UWE Bristol’s renowned Undergraduate Internship Scheme is now open for business this summer to students and employers.
The scheme is led by the University’s award-winning Careers and Employability Service. Recently named best in the country, after winning the National Undergraduate Employability Award 2014 for Best University Careers/Employability Service in recognition of the outstanding contributions they make in helping students make the most of work experience opportunities.
Now in its fourth year, the internship scheme inspires students to gain invaluable work experience through eight week summer internships at organisations within their field of interest.
The scheme is open to students in their first and second year of study, as well as to placement students returning in their fourth year.
The University subsidises the internship as an incentive for local businesses to take part and to guarantee students at least the national minimum wage during the experience. Students can chose from a selection of businesses that have agreed to take part in the scheme, or arrange their own internship with a specific company.
Last year 120 undergraduates benefited from participating in the Undergraduate Internship Scheme.
Popular interactive science centre @Bristol is one of the local supporters of UWE Bristol’s internship schemes. As part of the Graduate Internship Scheme, they recruited three summer interns to the Live Science Team and one to the role of Learning Officer.
Recommending the scheme they said, “We felt that all the interns gained from having undertaken internships with us, from learning more about us as a charitable organisation and communicating science, to developing their own skills in areas of communication, cross departmental working, developing their knowledge and working as a team.
“As an organisation we were able to deliver, and continue to provide, a good service to our visitors through having skilled interns within the role, providing flexibility and development opportunities within the team.
“We were also able to benefit from the funding as a charity, as without support we can only offer unpaid internships. We were very appreciative of the funding and should there be further opportunities to support us, we would be very keen to be part of such a scheme.”
Over 80 businesses partnered with UWE Bristol last year and this year the university is determined to expand the scheme, reaching more students and involving more local businesses.
Hannah Newmarch, Head of Employer Partnership Services at UWE Bristol, said, “At UWE Bristol Careers, we are determined to assist our students in developing skills that will increase their prospects following graduation. A UWE Bristol Undergraduate Internship is a fantastic way for students to gain meaningful work experience and bolster their graduate CV. Many of our students find they develop not only employability related skills, but gain confidence and feel more focused within their studies upon return to university.
“We are delighted to be able to offer this funding again as we have seen such terrific feedback from students and employers alike. From last year’s scheme, over 70% of companies that participated reported an increase in financial growth and customer base.
“For employers, especially Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs), funding an intern can be a barrier to crucial support needed for a project within their business. We support employers, large and small, to employ a UWE Bristol intern, giving them additional support for projects, and a fresh outlook. Employers have loved the schemes we’ve run over the last three years, and UWE Bristol interns gain an invaluable experience and a fair wage.”