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Student Campus Partnerships (SCPs)

Student Campus Partnerships (SCPs)

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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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 Campus Partnership (SCP) Scheme Requirements

  • Applicants must have current student status or proof of an acceptance on a degree at Exeter.
  • Applicants must be a University of Exeter student for the full duration of the internship.
  • The University of Exeter is committed to developing an environment which promotes equality of opportunity, values diversity and inclusivity. 
    • The University of Exeter is a Disability Confident Employer, committed to attracting and recruiting people with disabilities and retaining and supporting staff with disabilities. If an applicant declares a disability and meets all the essential criteria, they will be invited to interview. 
    • We welcome applications from all eligible students and in particular those from underrepresented groups. Selection and recruitment itself will be based entirely on merit alone unless there are multiple applicants demonstrating equal merit. In this clear circumstance, preference would be shown to applicants from under-represented groups. This is in line with lawful positive action measures under sections 158 and 159 of the Equality Act 2010.
  • All applicants are required to provide their employer with proof of their Right to Work in the UK before they start work and follow the Intern Guidance- Proving Right to Work the UK.
  • All interns need to reside in the UK whilst undertaking this role.
  • Undergraduate students can work a maximum of 15 hours per week in term-term or full-time hours in vacation.
  • Full time Postgraduate students can work a maximum of 6 hours per week and no more than 180 hours per year, this includes those working already working as Postgraduate Teaching Assistants (PTA).


Student status- additional information

  • 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.
  • PG students have restricted hours if work in accordance to the Employment of Postgraduate students- Code of Good Practice.
  • 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 your student status ends early the SCP internship will also need to end early.
  • If you are a student on a part or full-time year in industry placement, you have the choice to work as a part-time SCP intern too, although we would recommend you do not work more than full-time hours. The only exception to this rule would be if you are undertaking your year in industry placement at the University of Exeter, then you would only be permitted to work a maximum of 36.5 hours per week. 


Right to Work - additional information

  • 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 - additional information

  • 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 provide 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 may need a National Insurance Number. A National Insurance Number 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 NI number 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 NI number, it will not be possible to apply for a one currently, due to COVID. However, you may start work before you apply for a National Insurance number, but you will need to inform your employer that you do not have one 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 NI number 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) - additional information

    • 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 hours 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 you are already employed by the university 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.


  • Our current vacancies can be found on Handshake by searching for SCP in the job search.
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How to Apply 

  • Consult Guidance on completing the application for tips on completing the Internship Application Form.
  • Read the full job details found in Handshake.
  • To apply please download and complete the attached Internship Application Form
  • Please insert the correct reference code on the application form: SCP XXXX
  • The University is a Disability Confident employer and as such this policy applies to recruitment through the Internship Schemes. Applicants who identify a disability on the application form will be offered an interview if their application demonstrates they meet the essential criteria. Please also include details of reasonable adjustments you may need for an interview or to undertake the role.
  • State why you would like to work for the employing organisation and why you think you would be a good candidate to undertake this role.
  • Use the STAR approach to evidence each requirement in the Person Specification.
  • When saving your Internship Application Form, please entitle it ‘your surname, your forename SCP XXXX’
  • Please send your completed application (not by OneDrive) to, with the reference code: SCP XXXX in the subject bar of your email, by the closing date.
  • View My Career Zone Digital resources on application and interview preparation at: Career Zone application and interview information: 
  • For support you can book at appointment with a Career Zone Adviser - please contact us.
  • If you have any questions, please email us at
  • Unless stated and relevant, interview expenses will not be paid.
  • Please check your online presence to ensure it represents you well, as some employers may undertake online research of their applicants.

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: £12.22 an hour (includes £10.90 basic hourly rate+ £1.32 holiday)
  • Tier 2: £12.40 an hour (includes £11.06 basic hourly rate+ £1.34 holiday)

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.

Before you begin your internship please read the guidance on Making the Most of your Internship

When you begin your internship please work through your Internship Induction Checklist.

You will have to undertake the University's mandatory training sessions, accessed by using your new staff IT details and clicking in this Login to LearnUpon. If you encounter problems you may need to wait a few days whilst your staff IT details are recognised on the training platform. If access problems still continue please raise a ticket by using the SID Online system.  Log in and start a “New Enquiry”, choosing 'Mandatory Training General Enquiry' from the “Category” drop down list. 

Requests for exemption from the essential training will be considered only in exceptional circumstances e.g. when the internship is for one week only. To apply for an exemption please:

  • Log into the SID Online system.
  • Start a New Enquiry”, choosing "Mandatory Training Dispensation" (not the Mandatory Training General Enquiry) from the “Category” drop down list.
  • Dispensations must be sought on behalf of a member of staff, associate or casual worker by the line manager or requester (or an individual must attach an email to the enquiry from their line manager explaining why dispensation is being requested).  Dispensation can be requested for individual courses or for multiple courses.
  • For all other courses please refer to the Table of Mandatory training and contact the course sponsor / owner directly with your request.
  • Please note, the People Development Team can not authorise dispensations.

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 objective.

You will need to aware of the Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures for Student Campus Partnership.

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

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 ZooplaSpare Rooms; StuRents; Rightmove and Gumtree. If you want advice on the areas you are looking at, just get in touch with

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 see where your fellow students have undertaken Student Campus Partnerships and learn about the roles they have performed, take a look at our case studies.

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