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The International Talent Internship Scheme is open for part-time and term-time opportunities from 11 October 2022. The scheme is open to all eligible overseas undergraduate and postgraduate students from October 2022 until the end of August 2023. Different closure dates apply for each model.

UWE Bristol provide a full retroactive salary subsidy set at the real living wage £806.60 for each 74-hour international internship. For the longer 296 hour scheme a match funded subsidy is provided full details on this are available on the main internships page.

  • International internships are worked part time.
  • The 74-hour models are available over five or ten weeks.
  • Our 2022/23 (international talent) internships are offered as in person, hybrid and/or remote working models.
  • Interns can work from their home during their internship but must not work from their employer’s home.
  • You must provide a robust induction to support your intern to work remotely with confidence and check in with them regularly during their internship. We recommend using a work plan during the internship to ensure that hours and work completed can be shared and checked each week.

Why use UWE Bristol's International Talent Programme?

The international talent programme is made up of emerging international professionals who are studying at UWE Bristol in all subject areas and at all levels.

International students registered with our programme welcome opportunities to put their skills into practice in the workplace during their studies in the UK.

Employer feedback on the input they have received from our international students has been excellent:

"This has been a very positive experience, well organized from the beginning and clear in what was needed from both us as the employer and for our international intern."

American Summers – IENA
Jimmie

American Summers – IENA

"Now we have experienced first-hand the level of calibre these students have, it is a no brainer."

- BIPSCO Ltd, Bristol
Jimmie

- BIPSCO Ltd Bristol

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2022/23 Internship Scheme

Eligibility

  • All UK registered employers both commercial and third sector with meaningful work internship opportunities are eligible for the scheme.
  • All participating employers must be able to pay their intern via PAYE.
  • Internships add value to the student's CV and incorporate an element of training or mentoring.
  • This scheme is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate international students (both EU and non-EU) with relevant working permissions in the UK from any discipline.

Payment and working hours for international internships

Five-week model – 74 hours fixed term

  • International interns are able to work for their intern employer for a maximum of 15 hours per week over a five-week basis.
  • The employer is responsible for paying the intern directly using the PAYE system. The retroactive salary subsidy for this model is £806.60.
  • This model is open from Tuesday 11 October 2022.
  • The latest date to register a five-week internship is Friday 7 July 2023.
  • The latest date to commence a five-week internship is Tuesday 1 August 2023.
  • The scheme closes on Tuesday 5 September 2023.

Ten-week model – 74 hours fixed term

  • International interns are able to work for their intern employer for a maximum of 7.5 hours per week over a ten-week basis.
  • The employer is responsible for paying the intern directly using the PAYE system. The full retroactive salary subsidy for this model is £806.60.
  • This model is open from Tuesday 11 October 2022.
  • The latest date to register a ten-week internship is Monday 26 June 2023.
  • The latest date to commence a ten-week internship is Monday 3 July 2023.
  • The scheme closes on Tuesday 5 September 2023.

For further advice and support on how to arrange, advertise, recruit and register your company’s international talent internship vacancy please contact the International Talent team on uweinternships@uwe.ac.uk.

Steps to securing an intern

Step 1: Create and advertise your UWE Bristol international internship

You can advertise your internship opportunity to all relevant and eligible students through CareerHub. If you would like to submit a vacancy, please log in or register for CareerHub, then:

  1. select the 'add vacancy' option on the left-hand menu
  2. ensure that you include 'UWE International Talent Internship 2022/23' in the job title
  3. select ‘UWE Internship Schemes’ under the Vacancy Type. Your vacancy is then advertised to UWE Bristol overseas undergraduate and postgraduate students who will apply to you directly. You can then interview and select your intern according to your company’s standard recruitment procedures.

If you have already selected your international intern, please add ‘Nominated Intern’ in the job title when uploading your opportunity. This is not advertised to our students and is for our records only.

Key information

  • To claim the subsidy you may be required to provide full employer financial information that includes utility bills and banks statements with matching organisation name and addresses and correct bank sort code and account number.
  • Advertising your vacancy on CareerHub does not guarantee that the international internship vacancy will be filled.
  • Registration on CareerHub and advertising a position does not guarantee funding. Funding will only be granted if the registration form meets our requirements and if all above financial information can be provided.

Step 2: Recruiting your international intern

Before you interview your intern, we recommend that you email the UWE Bristol international talent team at uweinternships@uwe.ac.uk with the student name and student number to check their eligibility for the scheme and confirm that funding is still available.

You will need to interview and select your intern according to your company’s standard recruitment procedures.

Key information

  • Each international internship must be confirmed with UWE Bristol before the latest date outlined for each part time scheme listed in payment and working hours
  • All international interns need to commence their employment prior to the latest dates listed for each scheme.
  • Funding is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis provided you meet the scheme requirements.
  • The scheme will close early if all funding is allocated.

Step 3: International internship registration- confirm organisation and intern

Once you have recruited your intern, please complete the Internship registration form.

To receive the subsidy, you must be set up as a UWE Bristol Supplier and we will check this when we receive your registration form. If you’re not, we will send you the new supplier form that you must complete and return with required evidence. Evidence includes utility bills and bank statements with matching organisation name and addresses and correct bank sort code and account number.

Documentation not returned to us may result in no subsidy being paid.

Step 4: Complete and return the provided UWE Bristol international internship agreement

When we have confirmed eligibility to you, we will email you a link to your internship agreement. Each agreement must be completed and electronically signed by you, your international intern and UWE Bristol before the international intern starts their internship.

The international internship agreement may be used as a contract of employment. However, we recommend you issue a separate contract of employment to your intern, which incorporates any organisational terms that may not be included in our internship agreement.

Step 5: Submit your invoice

On receipt of your completed international internship agreement and relevant finance information, you will receive a purchase order (PO) number for you to include on your invoice to submit to us in the last few weeks of your internship.

Step 6: Complete your feedback form

Towards the end of the international internship we will send you a feedback form. We’d love to hear from you about the successes of the international internship and any developmental points. You may also be contacted to provide a case study.

Other options for employing international students

Placements

Placements enable you to engage with international student talent over a longer period of time, making full use of their skills on longer projects and to support longer aims.

Work opportunities

If you have work opportunities that are suitable for international students you can register on our online jobs portal CareerHub. Access is free and will give you quick, direct access to talented UWE Bristol international students and graduates

Volunteering

Tap into the enthusiasm and fantastic range of skills and experience that our international talent can bring your organisation. If you are a registered charity or a community interest company you can read our information on how to recruit volunteers.

We are always interested in talking with community organisations about projects our international talent students can help to manage. If you feel you have opportunities for our emerging international professionals to add value to your project and to the local community please contact us on uweinternships@uwe.ac.uk.

FAQs

Who can I recruit

You can recruit any UWE Bristol international student studying at undergraduate and postgraduate level who has right to work alongside their academic studies at the University.

Working permissions for international students can normally be found in their passport or on their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP),but if you are unsure you can use the online service or call the government's Employer Enquiry helpline Call 0300 123 5434:

  • Monday to Thursday 09:00–16:45
  • Friday 09:00–16:30.

What sort of work is suitable?

The internship needs to give the student a meaningful opportunity to build and demonstrate skills, knowledge and confidence in a professional area of work. With a view to supporting an SME, international students are able to provide expert support such as: 

  • assistance with researching new 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
  • support with marketing and social media campaigns
  • translation and interpreting services.

What should the induction cover?

You should give a short induction to cover:

  • general information about the company (including normal working hours, dress code, travel arrangements, parking and lunch facilities)
  • who they will be reporting to
  • what is expected of them in terms of project aims
  • how the project will be structured and the team they will be working with
  • how to report absence and any other pertinent information
  • a full health and safety briefing on procedures, especially for fire evacuation and reporting incidents.

We also strongly recommend that each intern is assigned a mentor from within your organisation. This is an excellent way of supporting your intern, whilst providing a staff member with a valuable development opportunity.

What ongoing support can the University offer?

We have a dedicated Internships Team on hand who will:

  • provide you and your intern with an information pack on how you can make your internship a successful experience for your company and the intern
  • be on hand to answer questions and queries made by interns or yourselves before, during and after the internship.

After you have conducted the interview and appointed the intern of your choice, we will check in with you and the student intern to monitor progress and ensure that everything is working well.

We are always available to offer support to our international students. However, the mentor role provided by someone within your organisation is extremely valuable.

Are we expected to provide the intern with feedback?

Providing feedback is essential to any student’s development. Assessing their skills, strengths, areas for further development and giving advice on the industry/current market will be invaluable to their career progression, which is the fundamental aim of this scheme.

Appraisals or feedback should certainly happen at the end of the internship, but it could be useful to meet halfway through the project to allow your intern to put the feedback into practice.

Are we expected to provide UWE Bristol with feedback?

It is essential for you to provide feedback so that we can issue you the funding subsidy. We will send you a feedback form midway through the internship. Any delay in completing this form may result in funding not being paid for your intern.

Is there an expectation to recruit the international student after the internship?

Whilst we would, of course, welcome any further interest or engagement with UWE Bristol international students, there is no expectation to recruit an international student once they have completed their internship.

How do I carry out all the relevant ‘right to work’ checks when employing an international student intern?

You can do this in the same way that you would check whether any prospective employee is able to work in the UK. The Government provides extensive information for employers regarding this.

Working permissions for international students can normally be found in their passport or on their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) but if you are unsure you can use the online service or call the government's Employer Enquiry helpline on: +44 (0)300 123 5434

  • Monday to Thursday 09:00–16:45
  • Friday 09:00–16:30.

Employer feedback

"Our international intern was very competent. A great experience for us to see how an intern can support business development. It was easy to get started, engage remotely and work collaboratively to achieve our aims as well as give opportunities to the intern for their own development."

Rewrite Digital
Jimmie

Rewrite Digital

"The intern was an excellent worker. They were driven to succeed and were able to produce measurable project improvements on a weekly basis."

BPM Contracting Services Ltd
Jimmie

BPM Contracting Services Ltd

"It provides an opportunity to work with such excellent international talent and share real life experiences and knowledge. The benefits cannot be acquired in any other way."

Bristol and West of England China Bureau
Jimmie

Bristol and West of England China Bureau

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"The intern helped us with project delivery, enabling us to be faster and more efficient in issuing our calculations and drawings than we could have been without someone in the role. Every intern we have had from UWE Bristol has demonstrated an excellent work ethic and understanding of engineering principles."

Pro Structures Ltd
Jimmie

Pro Structures Ltd

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