UWE Bristol Undergraduate Internship Scheme 2018

Applications are now open for our Undergraduate Internships Scheme. This is a chance for undergraduates to find valuable work experience in a range of employment sectors over the summer period. As well as getting a chance to build your skills and confidence, you'll earn at least £300 a week.

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

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, who is returning to your undergraduate studies in September 2018
  • a UK-domiciled student (international students may be interested in the International Talent Internship Scheme).

About the internship

  • You’ll be paid a minimum of £300 per week, based on a 37-hour working week.
  • Internships can start any time from Tuesday 29 May 2018. Please speak to the UWE Bristol Internships Team if you wish to start an internship before this date.
  • The latest available start date is Monday 9 July 2018.
  • The latest date to confirm an internship with us is Friday 6 July 2018.
  • 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 17 September 2018.
  • Your internship must be based in the UK.
  • You cannot undertake an internship with an employer in a private company that you’ve previous worked for in any paid or unpaid capacity.
  • If you’ve volunteered for a third sector organisation you may undertake an internship with them.
  • You may only complete one UWE Bristol internship during the 2018 summer scheme.
  • If you are related to your internship provider, you must declare this to us.
  • Your internship may be subject to a site visit from UWE Bristol staff.

Benefits of an internship

Doing an internship will give you:

  • valuable high-quality work experience
  • insight, knowledge and the opportunity to develop your skills
  • a competitive advantage in the job market
  • the chance to build up a network of useful contacts
  • increased confidence
  • the challenge of applying knowledge gained during your studies
  • 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
  • the opportunity 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

Vacancies will be posted on InfoHub, which eligible students may apply for.

To view opportunities, log in to InfoHub and then:

  • select ‘Type of work’
  • chose ‘UWE Internship Schemes’
  • click ‘Find vacancies’
  • View the list of internships that appears – you should look for opportunities that include ‘UWE Bristol Undergraduate Internship Scheme 2018’ in the job title.

You may also find your own internship by approaching companies speculatively or using your existing contacts and networks. 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 on this page.

CV and interview help

The Careers team run daily essentials workshops on topics including how to write a winning CV, how to write a successful cover letter, and how to prepare for interviews. You can book onto these via the InfoHub Events tab search for the workshop you wish to attend.

If you would like CV feedback, you can attend one of the daily drop-in sessions run on campus. Visit the Drop Ins tab within the Careers Toolkit for the most up-to-date times and locations.

Frequently asked questions

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.

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

Take a look at the guide produced by Prospects on making speculative applications.

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

“You may be interested to know that my university, the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), is currently running a 'Summer 2018 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 page. 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?

Arranging your own internship demonstrates high levels of personal initiative, and offers you the opportunity to explore opportunities that we may not have offered. You’ll also have the opportunity to discuss your own internship needs with your company.

Another benefit is that you won’t have a competitive interview.

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' broadly 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.
  • You’re likely to take part in 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’ll miss out on some amazing opportunities. Your degree discipline alone does not determine your options.
  • As well as gaining skills through your studies, you’ll also gain 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’m starting 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 UWE Bristol?

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 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.

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 10:30–14:30 (term time).

Contact the 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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