The University of Sheffield is seeking local employers to support its Workplace Insights programme, which is designed to provide students with work experience while helping address business need.
Information for Organisations
Short-term internship programme supporting you tackle a problem or project of your choice whilst also providing students with invaluable work experience.
- No cost to you – we’ll provide the student with a financial incentive
- You provide the project which has an outcome of your choice
- 70 hours with the intern between 3rd-21st April 2023
- Create partnerships with ourselves and students
- Tap into our talent pool with no long-term or complex investments
If you have a project ready, please complete our project submission form. If you have trouble accessing Google Forms, you can download the submission form as a Word document (go to File > Download) and email it to us on email@example.com
If you want to offer a project but don’t know exactly what it would look like yet, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we appreciate you may need to confirm the exact project nearer the time of the internship! We are aiming to get expressions of interest from organisations by the end of November, with the view of confirming projects by January.
What’s involved in a project?
We welcome projects from organisations in any industry or sector.
So whether you are an SME, Government organisation, or a large commercial organisation, we would love to see if this project can help you.
We are keen for your project to benefit both you and the student.
An ideal project should be…
- Clear and concise, especially highlighting key areas and outcomes you’d like your intern to focus on
- Grounded in the reality of your organisation, so that your intern can authentically engage in the ‘real world’ of work
- Project completable in 70 hours
- In person, virtual or in hybrid manner
We are particularly interested in projects that fall into the following categories
- Early Years and Teaching
- Policy and Community Development
- Media, Public Relations and Design
- Sales, Marketing and Communications
- Legal and Financial Services
- Research and Analysis
- Built Env (Architecture, Landscape, Planning, Urban Design & Property)
- Natural Environment (e.g. Ecology and GIS)
- Local or National Government
What’s the commitment?
We’re seeking to partner with organisations that can provide a project that will take a student around 70 hours to complete during our Easter vacation, between 3rd-21st April.
(We have some flexibility to offer internships outside these dates)
We ask that you:
- Provide a worthwhile project brief based on a real-life scenario or problem that your organisation wants to explore
- Support your intern, including providing feedback upon completion of the project
- Provide the opportunity to collaborate with your team, either face-to-face or virtually in line with your current working environment
- Ensure that your project includes an outcome, such as a set of recommendations, a presentation, a report, or something similar
There’s also no need to sift through applications; we’ll match students to you based on their skills, interests, and compatibility with your project. If your project requires more than one intern, or you can offer more than one project, students can work in pairs or small groups in your organisation.
What are the benefits to you?
Our students can provide you with insight from a unique perspective through their broad range of crucial skills uniquely developed at Sheffield. They’re equipped with valuable transferable knowledge, fresh ideas, and are passionate about working on authentic, real-life challenges outside of the classroom.
You won’t be charged for offering a project – we provide the student with a financial bursary.
The students taking part in WI are studying a wide range of degrees, including:
- Sociological Studies
- Urban Studies & Planning
- Landscape Architecture
- Social Research Methods
Students undertaking your projects will be 2nd year students with varying levels of previous work experience.
We will be training the Interns in advance so that they are ready to take on your challenge.
The pre-project training will cover; growth mindset, commercial awareness, business communication, confidence and wellbeing. We will ensure that the students understand their responsibilities and agree to our expectations of them whilst taking part in the project.
How to get involved?
We look forward to working with you to deliver an exciting project that’ll help your organisation and develop our future workforce.
If you have a project in mind, please complete this form.
If you would like to discuss project ideas, please email Tracy Horton email@example.com (Project and Skills Development Officer) and we can have a chat.
We are aiming to get expressions of interest from organisations by the end of November, with the view of confirming projects by January.
Workplace Insights is being run and funded by the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield.