International internship scheme

In line with the latest advice from the UK Government and the prevention of COVID-19, we need to postpone and review our internship schemes. We hope to be able to offer a revised internship scheme, and all eligible students will be contacted in due course.

Coronavirus updates

In line with the latest advice from the UK Government and the prevention of COVID-19, we need to postpone and review our internship schemes. We hope to be able to offer a revised internship scheme, and all eligible students will be contacted in due course.

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Heloise and Tomoko's internship experience

International students Heloise Phillips-Vabre, MA Animation, and Tomoko Nishida, BA (Hons) Illustration, talk to us about their paid summer internships. Tomoko was a Creative Marketing Intern at LinkeLites Ltd/Ying Adviser and Heloise was a Videographer Intern at TurtleTots.

About the internship

The International Talent Internship Scheme provides you with the opportunity to achieve paid short-term work experience in the UK. International students can build their skills and experience in a professional work environment.

2020 Internship Scheme

In line with the latest advice from the UK Government and the prevention of COVID-19, we need to postpone and review our internship schemes. We hope to be able to offer a revised internship scheme, and all eligible students will be contacted in due course.

You’ll be paid a minimum of £646 for 74 working hours or £1,292 for 148 working hours. Your employer will make this payment.

There are both full-time and part-time options available depending on your study status:

  • 74 hours over two weeks (full-time)
  • 74 hours over four weeks (part-time)
  • 74 hours over eight weeks (part-time)
  • 148 hours over four weeks (full-time)
  • 148 hours over eight weeks (part-time).

You can find your own internship with a range of businesses in the UK. This is a great opportunity to make yourself and your skills known to a range of companies and the International Talent team will also list internship opportunities on Infohub (login required) that you can apply for.

If you take part in this scheme, you are responsible for ensuring that it will not be in breach of any conditions attached to your visa.

Benefits of doing an internship

  • valuable, high-quality work experience
  • insight, knowledge and the opportunity to develop skills
  • an enhanced CV
  • a competitive advantage in the job market
  • a way to build up a network of useful contacts
  • increased confidence
  • an opportunity to apply knowledge gained during your studies
  • the chance to broaden your career options by getting experience in a sector that isn’t directly related to your degree.

Plus if you organise your own internship:

  • It shows that you have high levels of personal initiative.
  • You can explore opportunities that we may not have offered.
  • You won’t have a competitive interview.
  • You’ll be able to discuss your internship needs with your company.

What sort of employers are offering internships?

The organisation can be any size or type and from any sector, including public sector organisations, small and medium sized businesses, start-up companies and large employers.

What sort of work will I be doing?

Your internship will give you an opportunity to build and demonstrate skills, knowledge and confidence in a professional area of work. This does not need to be directly related to your degree subject. Examples of the kinds of work you could be doing include:

  • assistance with researching home country 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
  • supporting marketing and social media campaigns
  • translation and interpreting services.

Eligibility

Undergraduate students are eligible for all part-time and full-time options (see the 2020 internship information above for details).

Postgraduate students are eligible for the 74 hours part-time options only, over four or eight weeks. 

As an international student, it’s your responsibility to ensure that you comply with the conditions of your visa at all times, including any restrictions on working in the UK. If you’re unsure of your work permissions please speak to an Immigration Adviser at UWE Bristol.

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

We list other opportunities within InfoHub (login required). Simply use the Search Vacancies toolbar at the top of the page. If you’re searching specifically for internships, look for fixed-term or temporary opportunities.

Careers Toolkit is also available to help you with finding jobs.

If you need more help with finding opportunities, our Vacancy Plus desk in E-Zone (2D11) is there to help. Visit this drop-in service from Monday to Friday from 10:00–14:00.

Finding an internship

Opportunities will be listed on Infohub (login required) although we encourage you to find your own internship by approaching companies speculatively. Take a look at this guide produced by Prospects on making speculative applications.

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 an 'International Talent Summer Internship Scheme', which offers a £646 subsidy to companies/organisations who employ a UWE Bristol international student for a 74-hour or 148-hour internship.

All internships must be paid at a minimum of £646 for 74 working hours or £1,292 for 148 working hours. 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."

Choosing an employer

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. Researching companies will give you a good idea of the greater relevance of the experience you could gain of the company and the universal skills this will give you as a result.

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. You will have developed transferable skills during your course such as communication, working to deadlines and research skills. 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.

Your contract

We'll provide the employer with an agreement that needs to be signed by all three parties (the Employer, the Student 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.

You’ll need to confirm the required details and your eligibility to work. Once we’ve received these details from both you and your employer, we’ll countersign the agreement and send you with a scanned copy of the internship agreement.

You will not be employed by the university. Your employer will recruit you on the same basis as they would any other member of staff. You’ll be paid directly by your employer (through PAYE) on either a weekly or monthly basis. It is common practice in the UK for this to be paid after the work is completed.

During your internship

Inductions

When you start your internship they’ll give you a short induction covering:

  • general information about the company (including normal working hours, dress code, travel arrangements, parking, lunch facilities)
  • who you’ll be reporting to
  • what’s expected of you in terms of project aims
  • how the project is structured
  • the team or individuals you’ll be working with
  • how to report absence and other important information
  • a health and safety briefing, especially for fire evacuation and reporting incidents.

Support during your internship

We’ll give you an information pack that’s full of guidance to help you make your internship a successful experience.

Our dedicated team will also be available to answer your questions during and after the internship.

We’ll send you a feedback form midway through the internship. It's essential for you to give us feedback.

Contact us

If you have any further questions, please contact the UWE Bristol international talent team at internationaltalent@uwe.ac.uk or on tel: +44 (0)117 32 85353.

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Student feedback

"Although I didn't have formal training or mentoring, my employers gave me all the support I needed for the job!"

Student, Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education (ACE)

Student Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education (ACE)

"Overall I think this was a great time working in a new to me developing field of engineering as well as a great opportunity to meet new people and widen my expertise. With that being said, I definitely do recommend students interested to improve their skills to undertake the UWE Bristol internship scheme!"

Student, Faculty of Environment and Technology (FET)

Student Faculty of Environment and Technology (FET)

"I am being provided with all necessary details at the beginning of each project, so I can have a clear understanding about the task I am assigned with. Any queries regarding any of the details are being answered promptly and further explanations are provided when necessary. Overall, I am gaining knowledge in the subject area while improving software skills."

Student, Faculty of Environment and Technology (FET)

Student Faculty of Environment and Technology (FET)

"The UWE Bristol International Talent internship with Yuyo Drinks has allowed me to apply theoretical knowledge from university studies, whilst providing insight into the world of international marketing and export processes."

Student, Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)

Student Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)