Gateway internships & resources

Gateway internships and work experience opportunities are designed to support students from certain priority groups.

Only students who consider themselves part of the following categories may apply:

  • In receipt of a standard or alternative A2B (Access to Birmingham) offer
  • Registered as disabled/in receipt of Disability Student Allowance
  • A care leaver
  • First generation of the family into higher education
  • From a lower income background i.e. in receipt of a grant or scholarship
  • A lone parent (you are a single parent of one or more children)
  • From an ethnic minority

Gateway internships are listed below in the ‘opportunities’ section alongside other programmes for students and graduates from diverse backgrounds.


The university cannot endorse all of the below links, and students/graduates are asked to conduct their own research into the job roles listed:

Gateway bursary scheme

The Gateway bursary scheme provides financial support to students at the University of Birmingham undertaking internships or work experience relevant to their future career.

The aim of the bursary is to assist students in improving their personal and professional development by allowing them to take up critical experiences they may otherwise not be able to afford.

Useful links and resources

General resources

Social Mobility Foundation - Aspiring Professionals Programme opens up opportunities to 11 career sectors : Accountancy, Architecture, Banking & Finance, Biology & Chemistry, Business, Engineering & Physics, Law, Media & Communications, Medicine, Politics, and Technology

Upreach connects associates to top employers in Banking and Finance, Charity and Social Impact, Consulting, Creative Industries, Government and Public Sector, Law, Professional Services, Retail and Consumer Goods, Technology

Bright Network – provides graduate career advice, for anyone who wants to start thinking about building their career

Resources for BAME students

Black Internship Programme #10000BlackInterns - 10,000 Black Interns seeks to offer 2,000 internships each year, for five consecutive years, with firms from 24 different sectors

BEMA (Black and Ethnic Minority Students’ Association) - allow students to engage with BME organisations operating within higher education, locally and nationally

Creative Access - helping young people from BAME backgrounds to secure paid training opportunities in creative companies

Rare Recruitment - offer one to one support with bespoke work experience placements.

The Windsor Fellowship - design and deliver innovative personal development and leadership programmes

Disability related resources

Change 100 - brings together the UK’s top employers and talented disabled students and graduates to offer three months of paid work experience

DAMSA - working with national charities and the Guild to break down the stigma surrounding disability

Disability Services - Learning Support, Disability and Mental Health have drop-in sessions every day during term time

EmployAbility - opportunities for disabled and dyslexic students & graduates roles in companies such as KPMG, Google, Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg

My plus students club - offer specialist careers advice to students who have a disability or long term health condition.

Deaf Fellowship - promote equal access and improve the attainment of D/deaf and hard of hearing people

LGBT resources

LGBT Mentoring scheme - LGBTQ mentors in Birmingham from a range of occupations to receive guidance and advice about the choices they made in their careers

LGBTQ Association - meet other LGBTQ students, and participate in campaigns and political student activism in LGBTQ related areas

Proud employers - only jobsite which caters exclusively for LGBT people and their allies

Starting out guide - contains advice on how to identify inclusive employers, insights into different sectors and perspectives from inspirational LGBT workplace role models

Stonewall - series personal and professional development programmes to challenge homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, celebrate difference, improve inclusion

Resources for women

Fresh look - introducing first year female students to the wide range of careers in investment banking

Mentor SET - successful mentoring scheme to help women working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Women’s Association - engage with you on any ideas or campaigns you may have

Law resources

Legal access schemes – list of schemes that aim to create diversity in the law workforce

Aspiring Solicitors - work with over 26 law firms and legal teams to provide events, mentoring, competitions, employability assistance and access to the legal profession.

Discuss - students from lower socioeconomic status groups receive one to one sessions with expert coaches who have worked at top City law firms.

Government related resources

Civil Service - offers a one week program and a summer school program for insight into the civil service

Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements Scheme - Nine month paid placements designed to open parliament to those who don’t have access to the traditional routes in.

Business resources

CRCC Asia Scholarship - provider of international internships, we work with over 600 companies, allows you to gain insight into global business culture

Marketing resources

Equip: Equality in Publishing - promote equality across UK publishing, bookselling and agenting, by driving forward change and increasing access to opportunities within the industry

SEO London - prepare talented students from ethnic minority or low socioeconomic backgrounds for career success in industries such as journalism, marketing and PR

Creative SkillSet - works with the UK’s screen-based creative industries to develop skills and talent, from classroom to boardroom

Social work resources

Frontline - Provide internships for undergraduates and part time roles in social work


Professional Services