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Summer Experience

About the programme

Summer Experience is our internship programme working with local businesses and organisations. Applications are accepted from undergraduate students from the University of Bradford who are in their first or second year of a three-year course or penultimate year of a four-year course.

You will be paid a training allowance of approximately £327 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.

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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:

How does it work?

Summer Experience projects are full-time internship opportunities based within local and regional businesses, charities and other organisations, which typically start between the end of May and 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 careers advice and support, before, during and after your placement.

At the end of your internship, all students are invited to take part in a celebration event. This is a chance 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?

  1. Summer Experience internships will be advertised on the Handshake Career Centre jobs board. 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 internships on offer.
  2. Once you have selected a project you would like to apply for, you will be asked to submit a CV and cover letter to clearly stating which position you are applying for and why. There will be a deadline indicated on the job advert, and you can apply for as many Summer Experience opportunities as you like.
  3. To ensure you have the best chance of securing an interview for the internship, please make sure that you seek support and help from Career and Employability Services before submitting your application.
  4. 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 internship that details your role and learning, including skills and knowledge developed and considers how your internship 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

...and more.

Summer Experience - Patricia's story

Patricia Goeyardi, MEng Chemical Engineering student at the University of Bradford talks about her Summer Experience placement at Community Action Bradford & District.

Summer Experience - Hafsah's story

Hafsah Syeed, Psychology with Counselling student talks about her internship with Centrepoint.

Summer Experience case studies

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.

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more please email us.