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York Internships

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My business has really benefited from working with the University of York Internship and Placements team. The team is super friendly and very helpful throughout the process of finding the perfect intern. We've had several outstanding students assist us on a range of projects and their work has helped us to grow in new and exciting ways.

Bethany Watrous, Founder of Experience Heritage

 

York Internships, formerly known as the Student Internship Bureau, offers employers large and small the opportunity to engage the skills and enthusiasm of the University's students and graduates to support one-off specialist projects: from software development, to B Corp applications, to social media support. Our process is business focused, cost-effective and admin light, with full time, part time, hybrid, in person and remote formats all supported.

The York Internships team manages the full recruitment and payment administration on your behalf, so there is no need to hire the intern on your own books. If you are interested in hosting an intern and would like to discuss our offer in more detail, please contact us via email at careers-placements@york.ac.uk to arrange a telephone call or online conversation. 

Alternatively, download and complete one of our Expression of Interest forms below and email this to careers-placements@york.ac.uk.

York Internships EOI 2022/23 (MS Word , 71kb)

York Internships Santander EOI 2022/23 (MS Word , 77kb)*

 
*This form is for SMEs and charities interested in part-funded Santander internships (please read the funding information below). 

 

What is an internship?

We consider an internship to be a project-based, high-quality piece of work, which can be completed within a defined period of time. 

Projects should provide clear and tangible outcomes for the intern and your organisation, and should be of an appropriate standard and nature. For more information, please see our Internship Employer leaflet 2020 (PDF , 3,358kb)

Virtual Internships

We also support Virtual internships, which interns complete remotely from the business host. 

They can largely be completed on a flexible basis without the need for regular face to face supervision which allows the intern to get on with the project in hand and the supervisor to get on with their day to day work.

Examples of the types of projects that have been completed on a virtual basis recently by University of York students include Digital Marketing, Social Media Management, Research, Business Development and Analysis. Read more about some of the tasks associated with these roles.

We have hints and tips to support businesses during recruitment, selection and the duration of the virtual project.

Internship costs

  • The cost of a business internship is £12.40ph, inclusive of the student’s wage (£10.90 in line with the real living wage) and employer on costs (£1.50ph, inclusive of holiday pay, apprenticeship levy and NI). 
  • The cost of a university internship is £12.71ph, inclusive of the student’s wage (£11.21 in line with the University's real living wage commitment) and employer on costs (£1.50ph, inclusive of holiday pay, apprenticeship levy and NI). The department is expected to cover the cost of University pay increases, should these occur during the course of the internship.

Funding: please see the 'Funding for SMEs tab" for more information. 

Funding for SMEs

Santander Universities SME Internship Programme

The University of York is a recognised partner of Santander Universities and participates in the Santander Universities SME Internship Programme. Thanks to the generous support from Santander, we are delighted to be able to offer a number of subsidies to SME businesses between June-September 2023.

This support is designed to increase the opportunities for businesses to engage with the skills and enthusiasm of University of York current students, finalists and graduates in part funded internships.

SME organisations must be registered in the UK with fewer than 250 employees and have an annual turnover of less than £50 million to be eligible for the funding. 

Intern projects can be between 4-12 weeks in duration and can be full or part time over the summer. 

Funding is applied at 50% of the total cost of the project up to a maximum of £750 per organisation.

Interns are paid £10.90 per hour. This rate is subject to £1.50 per hour employer on costs (inclusive of holiday pay, apprenticeships levy, and NI) also to be paid by the business.

Cost Example:

A 6 week, part time (20 hrs p/wk) internship at £12.40 per hour totals £1488. The SME would receive 50% funding towards the total cost of the project. The cost to the SME would be £744.

An 8 week full time (37 hrs p/wk) internship at £12.40 per hour totals £3670.40. The SME would receive £750 funding towards the total cost of the project. The cost to the SME would be £2920.40.

*please note the student receives £10.90 per hour. The above rates include employer on costs.

For updates on available funding, please contact careers-placements@york.ac.uk 

Engagement

York Internships - Business Engagement Process

Step One - Project Scoping

Engage with York Internships to discuss your ideas for an internship, the scope of the project and the skills and experience required to achieve your outcomes. Download and complete one of the Expression of Interest Forms linked above, the SIB will prepare a project brief which forms the basis of the advert the students see.

Step Two - Advertising

Once the project brief is agreed and confirmed, the opportunity will be advertised through our Careers Portal for a minimum of two weeks. SIB will monitor applications throughout this period and publicise the internship through various marketing channels appropriate to your particular role

Step Three - Shortlisting and Interviews

When advertising is completed SIB will shortlist the applications and provide you with the applications of the most suitable candidates. Once you’ve reviewed the applications you may contact some or all of the candidates to arrange interviews at your convenience. (We are happy to provide interview space on campus if needed.)

Keep SIB informed along the way of interview dates agreed and provide some feedback for unsuccessful applicants. Advise SIB of your decision once you’ve chosen your intern and provide additional feedback to unsuccessful interviewees

Confirm to SIB the agreement made with the student regarding a start date, hours / days of work and any flexible working arrangements if applicable (especially for part time roles)

Step Four - Right to Work checks and Paperwork

The University will complete Right To Work checks and SIB will prepare the paperwork for both you and the intern to sign. Once the project starts SIB manages the payment process to the intern on a monthly basis.

Step Five - Invoicing (external hosts)

SIB will invoice you, during the internship, for the total cost of the project (including associated employer on costs) less any Santander funding agreed in advance that is applicable.

SIB will contact you in the first couple of weeks of the project to ensure that everything is progressing as expected. Interns may be visited in the workplace during the project and an evaluation will be sent electronically to all intern hosts at the end of the project.

Past projects

Previous projects, which have produced significant benefits for the hosting company, have included:

  • Establishing a China desk and creating the content for an inward investment page for a chartered accountant's website in Mandarin and English by two of our international students.
  • Researching, developing and implementing a more comprehensive customer outreach and engagement plan for a heating and renewable energy company.
  • Investigating the removal of chemicals from hard surfaces by rainfall and washing for a research agency.
  • Executive assistant to senior management team for a mental healthcare provider, creating an electronic record of serious incidents and ensuing investigations.
  • Carrying out detailed household surveys with a housing trust's residents to ascertain household characteristics, circumstances and their awareness of key issues. 

International talent

Did you know that just over 20% of the University of York's student population come from outside the UK, from almost 100 countries across the world? Many international students are actively seeking work experience and internship opportunities both to develop their skills and knowledge in the workplace, and to contribute to UK business' competitive advantage in the global market.

Contact York Internships to discuss how the University's international student population can drive your business forward this year! Email careers-placements@york.ac.uk or call 01904 324468.

Previous University of York interns have undertaken a wide range of projects with companies in York and the North Yorkshire region, giving businesses a unique insight into overseas markets, and for potential import and export activities. Example projects include:

  • Multilingual web content translation project: Executive search agency
  • Establishing an inward investment China Desk in York: Accountancy firm
  • Researching the latest products being used and marketed abroad, and their success and viability in the UK: Renewable energy company
  • Organising a business summit for international visitors to York: Conference business
  • Developing a market report exploring the opportunities for export to the Far East: Food manufacturer 

Case study: Developing a China desk in York

Garbutt & Elliott LLP engaged two Chinese postgraduate students, Jingwen Feng and Xu Wang, to develop a China Desk for the company and to create content for an inward investment web page in Mandarin.

Garbutt & Elliott Senior Partner, David Dickson, commented that, ‘Jingwen’s and Xu’s outstanding commitment has enabled us to begin development of a reputation as a trusted advisor to Chinese firms investing in the UK. It is important for world-class universities such as the University of York to demonstrate the great opportunities available to students by taking on internships in companies with vision.’

 

Some recent employer hosts

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