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Here at the University of Plymouth, we have a range of initiatives available to you, via your dedicated Careers Service and other funded projects. Each providing you with a great introduction to the world of work.

What is it?


The Micro-Internship programme is a popular and exciting work experience scheme. 

Micro-Internships are an established and bite-size internship offer available to undergraduates and finalist students, with three cycles a year – winter, spring and summer. These short experiences are a great way to enhance your CV and employability skills before embarking on a placement-year or prior to entering the graduate market. These 2-week voluntary internships are a great way to boost your employability; as you work on a short project for an external employer or an internal University department. 

Apply from Friday 26th May on MyCareer.


Where do they take place?

Micro-Internships are voluntary roles and involve students working on different projects with an employer, external or internal to the University. Micro-Internships usually involve hybrid working, which means your time will be split between being on-site with the employer and sometimes working remotely from home. However some experiences can be done completely remotely depending on the project.


Who is it for? 

Undergraduate students, including final year students who have just graduated, and postgrad students currently studying at the University. 

You can apply for an opportunity related to your current degree specialism, or you can choose to explore a different sector. Don’t forget approximately 70% of all graduate opportunities are open to students with any degree discipline. 

How long is a micro internship, and when?

The Micro-Internships are 2 weeks/10 days. The scheme runs three times a year, during winter, spring and summer and any current student is welcome to apply, including finalist year undergraduates


How do Micro-Internships work?


  • If successful, you’ll be provided with a start date and confirmation of the internship you’ve secured.
  • You’ll complete a training workshop and e-learning prior to starting, covering a number of useful ‘work place’ topics.
  • Day one: An introductory call or meeting with your supervisor which will be your induction to the team. You’ll find out more about the department/company and talk through the project you are working on. 
  • Throughout the week you’ll have catch up points with your supervisor.
  • You’ll get to meet and collaborate with other team members.
  • At the end you’ll have a concluding meeting with your supervisor to talk through the project and experience overall.


Why should I apply? 


Internships are a great way to gain work experience during your time at University and we recommend all undergraduates consider completing one during their studies. Whether days, weeks or months in duration, this can be invaluable experience for your CV, future job applications and employability prospects.

By undertaking a Micro-Internship, you will gain:

  • Further experience to put on your CV
  • Enhance your network of contacts
  • Develop your confidence and work-ready skills
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions in a supportive environment
  • Explore different sectors of work


How do I get involved with Micro-Internships?


  • You can register your interest now to hear about future opportunities
  • The Careers Service will send updates and announcements for each cycle via MyCareer
  • All opportunities will be posted on MyCareer
  • Once you have submitted your application (CV and cover letter) you’ll know within one week if you have been successful in securing a Micro-Internship.


Interested to find out more? You can book and appointment with our team via MyCareer or contact us on


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