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Internships are intensive programmes usually held over the summer vacation, or for up to 3 – 6 months. They are sometimes known as summer placements.

Many large companies target their internships at undergraduate students in their second, or penultimate, year of study. About a third of their graduate positions are filled by students who have completed placements with them. Some internships are aimed at graduates.

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) also offer internships, although they are not always advertised.

Benefits of doing an internship

Internships can help you: 

  • gain hands-on experience with a company in your chosen field, this is useful evidence for your skills and motivation when applying for graduate jobs
  • decide where your future career interests lie
  • make contacts within the sector, some students secure graduate jobs with their internship provider if they impress enough

When to apply

Applications start to open in September, the year before the internship will take place. They start to close between November and February. This is usually to allow for quite a lengthy application process.

Some companies may recruit all year round, particularly SMEs, but it is best to start looking as early as possible.

See CVs and applications for details on how to make an effective CV, covering letter and application form.

Further information

Events to look out for

Recruitment fairs are not just for graduate jobs. Most employers at our events also offer internships, so go along and find out more about their opportunities.

At our employer presentations you can hear about their internship schemes, build your network and ask questions. They usually take place at lunchtime or after 17.00.

We also list external events that are held off campus. These can include opportunities to find out about work experience.

Guides and advice

The following resources include advice, case studies and employer profiles:

Finding Internships

There are two main ways to finding internships: applying for advertised placements, or seeking out hidden opportunities by networking and applying speculatively.

Opportunities for Newcastle University students 

As well as Newcastle Work Experience and Santander Universities Internships, there are other opportunities specifically for Newcastle University students.

Academic schools sometimes offer internships. For example, the Business School offer global experience internships as part of their Global Experience Opportunity programme. They also advertise internships and placements on their Student Experience Blog.

Your school might also have details of scholarships, eg for research summer placements. Contact them to find out if they run similar schemes or have contacts you could approach.

Speculative applications

Speculative applications

Not all internships are advertised. In fact, many people create work experience opportunities through networking and making contacts, or by developing their own business ideas.

If you have identified a company you would like to work for, you could try approaching them directly about possible opportunities. Send them a tailored CV and covering letter, expressing your enthusiasm for the sector and showing that you have researched the company.

Where possible, identify a contact name to address your covering letter to. Call or email to find out who is responsible for recruitment within the organisation or a key contact in the department you want to work in.

It’s useful to follow up a speculative application with a phone call a few days afterwards to show you are serious and motivated.

TARGETjobs have a useful guide about making a speculative application to find hidden internships.

Finding companies

  • North East Graduate Directory – database of local organisations who offer work experience or accept speculative applications
  • Researching employers – contains sources of company profiles and a list of business directories and databases
  • Occupations – find employer directories for specific sectors
  • LinkedIn – an online networking tool allowing users to connect with professionals across all industries 
  • LinkedIn's Find Alumni tool can help you find organisations Newcastle graduates are working in


Newcastle Work Experience

Newcastle Work Experience (NWE) is a paid, flexible work experience programme providing undergraduate and postgraduate students with the opportunity to do challenging project-based placements within Newcastle University and North East businesses.

The summer programme offers part or full-time placements over a five or 10 week period. They run from June to September and are open to all current and graduating Newcastle University students from any degree discipline.

Placements are available across a wide range of disciplines, including:

  • business management
  • marketing
  • IT
  • engineering
  • laboratory assistance

During each year you can complete only one term-time and one summer placement. Unsuccessful applicants are free to apply for further advertised NWE placements.

See term-time opportunities for more information about work experience during your studies.

Benefits of taking part

Benefits of taking part

Through the NWE summer placement, you can:

  • receive a training bursary of up to £2600 
  • complement your studies and put academic theory into practice
  • develop your graduate skills and enhance your employability
  • gain practical experience of the recruitment and selection process
  • build up your business contacts in the North East and gain an insight into UK business culture

How to apply

How to apply

View all current NWE opportunities on Vacancies Online.

Our 'Guide to the NWE application' (PDF: 79KB) process gives you useful hints and tips on making a successful application.

We recommend that you call in to the Careers Service for a 15 minute drop-in appointment with an information adviser or CV adviser to review your application before submitting it.

You must be eligible to work in the UK during your studies before applying for a NWE placement. For information on working in the UK during your studies see the UKCISA website.

Find out more

Find out more

To find out more about NWE, or to discuss an advertised placement, visit the Careers Service or email us

Santander Universities Internship

The Santander Universities Internship scheme offers funded internships of 1-10 weeks for Newcastle University students and graduates, with a small to medium-sized company.

Benefits of taking part

Through the Santander Universities Internship, you can:

  • receive a minimum salary or student bursary of £300 per week
  • gain the chance to impress your employers and secure a permanent role
  • enhance your employability and get hands on experience
  • build up important industry contacts
  • use the skills from your degree course

Read about Newcastle University graduates who have completed a Santander Universities Internship in our Santander case study.

How to apply

How to apply

Internships can start at any point in the year.

The exact timings of each placement will be agreed between you and the employer, with most starting within two to three weeks of the advertised closing date or, if currently employed, after any required notice period.

To search for available placements, visit Vacancies Online (login required) and type Santander Internship into the keyword search at the bottom of the page.

If you’re interested in taking part in a Santander Universities Internship, email us to register your interest.

Find out more

To find out more about the Santander Universities Internship, or to discuss an advertised placement, please call in to the Careers Service or contact Kate Chambers, Regional Work Experience Manager on 0191 2085183 or by email