Undergraduate internship scheme
About the scheme
The Summer 2021 Scheme is a chance to participate in an eight-week, remote-working internship over the summer to gain valuable work experience in a range of employment sectors.
As well as getting a chance to build your skills and confidence, you'll earn £351.50 a week (based on a 37-hour working week).
- You must be a current UWE Bristol student in your first, second, placement or final year on a BA, BSc, BArch, BEng, LLB, MArch or MEng course.
- If you're in your foundation year completing UWE Bristol-accredited degrees in partner Further Education colleges, you will be eligible as long as there is evidence that you are continuing your studies with UWE Bristol in September 2021.
- All UK domicile students are eligible.
- You may only complete one UWE Bristol internship during the 2021 summer scheme.
- You cannot undertake an internship with an employer in a private company that you have previous worked for in any paid capacity
- If you are due to start a placement year in September you are still welcome to take part in the scheme, provided that you're able to commit to the full eight weeks. The scheme should not be considered an alternative to doing a one-year placement, but an excellent supplement to your placement.
Benefits of doing a remote internship
- The opportunity to work in full or part-time employment totalling 296 hours (example: 37 hours per week full time) over the summer vacation period and earn at least £2,812.00.
- Valuable, high-quality work experience that shows initiative to prospective employers during an unprecedented period.
- Developing remote ways of working and gaining insight and knowledge.
- A competitive advantage in the job market.
- The chance to build up a network of useful contacts whilst increasing your confidence.
- The challenge of applying knowledge gained during your studies.
- An opportunity to broaden your career options through experiencing work in a sector not directly related to your degree.
"Working for Audeo throughout my internship has allowed me to learn so many new skills. Not only has my professional knowledge of the digital marketing world grown exponentially, but also my confidence and interpersonal skills through encouragement and responsibility."
Kallipso Graphic Design graduate
Applying for an internship
Vacancies will be posted on InfoHub (login required), which you can apply for.
Log in to InfoHub to view the internship opportunities that employers are offering in 2021. Vacancies will be added throughout the next few weeks. Once logged in:
- go to 'Vacancies'
- under ‘Vacancy Type’ select ‘UWE Internship Schemes’
- click ‘Search’
- a list of internships will appear - look for opportunities with 'UWE Bristol Undergraduate Internship Scheme 2021' in the job title.
Arranging your own internship
You may also find your own internship by approaching companies speculatively or using your existing contacts and networks. The company should then contact the Internships Team to formalise the arrangement.
Arranging your own internship demonstrates high levels of personal initiative and offers you the opportunity to explore opportunities that may not have been advertised.
All business sectors are eligible. Don't restrict your thinking to jobs directly related to your degree subject or you'll miss out on some amazing opportunities! Your internship must be either project-based or add value to your CV and include an element of training and/or mentoring.
The internship should give you a meaningful opportunity to build skills, knowledge and confidence in a professional area of work.
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 2021 Undergraduate Remote Internship Scheme', which offers a £2,000.00 subsidy to companies/organisations who employ an undergraduate student for a minimum eight-week period during the summer vacation. All internships must be paid at a minimum of £351.50 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 email@example.com"
We offer a wide range of resources to support with CVs and applications including our useful CV Cycle resource. If you would like feedback on your CV, use our CV360 tool and you’ll be given the option to have a CV review conducted by a member of our career coaching team.
During your internship
You will not be employed by UWE Bristol, 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.
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 accrue four days of leave during your eight week internship. This must be arranged as per the organisation’s policies and procedures along with working hours and sickness absence.
Advice about remote internships
There are many resources you can refer to for more advice about remote internships. Here’s a small selection:
- Handshake’s guide for making the most of a remote internship
- Top Universities ‘everything you need to know about remote internships’ guide.
- Virtual Internship’s guide for success in a remote internship.
If you have any problems or concerns once you are on your internship, please contact us on UWEinternships@uwe.ac.uk.