Student Experience Internships for penultimate year undergraduates

About Student Experience Internships

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 three specific strands.

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

SEI internships are carried out through a mixture of in-person, remote and hybrid working. Further details of the mode of working for each internship are available on each individual SEI advert.

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


To apply for any SEI internship types you must be a penultimate undergraduate i.e. in your second year of a three year course or your third year of a four year course.

If you are in receipt of a bursary or financial support from the University, you are able to apply for as many SEIs as you wish. However, if this is not the case and you do not receive a bursary or financial support you can apply for a maximum of 3 SEIs. Once you have accepted an SEI offer, you will be withdrawn from any other SEI roles that you have applied for.

You can only undertake one SEI opportunity during your time at University. If you have previously completed an SEI, you will not be eligible to apply through the 2022 programme.

What types of opportunity are available?

There are three 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 Learning Through Research Internships within the University

The research internships are aimed at students wanting to explore what a PhD or 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 submitted by the academic.

3 Student Experience Internships with local charities/not-for-profit organisations

Hosted by Manchester-based charities and not-for-profit organisations these internships will be business focused, e.g., developing a fund-raising campaign, writing a social media strategy, launching a new initiative for the charity or perhaps writing a bid for funding. These SEIs will provide an insight into the work of third sector organisations and allow you to gain valuable paid experience in this sector.

Why should I apply?

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:

How do I apply?

You can apply for SEI roles via CareerConnect - you will see them listed under the UoM Schemes tab. These opportunities include a variety of schemes that the Careers Service is either wholly responsible for, or is managing on behalf of a recruiter.

You can view individual job adverts for each internship opportunity. You will need to submit your CV and complete a short application form on CareerConnect each time you wish to apply.

Once you have applied, 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 through an interview process. Once you’ve accepted an internship offer, the SEI team will automatically withdraw your application from all other SEI roles you have applied for. You will therefore not be able to attend any more interviews or submit further applications.

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 guides (including our CareersSet CV Checker) before submitting your application.

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

What's the recruitment timetable?

SEI internships starting in summer 2023 will start being advertised on CareerConnect around February 2023.

Most SEI internships will start in late June/early July. If you are successful in gaining an internship you will be required to complete an online Induction prior to starting your internship followed by attending the weekly Development Programme workshops that occur during the course of your internship.

Disability Confident Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The University of Manchester is a Disability Confident Employer meaning it offers applicants a guaranteed interview if they meet the minimum essential criteria for the role. As all SEI roles are within the University, this also applies to all roles advertised as part of the programme.

What it means for you:

  • You are being judged on your merits to fulfil the requirements of the role; this is determined by your performance in interview and not by the fact you are disabled.
  • Having a disability has many challenges; you already know this. Disability Confident employers are keen to recruit from as diverse a talent pool of applicants as possible, so the scheme gives you not a guaranteed job offer but an opportunity to be fairly and equally assessed in interview along with other candidates who meet the criteria for the role.
  • You can apply for the GI with any disability/long term health condition/mental health condition and remember you are not required to disclose the name or nature of this condition; you are simply stating the fact that you are disabled. Adjustments for the interview can be made if needed so please contact us if you require this.
  • You may need adjustments in the workplace that can be discussed if you are made a job offer which will enable you to perform the duties required. These will not be discussed at the interview.
  • Hiring managers do not automatically know the details of your condition(s), they are allowed only to ask what adjustments you may need before the interview or when you are in receipt of a job offer.
  • Be reassured that any adjustments you require will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not form part of any aspect of the assessment.
  • In your application ensure you show clearly how you meet the essential criteria.
  • If you have any questions about the process please contact the SEI team via