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UoS Internships provides specialist support to organisations seeking to recruit students for internships throughout the year.  The programme is available to a wide range of employers including SMEs, large companies and public/third sector organisations.

Since it began in 2009, the programme has rapidly expanded with over 500 interns appointed in 2018/19.

How could it benefit you?

Appointing a student from the University of Southampton would give your organisation 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 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

Below are the criteria for an internship to be eligible for the programme:

  •  A minimum duration of 2 weeks or 70 hours
  •  The internship needs to provide a meaningful project, giving real value to a host organisation and allowing students a focus to develop their skills
  •  For a third sector internship (or an internship with University of Southampton), the pay rate is £9.70 per hour.  All other internships must be paid  in line with National Minimum Wage legislation, though we suggest £9.70 per hour where possible
  •  Internships need to be based in the UK
  • All term-time internships must be part-time
  • Third sector internships are exclusive to University of Southampton students, with this as an option for other internships

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 host a UoS Internship.

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 in the UoS Internships section. If attempting to post before your organisation has been approved, please select 'Post Career Development Opportunity' in the 'UoS Internships' section. Please read the 'How to post a UoS Internship opportunity' 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, if it is exclusive to University of Southampton students we can collate and send you all of the applications.  Alternatively, the students can apply to you directly if you wish.  For non-exclusive internships students will apply to you directly.

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

6. Once a suitable candidate has been chosen, please provide their name and e-mail address (if they are a University of Southampton student).

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

  • A meaningful project-based internship lasting a minimum of 2 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 before the student begins their internship

*NB - Easter and summer internships must not commence before the designated University of Southampton 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.

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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