Paid work experience opportunities for Warwick students
Warwick Summer Internships (WSI) offer paid, full-time, 6+ week experiences, exclusively for Warwick undergraduate (Erasmus students are not eligible to apply) students. Internships are with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), charities and internal departments of the University. Polina, WSI 2019 intern with Flatpack Projects said this:
It has been an extremely insightful experience and an opportunity to make connections for my future career. The internship has helped me to find out more about the industry I am interested in but also to explore and understand which aspects I enjoy doing and which not as much, which will enable me to seek out relevant jobs in the future.
Check out the careers blog on 28 January - Oscar (intern) and Joe (host) from Titanium Tutor will be blogging about their WSI 2019 journey.
Students interested in the programme are supported with:
- WSI Information sessions with full programme details
- WSI Application and Interview workshops, and feedback forms
- Help & Advice including CV checks by Student Opportunity Helpdesk
- "Preparation for Work Experience" induction (pre-internship)
- WELD - Work Experience Learning and Development online course (throughout internship)
- "Use your Experience to convince employers that you're the ONE!" post-experience workshop
Note: Bookings via myAdvantage for WSI Student Information Sessions is open! Application and Interview workshops will open for booking from mid February 2020. Refer to relevant drop-down boxes below.
WSI internships start the week commencing 22 June (last week of summer term) or 29 June 2020 (international students) with external employers, and 29 June 2020 with the University's internal academic and administrative departments. WSI interns 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.
1. Check that you meet the eligibility criteria below
2. Commit to the 'fixed' WSI programme process and timeline in the diagram below
3. Note: There is limited programme funding. The total number of vacancy adverts and the total number of funding grants will be disclosed via the WSI website at the end of the student application period on 23 March. Host organisations proceeding with shortlisting and interviews will EITHER (a) have committed to paying any successfully appointed intern from their own budget in the event that they do not secure funding, OR (b) may make a conditional internship offer, pending a funding decision. The host organisation should make this clear at the point of interview, but please check that you understand the nature of your offer when making a decision about how to proceed. All funding is finalised and offers confirmed in May. More details about the impact of limited funding is available from the drop-down box "What are the risks involved?" below.
4. Click here to register your interest - this does not commit you to participating but will allow us to contact up with programme information
5. Sign-up to attend WSI Info Sessions, Application & Interview workshops (refer drop-down box)
Highlights from WSI 2019...
- 129 vacancies advertised
- 93 internships (74 external & 19 internal departments) - 59% based in Midlands
- 61% hosts would have or offered further work
“WSI is really easy to apply… even if you don’t enjoy the internship, you have still made a lot of valuable connections, and being in a smaller company means you are connected with a lot of very capable people in many different areas..."
"It is a really good way of finding your feet while having the support of the university behind you. It has really given me a lot of confidence to go and apply for more internships/jobs, and know that I will be able to do well in them.”
You may click on the 'fixed' WSI Programme Process & Timeline diagram to download a copy.
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. MBio, MChem, MEng, MMath, MMathPhys, MMathStat, MMORSE, MPhys) of the University of Warwick until at least July 2020 (Note: Erasmus students are not eligible to apply)
- I am able to commit to the programme timeline and requirements
- If appointed, I am able to start WSI internship the week commencing 22 June 2020 (applicable to UK/EU students) or 29 June 2020 (international students on Tier 4 visas) with external employers, or 29 June 2020 with the University's internal academic and administrative departments
- I confirm that I am legally entitled to work full-time in the UK from 22 June (UK/EU students) or 29 June (international students) to September 2020, 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 around £9.00 or £10.00 per hour (depending on exact role) in a full-time 6+ week summer internship. You will probably work for around 36.5-40 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, Work Experience Learning & Development Moodle course and "Use your experience to convince employers you're the ONE" post-experience workshop.
- Find out more about the programme by attending WSI Student Information Sessions. Refer to the section "WSI Student Information Sessions" to book a place.
- You can access applications and interviews workshops booked via myAdvantage to support your application to WSI opportunities. Refer to the section "WSI Application & Interview Workshops below to book a place from mid February 2020.
- 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.
- Due to limited programme funding, if your host organisation does not come back to us with their offer quickly enough, they may not be awarded funding.
- Host organisation proceeding with shortlisting and interviews will EITHER (a) have committed to paying any successfully appointed intern from their own budget in the event that they do not secure funding, OR (b) may make a conditional internship offer, pending a funding decision. The host organisation should make this clear at the point of interview, but please check that you understand the nature of your offer when making a decision about how to proceed. All funding is finalised and offers confirmed in May.
- When you are offered an internship and are able to make a firm decision, communicate with your prospective host about accepting your offer ASAP, and then complete the Student Internship Acceptance form (available sidebar from 2 March) by 24 April. Host organisations will apply for funding from 10am 27 April on a "first-come, first-served" basis.
Note: 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! In this case, use the grace period between 20-24 April to make your decision.
WSI internships will start week commencing 22 June 2020 (or 29 June if you are an international student with Tier 4 visa) with external employers, and 29 June 2020 with the University's internal academic and administrative departments.
You will work full-time, for around 36.5-40 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 22 June, but students on Tier 4 visa can only start working in the week commencing 29 June 2020.
Several information sessions for students will be running in February 2020. Click on the session date which will take you to the booking page.
|Tuesday 04 February 2020||1pm - 2pm||OC1.04, Oculus Building|
|Thursday 06 February 2020||1pm - 2pm||S0.13, Social Sciences Building|
|Wednesday 12 February 2020||2pm - 3pm||S0.18, Social Sciences Building|
|Wednesday 19 February 2020||1pm - 2pm||OC1.09, Oculus Building|
|Tuesday 25 February 2020||1pm - 2pm||OC1.04, Oculus Building|
Application and interview workshops and support will run from end February to end March. Bookings will open approximately 2 weeks from the workshop date.
Application and CV checks are available from the Student Opportunity Helpdesk. Access the comprehensive application & interview page of Student Opportunity for information about applications, CV's, cover letters, interviews and more!
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 £10.00 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 28 June 2020 – 11 September 2020 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 Services website at the cost of £15 per night for a standard room with shared facilities, and £22 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 02 March 2020. You will have until 9am Monday 23 March to apply.
If you are interested in the programme:
- Check your eligibility (refer to criteria on top of page)
- Sign in to myAdvantage.
- Complete the Registration of Interest form.
- Come back to this webpage when WSI vacancies open on Monday 02 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. At the interview, the host organisation should make it clear if they will EITHER (a) have committed to paying any successfully appointed intern from their own budget in the event that they do not secure funding, OR (b) may make a conditional internship offer, pending a funding decision. It is important that you understand the nature of your offer when making a decision about how to proceed.
- 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 hosts who have made you offers that you won't be accepting theirs. You must complete the Student Internship Acceptance Form (a copy available from sidebar on Monday 02 March) promptly before Friday 24 April, and your internship provider (host organisation) will fill in the Recruitment Outcomes Form from 10am Monday 27 April.
- WSI funding is allocated on "first-come, first-served basis". Delay in accepting your internship offer or your host organisation's submission of the Recruitment Outcomes Form, may affect whether your host organisation is awarded funding to deliver the internship.
28 Jan - Oscar's & Joe's WSI blog at the careers blog
WSI 2020 step-by-step:
- Check you're eligible (refer criteria)
- Commit to WSI process & timeline (refer chart)
- Note: limited WSI funding may mean internship cannot proceed. Details in 'Interested?' main content
- Click here to register your interest
- Attend WSI Info sessions (refer drop-down box)
- Attend WSI Application & Interview workshops (refer drop-down box)
- Work Experience L&D Moodle course to help you prepare for and make the most of your work-related experience
- Student Opportunity Helpdesk for face-to-face or online support
These templates can be used to request feedback from host organisation:
For more assistance, email
Watch the video below to hear from Peter Anastasi, Managing Director of Silson Ltd, about the benefits of an internship with a smaller organisation
It's certainly a less conventional internship programme ... very personal and much more tailored to your own interests and skill sets. You're tasked with responsibilities with actual significance, and you obtain the opportunity to work closely with your colleagues towards a shared goal.
Jay, WSI 2019 intern with Society for the Environment
It was hugely beneficial for my personal and professional development, it has improved my commercial awareness immensely and it has benefited me a lot in my future career planning.
Lucy, WSI 2019 intern with E3 Consulting
Part-funded by generous donations from Warwick alumni and friends, WSI provides many advantages afforded by a high-quality summer internship.
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 22 June, but students on Tier 4 visa can only start working in the week commencing 29 June 2020.