Careers and Employability Centre

UK Summer Internship Programme for 2nd years

Applications for the 2020 programme are now open. See CareerHub for vacancies and details on how to apply.

Important information regarding Covid-19: all of our programmes are subject to change at short notice due to the Covid-19 outbreak. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us. Any changes will be communicated to eligible students as soon as possible. We thank you for your understanding.

The University of Sussex funds a number of paid 8-week summer internships for second-year First-Generation Scholars. These opportunities are a great chance to:

  • gain valuable paid work experience
  • develop the skills that employers are looking for
  • explore different career options

A majority of the internships will be in Sussex (including on-campus) or the southeast, and we can support you in finding your own opportunity. All internships are paid at least the real Living Wage (£9.30 per hour UK rate and £10.75 per hour London rate) and you will be working on real projects.

See student feedback to find out more about individual experiences.

Find out more and apply

Please note that more opportunities will be added frequently, so make sure you check back often. Subscribe for email alerts to get the latest opportunities delivered straight to your inbox.

NB: programme details are accurate for the 2019/20 academic year but subject to change in subsequent years.

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.


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

Making good quality applications

To make the best quality application you can, we would recommend that you:

Finding your own internship

If you find your own summer internship, and it fits in with the Internship Programme criteria, we may be able to help fund it. Employers will need to comply with the terms and conditions of the programme but opportunities can be anywhere in the UK.

See our employer information page for more details and email if you have any questions.

See our frequently asked questions
How long are the internships and when do they start?

The internships are full time for 8 weeks and will start in June or July (to be confirmed between you and your employer).

Can the internship be outside of the UK?

No. All internships (even those sourced by you) have to take place in the UK and must be stand-alone work experience.

Can I be employed by the University of Sussex?

Yes, in some cases. Schools of Study may advertise opportunities as part of the programme but you are not able to source your own internship at the University.

How do I apply?

All opportunities will be advertised on CareerHub. Applications will usually be made by CV and cover letter, but the exact details of how to apply will be given in each advert. We recommend you have your application reviewed before applying. See 'Making good quality applications' above.

Do I have to apply for an internship related to my studies?

No. Many roles will be suitable for students from any degree course. Any roles which require particular knowledge, or a specific degree background, will say so in the advert.

How much will I be paid?

Internships will pay a minimum of £9.30 per hour. Those based in Greater London will receive at least £10.75 per hour although some employers may offer more. Check each advert for full details.

These rates reflect the real Living Wage.

Do I get any holiday?

You will be entitled to approximately 4 days of holiday. When you take your holiday is to be agreed between you and your employer.

Will I be taxed?

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.

You can calculate your likely deductions using this tax calculator.

Where are the internships?

A majority of the advertised opportunities will be in Sussex (including on campus) and the southeast. If you want to find an opportunity elsewhere - for example, if you come from Leeds and want to go back home for the summer - we can support you in finding your own experience.

See 'Finding your own internship' above.

Are there a limited number of opportunities?

Yes. We have limited funding but usually have more opportunities available than we can fill. Some opportunities may be more competitive/popular than others, and attract a higher number of applications.

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.

Who can apply?

These internships are open to eligible second-year First-Generation Scholar students only. For full eligibility details see: Introducing the scheme.

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

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