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Excel Southampton Internship Programme

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The Excel Southampton Internship Programme is now closed for advertised opportunities and will close for nominated internships on the 28 June. The programme will open for the 2019/20 academic year in September.


The Excel Southampton Internship Programme specialises in providing support, for large corporations, local and national SMEs and public and third sector organisations, seeking to recruit students for internships throughout the year.

Since it began in 2009 the programme has rapidly expanded, with over 500 internships filled in 2017/18.

How could it benefit you?

Appointing a student from the University of Southampton will enable your organisation to enjoy a number of benefits including:

Flavia has been a wonderful intern fitting in straight away, taking on responsibility with little support and being incredibly capable

Who can apply?

We are seeking internships across all business sectors, working with organisations of various sizes. Whether you’re a small start-up looking to hire your first intern, a third sector organisation requiring extra resource, or a seasoned graduate recruiter, we have the expertise to guide and support you through the process.

Internship Criteria

In order for an internship to be eligible for the programme it must:

- Last between 2-12 weeks over a vacation period or during term-time

- Provide a meaningful project giving real value to a host organisation and allowing students a focus to develop their skills

- Be exclusive to University of Southampton students

- Be paid at a minimum rate of £8.44p/h (we will provide part funding)

- Be based in the UK

*NB - All term-time internships must be part-time.

Full-time internships are the equivalent of 35 working hours per week.

Please see our Employer Handbook for further details on eligibility.

Application Process:

Please ensure that you read the Employer Handbook in full before applying to the Excel Southampton Internship Programme

1. Complete a Job Description & Person Specification form and Health & Safety Form (found in ‘Useful Downloads' below)

2. Register your organisation on MyCareer and post your internship to the Excel Southampton Internship Programme found in the 'Excel Southampton Internships' tab at the top of the homepage. If attempting to post before your organisation has been approved, please select 'Post New Work Experience & Volunteering role. Please read the 'How to post an opportunity to the Excel Southampton Internship Programme' section of our MyCareer Employer Guide for detailed instructions of how to register and post your opportunity.

3. If approved, your vacancy will be advertised to our students(see Employer Handbook for timeline)

4. Once the vacancy has closed, all applications will be sifted by the Employer Engagement Team and you will be forwarded a shortlist of candidates

5. If necessary, you may wish to shortlist further

6. All applicants should then be contacted and any interviews arranged by you (interview facilities at the University are available upon request)

7. Once a suitable candidate has been chosen, the Employer Engagement Team must be informed and you will be sent an Internship Agreement to complete and return to us

Please note: internships will be unable to commence until a signed and completed Internship Agreement has been returned.

In order to be able to offer our students the best possible internship experience, we ask that you commit to providing:

  • A meaningful project-based internship lasting between 2-12 weeks
  • A supervisor or line manager to whom the student can report and receive support
  • A formal induction for your student/s including any appropriate Health & Safety training (we will also provide a general induction for all Easter and summer students)
  • A completed Internship Agreement returned to us before the student begins their internship

*NB - Easter and summer internships must not commence before the designated Induction Day stated in our Employer Handbook

For more information about our terms and conditions please read our Employer Handbook found in ‘Useful Downloads’ below.

Santander Universities SME Internship Programme

The Santander Universities SME Internship Programme supports internships for any students or graduates from the University of Southampton:

• Internships last between 1 and 10 weeks

• Up to 2 week internships are fully-funded

• 3 to 10 week internships are partly funded. The company will be required to match fund for the duration

For more information contact or call 023 8059 3501.

The Employer Relations Team would be delighted to speak with you further and can be reached through:


Telephone: +44(0)23 8059 3501

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