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.
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.
Each year many students fundraise themselves to cover all or part of their costs, particularly for opportunities overseeas. ICS is a UK Government funded programme providing overseas volunteer placements to 18-25 year olds and Team Leader placements to 23-35 year olds. 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.
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.