Knowledge Exchange Internships

'Knowledge Exchange Internships' are virtual internships available exclusively to current undergraduate and postgraduate students and to recent graduates from the University of Birmingham.

A Knowledge Exchange Internship is your chance to:

  • Work on a meaningful project for an employer
  • Develop a wide range of skills to enhance your CV whilst getting paid
  • Exchange knowledge and make a recognisable impact with non-profit organisations 
  • Gain practical experience of professional remote working

Knowledge Exchange Internships

Read more about the programme and see our opportunities below.

Overview of Knowledge Exchange Internships

The Knowledge Exchange Internships scheme is open to current undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as recent graduates from the last two years.

The University of Birmingham is working with UK and international employers from a wide range of sectors to create meaningful virtual 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 remote working skills.

Internship lengths will typically last up to 55 hours and can be worked part-time over between 2-10 weeks, dependent on the business needs and the successful candidate's availability. The internships are designed to be flexible to fit alongside your studies and other commitments such as part-time work or caring responsibilities. For example, you could structure an internship working 5.5 hours once per week over 10 weeks, or working 5.5 hours twice per week over 5 weeks.

The successful intern will receive a £500 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. The Knowledge Exchange Internships are funded by The Student Knowledge Exchange Re-Imagined project and as a result, successful applicants will be required to complete mandatory evaluations and weekly reflection logs as part of the project's research and may 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 participants data will be used for the purposes of this project.

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

How to Apply

Knowledge Exchange Internship opportunities are available to apply to year round on a rolling basis as opportunities arise.

Internships will be advertised on Careers Connect and a list of current vacancies will be listed at the bottom of this page. Please note that Knowledge Exchange internships will be distinguishable on Careers Connect by a title ending with 'Knowledge Exchange Internship'. 

If you would like to receive email updates about new Knowledge Exchange Internship vacancies, please complete the Knowledge Exchange Expression of Interest Form.

You can also sign up for email alerts from Careers Connect for opportunities within the industries you are interested in via your Careers Connect account. 

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.

Privacy Notice - Student Knowledge Exchange Project

The University of Birmingham in collaboration with Keele University have won a grant from the Office for Students to help boost placement/enterprise opportunities for local students in the region. The project is called ‘Student Knowledge Exchange Re-imagined’ and we will work closely with employers in the region to help them recruit locally to their placement opportunities and diversify their workforce.

The Knowledge Exchange Internships programme is delivered as part of the Student Knowledge Exchange Re-Imagined project. Please review the project's privacy notice via the below link to understand how internship participants' data will be used as part of this project. 

Privacy Notice

Case Studies

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

Zayna Ali

Eloise Watkin

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Knowledge Exchange Internship Expression of Interest Form

Live jobs feed

The latest Knowledge Exchange Internships appear here, accessed through your Careers Connect account.

Contact the Internships team

If you have any questions about Knowledge Exchange Internships, please contact


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