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Student Experience Internship (SEI) Programme

The University’s aim is to improve the employability of our graduates by providing them with access to vital work experience and the opportunity to develop key skills.

With funding from an endowment we were able to launch the Student Experience Internship (SEI) programme in 2014 which offers paid, six-week work experience internships to penultimate year students to work on projects and activities designed to enhance the student experience. The internships take place across the summer vacation period.

The Directorate for the Student Experience administers the SEI programme and uses the endowment to create a number of work experience internships across the University within the PS and Divisions. Colleagues will be notified when the SEI programme opens each year and what funding is available.

Internships based in Schools

Each School is able to engage their own students to work on particular projects, e.g. employability focused activities, Welcome Week organisation or other topics requiring attention and will be required to fund their own interns. Full details of the costs can be provided by the internships team in The Careers Service.

The Student Experience Internship scheme is managed by the Careers Service’s Internships and Placements team who are able to provide full support to colleagues during the engagement of their interns. The team also provides full support in managing the payment of the student interns which is undertaken through the casual staff process. 

Research Internships

With funding from an additional endowment, 2018 saw the launch of a new internship initiative providing undergraduate students with the opportunity to undertake a Learning Through Research Internship. The internship takes place over the summer vacation, is fully paid and will allow students to gain an invaluable experience in research and an insight into an academic career. The intern should be supervised by an academic member of staff for the duration of the internship and be provided with research-related responsibilities and tasks which reflect the nature of the work of an academic in higher education.  The scheme is managed by the university’s Careers Service and forms part of the Student Experience Internship (SEI) programme.  As with all SEI internships, full support is provided during the recruitment process and in managing the payment of the interns through the casual staff process.

For an informal discussion about your requirements please contact Anne Milligan