- key skills in communication, time management, problem solving, creativity, adaptability, team work and commercial awareness
- your own professional network
- confidence in your own abilities.
- Bite-size, voluntary experiences
- 3 – 10 days in duration. Max 37 hours per week (if during vacation periods) or 20 hours per week (if during term time)
- Students assist our partners (a department internal to the University or an external business) with a focused project and have the opportunity to work shadow
- Opportunities can be remote, in person or hybrid
- Market and Competitor Analyst
- Marketing Media Developer
- Publishing Marketing Assistant
- Procurement Assistant
- Social Media Assistant
- Finance & Sustainability Intern
- Engineering Researcher
- Student Engagement Researcher
- Video Editor & Marketing Content
- Education Project Researcher
- Resource Developer
- Business & Manufacturing Assistant
- Digital Content Creator
- Oxygen Concentrator & COVID 19 intern
- Seagrass Research Assistant
- Sustainability & Science Research Assistant
- Data and Evaluation Analyst
- Cybership Assistant
- All opportunities will be posted on myCareer. Once you have submitted your application(s), for up to 3 roles of interest, you’ll know within one week if you have been successful in securing a Micro-Internship.
- Micro-Internships usually involve hybrid working, which means your time will be split between being on-site with the employer and sometimes working remotely from home. However, some experiences can be done completely remotely depending on the project.
- If successful, you’ll be provided with a start date and confirmation of the internship you’ve secured. It will be within the specified cycle.
- You’ll complete a training workshop and e-learning prior to starting, covering a number of useful ‘work place’ topics.
- Day one: An introductory call or meeting with your supervisor which will be your induction to the team. You’ll find out more about the department/company and talk through the project you will be working on.
- Throughout the week you’ll have catch up points with your supervisor.
- You’ll get to meet and collaborate with other team members.
- At the end you’ll have a concluding meeting with your supervisor to talk through the project and experience overall.
- SPRING CYCLE: Monday 25 March – Friday 12 April 2024
- SUMMER CYCLE: Monday 17 June – Friday 2 August 2024
SailGP 2021 and 2022
- Sustainability Team Member - Best Practice Event Recycling (Waste Management)
- Sustainability Team Member - Driving up reuse at events (Reusable Behaviour)
- Events & Hospitality Team Member
- Technical Team Member - (Ropes and Rigging)
- Technical Team Member (Wing Department)
- Technical Team Member (Boat Building)
- Technical Team Member (Hydraulics)
- Data Analyst.
“My main role in this internship was to assist the hydraulics team with the setting up, maintenance, and disassembly of the F50 catamarans. The highlight for me was feeling like a useful part of the team. This was a great feeling. I can recall several occasions where I was trusted to work alone, using the boat breaker tool where I had the whole team waiting for me to complete the vital task.”
“During my internship, I investigated the current sustainability practices. Our daily activities varied but during this time, I inspected the current bins in place and whether they were used effectively whilst generating/discussing ideas to improve this. I also attended a seagrass mapping activity which was in partner with Ocean Conservation Trust. I developed and utilised many innovation skills such as communication skills, problem solving skills and strategic thinking. I worked collaboratively with another intern and the sustainability lead at SailGP, so team working abilities were useful too.”
Overseas summer work
Possible funding available to you
Summer work can range from something more formal, like a structured internship with a business, to something more casual, such as working in a summer camp. Whichever route you take, and if you are successful in securing an opportunity, some funding could be available to you to help towards costs. To find out more about this funding contact the
Where to look?
As well as myCareer and those platforms highlighted in the above ‘Internships’ section, we recommend utilising Going Global. Going Global is a dedicated platform for a range international opportunities but also contains useful advice for experiences overseas.
Other (funded) work-experience opportunities
The Careers Insight Programme
- a hands-on experience with an internal department to the University or an external business
- up to 100 hours work experience over 5-weeks (up to 20 hours per week term time)
- assisting your host with a small project and other associated tasks and work shadowing
- induction to the team, daily check-ins with your host and an end of experience debrief to talk through your project
- workplace e-learning in H&S and GDPR
- support from the careers service available before and after the experience
- a generous bursary payment upon completion of the experience
- completion of a short case study.
What help is available?
Finding your own internship
Sourcing your own internship is entirely possible, if you haven’t seen something that appeals online then why not try finding your own? This is called a speculative application and this is a great way to potentially create an opportunity yourself.
For some employers it might be something they would consider but simply haven’t advertised an opportunity. For others it could be they haven’t offered one before, perhaps by you approaching them to request some summer employment or work shadowing might make them think and help open that door.
Hear what past interns have to say about their experience
I had great fun working with the Ocean Conservation Trust seagrass team and learning all about growing seagrass in an enclosed aquaculture system. I got the opportunity to plant seagrass, watch it being deployed, and most importantly get covered in sand!
The micro-internship with Make South West was a great experience, I made contacts, and working with a range of people was a great opportunity. They were all very friendly. I was tasked with finding an environmentally friendly alternative for a textile printing technique and I was successful.
Make South West - Sustainability & Science Research Assistant, Summer 2023
It was a great learning opportunity while working as a Micro-Intern. Post project completion and submission, Sentinel was impressed with the work I completed and has offered me work in their company within my hours limitations as an international student!
Sentinel Healthcare, Social Media Intern, Winter 2022
The Micro-internship was a saving grace experience after losing my original placement, so it really put a spring back in my step and as you can see I had a lot of fun too!
Max Griggs applied for an internship via the University of Plymouth Careers Service, for SailGP2021. Max explains the internship process, why he applied, what the role entailed and how he was offered a full time role after the Plymouth event.
If you are an EU/EEA student with either pre-settled or settled status, you can apply for an internship just like a UK home student.
All other overseas students with immigration permission to study in the UK can contact our International Student Advice team where they will check (in conjunction with the UKVI Compliance team) to see if your current permissions will allow to proceed with an internship.