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Careers, Employability and Student Enterprise provides specialist support to organisations seeking to recruit students for internships projects throughout the year. UoS Internships are available to a wide range of employers including SMEs, large companies and public/third sector organisations.

Since the offering began in 2009, we have supported over 2,400 internships which have enabled our partner organisations to benefit from additional resource and aid with project goals and business development.

Our students have been placed in a variety of roles such as marketing & media, events, fundraising, campaigns & promotion, software development, legal & compliance and research & analysis.


Grants for recruiting interns

Looking for an efficient, innovative and productive resource to boost  your business? A graduate or student internship could be your solution. Our internship scheme has a proven track record of supporting business growth; our students are motivated, talented and diverse, bringing fresh perspectives and ideas to your workplace.  

We currently have a range of subsidy streams available to companies and charities from all sectors. Access financial support to recruit University of Southampton’s students or graduates for internships and short-term project delivery. Our dedicated Employer Relations Team will also provide free recruitment support and consultation to help you find candidates.  

Our grants originate from a number of sources and we require businesses to meet various eligibility criteria. To confirm your eligibility, please complete a copy of our criteria form or contact

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 internal university departments, the pay rate must align with Level 1B (spinal point 11) on our university pay scales. All other internships must be paid in line with National Minimum Wage legislation, though we suggest aligning with our pay scales where possible.
  • External organisations must have Employer Liability and Public Liability Insurance policies, with cover of £5,000,000 
  • Internships need to be based in the UK
  • All semester internships must be part-time (we recommend a maximum of 10 hours per week)
  • All internships must be exclusive to University of Southampton students
  • Full-time internships are the equivalent of 35 working hours per week

Please see our UoS Internships External Host Handbook for further details on eligibility


Application Process:

Please ensure that you read the UoS Internships External Host Handbook in full before applying to host a UoS Internship.

1. Complete a Health and Safety form.

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. Our MyCareer Privacy Notice outlines how we collect and process your data when you access MyCareer as an employer.

3. If approved, your vacancy will be advertised to our students.

4. Once the vacancy has closed your applications will be sent to you within 2 working days.

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 contact the Employer Relations Team and provide their full name and email address.

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 and Safety training
  • A completed Internship Agreement before the student begins their internship

For more information about our terms and conditions please read our UoS Internships External Host Handbook

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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