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The Summer Experience Programme

The Summer Experience internship 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 would 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 employers and students to a celebration event once all internships are completed where there will be an opportunity to meet with other placement providers, students and staff of the University.

Students and placement providers may be asked to submit nominations for award categories. These will be presented as part of the celebration event.

Project Brief Form

If you require this information in an alternative format, please contact our team.

Costs involved

The host organisation pays students approximately £327 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 £985 for internships between May and July 2021
  • Large Organisation (over 250 employees): Self-funded for six weeks, cost to your organisation is £1970 (internships can take place at any time over summer)
  • Charities - 100% funded for six weeks with no cost to the organisation.

Please note that there are a limited number of funded and 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 Celebration Event

The event

This is a celebration designed to showcase the benefits of work experience for both the students involved and the organisations that have supported these opportunities.

Due to Covid-19 our celebration event in 2020 was a little different. Hosted on Zoom, it was an opportunity for employers, students and university staff to share their successes by speaking ‘live’ or submitting pre-recorded video or slides. 

Well done to all students and employers who took part in the programme (detailed right) and an extra thank you to those who contributed and attended the celebration event.

Participants and employers 2020

  • Agne Dragunaite and the University of Bradford Access Innovation project.
  • Aleksander Franciszkiewicz, Hafsah Syeed and Sarah Mahmood who were supported by Centre Point.
  • Usama Yasin and Beth Whitaker who completed their internship with Horton Community Farm.
  • Zaira Shabir and Born In Bradford.
  • Patricia Goeyardi who was supported by Community Action Bradford & District.
  • Henconner Pharmacy.
  • Julia Kesicka and Step2.
  • Sofia Ahmed who worked with Relate (you can also read Sofia's blog about the experience).
  • Mobeen Hussain and Mahnoor Sohail who were supported by EASA.
  • Shawq Alhamedi and Mohammad Azhdari who completed their internship with the University of Bradford International team.

Get in touch

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