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.

The bursaries are, in particular, designed to support students who:

  • hold no prior work experience (this includes volunteering, part-time work, internships, work shadowing)
  • want to undertake work experience in a role/sector for which no previous work experience is held
  • hold former work experience but who want to explore a different role/sector to help with career decision-making

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.

The bursaries are designed to act as a contribution towards the cost of your work experience. Depending on the performance of your overall application, you may receive all, part of, or none of the funds you have requested. Therefore it is important and highly recommended you have considered alternative funding options as a contingency should you not be awarded all of your requested funds.

The application deadline for ALL bursaries is Sunday 8 April 2018

UK Professional Work Experience bursary scheme

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

Click here to apply to UK Professional

International Work Experience bursary scheme

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

Click here to apply to International

Research Experience bursary scheme

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

Click here to apply to Research

Gateway bursary scheme

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.

Click here to apply to Gateway

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.

Fundraising

Each year many students fundraise themselves  to cover all or part of their costs, particularly for opportunities overseeas. ICS are an international volunteering organisation who offer opportunities for students. They have put together a handy guide on how to fundraise yourself (PDF - 673KB).

Find out more information on ICS and the opporunities they offer.

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.

PGT Professional Development Bursary

The PGT Professional Development Bursary scheme supports University of Birmingham postgraduate taught students in the College of Arts and Law and the College of Social Sciences

Apply now online to the PGT Professional Development bursary scheme

Application deadline: 18 June 2017