Careers and Entrepreneurship

UK summer internship

Develop your work experience, earn money, and build your confidence - apply for a paid internship this summer.

This is your exclusive opportunity to undertake a 6 or 8-week internship with a UK employer during the summer vacation, if you are a 2nd or penultimate year undergraduate. All roles will start in June or July and are a great chance to:

  • gain valuable paid work experience
  • develop key transferable skills that employers look for
  • explore different career options

Most of the internships will be in Sussex or the southeast. All internships are paid at least the real Living Wage (£9.50 per hour UK rate and £10.85 per hour London rate) and you will be working on real projects.

Internships are a great way to discover different career options, including those not directly related to your current studies. Many of our roles are suitable for students from any degree course. Those which require knowledge, or a specific degree background, will say so in the advert.

Case studies

Hear from our students who undertook summer internships last year to find out more about individual experiences.

Read some more:

The benefits of an internship - an employer's view

Chris Scott, Founder and Director of Acceler8, talks about how internships benefit employers and students, as well as tips on how to make the best applications.

Remote working

Most of the internships advertised in CareerHub will be offered as remote working opportunities if a return to offices is not possible for this summer. The experience you gain will still be highly valuable and you will learn many transferable skills, which will be of interest to future employers.

Making good quality applications

To have the highest chance of securing an internship, before submitting your application we would recommend that you:

How to apply

This is a competitive process. Take a look at the internships advertised and apply for any that interest you. Applications are now closed.

Open to 2nd and penultimate year undergraduates, Finalists and 2020 graduates.

Equality in employment

You are protected from discrimination in the workplace and through the recruitment process, and we can advise on disclosure issues and your rights in work. We have tailored resources available for our diverse student body.

Resources:

We offer extended appointments for students with a disability and/or long-term health condition, and care leavers. Please email internships@sussex.ac.uk with any questions on equality in the workplace.

Frequently asked questions

How do I decide what length UK internship I want to do?

Employers will state on their adverts what length the internship will be. Some will be flexible and offer 6 or 8 weeks. Some will state what duration they want. Apply for the opportunities that interest you and if you want any support with agreeing the length of the internship we can help.

How many hours is the internship?

The internships will be either 6 or 8 weeks, for 37.5 hours per week however part-time hours over a longer time-period may be considered. Employers often offer flexibility, meaning you may not work a rigid 9-5 schedule. For example, if you undertake a 6-week internship you can work 22.5 hours per week for 10 weeks instead of full-time, however this will have to be discussed between you and your employer.

How long will my application take?

The application is relatively short. The initial stage involves uploading your CV and Cover Letter, employers will then shortlist applications and interviews will take place. Places are often confirmed within a few weeks of an interview.

Can I find my own internship?

Answer: Yes. The employer needs to be approved by the Careers and Employability Centre but it is possible to find your own internship. Please use our Ask a Question function for any guidance around approaching organisations, and use the resources we have available to help you to write a speculative letter to potential employers.

Can I apply for a UK summer internship and another funded programme?

Yes, but you can only accept one opportunity for one year. You cannot do a UK summer internship and take part in another funded opportunity through the scheme.

Do I get holidays, or pay tax on the UK internship?

You will be entitled to holiday, this will be according to the duration of your internship but, for example, if you undertake a full-time 8 week internship you would be eligible for 4 days holiday. Your pay will have deductions for Income Tax and National insurance as per any other employee. There is no exemption for students working over the summer. If you will not be working again until next April, you can usually reclaim overpaid tax from HMRC.

Can you help with accommodation or transport?

We are unable to help with sourcing accommodation and paying accommodation or transport costs. Any costs should be paid for out of your wages.