Undergraduate internship scheme 2022
About the scheme
The 2022 Undergraduate Internship Scheme is a chance to find and participate in an eight-week 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 £366.30 a week, gross (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 2022.
- All UK domicile students are eligible.
- You may only complete one UWE Bristol internship during the 2022 summer scheme.
- You cannot undertake an internship with an employer in a private company that you have previously 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 an 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 £2,930.40.
- Valuable, high-quality work experience that shows initiative to prospective employers during an unprecedented period.
- Developing different 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.
Applying for an internship
You can find your internship by either viewing vacancies posted on InfoHub or by arranging your own internship.
You can view and apply for vacancies posted by organisations on InfoHub (login required).
Log in to InfoHub to view the internship opportunities that employers are offering in 2022. Vacancies are added when organisation submit them to us. Once logged in, do the following:
- 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 2022' in the job title.
Arranging your own internship
You can arrange your own internship by approaching companies speculatively or using your existing contacts and networks. The organisation should then email the Internships Team at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
You can view further information about making speculative applications 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 an 'Undergraduate Internship Scheme', which offers a £1,465.20 subsidy to companies/organisations that employ an undergraduate student for a minimum eight-week period during the summer vacation. Interns must be paid at a minimum of £366.30 per week via PAYE.
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.
"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
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 32.5 hours 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.
Tax and National Insurance contributions
The figure paid to you may be subject to tax and National Insurance contributions. Sometimes, you will be on an emergency tax code and what is deducted from your net pay is more than you should be paying. This will all depend on if you have another job and how much tax you have already paid in the current tax year. For further help, view more information about paying tax as a student and how you would claim a refund if you think you have paid too much.
Advice about remote internships
Some organisations may offer a remote opportunity, or a mixture of both remote and in-person working. There are many resources you can refer to for more advice about remote internships. Here’s a small selection:
- Handshake: Guide for making the most of a remote internship
- Top Universities: Guide to everything you need to know about remote internships
- Virtual Internship: 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.
The UWE Bristol Employability Bursary aims to support students to access a range of activities which will add significant value to the student experience but also empower students to achieve better graduate outcomes. An internship is an eligible activity. Bursaries are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and you must meet eligibility criteria.
If you believe that you are eligible and you take part in an internship, please email us at email@example.com explaining that you’d like to apply for the Employability Bursary. We will then liaise with the Bursary Team to check your eligibility and will get back in touch with you with the outcome.