Did you know you can count your internship towards The Exeter Award?

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If you would like to see where your fellow students have undertaken Student Business Partnerships and learn about the roles they have performed, take a look at our case studies.


Student Business Partnerships (SBPs)

(If you are an employer, please visit our SBP employer facing page)

Each year the University of Exeter assists the recruitment of ambitious students into off-campus employment. SBPs provide you with valuable paid work experience, that uses your under/graduate level skills, knowledge and experience. These internships offer a great opportunity to develop your career and can even count towards your Exeter Award.

The internships are available throughout the year. They are part-time during term-time and up to full-time hours during the Easter, Summer and Christmas vacation periods.

There is a wide range of employers, from large organisations such as Councils, the NHS and utility companies, to small and medium sized companies.

The types of internship vary, but usually cover a wide selection of roles, such as Marketing, IT, Web Development, PR, Technical or Environmental Issues, Engineering, Market Research, Business Planning, Accounts.


You must be a current University of Exeter student when you apply for a position and have student status for the duration of the internship. If you are an undergraduate your student status will expire one month after the end of your course. If you are a postgraduate student this is 6 weeks after the end of your course. For both UGs and PGs, if your graduation ceremony occurs before this period is over you automatically assume graduate status.

International students

You must have right to work in the UK and provide your visa status and explanation on your application form. When you are called to interview you will be asked to bring evidence of your right to work status.

To work in the UK you will need a National Insurance number. For more information on how to obtain one please go to:www.exeter.ac.uk/careers/parttimejobs/international/

PGR and GTA students

Full-time PGR students should not normally exceed 6 hours per week and in all cases must not exceed 180 hours per year averaged over the course of the academic year. Part-time PGR Students can work the maximum 15 hrs per week during term time and more during vacation, but no more than 814 hours per year. Likewise post graduate students also working as Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA) cannot work in total (GTA and SCP work) more than 180 hours per year.

Please download and complete the Internship Application Form for each internship, and return by email to internships@exeter.ac.uk

Please see Guidance on completing the application for tips on applying. 

Before applying to a role, it might be worth 'Googling' yourself to ensure that your online profile is just as impressive as your application form. Keep an eye out for inappropriate images and posts on social media sites and Forums.

We ask employers to pay at least National Minimum Wage. Some employers will offer more depending on market forces.

When you begin your internship please work through your Internship Induction Checklist.

You will be provided with a "How to Make the Most of Your Internship" pack to work through. We ask employers to set clear objectives for interns, and to review and evaluate your progress throughout the duration of the internship. Employers may have their own internal review procedures, or you may choose to work through the University's Internship Performance Development Review paperwork together.

Jo McCreedie, Employer Liaison Officer, is available to support you and the employer with an issue throughout your internship. You can make appointments to see Jo by calling the Career Zone on 01392 724493 or by popping in to see them.

If you are a student from the Penryn Campus, in Cornwall, please contact Josie Turner by emailing j.turner@exeter.ac.uk

If you need to drive to travel to work, the University advocates using car share schemes. Click the following links to find information on: University car sharingCar Share Devon and Car Share Somerset.

Do you need some accommodation in Exeter while you complete your internship? The University can offer en-suite accommodation over summer. For more information, please visit our Accommodation website. You can also find reasonably priced rooms and flats on Zoopla ; Spare RoomsRightmove and Gumtree. If you want advice on their areas you are looking at, just get in touch.

Every quarter we take one intern to the Exeter Leaders Forum. It is a fantastic opportunity for you to network with senior professionals from the local business community, and represent all that is best about the University’s internships schemes. To book a place, please email Jo McCreedie.

A requirement of the internships is that you have to complete the Internship Evaluation (Intern) Form and also encourage your line manager  to complete the Internship Evaluation (Employer) Form

You may even wish to blog about your experiences. Click here to read what others have written. To submit your blog please email Jenny Woolacott-Scarr.


 To view our SBP Terms & Conditions, please click here.

Further information

For further information, please contact Employment Services:

Tel: 01392 722395
Email: internships@exeter.ac.uk