Paid work experience opportunities for Warwick students
Warwick Summer Internships (WSI) offer paid, full-time, 6+ week experiences, exclusively for Warwick undergraduate students. Internships are with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), charities and internal departments of the University.
WSI internships start the week commencing 24 June (last week of summer term) or 1 July 2019 (first week of summer holidays) with external employers, and 1 July 2019 with the University's internal academic and administrative departments.
Here's snapshot of WSI 2018:
- 134 vacancies were offered from 101 employers
- 84 students benefitted from a CV enhancing internship experience
- 61% interns obtained further work as a result of WSI
- Around 2030 applications were received across 99 vacancies from 76 employers; 574 interviews conducted
- Applications comprised of 42% first years; 8% mid years; 34% penultimate years; & 16% finalists
- WSI interns engaged with the new Work Experience Learning & Development Moodle course to help them make the most of their experience and employability journey
Please take the time to look through the 'fixed' WSI programme process and timeline below to ensure that you can meet its requirements. A PDF copy can be downloaded by clicking on the diagram.
Interested in WSI?
Until WSI vacancies open, here's what you need to do:
- 1. Check that you are eligible to participate (refer criteria below)
- 2. Ensure that you are able to commit to WSI process & timeline (refer diagram above)
- 3. Register interest on sidebar (myAdvantage login required)
- 4. Attend info sessions to find out more about WSI (refer booking details below)
- 5. Attend application workshops (refer booking details below) and/or CV drop-ins
- 6. Return here when WSI vacancies open on Monday 11 March 2019
To participate in WSI, you must be able to answer Yes to ALL of the following criteria:
- I am a current undergraduate student (including integrated undergraduate Master's e.g. MMORSE, MPhys) of the University of Warwick until at least July 2019
- I am able to commit to the programme timeline and requirements
- If appointed, I am able to start WSI internship the week commencing 24 June 2019 (applicable to UK/EU students) or 1 July 2019 (applicable to international students on Tier 4 visas) with external employers, or 1 July 2019 with the University's internal academic and administrative departments
- I confirm that I am legally entitled to work full-time in the UK during the period June (UK/EU students) or July (international students), to September 2019, and that I can produce, if required, appropriate ID and/or a visa to demonstrate this.
- You will have the opportunity to apply to a range of curated and quality-checked exclusive internships with SMEs, Charities and Warwick's internal departments.
- If appointed, you will be earning £8.75 per hour or above, in a full-time 6+ week summer internship. You will probably work for around 35-40 hours per week (start, finish and lunch times will be agreed locally).
- The chance to showcase your talent to an employer. A valuable opportunity to gain real work experience and an insight into the working world.
- Work experience to improve your employability and enhance your CV increasing your work-readiness.
- All programme participants benefit from work experience learning resources and support including "Preparation for Work Experience" Induction and Work Experience Learning & Development Moodle course.
- You can access applications and interviews workshops booked via myAdvantage to support your application to WSI opportunities. Refer to the section on "How can Student Careers & Skills help to support your WSI application? below.
- Take part in your internship for a minimum of 6 weeks without taking leave.
- Take part in learning activities e.g. "Preparation for Work Experience" Induction, designed to enhance your internship. The Work Experience Learning & Development Moodle course will help you prepare for, make the most of and apply the learning and skills gained from your internship to the next stage of your studies, or to convince potential employers and universities (if you are thinking of further studies) of your suitability.
- Confirm or complete the appropriate salary payment process.
- Complete an end of programme evaluation form supplied by Warwick.
- Enter into an agreement with the University that sets out the expectations of all three parties - you, your host organisation/ department, and the University of Warwick. This ensures that you enter into the internship with a clear understanding of your own responsibilities to your host employer/ department and the University, the responsibilities of the host employer/ department towards you and the University, and our responsibilities to you and the host employer/ department, all of which underpin our grant model, a successful learning experience and a value-added experience for you.
- Commit to working as an employee of the host organisation. As an intern, you will be given the appropriate supervision to acknowledge that this is a learning experience.
Internships potentially cost you money in terms of:
- Accommodation and travel (including interview travel)
- You may need to pay upfront for accommodation and travel expenses before you receive your first pay check which tends to be at the end of your first working month.
- Suitable clothing
- Remember you will take home less than the advertised rate as most salaried earnings are subject to deductions for Income Tax and National Insurance. For more information, please see the GOV.UK website.
There may also be a cost to your time against:
- Reading and analysing vacancies
- Preparing and submitting applications
- Attending interviews
- Taking part in learning activities that support your internship.
- Registering and providing right to work documentation with Unitemps if you secure an internship with Warwick's internal departments.
- Completing the appropriate documentation e.g. programme evaluation form, timesheets and pay confirmation to ensure that your host organisation receives their funding.
- You may make applications that do not lead to an interview or offer. If your host organisation does not come back to us with their offer quickly enough, they may not be awarded funding. We recommend that you communicate with your prospective host about accepting your offer ASAP, and then complete the Student Internship Acceptance form (available sidebar from 1 April). Host organisations are under no obligation to maintain their internship offer, nor can they guarantee their internship offer to you, if they do not receive WSI funding.
- You may find that you and your organisation or internship are not a good fit.
- You may be offered another opportunity and have to make a difficult decision!
WSI internships will start week commencing 24 June 2019 (or 1 July if you are an international student with Tier 4 visa) with external employers, and 1 July 2019 with the University's internal academic and administrative departments.
You will work full-time, for around 35-40 hours per week (start, finish and lunch times will be agreed locally). The University's week is usually 36.5 hours in total. Occasionally, an internship may involve working on a Saturday or in the evening - time off or extra pay will be agreed in advance with your line manager.
Note: if you are an international student, you are advised to check the International Office’s immigration pages for further advice regarding work restrictions on your visa, particularly noting whether you can work longer than 20 hours per week during vacation. External employers may request that you begin working in Week 10 of your Summer Term i.e. week commencing 24 June, but we expect students on Tier 4 visa to only start working in the week commencing 1 July.
Several information sessions for students will be running between 18 February and 8 March 2019. Please click on the session date to book a place (myAdvantage login required).
|Wednesday 20 February 2019||3pm - 4pm||OC0.01, Oculus Building|
|Tuesday 26 February 2019||1pm - 2pm||R0.12, Ramphal Building|
|Thursday 28 February 2019||1pm - 2pm||R0.12, Ramphal Building|
|Wednesday 06 March 2019||2pm - 3pm||S0.11, Social Science Building|
To support your WSI application, application and interview workshops and support will run between 4 March and 19 April. Please and click on the session date to book a place (myAdvantage login required).
|Monday, 04 March 2019||2pm - 3pm||OC0.01, Oculus Building|
|Tuesday, 12 March 2019||2pm - 3pm||OC0.01, Oculus Building|
|Thursday, 21 March 2019||2pm - 3pm||MB0.07, Statistics Building|
|Monday, 01 April 2019||11am - 12pm||MB0.07, Statistics Building|
With the exception of needing time away to attend job interviews for graduate programmes or permanent jobs, interns are committed to work the full duration of their internships.
For internships at Warwick: interns do not build up annual leave entitlement as the hourly rate of approximately £10.15 includes holiday pay.
Internships could be based anywhere in the UK so it is important, when applying, to consider how you might travel to each location or if you need to find accommodation, and factor this into the cost. The University cannot provide financial support for accommodation or travel relating to the internship.
Summer vacation accommodation is available on campus via Student Reception from 30 June 2019 – 14 September 2019 and is booked on a “first-come, first-served” basis. The online booking link will open in week 8 of term 3 on the Student Reception website at the cost of £14 per night for a standard room with shared facilities, and £21 per night for an en-suite room.Accommodation cost must be met by you, the intern. If you are working locally, but not on campus, consider how you will commute given the University's very limited provisions for car parking.
WSI vacancies will open for application on Monday 11 March. You will have until 9am Monday 1 April to apply.
If you are interested in the programme, check your eligibility (refer to top of page) and:
- Sign in to myAdvantage.
- Complete the Registration of Interest form.
- Come back to this webpage when WSI vacancies open on Monday 11 March - you will given a link to the WSI Application page where all the WSI vacancies on myAdvantage can be accessed (login may be required).
- Apply DIRECTLY to the host organisation, following the specific application procedures and including any additional documents requested, as set out in myAdvantage "How to Apply" section.
- Retain a copy of the vacancy advert and your application for reference.
- You will be contacted DIRECTLY by the host organisation if you have been shortlisted for interviews etc.
- Contact host organisation directly if you are unsuccessful and require feedback. A copy of a simple application/ interview feedback form (refer to sidebar) can be used to request feedback.
- Once you decide to accept an internship offer, confirm this to the relevant host organisation, and advise other employers who have made you offers that you won't be accepting theirs. Your internship provider (host organisation) will fill in the Recruitment Outcomes Form from 9am 13 May, and you must complete the Student Internship Acceptance Form (a copy available from sidebar on 1 April) promptly before 10 May.
- WSI funding is allocated on "first-come, first-served basis". Your delay in accepting an internship offer may affect whether your host organisation is awarded funding to deliver the internship.
- Successful applicants may be required to register on Santander Universities' portal, to show that we have successfully allocated funding to our students - we will be in contact when the registration portal opens.
Watch the video below to hear from Peter Anastasi, Managing Director of Silson Ltd, about the benefits of an internship with a smaller organisation
I really enjoyed working at Warwick. My internship had a significant impact on my personal development and ..to my CV. It taught me a lot about office environments and forced me to adapt to challenges and overcome them. It was a highly enjoyable 6 weeks.
Jonathan, WSI 2018 intern with School of Modern Languages & Cultures
You will get support through out the process, help a small business, and be compensated generously. There are endless options of internships to choose from and the internships development team is extremely helpful and responsive. 6 weeks is a sufficiently long time to learn and gain a wonderful experience.
Tulika, WSI 2018 intern with Hope for Children charity
Part-funded by Santander Universities and generous donations from Warwick alumni and friends, WSI provides the many advantages afforded by a high-quality summer internship.
Santander Terms & Conditions, including their data processing commitments, apply if your internship is selected for part-funding via their SME Internships progamme. You will have the opportunity to give specific consent for this at the point of signing your internship agreement.
Note: if you are an international student, you are advised to check the International Office's immigration pages for further advice regarding work restrictions on your visa, particularly noting whether you can work longer than 20 hours per week during vacation. External employers may request that you begin working in Week 10 of your Summer Term i.e. week commencing 24 June, but we expect students on Tier 4 visa to only start working in the week commencing 1 July 2019.