Funding for internships

We provide bursaries for undergraduate students in their first, second, or penultimate year, including international students, to undertake work experience that they might not otherwise be able to afford.

Students who have received a bursary reported they had developed valuable career-specific skills they could not have developed elsewhere as a result of their work experience. Even those who were unsuccessful reported feeling better equipped to deal with other work experience applications, interviews and presentations.

International Work Experience Bursary

The University of Birmingham International Work Experience bursary offers financial support of up to £800 for undergraduates (except final years) to undertake work experience overseas in the summer vacation.

UK Professional Work Experience Bursary

The University of Birmingham UK Professional Work Experience bursary offers financial support of up to £800 for undergraduates (except final years) to undertake work experience in the UK in the summer vacation.

Research Experience Bursary

The University of Birmingham Undergraduate Research Experience scheme offers financial support of up to £500 for undergraduates (except final years) to undertake research experience in the summer vacation.

Gateway bursary scheme sponsored by Pertemps

Financial support of up to £2000 for undergraduates (except final years) from the following priority groups to undertake work experience: A2B students, registered disabled, leaving care, first generation of the family into higher education, in receipt of a grant or scholarship, lone parent, ethnic minorities. Awards are available for work experience placements throughout the academic year.

Additional funding opportunities

In addition to the University of Birmingham bursaries, you may be eligible to apply to external organisations for funding to help with your work experience or internship. We will add these to the Careers Network database, where you can find details by searching for "Funding opportunities".

There are also some national funding schemes available for doctoral students. Additionally, we have put together a guide to some other schemes and organisations that may be able to provide you with funding for work experience.

Previous winners

In the past we have funded work experience in field archaeology, the Poetry Society in London, advertising and buying positions, health care (both in the UK and overseas), community development placements, scientific and biological research, international development opportunities and many more.

Application deadlines

  • UK Professional bursary – 3 April 2016
  • Research bursary – 3 April 2016
  • International bursary – 3 April 2016
  • Gateway bursary – 17 April 2016

Enhanced Transcripts

The University of Birmingham will be introducing an enhanced transcript system with a view to these being available from July 2016. In addition to academic achievement, the enhanced transcript will provide information about verifiable extracurricular activities such work experience bursaries.

Verification of this activity will be made available to the University’s central records system and it will automatically appear on the transcript. As part of the bursary process, you will be asked know if you do not want the activity to appear on your transcript.