Pathways to Marketing

*Update on Professional Pathways programme*:

The University remains committed to ensuring the safety of both students and staff and those working with us. We recently cancelled all scheduled student assessment centres due to there being no events on campus until 31 May 2020 at the earliest. After much consideration, we have regrettably decided to also cancel the training programme element of the Pathways programme, scheduled to take place in June, the week before the students would have completed their internship week. With the current ongoing situation around COVID-19 and the uncertainty surrounding when we will be back on campus and also when students will be conducting their exams remotely, this was unfortunately our only option.

We received the highest ever number of applications across the Pathways programmes this year and we are keen for these students to still have the opportunity to gain some value from this year’s programme, particularly for those who are in their final year or who have lost part-time work due to COVID-19. With this in mind, we are looking to advertise a range of remote-working roles to the shortlisted students which they would then need to apply for by submitting a cover letter. If you could do with extra help during these challenging times and would be able to offer work, on a remote-working basis, please see further details below. The role would be fully-funded by the University for 35 hours so we would manage all aspects of payroll including obtaining Right to Work. The timing of the internship is also now more flexible and can be undertaken in any pattern to suit your needs between mid-May and the end of June 2020. If you have any questions regarding this, please get in touch with the team at professionalpathways@exeter.ac.uk. Please be aware that during these exceptional circumstances, there may be a delay in the team responding to enquiries and we thank you in advance for your patience.

Please note, employer applications for Professional Pathways 2020 have now closed.

Pathways to Marketing is a programme to develop the expertise of University of Exeter students in marketing, and then place them with employers for an internship.

A total of 62 students from a range of disciplines and year groups have been shortlisted based on their application for the Pathways to Marketing programme and will now have the opportunity to apply for a fully-funded remote-working internship.

If you are a current student please see our Pathways to Marketing student page.

In the current COVID-19 climate, we understand this is a really challenging time for employers and are therefore keen to offer some measure of support at this time. If you are an employer who feels you could benefit from having this support and could offer an internship or discrete project for a student to undertake, we'd love to hear from you. The role will need to be remote-working and should involve 35 hours of work which can take place any time between mid-May to the end of June 2020. This could be part-time over a number of weeks or a week-long, full-time position.

As the University will fully-fund the student's internship wages, we will employ and pay them through our payroll, but the student will be seconded to your organisation. All aspects of this will therefore be managed by our team including obtaining the intern's Right to Work. All parties will need to sign the completed Student Secondment Agreement, and you will need to have suitable liability insurance. See the Internship Terms and Conditions section further below for more information.

Please note, employer applications for Professional Pathways 2020 have now closed.

The role must:

  • Be able to be carried out remotely (due to the current COVID-19 situation)
  • Relate to the marketing sector
  • Use undergraduate level skills, knowledge and/or experience.
  • Provide training and support
  • Be a total of 35 hours and be completed any time between mid-May to the end of June 2020. This could be part-time over a number of weeks or a week-long, full-time position.

Please note, employer applications for Professional Pathways 2020 have now closed. We will be advertising all internship opportunities to the students in batches and we have set 3 recruitment date windows to allow flexibility: 

Thursday 30th April (advert goes live) - Wednesday 6th May (advert closes) - CLOSED

Thursday 14th May (advert goes live) - Wednesday 20th May (advert closes) - CLOSED

Thursday 28th May (advert goes live) - Wednesday 3rd June (advert closes) - CLOSED

We will need to receive the vacancy form by the Monday of the week your internship will go live to the shortlisted students. Please note that when submitting a vacancy internship form, you are declaring that you wish to take on an intern rather than a declaration of interest or a request for further information about the scheme.

All funding for the internships will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Once your internship position has been reviewed and approved by the Professional Pathways team, we will be in touch to ask you to approve the internship brief before we advertise to students. The role will then be advertised to the 62 shortlisted Pathways to Marketing students and open for applications for a period of 7 days.

All remote-working internship opportunities will be advertised to the 62 shortlisted Pathways to Marketing students and they will then have 7 days to apply.

Applications

  • Students will apply for the role(s) they are interested in by submitting a CV and tailored cover letter and sending directly to the Pathways team. 
  • We will highlight any issues i.e. disability; right to work; and restrictions on working hours.
  • We will send all the cover letters and CVs to you by email the following working day after the closing date of your internship.

 Shortlisting

  • You will need to shortlist and invite the shortlisted candidates to interview as soon as possible. You may wish to use the University's Shortlisting Scoring Grid and we are happy to provide advice and guidance on this where needed.
  • The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Disability Confident'; as such, as an institution and as a scheme, we have committed to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities. Applicants were advised to disclose whether they had a disability in the initial Pathways application process and it is the responsibility of the recruiting manager to ensure that any disabled applicant who meets the minimum essential criteria is offered an interview.
  • For the candidates you do not wish to interview, we ask you let them know as soon as possible by email. Alternatively the Pathways Team can do this for you, if you send us the names of the rejected candidates.

Appointing your intern

Once your chosen candidate has been identified and has accepted the position, we will ask you to complete the Appointment Form and return this to us at professionalpathways@exeter.ac.uk. Based on previous feedback, we now manage all aspects of payroll including obtaining the student's Right to Work, so you do not need to get the intern set-up on your own payroll. Please note, the student cannot commence working until their Right to Work has been seen by the Professional Pathways team. The student will be employed by the University and on our payroll, but the student will be seconded to your organisation. All parties will therefore need to sign the completed Student Secondment Agreement, and you will need to have suitable liability insurance. See the Internship Terms and Conditions section further below for more information.

At the beginning of the internship, we ask that you work through a basic induction with your new intern. You have the option to use some or all of our Internship Induction Checklist.

We ask employers to set clear objectives for the intern and be available to provide information and guidance throughout the duration of the internship, particularly as the intern will be working remotely.

The Professional Pathways team will be available Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm, to support you and your intern should this be required. 

At the end of the internship, we ask that you please complete the online Internship Evaluation Form and encourage your intern to complete their Internship Evaluation too. These will be emailed to you towards the end of the internship and your comments will be taken into account during our evaluation exercise.

All parties (the employer, the University and the intern), must adhere to the Student Secondment Agreement‌. This agreement ensures the student is committed to the internship and both the employer and the University understand the remit of their duty of care for the student. This document must be signed by all three parties before the internship can begin.

If you would like to ask any questions, please contact the Professional Pathways team at professionalpathways@exeter.ac.uk.