Student Business Partnership (SBP)

This summer, would you like a bright University student to work for you, dedicated to solving just one of your business challenges? Our Student Business Partnership scheme brings together the best of South West businesses with talented and motivated interns.

To advertise your internship, please complete this Summer 2019 Internship Vacancy Form and return to

To discuss your internship please call Jo McCreedie, Employer Liaison Officer, University of Exeter, 01392 722617.

“Exeter's student internships have been so helpful for our business yet again. The interns are always conscientious, hard working and fit into our company culture quickly, as a result. They’ve helped to spread the word about our services with their consistently high-quality marketing efforts. They have been open to the training provided and given their ideas on how our processes can be improved. Would definitely hire again!”  Dan Wiseman, Web Wise Media                                                                                                              

(If you are a current student please see our student page).

  1. Employer completes Internship Vacancy Form
  2. ‌Internships Team will liaise with employer and aim to place the SBP to advert within 2 days
  3. The vacancy is advertised for 2 weeks (see below in 'advertising and promoting your vacancy' for the recommended times to advertise your vacancy).
  4. Interns apply using our standard ‘Internship Application Form’ sending to
  5. We communicate with applicants before the closing date to advise if they need to improve their application form
  6. The next working day following the closing date, the Internships Team will send via email, the applications and guidance on the next steps
  7. Employer can send rejection emails to those not called to interview, or ask the Internships Team to do this.
  8. Employer needs to shortlist and call selected candidates to interview asap
  9. Employer conduct interviews
  10. Employer offers SBP role to successful candidate.
  11. Employer rejects the unsuccessful candidates.
  12. Once job offer has been accepted, employer completes the SBP Appointment Form and return to
  13. The Internships Team will send the employer an Internship Agreement and further guidance.
  14. The Internships Team will send the intern a congratulations email and guidance.
  15. The Internships Team will send up to 5 follow up intern emails, including a request for internship feedback  in the last email.
  16. The Internships Team will send up to 5 follow up employer emails, including a request for internship feedback in the last email.
  17. The Internships Team will create an Internships Case Study and upload it here:

Best time of year to advertise for a student intern

Students are available to work between 6-15hrs a week, during term-time. The best time of year to advertise a student role is:

  • last week of Sept-end of Nov
  • third week Jan- end Feb
  • final week of March-end of April
  • third week May- end of June

Placing your job to advert

To discuss your vacancy please contact Jo McCreedie, Employer Liaison Officer on 01392 722617 or

The next step is to complete the Internship Vacancy Form and send your completed  to, copying in We will review your vacancy and place it to advert within 2 working days.

You do not need to have ESR1 approval for your vacancy, but you will need to know the costcode from which you are paying the management fee and salary from, to endter on the vacancy form, by submission. 

Promotion of your vacancy

We will then advertise and promote your SBP vacancy by using:

  • 'My Career Zone'- our careers portal
  • targeted emails to graduates by career sector; occupation; and discipline
  • social media- Career Zone; Internships: LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter
  • jobs bulletin sent weekly to hundreds of students
  • relevant Societies to add to social media
  • Employability Officers in the Colleges to add to social media and newsletters
  • People of influence e.g. academics 
  • targeting students who have applied for similar roles
  • 'What's On' weekly employability email to all students
  • events e.g. Fairs


  • Applications will be made using the Internship Application Form and sent to
  • On average you can expect to receive between 5-20 applications.
  • We check all applications meet the SBP scheme eligibility criteria and highlight any issues i.e. disability; right to work; and restrictions on working hours.
  • We send all the applications by email the following working day after the closing date.


  • The employer shortlists the applications. You may wish to use  the University's Shortlisting Scoring Grid
  • The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Disability Confident'; as such, as an institution and as a scheme, we have committed to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities. Applicants are advised to disclose whether they have a disability in their Internship Application Form and it is the responsibility of the recruiting manager to ensure that any disabled applicant who meets the minimum essential criteria is offered an interview.
  • The employer invites the shortlisted candidates to interview as soo as possible. We tell graduates to expect to hear if they have been shortlisted 5 days before the scheduled interview date. We recommend you call candidates to book an interview time and date and follow this up with a cinfrma tion email. You may wish to use this invitation to interview email.
  • For the candidates you do not wish to call to interview we ask you let them know as soon as possible by email. You may wish to use this not called to interview email‌. Alternatively the Internship Team can do this for you, if you send us the names of the rejected candidates.
  • Please remember the University as the employer requires recruiting managers to ensure candidates coming to interview are invited to bring along their Right to Work evidence.   

Call to interview

  • As the employer, we ask you arrange the interviews. We recommend you call 5-6 students (if you can).
  • You can reject unsuccessful candidates by phone by sending a not called to interview eamil, or you can ask the Internships Team to do this for you, if you email the names of the rejected candidates to


  • As the employer, it is at your discretion if you wish to take up references.  If you wish to do so, you may wish to use the reference template
  • Please ensure that any references not required after appointment, are destroyed or retained, as applicable, in accordance with GDPR

Conducting the interview

  • Assess each candidate against the selection criteria published in the Internship Vacancy Form. You may wish to use the Interview Scoring Grid for this purpose.
  • You may wish to use these Interview Questions or these Strengths based interview questions.
  • You may also wish to conduct a short test e.g. manipulating data in a spreadsheet or writing a short communication with a client.
  • We ask that you respond to candidates who have not been successful at interview and be willing to provide constructive feedback if requested by them. If this is not possible you may wish to use our standard email unsuccessful after interview.
  • Please check all interviewees' right to work (see below)

Right to work

  • All students are required to provide  Right to Work evidence to employers.
  • We recommned you ask to see a student's Right to Work evidence at interview.
  • For more information about the Right to Work evidence the University uses, which you may also choose to use can be found on our eClaims webpages. 

Informing interviewees the outcome of their interview

  • At the end of the interview please let the interviewees know when you will be in touch to let them know the outcome of the interview. We require this to take place within 3 days of the interview and that you make all efforts to speak to the candidates.
  • When you contact the successful candidate to offer them the job, please ask them to confirm they would like to accept the job and agree a start date. 
  • For the unsuccessful candidate we ask that you offer feedback. Inexperienced students really benefit from learning what they did well on in interview and what and how they could improve. If you thought they were appointable (just not the top candidate), please let them know! 

Once your chosen candidate has been identified and has accepted the position, we will ask you to complete the SBP Appointment Form. You will issue the Contract of Employment. Please note: interns are required to be employed, not self employed. For more information, please go to the HMRC website.

We ask all interns are given a induction. You can use the Internship Induction Checklist

Additionally, we ask employers to set clear objectives, and review and evaluate progress with your intern. You have the option to use our Internship Performance Development Review paperwork, or use your current internal performance indicators.

The University will support both your organisation and the successful candidate throughout the internship to ensure both parties get the best out of their SBP experience.

Jo McCreedie will be available to meet with Interns to discuss placement issues and provide assistance with employability issues for the future. Should you have any concerns regarding your Intern or their performance that you wish to discuss Jo can be available to assist.

We also ask that the intern meets with their line manager regularly. Previous interns have suggested daily meetings in the first week, then once every 2 weeks after this.

Student need to be paid a minimum of National Minimum Wage. When setting the rate of pay, we ask you to consider pay expectations in your sector, for that role, and the location of your business. In Exeter most companies offer between £8.50- £10.50 an hour. Advice on rates of pay can be provided.  

We are occasionally able to offer funding to subsidise salary costs and other expenses, and information on funding schemes and eligibility criteria can be provided in more detail here.

We ask that you please complete the Internship Feedback - Employer Submission and also encourage your intern to complete the Internship Feedback - Intern Submission.

All parties must adhere to the following SBP T+Cs

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

Any data provided to the University by any party will be processed in accordance with Student Employability and Academic Success (SEAS) Privacy Policy


Our Employment Services team would welcome a discussion on your internship opportunity. Please contact:

Jo McCreedie
Employer Liaison Officer (Streatham Campus, Exeter)
Tel: 01392 722617
Email: and/or