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TeamWork Virtual International Internship

TeamWork is an established virtual internship programme connecting teams of multi-disciplinary, multi-national students from top international universities, who will work together remotely to provide solutions to a project or challenge set by your organisation.

Students benefit from work experience in an international context, while developing their project management, communication, teamwork, innovation and intercultural skills.

Access a Diverse Group of Students

This year we are prioritising places to students from under-represented groups in Higher Education. We also provide financial bursary support for under-represented students taking part in TeamWork 2022.

TeamWork was an incredibly eye-opening experience, helping me to both understand my skills, strengths and weaknesses, but also to self-reflect on my career choices and ensure I target my graduate applications.Female undergraduate student, Engineering

Why take part?

You and your organisation will gain from having a team of students apply their perspectives, skills, global outlook and academic abilities to your specific business need or challenge. You will also have the opportunity to spot prospective graduate talent for recruitment.

How to get involved

We welcome a broad range of projects, from organisations around the world and from a wide range of sectors. The project could be a real challenge facing your organisation, or an area or opportunity that your organisation wishes to explore further, or simply a project that would benefit from a student view and input.

What we need from you

  • Confirmation of your interest in being involved in this initiative by end January 2022
  • A mentor for the student team, who is available to provide an initial briefing, plus feedback online to the student teams for four weeks between June and August (the times could vary depending on project).
  • Feedback on the project outcomes/final presentation

We provide

  • Student application and selection process for the programme
  • A guidebook to support you through the process along with an introductory webinar with Q&A and further detail about the programme
  • A multi-disciplinary team of students, who will have undergone a training and skills induction programme before they begin on your project
  • Mentoring support provided by the respective Universities to the student team, before, during and after the project
  • Online secure platform for the student team to work in, which is also open to you and your organisation (Microsoft Teams platform)

For more information, please contact Esther de Perlaky esther dot de-perlaky at warwick dot ac dot uk or Clare Robinson clare dot robinson at warwick dot ac dot uk

The proactivity of the students and their motivation was fantastic. They exceeded our expectations.

Scientist, Bloom Biorenewables (Switzerland)

FAQ

You will have a team of up to 8 students that we will assign to you based on the project detail you have given. Students will have to have applied for a place and undergone a detailed induction programme. Students will be from multiple Universities, be located around the world and will be studying a variety of degree disciplines.

During the four-week project phase in Summer 2022, we suggest checking in with your student team at least once per week, via the Microsoft Teams platform, and ideally via a video call. We also recommend that you are available to reply to any questions from your team, during the four weeks. We recommend being clear when describing your project to your student team. It’s also a good idea to have an ice breaker session with your team to get to know each other during the first meeting.

Ideally, please provide as much detail as possible about your project brief. All students will have signed a Privacy Statement, so any information or data you provide is confidential. During your briefing, it’s good if you can share context and introduce your organisation and then drill down into what exactly you want the students to complete for you, potentially indicating where you give them freedom to do their own research. Also, do tell your student team how you would like to see the final report/presentation i.e. PDF, PowerPoint presentation.

We expect a total time commitment of up to 2 hours from you per week during the virtual internship. This includes a virtual pre-project briefing with your student team, regular check ins – and a final project presentation meeting.

We use Microsoft Teams which is supported by Warwick, secure and free to use. All work will happen through this platform including sharing files, working on documents and holding team chat and video calls.

Yes absolutely! They will love to hear from you, any advice will be much appreciated.

All TeamWork participants sign a confidentiality agreement and also agree to respect their organisation’s privacy requirements.

Timeline

Date Action
January 2022 Confirmed interest from organisations
February - March 2022

Warwick student selection process

Offers made to successful students

April 2022

Students make their project choices

Student team allocation & briefings.
May 2022 Students complete the induction programme
June 2022 Organisation briefing / Intro call with student team
June - August 2022 Projects with student team (running at a variety of times throughout this period)
August 2022 Feedback Survey

The employer experience

Thank you for organizing Teamwork virtual internship. It was a great experience to be part of this program. I am very impressed with the quality of work that came out of this project. With minor changes, we are planning to implement the suggestions for our digital presence. I cannot think of a better talent tool to reach out to.

Thandra Consulting (India)

The student’s commitment and enthusiasm was excellent. They were given their brief and got on with the tasks to a very high standard, they certainly all worked very well together. They produced surveys and social media content that we can use. We would recruit any of them!

CEO, Adviza (UK)