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Internships and Student Placements

Internships and student placements refer to those schemes and programmes designed for students, 18 years or older, enrolled on a course at the University. Other guidance applies to young persons under 18 who receive work experience at the University.

There are diverse opportunities for students at the University to undertake paid internships, placements and voluntary learning opportunities. A risk-based, risk management approach must be applied by staff and students on placements and for other activities of a similar nature.


Interships are paid, short term appointments for students wishing to work within the one of the departments here at Warwick. They include shemes such as the Warwick Undergraduate Internship Programme (WUIP). All interns should be treated as employees whilst working at Warwick and should be given suitable health and safety information, training, instruction and supervision during their period of work.

They should be made aware of any risk assessments for the department within which they are to work, and additional risk assessments should be carried out by the relevant manager if necessary, and shared with the intern as appropriate.


Placements consolidate and complement academic learning, knowledge and skills, and are usually a compulsory or optional element of academic study. Members of staff who organise placements or similar opportunities must make sure that they understand the requirements and guidance contained in the Student Placements Health and Safety Policy and Guidance. Further information is available from the Health and Safety Department.

Students are encouraged to understand the risks so that they can make informed judgements.

The risk-based and risk management approach focuses on six health and safety risk factors and allows a lighter touch on placements with relatively low risks and more rigorous control measures where the risks are greater.

Possible issues and how they may be mitigated are provided in Appendix A to the Policy and Guidance. Conclusions should be recorded on the Risk Assessment Form (Appendix B) - this is also available as a Word document to edit. Appendix C provides guidance on Clarifying Expectations in written communications and Insurance information is provided in Appendix D. For the latest Insurance documentation, reference must be made to the University Insurance pages.

The Academic Office Teaching Quality pages have a Good Practice Guide on Placement Learning which should be referred to in conjunction with these pages.