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Warwick Summer Internships (WSI)

The Warwick Summer Internships (WSI) programme brings together UK-based small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), charities and Warwick undergraduates (including finalists) with the opportunity to benefit from the many advantages afforded by a high-quality summer internship.

WSI takes place thanks to funding from Santander Universities and generous donations from Warwick alumni and friends and offers 6 weeks of full funding towards internships over the summer, once students have finished their exams.

Please note: funding is available on a first come, first served basis. Internships may be any duration beyond 6 weeks at the host organisation’s cost. Internships offered by departments at the University attract 4 weeks of funding only.

The overarching aims of the Warwick Summer Internships Programme:

  • Employers to resource a project or idea with an enthusiastic and able student, at little cost. Benefit from fresh ideas and a new perspective, with the possibility of future student employment in the medium and longer term.
  • Students to gain valuable work experience and a learning opportunity; to develop their knowledge of the work place and develop transferable skills that will help them with career decisions.

Key elements of support for host organisations:

  • Support with defining an attractive internship opportunity, quality assurance process for vacancies
  • Targeted, free student marketing for your internship
  • Good practice resources and support around recruiting and hosting a student
  • Supporting appointed interns to be prepared to contribute during their internship experience

Considerations before you commit

Internship providers must satisfy the eligibility criteria - see the WSI 2019 Programme details

Your responsibilities as a Warwick internship host are:

Before recruitment
  • Decide on the purpose/content of your internship opportunity in line with your business needs, i.e. role objectives, how it will provide professional experience/development, check it's not a substitute for temp work
  • Develop a job description/person specification on our Word template (using programme wording where provided) and upload to our jobs platform by the programme deadline (online and 1:1 support provided)
  • Carry out your usual selection process, by the programme deadline
  • Recognise normal recruitment risks: your role may not attract a suitable candidate; your chosen candidate may select another opportunity
  • Recognise programme risks: you may lose funding eligibility if you do not follow programme actions and deadlines; funding is limited to around 80 internships and will be allocated to the first internships confirmed by both host organisation and student - there is a risk that you will not secure funding.
  • Make an advance decision about how you will proceed, if not allocated funding, being mindful of any promises or assumptions when talking to your candidates
If you successfully recruit
  • Begin your internship within the programme's start date window
  • Employ the intern at or above programme minimum (e.g. 2019: £8.75/h or £10.20 in London) for at least 6 weeks, full-time, on your payroll, with appropriate PAYE contributions, provision for holiday and statutory sick pay etc. NB Your grant is intended to cover 6 weeks at 35 hours, with a 10% buffer for your on costs.
  • Line manage them as you would your other employees, although prolonged periods of unsupervised, lone, home or remote working are not allowed (i.e. no more than one day per week)
  • Provide training and reviews for the intern, who may have little prior experience.
  • Pay the intern’s salary on time, then claim back your grant (available in arrears, via valid invoice).
  • Provide a professional, safe place of work - home offices and virtual teams are not acceptable; suitable equipment; appropriate Health & Safety considerations, insurance and confidentiality processes in place.

If you do not secure funding

  • You can still benefit from the key elements that the programme has to offer, including feedback on your advert and internships plans, access to Warwick student talent and employer support throughout

If you are interested in finding out about WSI 2019 and to register interest please visit WSI 2019 info for external hosts or WSI 2019 info for Warwick departments


Click on the images below to learn about the experiences of some former interns and their hosts

Stats from WSI 2018

1,800 students expressed interest in the programme (18% of UG population)

Individual vacancies viewed by up to 315 students*
Applications made - 42% first years; 8% mid years; 34% penultimate years; & 16% finalists
45% of roles for WSI 2018 were based in the Midlands
Of the 72 external hosts:
  • 100% would recommend this type of programme to other businesses
49% of the external hosts:
  • 12% offered a permanent contract
  • 32% offered an extension to the internship
  • 44% offered part-time work during vacations and around study
  • 12% offered freelance (self-employed contract)

*Students viewing each vacancy: Range 9-315, Average 84

Both interns were brilliant: they were full of life, worked hard and got involved.

Neelam Gill, Circles Network’s HR Manager

Click on the images below to learn about the experiences of some former WSI host employers