Birmingham Undergraduate Internship Programme

The Birmingham Undergraduate Internship Programme (BUIP) offers unique internships within the University of Birmingham during the summer vacation.

The internships provide an opportunity to learn more about Higher Education as a career choice and undertake a wide range of exciting paid internship opportunities within departments across the University.

Internships are open to undergraduate students from the University of Birmingham in their first, second or penultimate year of study.

BUIP internships offer students the chance to develop their employability skills in areas such as written and verbal communication, problem solving, project management, meeting deadlines, prioritisation, data analysis and research, and using IT professionally. Students gain direct experience by undertaking real life projects. The programme also offers a unique tailored training programme to help interns analyse and demonstrate these skills to future employers. This includes training in areas such as professional etiquette, CVs, interview techniques and presentation skills.

Read about what type of projects previous BUIP interns have been involved in through our intern blog.

BUIP is a unique opportunity to make connections and has shown me a host of new options in higher education and in Birmingham. 

The details

The internships take place over the summer vacation period and can last from 4-12 weeks. All internships are fully paid above minimum wage and are based at the university (perfect if you have accommodation nearby over the summer). A variety of internships are offered, and previous successful interns have come from a range of degree backgrounds.

How to apply

BUIP is now open. Please see below for a list of the internships available in summer 2017. The closing date for applications is Sunday 5 March 2017. All applications are required to be made online with the submission of a CV and covering letter through the Worklink website (please click on the relevant ‘Apply via Worklink’ link next to the internship you wish to apply for below to be redirected to the Worklink advert).


Only students within their first, second or penultimate year of undergraduate study are eligible to apply for a BUIP internship. Postgraduate, final year undergraduate students and students on a leave of absence from the University are not eligible for the programme.

Please submit your CV’s and covering letters in a Microsoft Word format only (not PDF). Please ensure your CV and covering letter is tailored to the internship you are applying for.  If you require support with writing a CV and covering letter Careers Network have a range of resources to help you. Simply visit the Careers Nework website and click ‘Job Application Help & Advice’ to access our resources. You can also book an appointment with an Adviser for some 1-1 advice by clicking on the ‘Book an Appointment’ button through the website.

Summer 2017 internships

For more information regarding BUIP please e-mail Harjinder Kundra at 

What previous BUIP interns thought

I would highly recommend the Birmingham Undergraduate Internship Programme to others in the future. 

From working with the Careers Network staff I gained a better insight into the not-for-profit sector and how best to enter a career in such fields. I also learnt how to seek out hidden opportunities with organisations by using social media websites such as LinkedIn to speak directly to employers in a professional environment. Additionally the skills I developed during my time as a BUIP intern such as the ability to write executive reports, accurate data collection and other administrative skills are listed on many of the job descriptions for roles within NGOs which I have been researching. This internship has pushed me a big step closer to gaining the career I want and I am very grateful that such an opportunity was available to me. 

I feel that the internship gave me a lot of skills that other interns may not have had due to the amount of responsibility I was given. It gives me a lot to talk about and I can use these transferrable skills for any job I apply to. 

…the amount of freedom I was given by my supervisor and the rest of the team [was the best part of my internship]. I wasn't treated like an intern, but more like an actual team member which was really appreciated. I was able to come up with my own ideas and implement them, rather than being spoon-fed tasks. 

The high level of responsibility and independence I was given [was the best part of my BUIP internship]. It felt like a genuine experience of a career on this sector. A huge step from my previous work experience.