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UoS Internships, formerly 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 2018/19.

COVID-19 guidance

As we are sure you will appreciate, we are currently in an unprecedented situation with the outbreak of coronavirus, which has significantly affected the UoS Internship Programme.  We appreciate that these circumstances may be giving you cause for concern and we are aiming to do everything possible to support you. Therefore, we have put together advice and guidance that relates to all Work Experience Programmes which you may find helpful. We appreciate that this is a difficult time for everyone and particularly many companies, local businesses and charities with whom we work. The Careers and Employability Team is committed to supporting you as a partner of the University and our students.

Please read our dedicated guidance document HERE



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 a minimum of 2 weeks or 70 hours
  •  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 in line with National Minimum Wage legislation (or for internal and Third Sector internships £8.92 per hour)
  • 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 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, 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 asked to complete an Internship Agreement

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 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 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 final year students or recent graduates from the University of Southampton:

  • Internships last between 4 and 8 weeks
  • Businesses will be required to match fund the intern's salary for the duration
  • Businesses can host a maximum of 2 interns per cycle

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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