Virtual internships for charities and not for profit organisations

During the coronavirus crisis, we are offering charities and not for profit organisations the opportunity to have an intern work for you (from their home) free of charge. So, If you can offer a student some work experience, we will pay the student up to £1,000 for a max of 100 hours work – there is no wage cost at all to you.

Internship funding is kindly provided by Santander Universities

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Why should you consider offering an internship?

  • Get a project or piece of work done that you haven’t been able to resource
  • Support for your back-office functions during the coronavirus pandemic
  • Assistance with your social media, data analysis, administration, or fund-raising work
  • University students can bring a fresh pair of eyes to the company and have some great IT and research skills
  • Help a student apply their skills in your workplace and boost their employability
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Who is this for and how does it work?

Charities and not for profit organisations who are registered and based in the UK, with an annual turnover of under £50 million and under 250 employees.

The Keele internships team will advertise your project/work experience and will sift applications for you, helping you find the most suitable student. You will be able to make the final decision on your chosen student. We will be using Microsoft Teams as a 3-way communication between you, your intern, and the Keele Internships team. Once the intern has completed 100 hours work we will pay the student. Organisations need to be able to offer support, light supervision and direction to support the students throughout the internship, with back up support and advice from Keele staff.

FAQs

It’s a Keele student or graduates working at home on some work or a project of your choice
Students at Keele have a wide range of skills – and they can bring a fresh perspective to work – undergraduate courses and postgraduate courses.

It’s a Keele student or graduate working at home on some work or a project of your choice

Students at Keele have a wide range of skills – and they can bring a fresh perspective to work – undergraduate courses and postgraduate courses

 

  • Any role involving internet research – perhaps help with bids?
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Social Care related
  • Help with fundraising – perhaps some admin? Or helping with managing volunteers?
  • Data analysis – we have Maths and Science students for example who have strong analytical skills
  • Environmental – help with developing your environmental policies
  • Setting up, running or training staff on social media
  • Help with moving your operations online – we have computer science students for example
  • We hope that this will be some help for charities and not for profit organisations during the Coronavirus crisis and beyond.
  • Students have fresh, agile minds and learn very quickly. Remote working is new to some of them too, but they are able to adapt quickly to different situations. Most students have strong IT skills and can quickly assimilate new technology.
  • For the student, it’s a fantastic opportunity to gain some new experience, in a world that has dramatically changed for them.
  • We are offering 100 hours of resource for each intern, and you can have a max of 2 interns. Should we have any surplus funding we would offer you the opportunity to extend the internship.
  • Students can work full-time hours from June onwards, and at other times, part-time. You should offer what is most suitable for your organisation and what is easier for you to supervise. Over the summer, it is likely that students could be very flexible in how the hours are worked.

We will promote your internship to our students and graduates through our website and directly by email to them. They apply with a CV and Cover letter, and we will sift them against your internship job description (we can also provide you with example job descriptions if needed). We will then send you the top 3 (or more if you so desire) applicants.

We would expect you to video interview the students using Skype or Google Hangouts, or Microsoft Teams. We can provide advice for you if required on interview formats.

We will be setting up Microsoft Teams as a 3-way communication between the intern, the organisation and Keele.  If you already have your own technology to enable remote working and prefer to use this, we are perfectly happy for you to do this instead.

The organisation is principally responsible for the overall supervision. Many students already have some work experience and require minimal input from a supervisor. Staff at Keele are available for any advice required during the internship. The intern is pretty much your employee, but there is no need for you to payroll them, we will pay them a bursary upon completion. The more detail you can give us on your job description the better we can shortlist suitable applicants for you.

The organisation is principally responsible for the overall supervision.  Many students already have some work experience and require minimal input from a supervisor.  Staff at Keele are available for any advice required during the internship. The intern is pretty much your employee, but there is no need for you to payroll them, we will pay them a bursary upon completion.  The more detail you can give us on your job description the better we can shortlist suitable applicants for you.

 

Using Microsoft Teams, or your own remote working technology if you have it already. We will be issuing an electronic timesheet to each intern which can be used to track the progress of work and hours completed.

No, we will be asking the students to use their own laptops and they are able to make use of the Keele IT department for any IT issues that they encounter. It would be helpful to specify on your job description any software that you require them to have (eg Microsoft Office, which most students do have), and any software that you wish to provide to them.

2-4 weeks, from receipt of your job description. We will usually advertise the internships for 2 weeks and then pass you the suitable applicants. Then it is up to you to video interview and make your choice and agree and a start date with them. We will be in touch with you to guide you throughout the process. Sometimes a match can be found very quickly for you, it just depends on the field of applicants that we get. It is useful to specify on your job description your ideal timeline for someone starting.

How to apply for an intern

Please complete this Virtual Internships form and return to  internships@keele.ac.uk.

A member of the internships will be in touch to guide you through the next steps.