Rosie, who was studying Biochemistry, has written about her recent Digital Marketing internship which was supported by our COVID-19 SME Internship Fund. The aim of this fund was to support local SMEs including charities, social enterprises and start-up who are operating at maximum capacity as they respond to the challenges of Coronavirus, while giving students valuable and meaningful work experience in a difficult economic climate.
As part of the University of Bristol’s COVID-19 SME Internship Fund, I completed a placement with Airway Medical Ltd (AML), a Bristol-based, medical device start–up. The company produces Suction and Oxygen Therapy equipment such as the Airway Medical Suction Unit (AMSU™) for clearing blocked airways in emergency and chronic conditions. (more…)
Hi, I’m Joe.
I did an SME Internship at Scribeless, a tech start-up company that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced printing technology to create handwritten letters that are indiscernible from those written by the human hand. Enterprise giants and start-ups alike, companies all around the world use Scribeless’ letters to bring a personalised feel to their marketing campaigns, ultimately leading to an improvement in their acquisition and retention of customers. (more…)
Hi, I’m Joshua – a third year Anthropology with Innovation student.
I came to university as a mature student in 2016 and applied with the intention of immersing myself in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and building a strong network of peers who are curious, passionate about discovering new ideas and dedicated to working on challenging problems. I quickly found this community on campus and I have greatly enjoyed meeting so many interesting people. (more…)
Hi I’m Annie, a 2nd year Civil Engineering student.
This summer I worked as a marketing intern with the education charity Learning with Parents as part of the University’s COVID-19 SME Internship Scheme. I have always been interested in education, so I saw this as a great opportunity to explore a different aspect of the sector, while developing my marketing skills. The role included branding educational resources, writing social media posts and carrying out competitor analysis. (more…)
As the new academic year starts, we are so excited to welcome you all back and *drumroll please* open the Bristol PLUS Award for registration! (more…)
Work experience is any opportunity which gives you experience of work, or the non-academic skills that will prepare you for work. It can be paid or unpaid experience and is not necessarily related to your degree or your future career plans. This can include internships, summer vacation jobs, volunteering, insight events and shadowing as well as self-driven projects.
Good quality work experience should:
- Teach you new skills including professional behaviours.
- Highlight which skills you need.
- Let you explore a career idea.
- Connect you to people you could use as contacts in the future.
- Improve your understanding of that sector.
- Demonstrate your interest in that sector.
- Provide you with a reference.
We know that many of you have had your summer internships and work experience cancelled or are struggling to find opportunities.
Here are some ways we’d suggest you look for new opportunities for this summer.
We have launched a new internship fund to provide paid work experience of 4 weeks within Bristol-based small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
What are Chambers of Commerce?
Chambers of Commerce are membership organisations which businesses can join to access services to help them grow and play a part in their local business community. They exist around the world at the local, regional and national level. Bristol Chamber of Commerce is run by Business West. You can easily find Chambers for your nearest home town or city, or home country, by searching online. For example, “[name of city] Chamber of Commerce.”
The Santander SME Internship Scheme provides quality, paid work experience opportunities for final year students and graduates who completed their degree in the last 18 months. (more…)
If you’re looking for an internship, sourcing your own can be a great way to find an opportunity with an organisation that you’re really interested in.
For our SME Internship Scheme, we can offer funding to a small and medium enterprise (SME) to help them take you on for a paid internship.
When you’re approaching SMEs to ask for an internship opportunity, it can feel like you’re asking for something which only you benefit from. However, it’s important to remember that an internship can be mutually beneficial, and SMEs in particular can reap big rewards from taking on a University of Bristol intern.
Here’s four reasons why recruiting an intern can be good for a small business: (more…)