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Green Consultants offers employers the opportunity to work with inspired University of Exeter students keen to start their careers in the environmental and sustainability sector.

This industry-recognised, award-winning training program prepares our students for the workplace through a combination experiential learning alongside knowledge application on real business projects for the University.  

The interactive programme comprises of 3 key elements:

Training - 3 days of intensive technical and employability training (see below for further information)

On Campus Business Project – Students lead and deliver on live sustainability or environmental themed business projects at our campuses.

Internship - Working with or within organisations utilising the skills they have developed during the training and their University studies.

Could you Offer an Internship?

We are keen to hear from organisations who would be able to provide a challenging project or period of work experience to one of our students. Whether you are involved in policy, providing consultancy services or would like support with addressing an environmental or sustainability challenge within your organisation. We ask that students undertake a minimum of 3 weeks work experience (on a full or part time equivalent basis) and are paid minimum wage. Students will be available from May – September.

*NEW for 2019* This year we are also piloting an opportunity for businesses to offer a 2 week Internship during Easter (1st-12th April)  with full funding from the University (see below for details).

We are seeking established employers based in Devon, Cornwall or London who can offer an interesting project for a student to undertake either in the workplace or working remotely. The role should involve 70 hours of work between 1-12 April 2019.

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. Therefore all parties will need to sign the completed Student Secondment Agreement, and you will need to have suitable liability insurance.

If you would like to offer an internship please complete our vacancy form here.

The Employer Vacancy Application will close on March 1st 2019.

We will review all the applications shortly after the applications close and a member of our team will let you know if your vacancy has been accepted.

Please note that when submitting an employer vacancy application you are declaring that you wish to employ an intern rather than a declaration of interest or a request for further information about the scheme.

Internship Eligibility

The role must:

  • Be with an environment or sustainability focused company or within a sustainability department.
  • Use undergraduate level skills, knowledge and/or experience
  • Aid career development
  • Include tasks and responsibilities normally associated with a graduate level position
  • Provide training and support
  • Be undertaken at full time (35 hours per week) for two weeks during 1st - 12th April 2019


Intern Selection

All students will go through a rigorous recruitment and selection process conducted by the University, to ensure we select the best candidates.

We will make the final decision of who will be matched to your opportunity and as such, your organisation will not need to undertake any recruitment or selection process of our students.

All students will go through a rigorous recruitment and selection process conducted by the University, to ensure we select the best candidates.

We will make the final decision of who will be matched to your opportunity and as such, your organisation will not need to undertake any recruitment or selection process of our students.

Once we have identified the most suitable intern for you we will send you their details on 13th March 2019.

We will formally introduce you by email to your intern on the 18th March two weeks prior to the internship commencing.

We very much hope that you will be satisfied with our selection, however if for any reason this is not the case, you will have the opportunity to withdraw from the scheme. Unfortunately at this stage of the recruitment process, we will not be able to find a replacement intern.

Internship Terms and Conditions

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.

All of our Green Consultants undertake an internship during the summer, in order to complete the programme. The time in which the student is employed will depend on the work they need to undertake and the size of the project. Students have been employed for the minimum 3 weeks, up to 3 months, and for some of our graduates or postgraduate level students they have been employed for a year. We are more than happy to discuss suitability and options for possible projects or internships. Just get in contact with us at

Our students can work within any sector. Examples of previous Internships have included:

  • Waste Audit
  • Sustainable Products and Services
  • Environmental Performance Monitoring
  • Community Engagement on Sustainability Issues
  • Travel Audits
  • Sustainable Supply Chains.
  • Marketing
  • Policy

We will promote your vacancy directly to our Green Consultant students via our My Career Zone portal. Students will be actively applying for internships from January ready for the summer. Students can apply directly or we can collate applications for you before forwarding on.

Funding may be available to support employing one of our Green Consultants. Visit our Employer facing Access 2 Internships page to find out more or contact us at

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 available to provide information and guidance throughout the week. 

The Green Consultants team will be available the whole internship to support you and your intern should this be required. 

Organisations hosting students who will use the internship to fulfil academic requirements will be required to complete a placement agreement which is a three way agreement between the University, student and hosting organisation.

Note all students are required to submit a reflective report on their period of work experience. For students using the internship to fulfil academic requirements then this will be used as an assessed piece of work. If the work the student will be undertaking is sensitive then please let us know so this can be managed for reflective report.

At the end of the internship week 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, your comments will be taken into account during our evaluation exercise.

If you would like to ask any questions please contact the Green Consultant team by emailing