Undergraduate internship scheme
About the scheme
The Summer 2020 Scheme is a chance to participate in an 8-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 £370.00 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 2020.
- All UK and EU-domiciled students are eligible.
- You may only complete one UWE Bristol internship during the 2020 summer scheme.
- You cannot undertake an internship with an employer in a private company that you have previous worked for in any paid or unpaid 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.
- All internships must be completed in organisations within the UK.
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 £2,960.00.
- 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.
- Your internship will contribute towards the UWE Bristol Futures Award.
Applying for an internship
Vacancies will be posted on InfoHub (login required), which you can apply for.
Log in to InfoHub to view available internships for 2020. Once logged in:
- select ‘Type of work’
- then select ‘UWE Internship Schemes’
- click ‘Find vacancies’
- a list of internships will appear, look for those opportunities that include ‘UWE Bristol Undergraduate Internship Scheme 2020' 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 we may not have 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 2020 Undergraduate Remote Internship Scheme', which offers a £2,960.00 subsidy to companies/organisations who employ a first or second year undergraduate student for a minimum eight-week period during the summer vacation. All internships must be paid at a minimum of £370.00 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 firstname.lastname@example.org"
CV and interview help
If you need help with your CV, covering letter or interview preparation, you can use our online resources to check the standard of your CV (InfoHub login required), and if you have any questions you can submit your CV via the ‘My Questions’ function in InfoHub for feedback.
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 4 days leave during your 8 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: