Internships - Workplace Based & Remote/Virtual
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Placements and Match-Funded opportunities for local SMEs.

Robert Coldwell & Sara Orford - BU Graduate & Student Employer Liaison Team 01202 961 661 / 
07714 775 186 (Robert)


'Placements' in a university setting usually refers to an employment opportunity linked to a course, approved by BU staff and included on the student's academic record. This would often be undertaken between the second and final year.

It is recommended that you talk to a Placement Coordinator (PC) to ensure the length of the opportunity and tasks involved align with requirements, as each course has a different criteria to suit the related sector. The PC will also promote the opportunity once approved.

Placement Coordinator contact details can be seen from this page of this website.
More information on BU Placements can be seen fro the left hand menu.

is more commonly used as a term for paid work experience that might not be linked to specific course requirements, and could be undertaken by a student in any year group or even after they graduate. Essentially a full time job with a short contract, usually between 4 - 10 weeks, popular during the summer vacation.


Match-Funded Internships - in office or remote
Until June 2021 we are facilitating a match-funded Internship Programme run by Santander Universities UK in partnership with BU.This is based around a 10 week experience, with Santander paying the student £1,500 and the employer at least matching that.

  • For: SMEs, local to Bournemouth University. Any sector. Virtual or in-office.
  • Duration: 10 week opportunity, or longer if part-time.
  • Timing: The student should be selected by the end of June, but the opportunity could start after that date but must be completed by September 1st.
  • Students: Preferably in their final year. Employing the student full-time after the internship is the preferred outcome, but it is not an obligation.
  • Selection Process: BU does not shortlist or select/nominate candidates for you. The recruitment process would be CV/Application/Interview as you normally prefer, with the opportunity uploaded to this free to use jobs portal.
  • Payment: You would pay the student your half of the £1,500 in line with normal company procedures; monthly or weekly.
  • BU's role: We will support the promotion of the opportunity with relevant cohorts, and organise the Santander Universities UK grant payment directly to the student in two stages, mid-point and completions.


Benefits of a Virtual/Remote Opportunity

Our students, from all courses and year groups, are available to work for your organisations remotely, either on short-term projects or full time employment. Students are available from June for full time roles. Remote Working will prove more popular given the COVID-19 situation, but is not unusual at other times in certain sectors as it allows employers to access to a wide talent pool extending far beyond their usual catchment area.

You can add these paid opportunities to this jobs portal as with any other role, simply by registering your organisation and uploading the vacancy and application details.

When uploading a job please add: 'Remote Working Opportunity' before the Job Title.

These internships typically last between 4 and 10 weeks, and examples include:

  • Developing communications or marketing materials.
  • Research to scope the viability of a project.
  • Delivery of a short term project.
  • Developing communications or marketing materials.
  • Management of social media campaigns.
  • Designing websites.
  • Writing training material.
  • Event organisation.

Benefits to students:

  • Develop employability skills and attributes.
  • Increased confidence and resilience.
  • Help defining their career path.
  • Improved graduate employability.
  • Improved accessibility and flexibility – due to finance, travel or other constraints being removed.


For more information or guidance please contact:
Robert Coldwell & Sara Orford
BU Graduate & Student Employer Liaison Team      01202 961 661