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Work Experience and Work Shadowing Opportunities

Work Experience Opportunities

We are committed to developing work-ready graduates and are focussed on offering our students access to valuable and impactful work experience opportunities. We are currently seeking employers to partner with us to deliver the below internship and work shadowing programmes. Attracting and retaining the very best talent is important for any ambitious company.

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Real-World Projects Funded by Santander Universities

We are looking for Northern Ireland SME’s, charities, public and third sector organisations to facilitate a Real-World Project where eligible Queen's University students gain valuable work experience while delivering a valuable contribution to your organisation.  

Real-World Projects help to provide students with the necessary skills and tools to become Future-Ready, and more prepared to make a positive economic and societal impact.  We value the role that employers like you play in this and look forward to connecting. 

What is a Real-World Project? 

The specific nature of the project will be up to you, but can often include research, operational support or injecting some fresh thinking into your existing workflows. The Project should require approximately 100 hours of work, typically during May and June when the student has completed the academic year.  

Key Dates: 

From 31 October 2022:  Employers express interest 

5 December – 17 February 2023: Projects advertised 

8 February 2023: Internships Showcase at the Spring Careers Fair – Participating employers will be invited to meet and screen students in The Cube, One Elmwood during the Spring Careers Fair. 

14 July 2023: Projects must be completed 

Register your interest in offering a Real-World Project

 

How does it work? 

  1. Complete the Real-World Project Real-World Challenge Expression of Interest Form
  2. Complete the Employer Details Form including a description of the Real-World Project.
  3. Your project will be promoted to students on the MyFuture Careers Portal.
  4. Select a student from applications and complete the health & safety and indemnity forms.
  5. Your intern will receive a bursary from Queen's University upon completion. 

Questions about Real-World Projects funded by Santander Universities

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Match-Funded Summer Internships

Funding type: Match Funded

Queen’s summer interns can provide organisations with a fantastic resource for NI based SME’S, Charities, Public and Third Sector organisations during the summer and also boost the future employability skills of our participating students. 

Indicative Dates: 

From 31 October 2022:  Employers express interest 

5 December – 24 March 2023: Projects advertised 

8 February 2023: Internships Showcase at the Spring Careers Fair – Participating employers will be invited to meet and screen students at The Cube, One Elmwood during the Spring Careers Fair. 

14 July 2023: Internships must be 50% completed to facilitate reimbursement.

Register your interest in hosting an internship

How does it work? 

  1. Complete the Summer Internships Expression of Interest Form
  2. Complete the Employer Details Form including a job description which you will receive upon your expression of interest.
  3. Await Queen's University approval for match-funding.
  4. Your internship will be promoted to students on the MyFuture Careers Portal (Employer must be registered on MyFuture).
  5. Select a student from applications and complete the health & safety and indemnity forms.
  6. You pay the student directly (minimum rate of £9.90 per hour).
  7. Queen's University reimburses employer 50% of salary paid up to a maximum payment of £1,250. 

Questions about QUB Match-Funded Summer Internships 

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Why host an internship?

By hosting an intern, you will benefit from:  

  • Enthusiasm and fresh perspectives  
  • Problem solving for specific projects  
  • An inexpensive resource 
  • Technology and social media savvy talent  
  • Opportunity to test out potential hires  
  • Current employee development through mentorship 
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Work Shadowing

What? Organisations may host up to 10 students for 1 day of work shadowing. Work shadowing differs from internships and placements as it’s informal and unpaid and lasts for only one day.  The purpose is to get an insight rather than to gain hands-on practical experience.

Who? Open to all students but with a particular emphasis on student groups who are more likely to be under-represented in the graduate labour market.

When? Monday 03 – Thursday 06 April 2023

Why? This is an opportunity to increase your brand profile on campus and to expose students to your company values. It offers graduate recruiters an early insight into student motivations and priorities when it comes to career planning and what they are looking for in a graduate role.

Benefits to students: Bringing a job to life and helping them to decide if a particular career is right for them, work shadowing gives students the opportunity to observe professionals in the workplace.