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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.

The University of Exeter defines an internship as employment that:

  • is undertaken at the beginning of a career
  • is paid (unless exemptions apply)
  • 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


You must be a current University of Exeter student when you apply and have a student status for the duration of the internship. An undergraduate student status will expire one month after the end of their course. For Post graduate students this is slightly longer, at 6 weeks after the end of their course. If the graduation ceremony occurs before these dates the student will automatically assume a graduate status.

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:

Current Vacancies

How to apply

Please download and complete the Internship Application Form for each internship, and return by email to

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.

Support and training

When you begin your internship please work through your Intern 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 72449301392 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


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 sharing, Car Share Devon and Car Share Somerset.

Need Accommodation?

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 click here. You can also find reasonably priced rooms and flats on Zoopla ; Spare Rooms; Rightmove and Gumtree. If you want advice on their areas you are looking at, just get in touch.

Could You Be An Internships Ambassador?

Every quarter we take one intern to the Business Leaders Forum. It is a fantastic opportunity to for you to network with senior professionals from the local business community, have a and represent all that is best about the University’s internships schemes. The next dates are 7 April 2014 and 16 June 2014 at 5:45pm-8:45 pm, Holland Hall. To book you 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 Andy Morgan.

Further information

For further information, please contact Employment Services:

Tel: 01392 72239501392 722395