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Green Undergraduate Internship Scheme


£1,000 subsidy to help environmental business employ ‘green undergraduates’ 

A new funding initiative providing environmental businesses with £1,000 towards the temporary recruitment of an undergraduate has been launched by the UWE Bristol and the Environmental Technologies iNet.
The ‘UWE Green Undergraduate Internship Scheme’ is particularly focused on assisting companies and entrepreneurs in the low carbon goods and services sector and builds upon UWE’s commitment to provide all students with an opportunity to contribute to sustainability whilst undertaking a programme of study at the university.
It forms part of a wider initiative by the University’s Careers service to help businesses across all industry sectors employ talented, ambitious individuals without experiencing some of the common risks associated with permanent recruitment solutions.
The programme represents fantastic value and in the current economic climate, with many businesses struggling to find affordable methods for the recruitment of new staff, this timely opportunity is likely to prove popular.

Lasting for eight weeks full-time and part-time options available, internships arranged through the scheme can relate to vacancies across various disciplines from marketing, graphic design and computing, to environmental management, engineering and the sciences.
By facilitating the temporary recruitment of a high-calibre UWE undergraduate, the programme provides a risk free method for securing capable individuals to work on short-term projects. It will also contribute to longer-term staffing strategies, enabling employers to build relationships with potential future employees.
Participation can help achieve corporate social responsibility targets and ensures businesses play a part in inspiring the next crop of professionals in their field.
"In recent years UWE has earned a well-deserved reputation for providing companies and entrepreneurs with cost effective opportunities relating to graduate and undergraduate employment” said Professor James Longhurst, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Environment and Sustainability) and Associate Dean. He continues "Our award winning Careers service has successfully run various government and University funded internship programmes that have addressed the needs of a range of industry sectors and helped businesses of all shapes and sizes to tap into our talent pool.
"Given UWE’s low carbon expertise, our dedication to improving our own sustainability and our commitment to playing an active role in strengthening the South West’s green economy, launching a scheme with an environmental focus is something we are very excited about.
"We are able to offer interns who are studying various low carbon subjects such as clean technologies, air quality management, green construction etc. Many businesses also require assistance in more general business areas, such as web design or human resources, so the fact we can also provide access to undergraduates from these disciplines mean we can have a more effective, wide-reaching impact.”
Professor Martin Bigg, Director of the Environmental Technologies iNet said "The £2m UWE-led business support project that is collaborating with the University on the scheme, believes the funding will have a particularly positive impact on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
"We work with some of the most innovative clean technology SMEs across the South West region and increasing numbers of our clients tell us they are experiencing serious challenges related to the affordability and reliability of traditional recruitment options.
"Alongside access to funding and issues around marketing, it is one of the key barriers they face with regard to achieving sustainable growth. The chance to bring a capable and enthusiastic intern into their business to help tackle a short term project or activity makes an enormous difference.
"Interns often bring fresh perspectives, understanding of new techniques or technologies, and can free up existing staff to concentrate on other areas of the business that might have been neglected.
"The benefits for the undergraduates are numerous – valuable workplace experience and an enhanced CV among the most obvious – but the benefits to participating businesses are also clear.  We are delighted to be involved in such a positive initiative that enhances both the employability of students and the growth potential of employers.”
Full-time internships can run anytime between 25 May – 14 September 2012, there is more flexibility for the part-time option. The recruitment process for both options can begin immediately.
For further information about the scheme, or to register an interest in participating, please contact the Environmental Technologies iNet on 0117 32 86704 or visit

For other information about the general wider UWE Undergraduate Internship Scheme please contact the UWE Recruiter Partnership Team