Careers Service


Spring internships for first year students

Your first year is a great time to start building skills and exploring different career options. One way to do this is via insight days or weeks. They may happen at any time but usually during vacation periods.

Spring Insight Week in Manchester for first year undergraduate students organised by the Careers Service.

Apply for a Spring Insight Week, develop your employability skills and gain an insight into a particular sector or industry of your choice.

Spring Insight Week takes place during the Easter vacation (8 April - 26 April). The insight, lasting one or two weeks, will be an unpaid work experience and work shadowing opportunity to provide you exposure to a work environment. A short project could also be incorporated into the experience. You will be placed with organisations based in Greater Manchester and your travel expenses will be covered through our Work Experience Bursary scheme.

Applications for Spring Insight Week will open at the beginning of February 2019.

Why should I apply?

  • Gain an insight into a sector or industry.
  • The work experience will look great on your CV.
  • Network and make new contacts.
  • Develop skills (confidence, communication, organisation etc.)
  • Widen your understanding of a variety of work roles in an organisation.
  • The work experience opportunity may lead to more part-time, paid employment with the host.

Alongside the work experience/work shadowing activities, what kind of project work could the Spring Insight Week include?

  • Researching and planning an event, producing a programme or outline.
  • Writing copy for a promotional activity, eg, an event or a product launch.
  • Developing video content.
  • Researching target clients or markets.
  • Writing social media copy or proposing how to improve your social media presence.

To apply

What happens next?

Your application will be submitted to The Internships Team in The Careers Service for initial screening before being sent to the host organisation for final selection. You may be asked to undertake a telephone interview with the host so that they can choose the most appropriate student for their organisation.

If you have any queries about this process, please contact the team via email workexperience@manchester.ac.uk or telephone: 0161 275 2828

Contact the Spring insight week team