and earn at least £1,500
  • a chance to win the ‘UWE Bristol Intern of the Year’ Award, presented at our annual Celebrating UWE Bristol Talent ceremony
  • a contribution towards the UWE Bristol Futures Award.

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 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. view the list of internships that appears – you should look for opportunities that include ‘UWE Bristol Undergraduate Internship Scheme 2017’ in the job title.

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.

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

We would 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 Undergraduate Internship Scheme', which offers a £1,500 subsidy to companies/organisations who employ a first or second year undergraduate student for a minimum ten week period during the summer vacation.

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?

The internship should give you a meaningful opportunity to build skills, knowledge and confidence in a professional area of work.

We define 'professional' to include traditional professions such as law and accountancy, as well as new media and creative professions, IT, HR, marketing and psychology – this list is not exhaustive.

It’s likely to involve a range of activities including:

  • shadowing professionals
  • attending meetings
  • visiting different sites
  • drafting documents
  • undertaking research
  • small projects or other activities relevant to the profession.

Every job has a few unenviable tasks. If your role includes photocopying, tea-making and filing, do it properly and with a smile.

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.

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, look to see if you can demonstrate 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.

I am due to start a one-year placement as part of my course in September. Can I do an undergraduate internship as well?

Provided that you are able to commit to the full ten weeks, there is no reason why you should not do both. The scheme should not be considered an alternative to doing a one-year placement, but an excellent supplement to your placement.

Are you able to suggest where I can find short-term accommodation in Bristol?

UWE Bristol Accommodation Services may be able to offer short-term accommodation over the summer period. Please contact accomodation@uwe.ac.uk for availability, details and costs.

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 undergraduate 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.

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

You can search for summer opportunities within InfoHub (login required). Use the Search Vacancies toolbar at the top of the page and select Work Experience (Term time and vacation) as the Type of Work.

You can also look at this resource about where to find 2017 summer work experience (InfoHub required).

If you would like more help with finding opportunities 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 0117 32 85353.

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