Find out how to gain relevant work experience through an internship while you study.

What are internships?

Internships are an opportunity for students or graduates to work in a profession they are interested in. Internships are typcially anywhere between two and 12 weeks.

All internships in the UK should be paid unless you’re doing voluntary work, you don’t have an employment contract or you are doing work experience as part of a course. 

If you are an undergraduate student, you may be eligible to take part in Career Lab, a programme designed to expand your skills and experience for employment. As part of the programme, we offer paid internship opportunities.

If you are an international student, try Student Circus. You can browse job listings that sponsor the Skilled Worker Visa, internships, and placements. 

Paid internships for autistic students and recent graduates

The Careers and Entrepreneurship team are advertising paid internships, exclusive to students and recent graduates with autism. In partnership with Ambitious About Autism, we are supporting their Employ Autism campaign to increase employment opportunities for autistic students and graduates. The internship is six or eight weeks, may be full time or part time, and during Summer vacation or in term time. If the internship takes place in term time, the University advises that undergraduates work no more than 15 hours per week and postgraduates no more than 20 hours per week. All internships are paid at least the real Living Wage (£10.90 per hour UK rate and £11.95 per hour London rate) and you will be working with organisations who have undertaken Employ Autism training.

To explore the opportunities, log into CareerHub and select: Ambitious About Autism Internships. Recent graduates can find information about re-activating their CareerHub account at: Sussex Graduates.

If you would like any support in writing your applications or preparing for an interview, book a chat with a Careers Consultant or see applying for jobs.  

The Internships team will support you throughout the process. We work in partnership with EmployAbility to provide disabled students and students with neurodivergent, mental health and long-term health conditions with individualised advice and support about adjustments for recruitment and the workplace, information about your rights, and support you with your applications. You can check CareerHub for upcoming EmployAbility one-to-one appointments.

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