Impact Internships

'Impact Internships' are internships available exclusively to penultimate and final year students, as well as recent graduates from the University of Birmingham.

An Impact Internship is your chance to:

  • Experience the excitement of working in a start-up, small to medium sized enterprise (SME), or social enterprise
  • Develop a wide range of skills whilst getting paid
  • Make a huge impact within an organisation
  • Apply knowledge from your studies to an innovative smaller business

impact internships

Read more about the programme and see our opportunities below.

Overview of Impact Internships

The Impact Internships scheme is open to current penultimate and final year students, as well as graduates from the last two years.

The University of Birmingham is working with start-ups based in a number of innovation, research and creative hubs to create internship opportunities for students. This internship programme provides students with the opportunity to help shape and deliver the strategic plans of some of the most innovative start-ups across the Midlands.  These businesses will have less than 250 employees.

COVID-19 - Important information

We are currently accepting applications for Impact Internships and are maintaining close contact with the organisations we are working with.  We have requested that remote projects are set up where possible, as a contingency plan if restrictions are still in place during the summer vacation.  

This is currently an evolving and unpredictable situation and if anything changes we will communicate this out to applicants and ensure students are made aware.

Summer 2020 internships 

We have over 40 paid internships available with Start-Ups, SMEs and social enterprises for you to apply to.  The closing date for all opportunities is Sunday 5 April 2020.  To read all the information on the role and to apply, you will need to follow the link on each vacancy which will take you to Careers Connect.  You will be required to log in using your student login details to view the opportunity.  Applications will be made directly to the organisation.

You can apply to as many internships as you would like, however, you will only be able accept one opportunity.  Please ensure you tailor your CV and application to each role.  For support on your application, please visit our CVs, Applications, Interviews & Assessment Centres pages.

Social enterprise and charity internships (20 days - full time or part time)

Internships via this strand will last 20 working days and can be worked part-time or full-time, dependent on the business needs and the successful candidate's availability.

The successful intern will receive a £1,000 bursary for the opportunity, which will be paid directly from the University.  Please note that you do not need to apply to the work experience bursaries for these particular opportunities.

Social enterprise and charity internships deadline is Sunday 5 April 2020.

Start-up and SME internships (20 days - full time or part time)

Internships via this strand will last 20 working days and can be worked part-time or full-time, dependent on the business needs and the successful candidate's availability.

The successful intern will receive a salary of a minimum of £8.75 p/h, paid directly via the employer.

Deadline for 20 day Start-up and SME internships is Sunday 5 April 2020

Former intern

Economics student

“This internship has given me more of an insight into what needs to be done in terms of setting up a business and because of this opportunity I would I say I feel more confident if I was to go and do that.”

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. data contained in your CV and cover letter, along with any other evidence provided) with them. 

You can find further information on how the University uses your data here.

Contact the Internships team

If you have any questions about Impact Internships, please contact internships@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

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