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A2I Frequently Asked Questions

Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation the Access to Internships Team have asked that for the foreseeable future all new and existing internships are conducted remotely i.e. working from home. If this is not possible, please get in touch with one of the team to discuss your situation.

We will be working remotely, undertaking normal working office hours, Monday-Friday, 9am -5pm, so please use email a2i@exeter.ac.uk 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.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) below are relevant for both potential and current interns.

Yes, final year undergraduate students who meet the WP criteria are still able to apply for WP funding however you will just need to make sure that you can begin the internship before the date of your graduation. If you are unable to begin the internship full-time before your graduation then we ask that you undertake a few days/hours or complete an induction day before.

A2I is funded to support disadvantaged and under-represented home undergraduate students by providing paid internships to those meeting very specific criteria. The scheme is funded through ring-fenced funds financed through home/UG student tuition fee income and is part of the University’s commitment to the higher education regulator, the Office for Students, to close gaps in graduate outcomes between home UG widening participation students and their peers. These measures are outlined in our Access and Participation Plan which has been approved by the Office for Students.  Monitoring of this this programme and its expenditure is reported to the regulator. The regulatory requirements and associated funding relate to students paying regulated fees only i.e. home/UG and home/PGCE students.

Students can receive more than one subsidy (funding for an employer) to a maximum of two subsidies per year across any A2I funding sources available. However you cannot apply for two subsidies for the same opportunity, you would have to secure a different opportunity to apply again.

If you qualify for the WP funding you can only apply for one ‘Help Getting to Work Bursary’ per academic year.

If you have secured an advertised internship as part of the SBP scheme and the internships team has offered the employer funding to help them recruit an Exeter student, then this will not count towards the student’s chance of securing two A2I internships/subsidies per year, as above.

We can provide funding for eligible internship employers to cover the costs of a proportion of an internship i.e. four weeks of a six week internship, providing the internship is:

-          Paid for the whole duration of the internship


-          If the internship is with a charity or Statutory organisation or it is being undertaken as part of a credit bearing placement (acting as part of a degree).

 No, A2I can only support internships that:

  • are with a UK based registered organisation
  • are based in the UK
  • do not include international travel for work

If you are interested in working abroad please visit the University’s Global Employability webpages.

No, I’m afraid Access to Internships is unable to fund an internship with another University.

No, we are unable to support subsidiaries or divisions of large organisations with the A2I funding.

Yes, providing the start-up has suitable liability insurance, are able to employ you (offer a contract of employment) and can pay you through their own payroll system.

No, unfortunately A2I cannot provide funding for a student start-up company. For help and support starting-up your own business please visit the Enterprise and Student Start up pages.

 No, A2I can only support an internship if it:

  • is with an organisation registered and is based in the UK. Therefore excludes 'working from home' in the UK for a non UK registered and/or based organisation. 
  • does not include international travel for work
  • working from home in the UK.

If you are interested in working abroad please visit the University’s Global Employability webpages.

No, working from an employer’s home office is not permitted. If an organisation does not have a public office then you would be able to work remotely from your own home and communicate regularly via email, telephone and/or skype.

We can provide funding for an internship with an MP or party office providing they can:

- Pay you at least £8.75 per hour or £10.20 if in London, through the organisations own payroll system

- Can accept the funding from the University of Exeter. Some MP’s have been unable to accept funding from the University due to rules which do not allow them to accept money from third parties.

If you are hoping to solely apply for the WP 'Help Getting to Work’ Bursary then the internship MUST be paid. We cannot provide any funding for an internship with an MP or party office if the internship is unpaid.

A statutory organisation is an organisation that holds regulatory powers and is created by a statute of Law. These are often organisations that were created to provide public services, examples include county councils, NHS, Social Services, and the Police Service. Other examples include the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Transport for London, Arts Council England and the Olympic Delivery Authority. You can see an extensive list of statutory departments, agencies and public bodies here.

Unfortunately we are unable to support an internship with any of the following:

-          The Commonwealth and/or the Commonwealth Secretariat

-          Embassies

If we are providing funding to help or fully-cover the costs of a paid internship you will be paid via the organisations own payroll system. We ask employers to pay you the agreed wage, on an agreed regular payday i.e. monthly or weekly and once you have begun work. If your internship is at the University you will be paid through eClaims one month in arrears.

If you have applied for the WP ‘Help Getting to Work’ bursary this will be paid directly to you via the University’s scholarship team just before you begin your internship. You will need to ensure your bank details are correct on iExeter.

Once you have applied for funding A2I will email your internship employer and ask them to complete an A2I Internship Agreement and an 'External Supplier Details form'. We will then provide them with a Purcahse Order (PO) number to quote on their invoice to the University. All paperwork must be submitted by the 3rd July 2020 and invoices submitted by 24th July 2020. Funding will be issued within 30 days of receipt of the invoice.

Yes, almost all workers are legally entitled to paid holiday however this is dependent on how many hours you have worked overall. For further details and to work out your entitlement please see gov.uk/holiday-entitlement-rights.

No, if a bank holiday falls during your internship you can adhere to the organisations usual practice for bank holidays or you can take it as part of your entitled leave (please see above).

If you are undertaking an internship at the University of Exeter (WP funding only) then you will need to begin by Monday 1st June 2020 at the latest and be completed by Friday 26th June 2020.

If you are undertaking an internship with an organisation outside of the University then you will need to complete the internship by the end of summer 2020 and before the 2020-2021 term begins - Friday 18th September 2020.

In order to be eligible for the WP University of Exeter Internship Funding you will need to complete the internship by Friday 26th June because the funding has to be cleared from the A2I accounts before the middle of July (the end of the University’s financial year) or we risk losing the funds.  All students using this funding must therefore be able to submit their ‘claims’ on the eClaims system before the deadline of Friday 26th June so payment can be made.

No, you can only apply for funding for internships which are commencing in the current academic year. You will be able to apply for funding for the next academic year in late September 2020 and once we have received our funding allocation for 2020-2021.

No, unfortunately we are unable to support self-employment. An example of self-employment is when you have to invoice for your wages, for further information about the differences between employment and self-employment please visit the HMRC website.

If you would like to provide your employer with further information about the scheme, including eligibility criteria and terms and conditions, please direct them to the 'Employer Facing A2I Webpages'.

Yes, a funded internship can still go ahead providing social distancing measure are in place and/or if the work can be undertaken remotely i.e. from your home address.

To clarify further, in the current climate Access to Internships is encouraging all internships to be undertaken remotely from students home or term-time address, if possible. If the planned work cannot be undertaken remotely, we would strongly encourage you to ask your employer if you could carry out alternative work instead.  We also understand that certain types of work, for example conservation work, can have less risks and providing certain measures are put in place for example; social distancing, regular handwashing, disinfecting any shared tools after each use, avoiding travel with others etc. then this would also be acceptable. If you have any queries regarding the safety of your internship at this time please get in touch with us at A2I@exeter.ac.uk.

Unfortunately all the Access to Internships funding for 19-20 has now been allocated. If any further funding becomes available for summer 2020 internships we will update the A2I website accordingly, please therefore check the website regularly.

If you are interested in applying for funding for next year (October 2020 – July 2021) please express your interest here. We will then let you know when funding applications are open and further details of next year’s funding. We expect to receive next year’s funding confirmation around mid-October 2020.