Work Experience bursaries

The University of Birmingham Work Experience Bursary scheme offers financial support for undergraduates of all years to undertake unpaid or low-paid work experience. 

The work experience can be within the UK, overseas or for research related experiences (for example, a research project at a university or within an organisation that is undertaking research). Awards for this bursary strand are for work experiences that are undertaken outside of term time and during the summer vacation period only (between June and September).

Important information regarding COVID-19

If your internship is overseas, you must consult the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website (www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice) and read the appropriate foreign travel advice and safety and security advice for your destination. In particular, you must consult the guidance in relation to COVID-19 and the location of your proposed work experience, as well as take into consideration the below points:

  • Consider risk factors such as your health, safety and wellbeing, the eventuality of having to self-isolate whilst on your trip or upon your return and the possibility of becoming ill whilst you are abroad.
  • Research the support available pertaining to your health, safety and wellbeing from your host organisation.
  • Download the GlobalRiskManager app for travel advice, security information and to receive alerts for any incidents occurring in your destination country or region. You need to have registered on the Risk Monitor Traveller website before logging into the app. Alerts can be configured by country, proximity, severity and/or category to ensure that you receive the alerts that you need. Please find more pre-travel information and how to download the app on our insurer’s pages at our insurer's pre travel advice page.
  • The University reserves the right not to fund any student it deems is travelling to an unsafe destination. In the event of safety and/or security concerns arising after the initial bursary offer has been made, the University reserves the right to revoke its offer of bursary funding which has not been spent or which can be recuperated via refunds or insurance claims.

If you have any queries or concerns, please email the team at workexperience@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

Information about the bursary

  • To apply for a bursary you must complete an application process. The application process consists of 2 parts; an online application form and an online video interview. To be considered for a bursary, both parts of the application process must be completed before the bursary deadline date. 
  • The online video interview must be completed via Shortlist.Me; direct links to the interview can be found in the application form and guidance document. 
  • If you have been awarded a bursary previously, you can apply again, however, you must strongly demonstrate how this experience is different, and builds upon the previous opportunity for which you received an award.
  • Students can only apply for one bursary scheme, not both.

Information about University of Birmingham's Turing Scheme

Work Experience and Gateway Bursary applicants may also be eligible to apply for funding via University of Birmingham’s Turing Scheme, which provides funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world. It can also be used toward international internships you have sourced yourself (including experiences organised by a third-party organisation). Prior to completing your Work Experience or Gateway Bursary application, we recommend reviewing the Turing Scheme information on the My Global Story Canvas course and if you are eligible to apply, submitting an application via the Turing Scheme online form. If you are successfully awarded via the Turing Scheme but still require funds to cover the remaining costs of your work experience, then you may be eligible to apply for the Work Experience or Gateway Bursary. When prompted in the application form, please ensure you accurately identify the amount of funding you have secured via the Turing Scheme. The deadline to apply for funding via this scheme is Sunday 20 March 2022. If you have any queries regarding the Turing Scheme please contact turingscheme@contacts.bham.ac.uk.  

How to apply

To apply you must complete both the online application form and the virtual video interview by Thursday 28 April 2022. You can access the application form and video interview below:

Work Experience Bursary guidance documents

The below guidance documents have been created to provide you with all the information you need to know about the Work Experience Bursary. It is highly recommended to read each section of information in detail to ensure you complete your application to a suitable standard. If you have any questions or require further information, you can contact the Work Experience Team by emailing workexperience@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Once the application deadline has passed, all applications received will be assessed by Careers Network staff. Students will be provided with an outcome to their applications shortly after the deadline date. 

Who can apply for a Work Experience Bursary

The scheme is open to all undergraduate students of all years, including international students. You must source your own internship / work experience. 

Support available for a Work Experience Bursary

Undergraduate students can apply for a bursary of up to £500 to undertake work experience in the UK, overseas or for research related experiences. The amount you apply for will depend on the individual circumstances of your proposed work experience. In the past bursaries have supported in covering expenses including:

  • Accommodation costs
  • Travel expenses
  • Living costs and utilities bills
  • Insurance
  • Visa costs

Interview skills support

The application process consists of two parts; an online application form and an online video interview. To be considered for a bursary, both parts of the application process must be completed before the bursary deadline date. 

For support and guidance on interview skills, explore the interview resources on the Careers Network website. 

Internship opportunities

We advertise a range of internship opportunities exclusive to current students and graduates of the University of Birmingham; take a look at some of the great positions available. You can also try logging on to our jobs database on Careers Connect - there are lots of internships on offer and more are added regularly so do keep checking! 

Previous Work Experience funding winners

See details of previous winners of our work experience funding schemes and their experiences.

Fundraising

Each year many students fundraise themselves to cover all or part of their costs, particularly for opportunities overseas. We are currently developing resources to support you in fundraising. 

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