University of Birmingham (UoB) Graduate Internships Programme

The UoB Graduate Internships (UoBGI) Programme 2024 will launch on Friday 22nd March 2024.

These opportunities are a fantastic way to boost your work experience and future job prospects whilst, at the same time, gaining the experience of working at UoB and getting a taste for what it’s like to work in Higher Education or more generally in an office environment.

About UoB Graduate Internships

We’re delighted to be running the UoB Graduate Internship Programme for the fourth year in 2024.

In 2023 we offered 32 paid internship opportunities, across a wide range of internal departments at the University.

These opportunities are a fantastic way to boost your work experience and future job prospects, whilst at the same time, gaining the experience of working at UoB and getting a taste for what it’s like to work in Higher Education or more generally in an office environment and contributing valuable support to our Professional Services teams.

The majority of our former interns went onto further employment of which 39% of these stayed on at the University, others went on to work at other universities and the remaining went to work in non-education sector roles. Others went on to complete a masters degree, explore entrepreneurship and more.

  • Internships range from 12 to 13 weeks, take place over summer 2024 (from July – September)

Previous graduate intern

“I would definitely recommend the programme – I felt very lucky to take part. It was a great opportunity to do interesting and challenging graduate level work, and my team were so welcoming. I received lots of feedback and support throughout the whole internship, and the experience helped me feel much more confident and prepared going into my new job.”

Examples of Graduate Internships in 2023

  • Student Experience and Wellbeing Comms Project Assistant
  • Student Recruitment and Marketing Assistant
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Assistant
  • Brand Assistant
  • Internships Evaluation and Engagement Officer
  • Outreach Events Assistant

About the UoB Graduate Internship Scheme

Benefits of the Scheme

Doing an internship is a fantastic way of gaining valuable work experience, skills and confidence. It’s a way for you to maybe trying a role which you’ve never thought of doing before – using valuable transferrable skills from study and / or previous work experience / extra-curricular activities during your time at university.

“According to the ISE Development Survey 2019, the importance of work experience is highlighted by the fact that 87% of respondents agreed that students who had completed an internship or placement had better skills than those who did not have this experience.” Prospects.ac.uk

Our success from the last two years running this programme testifies to the boost doing an internship here at UoB can give to your future employment prospects, whether you decide to apply for jobs here afterwards or elsewhere.

The UoB Graduate Internships Programme offers:

  • Real work experience – departments have a real need to fill and welcome the support and skills of our graduates
  • Paid experience ­– our internships offer above the national minimum wage payment
  • Projects – the University offers plenty of exciting projects to get involved in
  • Skills – an opportunity for you to utilise existing skills and gain additional skills both soft and technical
  • Boost your job prospects
  • Industry insight -  gain experience in H.E. as well as sectors within this-  helping in your career decision making

Quotes from our previous interns

“Whether or not you have an interest to work in Higher Education, I think the internships act as a great starting point for your career journey. Through my internship I developed my soft and hard skills and came out of the role with quantifiable achievements that I could reflect on in applications and interviews.

Furthermore, the University has a great working culture that will encourage you to try out new things and learn as much as possible in the short time given. I think the flexibility of the roles mean they can be of value to all graduates and I would definitely recommend others to apply.” 

“I would definitely recommend the programme – I felt very lucky to take part. It was a great opportunity to do interesting and challenging graduate level work, and my team were so welcoming. I received lots of feedback and support throughout the whole internship, and the experience helped me feel much more confident and prepared going into my new job.” 

“When I started the internship I was surprised by how much freedom I was given to run my project – I really enjoyed being able to manage my own work and learned a lot as a result.”

Who can apply?

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria (UG home graduates who graduate in 2024 / graduated in 2023 and are not pursuing further studies): 
  • In receipt of / was in receipt of a P2B (Pathways to Birmingham) or A2B (Access to Birmingham) offer 
  • A care leaver or care experienced 
  • Registered as disabled / in receipt of Disability Student Allowance 
  • Of black or Asian ethnicity, including mixed heritage*

*Applications are particularly encouraged from students of Asian Bangladesh, Asian Pakistani, Black Caribbean and Black African backgrounds who are underrepresented on UoB’s internship programmes.

If you are eligible, you will be contacted directly with more details on how to apply for this programme. 

If you are unsure of whether you meet the criteria (or have not been contacted directly), please contact Lisa Donnelly, UoBGI Programme Manager at workexperience@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Working in Higher Education and at the University of Birmingham

Working in HE

Many of our interns have been pleasantly surprised at the amount of job roles available within universities besides academic roles.

Higher Education is a large, global sector, and with over 170 institutions in the UK alone there are a huge range of opportunities.

As the environment around us changes, Higher Education is becoming increasingly competitive and fast-moving, making it an exciting and dynamic sector in which to work.

Part of the excitement of working in Higher Education is interacting daily with highly intelligent people, contributing to the education of future generations and engaging with cutting edge research.

Universities are large and complex organisations and, working alongside academics, the most successful Universities need strong Professional Services - talented people working in all sorts of diverse and challenging roles.

Working at the University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is proud to have been a part of the City of Birmingham and the wider region for over 100 years, and we are equally proud to be recognised as a leading global university.  We want to attract talented people from across the city and beyond, support them to succeed, and celebrate their success.

The University is situated in leafy Edgbaston and there are excellent transport links to our beautiful campus, including main bus routes and a train station on site.  On campus we have a state-of-the-art sports centre with pool, shops, places to eat and drink, our own art gallery, museum and botanical gardens.

Video transcript

So I applied  for the Internship scheme, because I felt like I needed more experience, kind of like in media  and communications, which is what my internship  focused on. And I didn’t really know much about  Higher Education and opportunities that were kind  of in this industry.

Previously, I kind of worked  in Sustainability and Fashion and I would like  to go more into a marketing or comms role. So this internships, kind of allowed me to have this experience working in media and communications, working in marketing and events, and kind of utilising my creative kind of passions, I guess.

Hi everyone, my name is Seerut and I am a Postgraduate student studying Education and Social Justice at the University of Birmingham. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I got the opportunity to do a summer internship  at the Public Affair at UoB.

This was a fantastic  learning opportunity for myself as I got first-hand experience into the Higher Education Sector and also gained some insight. This was a 13-week placement and I had gotten  so much out of my first job, and now because  of this experience, I am now in a position to  apply for other roles purely because I have the  experience. So evidently, experience counts a  lot no matter what field you decide to go into  working.

There is also a great financial ease  as well which helped me plan the next steps in my career, so it is a paid experience. I strongly recommend all students to apply for any future internships that may take place  I guarantee that you will get a lot out of this. It will enhance your skill set, boost your confidence for your work life and  also expand your knowledge. Even if you don’t  have any interest to the Higher Education sector, I strongly recommend that you apply.

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