Apply for an intern on the 2017-18 GWES scheme Articles

GWES is an internship project that allows offices across the university to hire interns for 12 weeks, with interns starting in either December or January.  Last year we recruited over 100 interns for roles across the university and we are pleased to repeat the scheme this year, for its fourth year.  

If you are considering applying to recruit an intern, on this centrally funded scheme, you should consider:

  • If you have a graduate level project or projects for your intern. The aim of this internship scheme is to give our recent graduates the opportunity to transition into graduate level employment through an internship that will develop their skills and provide valuable experience for their CVs.  As such, administration work can only be around 30% of the role.
  • If you have time to line-manage and support your intern, including having appropriate desk space for them.

Expressions of Interest for this year's GWES scheme need to be received by 24 July. To request a form and receive more information please email

What interns and their managers say

Simon Goldsmith, Head of Sustainability, has recruited interns through the scheme, last year recruiting two interns to work on sustainability projects. He says:

"This gives people an important opportunity to harness the skills, capabilities and passions of our students to help us deliver projects and programmes. The two interns we placed enabled us to deliver a very successful two week series of events celebrating the university's best sustainability practice in the provision of its food offer. They also helped with the development and publication of the university's Annual Sustainability Policy."

The interns – Mark and Adissa – enjoyed learning more about the importance of sustainability and building relationships with staff at different levels of the university, and found it challenging but rewarding for their future careers, see more of Mark and Adissa's views about their experience.