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Careers, Employability and Student Enterprise Staff

UoS Internships

Careers, Employability and Student Enterprise provides specialist support to UoS staff in faculties, schools and departments who are looking to recruit students for internship projects throughout the year. Working across the University, we help to arrange student and graduate internships, whether you have previous experience or if you’re developing your first opportunity.

Internships facilitate the opportunity for internal departments to recruit students to get involved in a meaningful project and gain valuable work experience, whilst bringing creativity and productivity to your team. Our dedicated Employer Engagement team will support you throughout the recruitment process and beyond.

Why host a UoS Internship?

Appointing an intern provides you with numerous benefits including:

How to get involved

If you are interested in hosting a UoS Internship, please contact the Employer Engagement Team at or booking a meeting . You will also need to:

It’s a great scheme for giving students work experience opportunities and employers a good route for recruitment.

We accept internships across all areas of the University. Whether you have previous experience of hiring interns or are looking to recruit an intern for the first time, we have the expertise to guide and support you through the process.

For an opportunity to be classed as a UoS internship, the position must be:

  • A minimum duration of 2 weeks or 70 hours equivalent
  • Exclusive to University of Southampton students
  • Based in the UK
  • A meaningful project giving real value to your department and allowing students to effectively develop their skills
  • Paid in line with Level 1B (spinal point 11) on our university pay scales or above

The host must also:

  • Provide the student with access to a Line Manager or a point of contact throughout the internship
  • Complete an Internship Agreement before the internship commences
  • Carry out a formal induction for your student(s), including any appropriate Health and Safety training

Please ensure that you read the UoS Internships Internal Host Handbook in full before applying.

Register on MyCareer

Set up your department/team as an organisation on MyCareer . Please name your organisation 'UoS - Your faculty/department', e.g. 'UoS - Careers, Employability and Student Enterprise'. If you already have an account, you can log in and follow the steps below.

Upload your job description

Once your profile has been approved, upload your UoS Internship to MyCareer using the MyCareer Employer Guide instructions (pages 15-20).

Advertise to students

The Employer Engagement Team will review and approve your internship. Please note, internships should be advertised for a minimum of 3 weeks.

CV book

Once your internship closing date has passed, we will send you all of the applications in a ‘CV book’ via SafeSend.


All applicants should be contacted and any interviews need to be arranged by the supervisor. Please note, supervisors are responsible for informing all applicants of the outcome of their application. Shortlisting should take between 1-2 weeks.


You must inform us once you have selected your successful intern(s). We will then manage the processing which can take up to 4 weeks. This includes Right to Work checks and eRecruit registration.

Internship starts

Once your intern is all processed and you have signed our Internship Agreement, your internship can begin.

Please note that if you already have an intern selected and do not require your internship to be advertised, complete the Locally Advertised Internship Form and send it to .

We process a wide variety of internships, the following is a glossary of the types of internships that UoS staff can host:

  • Term-time – UoS Internships can be offered as part-time opportunities during the university semesters. We advise that students don’t work more than 10 hours per week alongside their studies.
  • Vacation - UoS Internships can take place during vacation periods (Summer and Easter), either part-time or full-time (up to 35 hours per week). Internships can cross over both term-time and vacation periods.
  • Ignite Internships – Over the Easter period, internal departments have the opportunity to host an intern from the Ignite Your Success programme , which are funded by Widening Participation and Social Mobility. Please email for more information.
  • Locally advertised - What were previously ‘Nominated Internships’ have now been replaced by ‘Locally Advertised Internships.’ Please note that there is now an expectation that hosts either advertise their UoS Internships through MyCareer, or they advertise them directly to a relevant group, such as a Programme student cohort. This ensures a fair and competitive process for the relevant group. Please note that in providing the details of a selected intern in the ‘UoS Internships – Locally Advertised’ form , you will be asked to confirm that you have advertised the role locally.

Example UoS Internship job titles:

  • Palaeo-Ocean-Chemistry Laboratory Assistant
  • Student Engagement Intern
  • Nature and Biodiversity Community Engagement Hub Coordinator
  • Music Technical Intern
  • Intern in Experimental Aerodynamics
  • Student Voice Lead

For more information about internships, please read the UoS Internships Internal Host Handbook .

If you would like to discuss UoS Internships in more detail, then please contact us:

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