UoB Graduate Internships

The University of Birmingham (UoB) Graduate Internships Programme is now open for applications.

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.

UoB Graduate Internships Programme is now open

About UoB Graduate Internships

Following the success of our UoB Graduate Internship Programme Pilot in 2021, we’re delighted to be offering the opportunity again in 2022, with 30 paid internship opportunities available to recent UoB (undergraduate degree/home) graduates of 2021, or are due to graduate in 2022, across a wide range of internal departments at the University.

Internships range from 8 to 13 weeks, take place over summer 2022 and are available to recent UoB (undergraduate degree/home) graduates of 2021. Applications will close on Sunday 8 May 2022 (23:59).

76% of our interns last year went onto further employment of which 47% of these stayed on at the University and 18% of these went on to work at other Universities and the remaining went to work in non-education sector roles.

Quotes from last year’s interns

“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.”

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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. 

“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 last year’s pilot programme testifies to the boost doing an internship here at UoB can give to your future employment prospects where:

76% of our interns last year went onto further employment of which 47% of these stayed on at the University and 18% of these went on to work at other Universities and the remaining went to work in non-education sector roles. The remaining interns are going on to do a Masters and exploring setting up their own business.

  • Real work experience – departments have a real need to fill and would 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 – employers value previous working experience
  • 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.”

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Where will they take place?

The University is operating on a blended approach to working which means that the majority of staff will be working on campus for at least some of their time and some staff will be back on campus fully.

In some cases, depending on the need of the department, there could be the opportunity to work fully remote (with the possible occasional need to travel onto campus).

Who can apply?

The UoB Graduate Internships are available to recent UoB (undergraduate degree/home) graduates of 2021 or are due to graduate in 2022.

Working in Higher Education

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.

How to apply

To apply for the UoB Graduate Internships you must submit a CV and Cover Letter for each individual role of interest.

If you are unsure whether the opportunity would suit you and would like to find out more about what the role entails, we encourage you to speak with individual Line Managers, (details can be found in the job description) where they will be happy to have a chat with you before you apply.

All of our UoB Graduate Internship opportunities are available to apply to via Careers Connect. You can find them by searching 'UoBGI'.

You will also see opportunities in our opportunity feed above, which will take you directly to individual opportunities/application.

You MUST register for an account to be able to view / apply to vacancies, to do so, create a graduate account in Careers Connect.

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Considerations for your application

You can apply for multiple opportunities however, are only allowed to accept one internship if offered.

We strongly encourage you to tailor your CV and cover letter to each opportunity to be successfully shortlisted. 

Don’t worry if you don’t have the exact experience / skills they are looking for.

Highlight your passion for the role, transferrable skills from studies, work or things you do in your spare time i.e. writing blogs etc. 

We encourage you to think outside of the box when considering opportunities. Sometimes it’s not until you try something that you find you actually enjoy / are good at it so - keep an open mind.

One to one application support

You can get support from our friendly Employability Team, to check your application(s) before submitting and gain interview practice here:

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