Undergraduate internship scheme 2023–2024

About the schemes

Our undergraduate internship schemes offer an exciting opportunity to participate in a paid internship and gain valuable work experience, with opportunities available in a range of sectors.

There are several schemes available, so you can find something to suit you.

  • Our Part-time internship scheme offers approximately 12 hours work a week, totalling 148 hours – now open for applications. 
  • Our Summer vacation scheme is a full-time option offering 296 hours over the summer vacation – full details will be released in March 2024.  

Internships are a great way to expand your skill set and improve your network, and can help you to consider the type of work that is right for you in the future.

148 hour part-time internships

Our 148-hour part-time internships allow you to work up to 12 hours per week for approximately 12 weeks alongside your studies and other commitments.

These internships suit project work that can be delivered flexibly and remotely so you can work at weekends and whenever suits you and the business. We encourage you to discuss your timetable and commitments with your employer and create a working agreement between you.

You will have weekly meetings and check-ins with your employer and they will act as your mentor.

Who can take part?

  • UK domiciled students on an undergraduate degree course.
  • UK domiciled graduates who graduated from an undergraduate degree course in 2023.
  • International students currently studying a Bachelors, Masters or PhD course; see International internships for more information.
  • Foundation year students completing UWE Bristol-accredited degrees in partnership with further education colleges are eligible providing you have evidence that you are continuing your studies with UWE Bristol in September 2024. 

Not eligible for this scheme:

  • UK domiciled students on a postgraduate course, including Master's and PhD students
  • International graduates

Other considerations

  • You cannot do an internship with a company that you have worked for previously.
  • You can take part in one internship per academic year. 

Working hours and wages

  • The scheme is for a total of 148 hours. We recommend that you work up to 12–13 hours per week for a total of approximately 12 weeks. This work may take place remotely and you can work at the weekend.
  • You will earn the Real Living Wage of £12 per hour, totalling £1,776 for the duration of the internship, and will be paid by the company through their payroll. 
  • You will be entitled to 16.25 hours of paid leave inclusive of Bank Holidays.
  • During vacation periods (for example Christmas or Easter) you should agree working arrangements with your employer. You may wish to work during the vacation or take some of your paid leave or agree to take a short period of unpaid leave.

Summer 2024 internships

Details about the eight-week summer internship scheme will be launched in March 2024. 

Benefits of doing an internship

  • The opportunity to work full or part-time in a sector of your choice for up to 148 hours and earn a wage
  • Valuable, high-quality work experience that shows initiative to prospective employers
  • Develop different ways of working; gain insight and knowledge about the workplace and your industry sector
  • Gain a competitive advantage in the job market
  • Build up a network of useful contacts whilst increasing your confidence
  • Apply knowledge gained during your studies
  • Broaden your career options by experiencing work in a sector not directly related to your degree

Applying for an internship

You can find internship opportunities on InfoHub or by arranging your own internship.

InfoHub vacancies

Log in to InfoHub to view internship opportunities. 

  1. Select the Vacancies menu option and choose UWE Internships in the 'vacancy type' drop down.
  2. From the list of search results, look for opportunities with 'UWE Bristol Internships 20232024’ in the job titles.

Vacancies are added by organisations, so keep checking back for the latest opportunities.

Arrange your own internship

One of the best ways to get an internship is to find your own opportunity at an organisation that interests you. You can do this by approaching organisations speculatively or using your existing contacts and networks.

Don't restrict your search to businesses who seem directly related to your degree subject – consider all industry sectors. Your internship should be project-based, should add value to your CV and should include an element of training and/or mentoring.

Once you have found an internship, ask your employer to email the Internships team at uweinternships@uwe.ac.uk to formalise the arrangement.

Arranging your own internship demonstrates high levels of initiative as well as finding opportunities that may not have been advertised. 

Speculative applications

You can view further information about making speculative applications on UWE Career Centre (login required).

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

"My university, the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), is currently offering a part-time, term-time undergraduate Internship Scheme, which offers a 100% subsidy of £1,776 to companies/organisations that employ an undergraduate student for a period of 148 hours over 12 weeks (12-13 hours per week). Interns must be paid £12 per hour via PAYE and the subsidy can be claimed back from UWE Bristol when the internship finishes.

Further details about the scheme are available on the UWE Bristol website. If you have any questions, please contact the Internships team directly at uweinternships@uwe.ac.uk."

CV advice

We offer a wide range of resources to support with CVs and applications, including our CV Cycle resource. If you would like feedback on your CV, use our CV360 tool

During your internship

During your internship you are employed by the company not UWE Bristol. Your employer will recruit you on the same basis as they would any other member of staff and you will be paid directly by them through PAYE on a weekly or monthly basis.

We will provide the employer with access to an agreement that needs to be electronically signed by you, your employer 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 will be required to complete a short pre-internship questionnaire and a feedback form at the end of the internship. 

You will accrue 16.25 hours of paid leave during your 148-hour internship. Your holiday entitlement, working hours and sickness absence must be arranged according to your employer's policies and procedures.

Tax and National Insurance contributions

The figure paid to you may be subject to tax and National Insurance contributions. Sometimes you will be placed on an emergency tax code and what is deducted from your net pay is more than you should be paying. This will depend on whether you have another job and how much tax you have already paid in the current tax year. Find further information about paying tax as a student and how you can claim a refund if you think you have paid too much.

If you have any questions or concerns during your internship, please contact us at uweinternships@uwe.ac.uk.

Employability Bursary

The UWE Bristol Employability Bursary aims to support lower-income UK undergraduate students to access a range of activities. Activities aim to add value to your student experience and help you to achieve a better graduate outcome. An internship is an eligible activity.

Bursaries are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and you must meet eligibility criteria.

If we believe you meet the eligibility criteria, we will contact the Bursary team on your behalf. You can also email us at uweinternships@uwe.ac.uk explaining that you’d like to apply for the Employability Bursary. The Bursary team will get back in touch with you with the outcome.

"I would absolutely recommend taking up an internship, particularly with the support that the UWE Bristol scheme provide. While academic courses provide you with a basis in the necessary skills and knowledge for a career in industry, they cannot simulate the reality of the world of work — or prepare you for the expectations, standards, conventions, collaborations and consequences of working on real-world projects."

Brendan Ashby, BEng(Hons) Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Architecture intern at Box Twenty

Brendan Ashby BEng(Hons) Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Architecture intern at Box Twenty

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