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Student Experience Internships for penultimate year undergraduates

Building up your work experience is vital in your journey to achieve the graduate job of your choice. The University of Manchester understands that internships are a great way to do this and therefore runs its own internship scheme, Student Experience Internships (SEI) which has four specific strands.

The scheme offers penultimate year undergraduates the opportunity to undertake an internship either within the University, in a charity/not-for-profit organisation or a small business. All SEI internships will be paid, full-time and last up to eight weeks.

Additionally, those who obtain an internship will have access to an exclusive training and development programme of workshops over the course of the summer.

We are currently in the process of sourcing internships for Summer 2020 - these SEI vacancies will open for applications during February 2020.

What types of opportunity are available?

There are four types of opportunities available within the SEI programme:

1 Student Experience Internships within the University

The internships will be based within Schools or within centralised university divisions such as Careers, Business Engagement or the alumni team (for example), undertaking student experience, Welcome Week or employability focused projects.

2 Student Experience Internships within Charities and not-for-profit organisations

Hosted by Manchester-based charities and not-for-profit organisations these internships will be more business focused, eg, developing a fund-raising campaign, writing a social media strategy, launching a new initiative for the charity or perhaps writing a bid for funding.

3 Learning Through Research Internships within the University

The research internships are aimed at students wanting to explore what an academic career might look like, they will involve working alongside an academic member of staff or other researcher undertaking a very specific research orientated project.

To apply for any of the above three internship types you must be:

  • A penultimate year undergraduate i.e. in your second year of a three year course or your third year of a four year course.
  • Studying on a degree programme that does not include a placement year or a period of "Industrial Experience" and have not undertaken a Study Abroad period as part of your degree.
  • In receipt of the full non-repayable financial grant from the UK government and/or a bursary or other form of support from the University. Those not in receipt of financial assistance as described, can apply for a maximum of three Student Experience Internships and/or a maximum of three Learning Through Research Internships.

4 Internships for Disabled Students

As part of the SEI scheme, we have developed some internships designed to give students with a disability, long term health condition or dyslexia the opportunity to undertake an internship in the Manchester area. If you’d like to gain some work experience within a fully supported, professional environment, here is your opportunity to do so.

Undertaking an internship will enhance your CV and ensure that you stand out to prospective employers. Take a look at the following student profiles for an insight into why they applied for a SEI and how they found life as an intern:

Why should I apply?

Here’s a selection of profiles from past students for an insider view into why they applied for a SEI and how they benefited from the scheme:

  1. Cameron: Communications Intern
  2. Hope: Welcome Campaign Intern
  3. George: Sports Heritage Intern
  4. Letitia: Widening Access Intern
  5. Julian: Volunteering Experience Intern
  6. Hannah: Welcome Week Intern
  7. Ziyun: Learning Through Research Intern
  8. Daniel: Learning Through Research (Chemistry) Intern
  9. Jonathan: Autism Research Intern

How do I apply?

‌‌‌Full details of all the internships, including application instructions, are included in the job descriptions in My Account - CareersLink. Log in, go to the vacancies section, and search using “SEI/20”in the keyword box. All the Student Experience Internship opportunities will include a SEI reference number, eg SEI/20/xxx.

You are required to complete SEI application Part 1 and SEI application Part 2 of the SEI application form and submit both parts along with a copy of your CV to by the stated closing date. Please submit your application as three separate word documents saved as your full name, quoting the SEI reference number in the subject line of your email.

Your application will be submitted to the Internships Team in The Careers Service for initial screening before being sent to the hiring manager for final selection.

Please note that whilst unsuccessful applicants will be informed, due to the large volume of applications it is not possible to provide feedback on individual applications. Therefore please take some time to check out the Careers Service CV and LinkedIn Guide before submitting your application.

For vacancy updates and programme information, join our Student Summer Internship Facebook Group.

What's the recruitment timetable?

SEI 2020 opens in February 2020. Please check individual job descriptions in CareersLink for their closing dates.

Most SEI internships will start in late June/early July. If you are successful in gaining an internship you will be required to attend an Induction session prior to starting your internship followed by the weekly Development Programme workshops.

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