Undergraduate Internship Scheme launches for second year

Issue date: 15 March 2013

UWE Bristol's Undergraduate Internship scheme is now entering its second year after a triumphant first year.

The internship programme, which was launched on 4 March 2013, encourages students in their first and second year of study, as well as returning students in their third year, to embark on 8 week internships at organisations within their field of interest.

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.

In a survey conducted at the end of the last year's scheme; 94 per cent of businesses felt that taking part had been of value to the company; 98 per cent of students rated the overall value of the scheme as 'Excellent/Good'; whilst 68 per cent of interns secured paid part-time work with the internship employer.

Over 135 businesses partnered with UWE 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 Careers, we are determined to assist our students in developing skills that will increase their prospects following graduation. A UWE 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 focussed within their studies upon return to university.

“For employers, especially Small to Medium Enterprise's (SME's), 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 intern, giving them additional support for projects, and a fresh outlook. Employers have loved the schemes we've run over the last 3 years, and UWE interns gain an invaluable experience and a fair wage.”

Students and recruiters wishing to find out more can visit the internship homepage.

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