Birmingham Undergraduate Internship Programme (BUIP)

The Birmingham Undergraduate Internship Programme (BUIP) offers unique internships within the University of Birmingham during the summer vacation.

The internships provide an opportunity to learn more about Higher Education as a career choice and undertake a wide range of exciting paid internship opportunities within departments across the University. Internships are open to undergraduate students from the University of Birmingham in their first, second or penultimate year of study.

Summer 2020 applications will open in spring term 

Read below to find out what was offered last year.

What is the Birmingham Undergraduate Internship Programme (BUIP)

BUIP internships offer students the chance to develop their employability skills in areas such as written and verbal communication, problem solving, project management, meeting deadlines, prioritisation, data analysis and research, and using IT professionally. Students gain direct experience by undertaking real life projects.

The programme also offers a unique tailored training programme to help interns analyse and demonstrate these skills to future employers. This includes training in areas such as professional etiquette, CVs, interview techniques and presentation skills.

Read about what type of projects previous BUIP interns have been involved in through our BUIP intern blog.

BUIP is a unique opportunity to make connections and has shown me a host of new options in higher education and in Birmingham.

Details about the BUIP internship

The internships take place over the summer vacation period and can last from 4-12 weeks. All internships are fully paid above minimum wage and are based at the university (perfect if you have accommodation nearby over the summer). A variety of internships are offered, and previous successful interns have come from a range of degree backgrounds.

How to apply

BUIP applications are now open. Please see below what roles are available on this year's programme

  • Equality and Diversity Student Assistant - Student Services.
  • Data Officer - Birmingham International Academy.
  • Timetabling Support Internship - Registry.
  • Welcome and Communications Enhancement Assistant - Communications and Engagement Team (CET) and Student Experience Projects Team (SEPT). 
  • User Testing and Online Development Assistant - Information Team, Careers Network.

  • Marketing and Project Development Assistant - B Start-up, Careers Network.
  • User Experience Research Officer. Library Services.

Deadline for the above opportunities was 11 March 2019

Careers Network is working in partnership with the Development & Alumni Relations Office to support the 10k Lives Appeal, which is a celebration of opportunities for 10,000 young people.  Your participation in this activity may be counted as part of the campaign. Your name and student ID number will be shared with DARO and further information about how they use your data can be found in their “Frequently asked questions” section.

What previous BUIP interns thought

I would highly recommend the Birmingham Undergraduate Internship Programme to others in the future. 

From working with the Careers Network staff I gained a better insight into the not-for-profit sector and how best to enter a career in such fields. I also learnt how to seek out hidden opportunities with organisations by using social media websites such as LinkedIn to speak directly to employers in a professional environment. Additionally the skills I developed during my time as a BUIP intern such as the ability to write executive reports, accurate data collection and other administrative skills are listed on many of the job descriptions for roles within NGOs which I have been researching. This internship has pushed me a big step closer to gaining the career I want and I am very grateful that such an opportunity was available to me. 

I feel that the internship gave me a lot of skills that other interns may not have had due to the amount of responsibility I was given. It gives me a lot to talk about and I can use these transferrable skills for any job I apply to. 

…the amount of freedom I was given by my supervisor and the rest of the team [was the best part of my internship]. I wasn't treated like an intern, but more like an actual team member which was really appreciated. I was able to come up with my own ideas and implement them, rather than being spoon-fed tasks. 

The high level of responsibility and independence I was given [was the best part of my BUIP internship]. It felt like a genuine experience of a career on this sector. A huge step from my previous work experience.

Important information

Only students within their first, second or penultimate year of undergraduate study are eligible to apply for a BUIP internship. Postgraduate, final year undergraduate students and students on a leave of absence from the University are not eligible for the programme.

Please submit your CVs and covering letters in a Microsoft Word format only (not PDF). Please ensure your CV and covering letter is tailored to the internship you are applying for.

If you require support with writing a CV and covering letter Careers Network have a range of resources to help you. Simply visit the Careers Network website and click ‘Job Application Help & Advice’ to access our resources. We also have a range of guides, workshops, drop-ins and online tools including CV checking and practice interview software.

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Winners of Best University Placement Careers Services at the National Placement and Internships Awards 2013.