Graduate internship scheme

About the scheme

The Graduate Internship Scheme is currently closed.

Eligibility

You must be a UK-domicile UWE Bristol graduate from either 2019 or be graduating in 2020. Any graduates undertaking postgraduate study are not eligible.

Benefits of doing an internship

Your internship project is likely to provide the opportunity to:

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

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

Applying for an internship

Please note the Graduate Internship Scheme is currently closed.

If you’d like to participate in the scheme, there are limited vacancies on InfoHub (login required). To find them:

  1. Log in to InfoHub
  2. Select ‘Type of work’
  3. Then select ‘UWE Internship Schemes’
  4. Click ‘Find vacancies’
  5. A list of internships will appear, look for those opportunities that include ‘UWE Bristol Graduate Internship Scheme 2020' in the job title.

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

Your internship must be either project based or add value to your CV. It should also include an element of training and/or mentoring. The organisations that you intern with must be an SME (small to medium-sized enterprise) with a workforce of under 250 employees and turnover of up to £50 million.

Please contact the UWE Bristol Internships Scheme before you apply for a graduate internship to check if there’s funding available by emailing uweinternships@uwe.ac.uk.

Your contract

The company will recruit you on the same basis as they would any other member of staff and you will be employed through them, not through UWE Bristol. You’ll be paid directly by your employer (through PAYE) on either a weekly or monthly basis.

We’ll provide the employer with 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 UWE Bristol internship agreement.

Arranging your own internship

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.
  • There won’t be a competitive interview.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to discuss your internship needs with your company. 

Speculative applications

We encourage you to find your own internship by approaching companies speculatively. View this guide to making speculative applications (InfoHub login required).

We’ve 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 'Graduate Internship Scheme', which offers a £1,500 subsidy to companies/organisations who employ a 2019 or 2020 UWE Bristol graduate for a ten-week full-time internship.

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 at uweinternships@uwe.ac.uk or +44 (0)117 32 82353."

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 doesn’t determine your options.
  • Your degree studies 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’ll also have gained 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 on your own and in a group.
  • Don't make assumptions – if a job sounds interesting, see if you can demonstrate you have the skills and attributes the employer’s 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. 

Contact

If you have any further questions, please contact the UWE Bristol Internships Team at uweinternships@uwe.ac.uk or on +44 (0)117 32 85353.