Student Internship Bureau

What is the Student Internship Bureau?

The Student Internship Bureau (SIB) advertises paid, project-based internships in and around York that are exclusively for York students.

The internships cover a range of job sectors and last anywhere from 2 to 12 weeks. Last year more than 150 York students completed an internship through the Student Internship Bureau. Many run over the summer vacation but you’ll also see some part-time internships available during term time.

Why do it?

  • Get an insight into a job sector you’re interested in
  • Apply your knowledge and skills in a workplace environment
  • Develop new skills to boost your personal and professional development
  • Get experience for your CV before applying for a placement year or graduate role

Find out more on our Padlet

Browse term-time interships on Careers Gateway

The process

1. Think ahead

Think about what kind of internship you'd like to do later in the year. What do you need to do between now and then to prepare? This might mean developing skills to boost your CV. Volunteering is a good way to do this.

Think about when you’ll need to apply. If you want a summer internship, you’ll probably be applying in spring at the same time as meeting coursework deadlines and preparing for exams – make sure you have time to apply. It'll help to have your CV ready - use CareerSet to get immediate feedback on how you can improve yours.

If you haven’t already, subscribe to the SIB mailing list on Careers Gateway to get updates from the team.

2. Search

All SIB internships are advertised on Careers Gateway under the ‘Exclusive opportunities @ York’ tab. You can search all internships or narrow down by job sector or location.

A live feed of all vacancies appears on the SIB Facebook page. We also promote many internships on the Careers and Placements social media feeds.

If you’re struggling to find relevant internships, talk to us. The drop-in in the Careers and Placements building runs every day midweek in term time between 11 and 1. No need to book, just turn up.

3. Apply and interview

To apply you need to answer some questions and submit your CV. It’s important that in your answers and in your CV you demonstrate that you have the essential skills for the role. You’ll find these essential skills listed in the vacancy description.

Use the resources from Careers and Placements to help you: upload your CV to CareerSet for immediate feedback, and book a CV review if you’d like one-to-one feedback.

If you’re shortlisted you may be invited to interview. Read the resources on our webpages to prepare. Use Shortlist.me to get practice answering questions. You might want to book a mock interview if you don’t have much interview experience.

If you’re unsuccessful you’ll be given feedback on how to improve next time.

Frequently asked questions

What's the difference between SIB internships and other internships I've seen advertised?

SIB is just one of many ways you can find an internship. SIB internships are different to most in that they are exclusive to York students (which might mean less competition in the application process) and tend to be based in the York area. They are also project-based, which isn't the case for many internships. This means you'll have a set piece of work to do during your internship and you'll be able to see what you've achieved by the end of it.

When do projects start and how long do they last for?

All our internships, whether part or full time, last for a maximum of 12 weeks.

Vacation internships are available during the summer and start dates can vary, but are mainly at the beginning of July. Most are full time but part-time projects are also available. Term-time internships generally require between 8-20 hours commitment per week.

Students are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week alongside their studies, however you are advised to discuss how many hours you should work with your academic supervisor. You should also consider other commitments you have within the 20 hour allowance, such as volunteering and the restrictions of your Tier 4 visa, if applicable. 

If you are successful you will be asked to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK before beginning the internship. The easiest way to do this is to present a valid passport to the Careers and Placements team.

Where will the internships be located?

The internships will mainly be in York and North Yorkshire. Most will be office based, but some can be carried out remotely from your own home or on campus - these will be advertised as virtual internships.

If you have found your own paid work experience or internship opportunity, it may be useful to contact the SIB and see if we can support the arrangement with the employer.

What support will I receive and who do I report to?

You will report to a named contact and if you are unable to work on an agreed date due to illness, you should inform this contact as well as the SIB. If you are undertaking a summer vacation internship you will be invited to attend a briefing session at the end of summer term with the SIB. If you have any questions or concerns before or during your internship, please contact the SIB.

How much will I be paid?

You will be paid no less than £8.21 per hour (some internships do offer more and this will have been indicated on Careers Gateway). This will be paid to you directly by the University who invoice the employer at a later date.

You will need to complete weekly timesheets via Dashboard and payments will be made on a monthly basis in line with the Univerity payroll. Please note that all payments relating to internships are subject to on costs (NI, tax and pension where appropriate).

What are my obligations during the internship?

At the start of the internship you will be asked to sign an internship agreement - please remember that you are representing the university during your internship. As part of the opportunity, you will have to keep a learning journal of your experiences, highlighting what you have done and what skills you have developed. 

You will also be asked to write a report or produce a short video about your internship experience and may also be asked to complete a case study to inspire other students; summer internship reports/videos will be judged, and a cash prize awarded for the best report during a celebration event in the autumn term.

Which organisations will be advertising internships this year?

All SIB internships are negotiated with employers according to the needs of the business at that time. For that reason the organisations we work with might change year by year. Regardless, we tend to advertise a range of projects throughout the year in a variety of sectors, such as business, IT, research, marketing and PR.

Am I eligible to take part?

Unless the advert states that the internship is only open to finalists or graduates (who are no longer registered with the university), all students who are registered with the university and who will remain registered with the institution for the duration of the project, are eligible to apply for student internships. However, there are a few conditions depending on your stage of study and you should check the criteria outlined on each advert closely before applying.

Full-time internships cannot be undertaken alongside courses of study or research that are active over the vacation period. If you are registered on such a course and believe that your individual circumstances enable you to complete the internship on a full-time basis you should email careers-placements@york.ac.uk with an email providing specific consent to undertake the internship on a full-time basis from your tutor/supervisor at the time of application. For postgraduate students, we consider term-time to include the summer vacation; please note that postgraduate students studying on a Tier 4 student visa may not exceed 20 hours of work per week at any time during their course. 

Unfortunately, finalists expecting to continue to postgraduate study at York are not eligible to apply for summer vacation internships which continue after the date you graduate. Student status does not automatically extend over the summer.

Do you share my personal data with anyone?

Some internships are part-funded by Santander. This will be made clear in the internship description. If this is the case, some of your personal data will be shared with Santander Universities. Read the Santander data sharing agreement for more information.

Contact details

Careers and Placements

Tel: 01904 324240

@UoYCareers