Students, staff and employers talk about the internship schemes managed by the University of Exeter

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Internships and placements

The University of Exeter defines an internship as employment that:

  • is undertaken at the beginning of a career
  • includes tasks and responsibilities normally associated with a graduate level position
  • uses undergraduate level skills, knowledge and experience
  • aids student/graduate career development
  • provides training and support
  • is paid (unless exemptions apply)

Placements are very similar to Internships, apart from they 

Most large graduate recruiters offer summer internships to undergraduates, usually to students in their penultimate year. Closing dates for applications tend to be very early in the academic year, so it's vital to apply early. 

University of Exeter students and graduates can search for internships in our online system My Career Zone. Details of the internship schemes we manage are listed below, but there are many internships listed on My Career Zone that don't fall under these schemes. View a feed of these latest vacancies.

University of Exeter internship schemes

Below is an overview of the internship schemes managed by the University of Exeter. We promote equal opportunities in all internship recruitment. 

  • Access to Internships (A2I)
    Access to Internships is a scheme to help Exeter students and recent graduates to secure a paid internship using information, support and funding provided by the Career Zone. We offer generous funding to help offset the cost of your paid internship. Support and guidance is available to all students, even if you do not meet the funding criteria. Funding is issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Student Campus Partnerships (SCP) 
    The University of Exeter offers part-time employment across our 4 campuses. Roles range from short-term business & administrative support, through to long-term project coordination. SCPs well paid and usually flexible around your studies.
  • Student Business Partnerships 
    The Student Business Partnership scheme offers University of Exeter students from all disciplines the chance to gain essential paid work experience with well-respected local businesses. 
  • Graduate Business Partnerships 
    The Graduate Business Partnership (GBP) scheme has been established to create paid opportunities for recent graduates in their chosen career. Offering relatively inexperienced graduates the chance to access challenging roles, GBPs are a great way to develop your employability and start your career.

Internships and work experience

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Access to Internships (A2I)

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Access to Internships (A2I) is a scheme to help Exeter students (particularly those from an under-represented background) to secure a paid internship. We offer information, support and funding provided by the Career Zone to help you approach eligible employers to ask them to create a 4 week (or 140 hour) paid internship for you. This is especially useful to those who cannot find the right advertised vacancy. Please make sure your employer accepts these A2I Terms and Conditions.

Support and guidance is available to all students who apply, whilst subsidies and grants are available to Widening Participation students which will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The funding application deadline is Friday 26th June 2015.


We offer support and guidance to all students in your quest to find your own internship, for example;

  • You will receive a How to find a paid internship’ guide, which provides you with all the information you need to start searching for an internship.
  • You will receive a fortnightly A2I newsletter providing you with employability news and an update on the funding available.
  • We will also offer you appointments to meet with an advisor to support you with your internship searching. If you are keen to get going now, you can book an appointment by contacting your Career Zone to see Jo McCreedie (Exeter) or Josie Turner (Cornwall).


If you are a Widening Participation student that has secured a legal paid or unpaid internship in the UK you can apply for a £250 grant to help you with upfront costs of undertaking your internship e.g. work wear, travel costs, deposits etc.

Eligibility: You are included in an under-represented group at the University of Exeter; please consult the Widening Participation Criteria for more information.


Additionally if you are a Widening Participation student you can apply for a £1035.58 employer subsidy on behalf of your employer.


You will be a current student meeting the Widening Participation Criteria and be employed by either a UK micro, SME, charity or statutory organisation. You will be paid at least minimum wage and be employed for 4 weeks (or 140 hours). The employer will then be eligible for the £1035.58 employer subsidy from the University. For eligible employers this will fully cover your wages and their employer on-costs.

If you are unsure whether you qualify for funding please check the 'What A2I Funding can you Get? diagram and work your way through the step by step chart.