About the programme
Summer Experience is our summer placement programme in local businesses and organisations for first or second year University of Bradford undergraduates.
You will be paid a training allowance of £320 per week (subject to National Insurance and Tax reductions).
The internships can take place anytime from late May (after the exam period) to September and will be six weeks full-time work (or part-time equivalent).
This is a great opportunity to gain meaningful work experience that will enhance your CV.
Who is Summer Experience for?
Any current first or second year undergraduate student of the University of Bradford (you must be returning for at least one more academic year).
You must be eligible to work full time in the UK during the vacation period. If you are an international student please check your Visa status for working during vacations, for most students studying a typical 3 or 4 year undergraduate programme you are likely to have eligibility. If you are unsure about your eligibility to work, please seek advice from the International Student Adviser and check the UK Council for International Student Affairs website.
We welcome applications from disabled students/students with dyslexia to help provide valuable work experience.
If you have any questions about your eligibility to apply for these projects please get in touch via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How does it work?
Summer Experience projects are full-time placements based within local and regional businesses, charities and organisations, which typically start at the end of May or into June or July. There is a minimum requirement to work six weeks but there may be an opportunity to work longer.
In addition to providing you with an excellent opportunity to gain valuable work experience within a local business or enterprise, the summer experience scheme also provides you with advice and support, before, during and after your placement.
At the end of your placement, all students take part in a celebration and awards ceremony. This is an opportunity for us to thank all the participants in the Summer Experience programme. It’s a great opportunity to bring together everyone involved and celebrate the successes of the programme.
How do I apply?
- Summer Experience placements will be advertised this page and via the My Career and Employability Centre jobs database. Please be aware that we will continue to add opportunities as and when they become available so keep checking back to make sure you are aware of all the placements on offer.
- Once you have selected a project you would like to apply for, you will be asked to submit a CV and cover letter to email@example.com clearly stating which position you are applying for and why. There will be a deadline indicated on the job advert (you can apply for as many Summer Experience opportunities as you like).
- To ensure you have the best chance of securing an interview for the placement, please make sure that you seek support and help from Career and Employability Services before submitting your application.
- All applications will be received by the Summer Experience team and forwarded to the host organisation. The organisation will then get in touch with you should you be shortlisted for interview.
During the internship
You will be visited by a member of the Summer Experience team during your internship to ensure the project is running smoothly and we are on hand by telephone or email should any problems or queries arise.
You will be required to complete a self reflective workbook about your placement that details what you have been involved with, what you have learnt - skills, knowledge etc and how this placement may help your future career development plans.
What types of projects have been run previously?
Previously students have worked on a variety of projects, including:
• Market research
• Business Analysis
• Graphic Design
• Computer Programming
• Multi media
• New Product Development
• Process re-engineering
Summer Experience case studies
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 2019 event were
- Lee Dobbins, Assurance Director, PWC Bradford - Summer Experience from an employer perspective
- Raluca Ciuperca, (intern at Global Diversity Practice and Yorkshire Water) - Summer Experience from a student perspective
- Nikki Pierce, Director of Student, Academic and Information Services - The importance of work experience in enhancing learning and progression.
All speakers conveyed the value of real work experience and about how much students have developed over the course of the projects and made a real impact to the organisations they worked for.
Award Winners 2019
- Alexandrs Terentjev - Highly Commended Outstanding Placement Student - Evidence of UOB Employability skills
- Alexandru Cimpean – Winner Career and Employability Services Special Award
- Amina Rauf – Winner Outstanding Placement Student Self Development
- Andrei Roinita – Winner Outstanding Placement Student -Contribution to Business
- Esther Gray - Highly Commended Outstanding Placement Student - Contribution to Business
- Laura Dinu – Winner Outstanding Placement Student Self Development
- Mohammad Azhdari - Highly Commended Outstanding Placement Student Employability Skills
- Raja Harris Mehmood - Highly Commended Outstanding Placement Student - Contribution to Business
- Raluca Ciuperca – Winner Outstanding Placement Student - Evidence of UOB Employability skills
- Salina Khan - Highly Commended Outstanding Placement Student - Evidence of UOB Employability skills
- Samken Kabinga - Winner Career and Employability Services Special Award
- Sana Zahid - Highly Commended Outstanding Placement Student Employability Skills
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- Nimra Khalil - Winner of Outstanding Placement Student – Self Development
- Abidah Akhtar - Highly Commended Outstanding Placement Student – Self Development
- Sharjeel Akram - Winner of Outstanding Placement Student – Contribution to Business
- Mohammed Ikram - Highly Commended Outstanding Placement Student – Contribution to Business
- Hamza Rehman - Winner of Outstanding Placement Student – Evidence of UoB Employability Skills
- Nishat Tasneem - Highly Commended Outstanding Placement Student – Evidence of UoB Employability Skills
- Mahnoor Sohail - Career and Employability Services Special Award