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Student Campus Partnerships (SCPs)

Student Campus Partnerships (SCPs)

*Update from the Internships Team*

To apply, download the Internship Application Form. Make sure you refer to the Guidance on completing the application before applying. Please send your completed application forms to

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Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation, the Internships Team are currently working with employers to ask that for the foreseeable future, all new and existing internships are conducted remotely i.e. working from home.  If you would like to get in touch with the team, we are now working remotely, undertaking normal working office hours, Monday-Friday, 9am -5pm, so please use email as the first point of contact as phone lines will not be answered. If your enquiry is urgent please highlight this in the subject bar of your email and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible. If you are working from home please read our Virtual Internships: 10 Top Tips for Remote Working

The Student Campus Partnership scheme can provide you with valuable paid work experience that develops your skills, knowledge and experience, that can even count towards your Exeter Award. These internships offer a great opportunity to improve your CV with a supportive and flexible employer-the University of Exeter! Internships are available throughout the year. Typically they will be up to 15 hours per week during term time, and 36.5 hours per week during the vacation periods. 

This year we have helped students into an amazing array of occupations through the SCP scheme: Admin; Arts and Culture; Archaeology; Careers; Charity; Data; Digital; Drama; Ecology; Education; Events; Marketing; Research in every colleges; Science; Student Support; and Sustainability.

(If you are an employer, please visit the SCP employer facing page) 

Student status

  • When applying for an SCP position you must either have:
    • current student status or
    • proof of acceptance of an offer of an undergraduate or postgraduate course at Exeter to begin by the start of the SCP internship.
  • To undertake an SCP internship, you must be a current University of Exeter student for the full duration of the internship.
  • If you are an undergraduate (UG) student your student status will expire one month after the end of your course. 
  • If you are a postgraduate (PG) student your student status will expire 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.
  • If you are an interrupted student, you will not have current student status and are therefore ineligible to apply for or continue with an SCP internship.
  • If the student status ends early the SCP internship will also need to end early.

Right to Work

  • All students are required to provide the university with the Right to Work in the UK evidence, before the interview and have this documentation verified by the university, if appointed.
  • You should reside in the UK whilst undertaking this role.
  • If you are already registered on the eClaims system you will still need to bring your Right to Work evidence to interview and may have to present it again to HR, if it has been 6 months since you last presented it. 
  • For more information about Right to Work please see the eClaims webpages. 

International, EU and EEA 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.
  • If you are an EU/EEA student, be aware that you will not be eligible for funding as a migrant worker under Student Finance Regulations if you are solely employed on the SCP or SBP scheme. Please see Student Finance for Migrants Workers for more details.
  • To work in the UK you many need a National Insurance Number (NINO). A National Insurance Number (NINO) is a number unique to you to help your employer pay your National Insurance contributions; no one else can use this number and it is not related to health insurance. Your NINO is free to apply for, please do not pay an online service to generate a number for you. It is required when you get paid employment in the UK to record your national insurance contributions and is your personal account number. If you do not have a NINO, it will not be possible to apply for a one currently, due to COVID. However you may start work before you apply for a NINO but you will need to inform your employer that you do not have a NINO and they can arrange for your NI contributions (if you exceed the NI threshold payment of £650 a month) to a temporary number. When COVID restrictions are lifted you may need to apply for a permanent NINO and arrange for your NI contributions to your temporary number to be transferred to your permanent number. For more information please read UKCISA pages for latest guidelines.

Postgraduate Teaching Assistants (PTAs) 

  • As per Employment of postgraduate students: code of good practice – Point 6.2:

    • Full-time PG 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 PG students can work the maximum 15 hrs per week during term time and more during vacation, but no more than 814 hours per year.
    • All PG students working as Postgraduate Teaching Assistants (PTA) cannot work in total (PTA and SCP work) more than 6 hours per week and more than 180 hours per year.
  • If a PG student is employed as a PTA and employed on the main payroll, you will also need to pay your SCP through main payroll. Each month you will need to submit an Overtime Claim Form PD71 to the Pay and Benefits team by emailing
  • Our current vacancies can be viewed here.
  • To receive our weekly student internship vacancy e-bulletin please sign up here.

‌Please download and complete the Internship Application Form ‌ for each internship and email it to

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

The University has a two tier pay structure for SCPs, depending on the levels of duties and responsibilities of the role of project.

  • Tier 1: £10.65 per hour (inclusive of 12.7% holiday pay)
  • Tier 2: £10.81 per hour (inclusive of 12.7%  holiday pay)

Annual Cost of Living

All pay is subject to the annual cost of living increase which is reviewed in August, but sometime is not agreed and implemented until as late as January. We will inform you and your employer when there is a pay rise and how to implement it in eClaims. if still in employment of the University. This is usually less than 10p an hour. Unfortunately SCPs are not eligible for a staff bonus.

Getting Paid through eClaims or Main Payroll

All SCP interns are paid through the eClaims system. You can read about how can you register on the system and submit claims on the eClaim webpages

If your are already employed by the univeristy and paid through main payroll you cannot be paid through the eClaims system. As a  part-time PTA you will need to be paid using the PTA103 form or any other roles using the PD103 form. All forms will need to be sent to the Pay and Benefits team by emailing Further guidance will be provided on appointment.

For pension purposes SCPs are classified as a qualifying employee and as such may be automatically enrolled the NEST pension scheme. You will be automatically enrolled if you meet the following criteria.

  • earn over £10,000 a year
  • are aged 22 or over

Please note that the University has opted for a deferment period of three months. This means that, for example, if you were paid £850 in May, you are eligible for automatic enrolment into NEST but your automatic enrolment will be postponed until August . If you are paid at least £833 in August, you will be automatically enrolled into NEST. If your pay in July is less than £833 then automatic enrolment will not apply.

We ask that you are set clear internship objectives, which are reviewed and evaluated through the duration of the internship. You may use the University's Internship Performance Development Review  paperwork to work through in setting these objectives.

You will need to read the guide on Making the Most of your Internship and be aware of the Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures for Student Campus Partnership.

If you would like 1:1 support during your internship, Jo McCreedie is available to meet for booked appointments in the Career Zone. To book an appointment please email Jo on

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  rooms or flats on Zoopla ; Spare Rooms; StuRents; Rightmove and Gumtree. If you want advice on the areas you are looking at, just get in touch with Jo on

A requirement of the internships is that you have to complete the Internship Feedback - Intern Submission and also encourage your line manager  to complete the Internship Feedback - Employer Submission

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

If you would like to read feedback from other SCP employers, take a look at our case studies. 

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