Funded Internships

By 15th April 2019Skills on offer

Match funding is available from both universities to support organisations to provide quality work experience opportunities for students. Varying levels of funding are available for part- and full-time student and graduate internships.

We have developed guidance on funding, recruiting and supporting meaningful student internships:

We run workshops for organisations to meet the careers teams from both universities to discuss your needs and share good practice with other organisations. Please contact and for more information.

University of Bristol have two funded internship scheme open for applications:

SME Internship Scheme

The SME Internship Scheme provides £900 funding for SMEs to support full-time or part-time internships of at least 4 weeks (140 hours) in duration.  Your organisation will contribute ~£2500 to the wages to ensure pay is at least National Living Wage (£8.21 per hour). More information here.

Q-Step Quantitative Data Internships

The Q-Step Internship Scheme is available for organisations needed support with applied quantitative data analysis.  The scheme is part of a national initiative aimed at enhancing quantitative skills training for undergraduate students in the social sciences, better equipping them for work and research. The Q-Step Internship Scheme is managed by the Professional Liaison Network in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, we offer £900 towards 140-hour student internships this year. These can be full- or part-time and must be paid at Living Wage, so your organisation will need to contribute £250. Please email for more information or to apply for the scheme.

UWE Bristol have two funded internship schemes open for applications:

Summer Internships Scheme

This SME scheme offers 50% match funding to employ a UWE student intern for 10 weeks (full time), your organisation must pay the intern at least £307 per week via PAYE. Funding is very limited and is allocated on a first come, first served basis. The scheme usually closes in mid-June  or earlier if all money has been allocated. Email for more information or visit their website.

UWE Bristol International Talent Internships Scheme

This scheme provides funding to employers who wish to recruit an international student intern to support international project work or export activity. The internship scheme part-funds an international student intern to work with an SME for eight weeks on a part-time basis. It is run in partnership with Santander.

More information on both of these schemes can be found on the UWE Bristol website or by emailing

Please note: the universities do not advertise unpaid internships.