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The Summer Experience Programme

The Summer Experience placement programme gives organisations access to a pool of enthusiastic and skilled students who are seeking valuable work experience during the summer vacation period. The benefits include:

  • Additional expertise and resource at little or no cost to the organisation
  • Dynamic fresh ideas and enthusiasm to help move your company forward
  • Opportunity to implement valuable plans into action
  • Access to leading edge technological skills from current undergraduate students
  • Strengthened links to the University to connect to other business support initiatives

We are looking for a diverse range of projects to engage our students, so will be happy to consider applications from local and regional businesses in all  sectors and industries.

How it works

Firstly, think about what you'd like to offer. This will depend on your organisational needs, but whatever you have in mind please talk to us and we can make suggestions or help you design your project brief. Please take a look at our case studies section to see what kind of projects have been completed in previous years.

We then ask you to complete and submit our ‌Project Brief Form (below) which details the project specifics, start and end dates, ideal candidate profile and method of application.

We advertise your internship to our current first and second year undergraduates through our jobs board, through targeted emails and through social media and students are invited to apply with a CV and cover letter.

Applications are received by the Employer and Placement Services team and submitted to you who will then shortlist and interview at your convenience.

Students normally start their placement at the end of May or even into June or July and we ask that they run for a minimum of six weeks (or part-time equivalent).

You will be visited by a member of the Employer and Placement Services team around the halfway point to ensure the placement is running smoothly.

We invite both employer and student to a celebration and awards ceremony in September where there will be an opportunity to network with other placement providers, students and staff of the University.

Students and placement providers will be asked to submit nominations for best placement provider and best placement student award categories.  These will be presented as part of the awards ceremony which will be held in September.

Project Brief Form

Costs involved

The host organisation pays students £300 per week via the university payroll. The university manages all payroll administration we can also offer you additional funding for six weeks subject to the following criteria:

  • SME (less than 250 employees): 50% funded for six weeks, cost to your organisation is £965 for internships between 25 May and 31 July 2020
  • Large Organisation (over 250 employees): Self-funded for six weeks, cost to your organisation is £1930 (internships can take place at any time over summer)

Please note that there are a limited number of part-funded placements. Any payment due is required upfront within the first week of the start of the internship and will be subject to immediate payment terms.

The Summer Experience Awards

The event

The awards ceremony is brought to you by the University of Bradford Career and Employability Services to recognise the achievements of all involved with the Summer Experience programme.

It's a celebration designed to showcase the benefits of work experience for both the students involved and the organisations that have offered the opportunities.

Placement providers and students on placement are invited to nominate each other for a number of categories, (see Awards Categories, right).

The award winners are selected by an independent judging panel based on their commitment to their projects and the development of new skills.

Who is invited

Placement providers, students placed on projects, staff coordinating Summer Experience and other University of Bradford staff.

This is a perfect opportunity to bring all our stakeholders together to celebrate the value of work experience in making students more ‘job-ready’ when they finish their degree. As well as the presentation of awards, there will be keynote presentations from members of the local business community and the University's senior management team.

Our speakers at the September 2018 event were:

  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Shirley Congdon - Developing employability in Bradford students.
  • Dr Phillip Hunter - Strategy Manager Employment and Skills, Bradford Council
  • Jake Lodge, Centrepoint - An employer perspective
  • Sam Swires - A student perspective

All speakers spoke of the value of real work experience and about how much students has developed over the course of the projects and made a real impact to the organisations they worked for.

Award Winners 2018
  • Winner of Outstanding Placement Student - Contribution to Business Sam Birch
  • Highly Commended Outstanding Placement Student - Contribution to Business Raluca Maria Ciuperca
  • Winner of Outstanding Placement Student - Self Development Amina Rauf
  • Highly Commended Outstanding Placement Student - Self Development Mariya Kalinichenko
  • Winner of Outstanding Placement Student - Evidence of UOB Employability skills Thomas Arthur Carey
  • Highly Commended Outstanding Placement Student - Evidence of UOB Employability skills Bradley Wallace
  • Career & Employability Services Special Award Student Henna Ellahi
  • Outstanding Placement Provider Newcomer Award  Meridian
  • Opportunity Area Bradford Internship Award Winner Employer PWC
  • Opportunity Area Bradford Internship Award Winner Student Taalia Shah
  • Opportunity Area Bradford Internship Award Highly Commended Employer National Media Museum
  • Opportunity Area Bradford Internship Award Highly Commended Student Zain Ul Abdin
  • Career & Employability Services Placement Provider Special Award Large Company Yorkshire Water
  • Career & Employability Services Placement Provider Special Award SME STRI
  • Career & Employability Services Placement Provider Special Award Education Advice Service For Adults

Get in touch

For further information or an informal chat please contact the Employer and Placement Services team on 01274 232213 or email