Undergraduate internship 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 and include an element of training and/or mentoring.

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

Further information about making speculative applications can be found on 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, the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), is currently running a 'Summer 2020 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 £322.64 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?

Arranging your own internship demonstrates high levels of personal initiative, and offers you the opportunity to explore opportunities that we may not have offered. In addition, there will not be a competitive interview, and you will have the opportunity to discuss your own 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 are defining 'professional' broadly to include traditional professions such as law and accountancy but also new media and creative professions, IT, HR, marketing and psychology – this list is not exhaustive.
  • Most summer vacation undergraduate internships are 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. It’s normal for a role to include tasks like photocopying, tea-making and filing, do it to the best of your ability and often tasks like these can lead to other, more meaningful tasks.

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 will also have gained skills through part-time work, hobbies, volunteering and other activities. These 'transferable skills' include research skills, written and oral communication, time management and planning, working to deadlines, IT skills and the ability to generate new ideas and work productively both in a group and autonomously. These skills are hugely attractive to employers.
  • 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’re 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 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?

On Infohub (login required) you can search for summer opportunities using the Search Vacancies toolbar at the top of the page and selecting Work Experience (term time and vacation) as the Type of Work.

If you would like more help with finding opportunities or summer work, you can go to the Vacancy Plus desk in Ezone (2D11). This drop-in service is open Monday to Friday from 11:00–13.00 (term time) where we are able to further assist you with finding summer work.

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 3285 353.

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