B-Experienced Internship Programme

‘B-Experienced Internships' are a mix of in-person, hybrid, and remote internships available exclusively to current undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as recent graduates from the University of Birmingham.

This exclusive programme offers you the chance to:

  • Work on a meaningful project or business area for an employer
  • Develop a wide range of skills to enhance your CV whilst getting paid
  • Make a recognisable impact with non-profit organisations and smaller companies
  • Gain practical experience of professional working environments
  • Earn points towards your Personal Skills Award and enhance your transcript

Read more about the programme and see our live opportunities below.

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Overview of the B-Experienced Internships Programme

The B-Experienced Internships scheme is open to all current undergraduate and postgraduate students from the University of Birmingham, as well as our recent graduates from the last two years.

The University of Birmingham is working with local, national and international employers from a wide range of sectors to create meaningful internship opportunities for students and graduates. This internship programme provides students with the opportunity to engage in impactful knowledge exchange with employers, gain valuable work experience and develop professional working skills.

The opportunities available through this programme will be a combination of in-person, hybrid and fully remote internships, dependent on the nature of the work involved, as well as both the employers and the successful candidate’s preference where this is possible. Each internship vacancy will include an indication of the preferred way of working, as well as options that may be open for conversation at the interview stage.

Internship lengths will vary between 10 and 20 working days and can be worked either on a full-time or part-time basis, dependent on the business needs and the successful candidate’s availability. Opportunities will be advertised all year-round with a mix of summer internships and some which will take place throughout term time. Any internships taking place during term time will be designed to be flexible to fit alongside your studies and other commitments such as part-time work or caring responsibilities. 

During your internship

For bursary funded internships, the successful intern will automatically receive a bursary for the opportunity, matched just above National Living Wage (regardless of age). Please note that successful applicants need not apply to any separate work experience bursaries for these particular opportunities. For employer funded internships, details of payment arrangements will be clarified within the internship advertisement. It will be clearly indicated on each advertised position, whether it is a bursary funded opportunity or an employer funded opportunity and what the specific compensation will be for that role.

Successful applicants will be required to complete a digital ‘Internship Pathway’ on Careers Connect, which will include internship evaluations and reflection logs as part of their participation in the programme and will be invited to engage with a case study at the end of the internship. Please see the privacy notice below for more information about how applicants’ data will be used for the purposes of this programme.

B-Experienced Internships can be used to gain points towards the Personal Skills Award (PSA). Please visit the PSA page for more information about how to claim PSA points.

This activity will be automatically featured on your Enhanced Transcript, please email workexperience@contacts.bham.ac.uk if you would like to remove this from your transcript.

How to apply

B-Experienced Internship opportunities are available to apply year-round on a rolling basis as opportunities arise.

Internships will be advertised on Careers Connect and a list of current vacancies will be displayed at the bottom of this page. Please note that B-Experienced internships will be distinguishable on Careers Connect by a title starting with ‘B-Experienced Internship'.

If you would like to receive email updates about new B-Experienced Internship vacancies as they are advertised, please complete our B-Experienced Internships Expression of Interest Form

You can also sign up for email alerts for opportunities within the industries you are interested in via your Careers Connect account. Please ensure your profile is up to date to ensure you are receiving the most relevant email alerts.

Please note you will be prompted to sign in with your university username and password when accessing Careers Connect - all current students will automatically have access. If you are a recent graduate you will be required to register first and wait until your account has been verified in order to access the vacancy, which can take up to three working days.

If you are having trouble registering for a graduate account, please email careersenquiries@contacts.bham.ac.uk for support.

Application support

Careers Network offer a range of support to help you write your internship applications and prepare for the interview. To explore all the support and resources available, please visit our Apply for opportunities page. You can also visit our Apply Stage Career Events page to see all of our application support events and workshops.

It is important you tailor each application to the role you are applying to. You should start by researching the organisation thoroughly to understand what they do, their culture and values and what they may be looking for in their ideal candidates. This will allow you to effectively demonstrate to the employer why you want to work with them and highlight the most relevant skills, knowledge and experience for the role.

If you wish to get your application checked, we encourage you to get your application drafted well in advance of the vacancy closing date, due to appointment availability and it taking up to 5 working days for online application checking.

Confirmed Interview Scheme and Reasonable Adjustments

The Confirmed Interview Scheme enables eligible students applying for participating internship roles to benefit from an assured interview, provided they meet the role criteria. 

This scheme aims to give support and encouragement to students from under-represented groups with finding graduate-level work experience and enhancing their employability. This initiative will also help participating employers to improve their workplace diversity.

Students are eligible to participate if they meet at least one of the below criteria:

  1. Are a member of the Birmingham Scholar/Pathways to Birmingham programmes; or
  2. Are registered at the University as having a Disability.

Reasonable Adjustments

You can speak with your employer before your work experience starts to highlight any reasonable adjustments that you may need for them to make to ensure that you do not experience any barriers or challenges to undertake the role. These adjustments can include physical adjustments (such as adapted equipment), flexible working patterns and any support or training. You can also request for reasonable adjustments to be made during the application process.

It is your responsibility to inform the employer of what you need and why so they can make amendments in due course for your experience.  For more information on what reasonable adjustments are and how you can request them to the employer here are some helpful links: 

The B-Experienced Internship Programme application form will provide you with the opportunity to highlight any reasonable adjustment requirements for recruitment and selection purposes.

Please email the team at workexperience@contacts.bham.ac.uk if you would like to discuss your particular circumstances before your application is forwarded to the organisation hosting the internship.

Data Protection Statement

In order for your application to be considered by the internship provider(s) that you are applying to, we will need to share your personal data (e.g. name and data contained in your CV and cover letter, along with any other evidence provided) with them.  

The information you provide will also be cross-referenced with the university’s student record systems to ensure that we have recorded your details accurately for evaluation purposes.  For further information on how the university uses your data, please visit our Privacy page

Case studies

Click the links below to read about some of our previous internship participants and their experiences. 

To discover more case studies, please visit our Student Stories page.

Sign up for new vacancy alerts

B-Experienced Internships Expression of Interest Form

Live jobs feed

The latest live B-Experienced Internships will appear here, and can be accessed by clicking the links and logging in to your Careers Connect account. 

Contact the team

If you have any questions about the B-Experienced Internships Programme, please email the Internships Team at workexperience@contacts.bham.ac.uk

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