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Excel Southampton Internship Programme

The Excel Southampton Internship Programme offers paid internship opportunities during vacation periods and in term-time that enhance your CV, expand your network and open graduate recruitment opportunities.

Since it began in 2009 the programme has rapidly expanded, with over 400 positions filled in 2016/17.

Within the Excel Southampton Internship Programme, we work collaboratively with other programmes to provide exciting opportunities for University of Southampton Students.

How could the Excel Southampton Internship Programme benefit you?

Undertaking an internship through the Excel Southampton Internship Programme will allow you to enjoy a number of benefits including:



Huawei Seeds for the Future

Huawei 'Seeds for the Future' Programme 2018

Huawei’s ‘Seeds for the Future’ Programme is a fantastic opportunity for UK undergraduate STEM students to travel to China on a 4-week work experience programme in August 2018, gain experience in a dynamic global business and learn about Chinese culture first-hand. 

During the programme students will spend an initial period in Beijing where they will receive Mandarin language training from one of Beijing’s best universities and learn about Chinese culture. There will also be group tours to The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The Great Wall of China and the 2008 Olympic Park. 

Students will then be flown to Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, where they will learn about Huawei’s international business culture and values and spend time learning about Huawei’s products and solutions. There will also be visits to Huawei’s F1 Exhibition Centre; Enterprise Exhibition Hall; Logistics Centre; R&D labs and one of Huawei’s state-of-the-art factory facilities. At Huawei HQ students will also receive technical training from some of the finest professionals in the industry. 

All visa, accommodation and travel costs for successful applicants will be covered by Huawei. An allowance for sundry living expenses in China will also be provided. 

To hear more about the ‘Seeds of the Future’ programme and to ensure that your application is the best it can be, book your place and come along to one of our ‘How to Apply’ presentations on:

For more information and to apply, visit MyCareer for the full advert details. 


Applications close on Sunday 11th February 2018.



Working alongside friendly professionals made me feel valued, welcomed and most importantly, challenged. The experience and skills I gained will aid me in later life for sure.


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Excel Southampton Internship Programme

Our programme is exclusive to University of Southampton students and recent graduates. It is open to students of any degree discipline, at any stage of study, and for 12 months following graduation.

It is however the responsibility of the student to check that their course does not prohibit them from participating in the Excel Southampton Internship Programme.

If you have a Tier 4 visa, we would recommend that you read the 'Protecting your Tier 4 Visa' document in the 'Useful Downloads' below.

Santander Universities  Internship Programme

There have been numerous changes to the Santander Programme this year so please contact a member of the Work Experience Team for more information.

Programme Basics:

  • Internships last between 2-12 weeks during Easter, summer or term-time
  • All internships are paid at a minimum rate of £8.21 p/h
  • Working hours for full-time internships are 35 hours per week
  • Opportunities are available within all sectors, working with organisations of various sizes
  • Opportunities will generally be advertised for 3 weeks - new opportunities will be posted on the first Monday of every month between October and May

Application Process:

Please ensure that you read the Student Guide in full before applying to the Excel Southampton Internship Programme.

1. Search for an opportunity on MyCareer using the 'Excel Southampton Internships' tab at the top of the page. If you are a graduate, you will need to register before searching for opportunities.

2. Submit your application and CV to your chosen role on MyCareer

3. We will review your application and notify you of the outcome

4. If successful, your application will then be passed on to the employer

5. The employer may choose to shortlist further and will notify you of their decision

6. If selected for interview, the employer will contact you to arrange a date and time

7. If appointed, you will be sent an Internship Agreement to complete. This must be completed and returned to us before you begin your internship

In order to ensure that you gain the most from your internship, we require you to commit to the following:

  • Attend our Induction and Reflection Activities (if undertaking an Easter or summer internship)
  • Inform the Work Experience Team of any changes in your circumstances which affect your ability to undertake your internship
  • Complete all documentation sent to you by the Work Experience Team or your supervisor as instructed in a prompt manner
  • Complete our feedback forms upon completion of your internship

More details can be found in our Student Guide (found in 'Useful Downloads' below)

Want to hear about the Excel Programme from those who have already completed an internship?

“[During my internship] I have obtained skills in so many areas that I never had the opportunity to develop before. I have become confident in my abilities, both technical and interpersonal”

Aaron Teo, Winner of Employability Excellent Award for Personal Development, Excel Internship at University of Southampton International Office 2017


“Being part of the Excel Internship programme has opened up my choices like I never could have imagined. By undertaking a well-organised internship in a company in the heart of its field, I have gained invaluable experience, knowledge and networking that I am certain will help my career prospects when I finish university. The whole process from application to the wonderful awards ceremony has been a top experience that I recommend to any person eligible to apply.”

Clayton Jones - Winner of the Excel Southampton Award for Excellence 2015, Internship at FX Digital in 2015

Click on the button below to search and apply for opportunities. Select the 'Excel Southampton Internship' tab at the top of the page.

You can browse our full list of opportunities at the bottom of this page.

We advertise new opportunities on the first Monday of every month for a 3 week period.

For more information about the application process, please see the 'How does it work?' tab.

If you have any queries, please contact a member of the Work Experience Team:


Telephone: 02380 593501

Register your interest

If you are considering a placement in the Excel Southampton Internship Programme, please fill in your details below to register your interest. You will be added to a mailing list and will receive monthly email updates of current internship opportunities available on MyCareer. 

    Register your interest here

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