How do I participate in the programme?
Please register your organisation on CareerConnect if you have not done so already. CareerConnect is our online platform used by students and organisations to access vacancies and our services.
To participate, organisations submit a micro-internship proposal on CareerConnect. The form is accessible online: please see our walk-through guides to submitting proposals (see links above), which include an example micro-internship proposal for your reference. Once submitted, all proposals come through to the Internship Office for approval before going live to students. Edits can still be made after submission.
If you are a new employer, the Internship Office Team will arrange a telephone or Skype call with you to discuss the micro-internship process and answer any questions you may have.
Diversity initiatives and encouraging individuals with disabilities
The micro-internship proposal features a diversity initiatives section, where employers can outline any policies, programmes or practices they have which support diversity and inclusion within the workplace. We strongly encourage employers to provide information in this section. Where no formal arrangements are in place, we still welcome employers to add a statement. On the proposal form there is also a section to inform us whether you can make reasonable adjustments and provisions in your workplace for those with disabilities – the Internship Office strives to make its internship programmes accessible to all, and this includes individuals with disabilities. In the UK, this is in line with the 2010 Equality Act. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
What happens once the proposal is approved?
All micro-internships are advertised on specific dates (please see timeline and key date tabs for details). The Internship Office is responsible for marketing all placements and responding to applicant queries on your behalf. We also provide Application Support Sessions where we give 1:1 advice.
How do potential interns apply?
Students have approximately two and a half weeks in which to apply for a maximum of two micro-internships at a time, making their application directly to the Internship Office through CareerConnect. Our application requirement is a CV and 300-word personal statement.The closing date is set by the Internship Office.
Once the deadline has passed, the Internship Office securely sends hosts the applications they have received. Hosts have approximately 10 days to make their selection. Due to the quick turn around, most hosts make their selection based solely on the application. However, you can use your own selection process and are welcome to contact candidates directly to arrange interviews via Skype or over the telephone if wished.
You then advise us of your preferred choice of intern(s) and any reserve candidates, if applicable. Host organisations are not obliged to select interns if no applications are suitable. The Internship Office communicates all decisions on your behalf, including to unsuccessful candidates.
What happens after selection?
Once offers have been confirmed, we put you in touch with your intern(s) so arrangements can be made prior to the placement week. We recommend organising a short Skype or telephone induction prior to the placement week – this is often beneficial to both student and host, to meet colleagues and understand further details of the project.
Once the micro-internships are complete, the Internship Office sends feedback forms to all students and hosts. This feedback is a requirement of the programme and is hugely appreciated as it helps us to develop our placements, informing best practice.
Second batch micro-internships
The Internship Office facilitates a second round for any employers who wish to re-advertise their placement(s) to attract more applicants. The student application window and employer selection time last for approximately one week each. As with the first round, the Internship Office is responsible for advertising and marketing. During this round, we only re-advertise placements and cannot accept any new placements at this stage.