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Widening Participation Summer Internship Scheme

As part of our commitment to help our students to develop essential employability skills and progress to graduate level jobs, we have obtained funding to offer a number of paid internships/work experience to our first year Widening Participation students.

What is Widening Participation?

Widening Participation is a government-funded initiative to increase the number of students from under-represented groups participating in higher education. In order to ensure your progression, retention and success the University’s Widening Participation team delivers a number of initiatives to support you. This short term summer internship will build on your academic experience and employability skills.


Why do an Internship?

  • Build your skills, knowledge and personal attributes
  • Increase your self confidence
  • Build your knowledge of graduate recruitment by applying and being interviewed for the internship
  • Find out about a particular industry
  • Make valuable contacts
  • Have excellent experience to add to your CV and your HEAR report
  • A chance for a potential future employer to get to know you


You will be paid a bursary for 8 weeks at 35 hours per week (or any combination totalling 280 hours) by the University.

The bursary will be in excess of the National Minimum Wage and paid during your internship which will take place between June and the middle of September 2017.

To be eligible you can be studying any course but must be a Home/EU (UK) first year student.

In addition you need to be able to select one of the following criteria:

· Local Authority care leaver

· Student with a disability / dyslexia

· Mature student (over 25)

· Headstart student

Or two or more from:

· First generation of family to enter Higher Education

· Eligible for a full or partial maintenance Higher Education loan

· From a low-income area with low participation in Higher Education

· Have studied vocational courses (ie BTEC or Access courses)

· From one of the state schools in Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon & Hounslow.


Thank you for your interest, but applications for the 2016-2017 academic year have now closed. Please check the PDC page for future opportunities.