Student Hubs specialises in recruiting talented and socially engaged student interns for social and environmental impact organisations in the UK.

If your organisation works to achieve social impact and you would benefit from extra capacity this summer, then this is the scheme for you!

7 weeks over summer

London, Bristol, Oxford, Cambridge, Winchester, Southampton, Remote

What is the internship scheme?

Why do we do it?

The Social Impact Internship Scheme has a dual benefit for organisations and student interns. Organisations working towards social impact often lack the capacity to complete all the work they would like to, whilst students are keen to develop their professional experience and skills. We enable organisations to consolidate their impact while providing an entry point to the sector for socially committed students.

"Student Interns are capable of doing meaningful work that is being left undone, because smaller charities and businesses are constrained by not being able to resource as much as they have need for. Student Hubs helps to break that gridlock and allows a charity to begin to gain momentum with their key tasks." - Albie Stadtmiller, St Vincent’s Family Project, Host Organisation 2015, 2016, 2017

What do we do?

Since 2008, Student Hubs has matched talented and dynamic students with exciting social impact organisations to carry out a 7 week placement in the summer. We recruit, train and support students from Hub universities (Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford, Kingston and Winchester), who are matched with a host organisation, based on their skills and interests, to complete a time-bound project.

"I think the value of having university students as interns is the opportunity to get a different insight into young people’s creativity and talents." - Farah Mohammoud, YouPress, Host Organisation 2016 and 2017

How do we do it?

We welcome applications from host organisations from January onwards. After receiving your application, we check that it meets our requirements and standards. We will then contact you to welcome you as a host and you will receive a Welcome Pack.

Students are recruited from our network of 21,000 students across England, as we promote and advertise the Scheme and invite potential interns to apply. This is followed by two rounds of selection- online application and an interview. Students who pass both rounds are accepted onto the Scheme. We then train students in sector specific skills, before carrying out a matching process which aims to align the student’s skills and interests with the work project proposed by the organisation.

What’s the timeline?

In 2017 100% of organisations agreed their intern added value to their organisation. Read the Internship Scheme Impact Report.

Why should you get involved?

Hassle free recruitment.

Student Hubs takes on board all responsibility for the recruitment and placement of students with host organisations.

Matched to your current needs.

We seek to match interns to host organisations where skills, values and interests are as closely aligned as possible in order to ensure the student is motivated and focused throughout the placement. Student Hubs will be there to help facilitate the communication between interns and hosts, enabling all necessary arrangements to be made.

100% of organisations agreed that they gained better access to intern talent by recruiting through the Scheme in 2017.

Access to socially engaged, dynamic and talented students.

Student Hubs reaches thousands of students through our 5 Hubs who run the Scheme. The Scheme is a fantastic way to find a student intern who is a good fit for your organisation.

Support for you and your intern

Student Hubs provides host organisations with a toolkit which includes guidance on inductions, advice on your intern’s development and guidelines on running a successful placement. Student Hubs offers a comprehensive training and support programme for all interns. The training sessions prepare interns for their placements as well as future careers in a social impact career. They also offer students the opportunity to network with other interns in their area. We check in with all interns and hosts throughout the summer and are always on hand to help support and troubleshoot throughout the placement.

How do you get involved?

If you’re interested to find out more information then register your interest in the form above and we’ll be in touch. If you already know that you’d like to host an intern and have an idea of the work project then fill out the application form.

Example Projects

The intern can work on whatever project is most helpful for you. Typical projects include, event planning; working on marketing and publicity material; research; report writing; fundraising; data analysis, for example. If you’re unsure about a project you have in mind, get in touch to chat with us about it.

What else do you need to know?

Information on Finder’s Fees

We charge a small fee to cover the staff time required to run the Scheme. We only charge the Finder’s Fee and invoice you once an intern has begun their placement with your organisation. Our Finder’s Fees are based on the annual turnover of the organisation and are charged per intern we place, as you can see in the table below:

Fair Internships Policy

Student Hubs is committed to ensuring the Internship Scheme is accessible to all students, irrespective of ability to support oneself financially. We strongly encourage all of our host organisations to pay interns or provide a stipend. If that is not possible for your organisation this year, please ensure you are able to abide by our Fair Internship Policy laid out below.

You must hold reputable Public and Employer’s Liability Insurance in order to host an intern.

Equal Opportunities

Student Hubs is committed to ensuring the Internship Scheme is accessible to all students, and so we encourage the organisations we partner with to make reasonable adjustments for students with specific health, wellbeing or mobility needs. This may include offering reduced working hours, for example.

We understand that some organisations may be unable to make placements accessible. Please let us know in your application if you anticipate difficulties in making your placement accessible, or if you may need support from the Student Hubs team to do so. If you would like to talk further about this please contact us below.


If you have any questions about the Social Impact Internship Scheme or would like to discuss a potential work project, please get in touch with Alice at