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Internship Bureau

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The Internship Bureau offers employers large and small the opportunity to engage the skills, enthusiasm and cutting edge thinking of the University's students and graduates to support one-off specialist projects.

Project-based internships help create cost-effective solutions around the needs of your business, while also improving your graduate talent pool. Virtual internships can also be a great solution for tackling some business challenges while hosting a student remotely. 

Internship projects are established according to the need of your business, and provide a tangible outcome for both the company and the student. Projects can be full time over the summer (June-September) or part-time during term periods. 

The Internship Bureau also manages the full recruitment and payment administration on your behalf.

If you are interested in hosting an intern and would like to discuss our offer in more detail, please contact us via email at to arrange a telephone call or online conversation. 

Alternatively, download and complete one of our Expression of Interest forms below and email this to

SIB EOI 2022/23 (MS Word , 71kb)

SIB 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)

Summer vacation scheme

Projects last between 4 and 12 weeks during the summer vacation and are available for part-time or full-time hours.

Part-time, term-time scheme

Projects last between 4 and 12 weeks during the academic year.  The Internship Bureau recommends that internships do not exceed 20 hours of project work per week during term periods. 

What is a virtual internship?

Virtual internships, supported in the same way as other internships by the Student Internship Bureau, are projects that can be undertaken by the student away from an office or a host supervisor in a flexible way.

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

Cost: The University of York is a Real Living Wage Employer and interns are therefore paid at a minimum rate of £10.57 per hour. We recommend a higher rate of pay for postgraduate students or undergraduates studying within departments developing specialised skills (eg Electronic Engineering). Both of these rates are subject to employer's on costs (NI, Holiday pay and a contribution to the People's Pension), to be paid by the employer.

Student level of study/skill: undergraduates and postgraduates are eligible to apply, however due to course commitments throughout the summer, postgraduate interns are limited to part-time hours during this time (no exceeding 20 hours per week).

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 2022.

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 £1,500 per organisation.

Interns are paid at a minimum rate of £10.57 per hour. This rate is subject to employer on costs (NI, Holiday pay and a contribution to the People's Pension), to be paid by the SME.

Cost Example:

A 12 week, part time (20 hrs p/wk) internship at £11.57 per hour totals £2,776.80. The SME would receive 50% funding towards the total cost of the project. The cost to the SME would be £1388.40.

An 8 week full time (37 hrs p/wk) internship at £11.57 per hour totals £3424.72. The SME would receive £1500 funding towards the total cost of the project. The cost to the SME would be £1924.72.

*please note the student receives £10.57 per hour. The above rates include employer on costs.

For updates on available funding, please contact 


Student Internship Bureau - Business Engagement Process

Step One - Project Scoping

Engage with the Student Internship Bureau (SIB) 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 the Internship Bureau to discuss how the University's international student population can drive your business forward this year! Email 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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Contact the Employer Engagement and Events Team