At Southampton City Council we support our local students and provide them with real career insights to help shape their future. Each summer we offer local university students the opportunity to gain valuable paid work experience across a number of our service areas via a 12 week internship placement scheme.
Our internship programme makes a real difference to our students, showing them aspects of public service they never knew existed, teaching new skills that can have an impact on their studies, and developing relationships and networks that will benefit them after their studies end.
We also benefit as a council, our interns are given real projects to deliver and their work enables us to provide better services for our city. In 2017 our interns worked a combined 2,862 hours supporting the council with projects such as:
- The Safe City Strategic Assessment, including preparation of Mental Health and Economic Needs Assessment reports
- The Solent Jobs Programme, analysing data pertaining to the mental wellbeing of programme participants
- Researching data to support a bid for domestic violence funding
- Assessing the impact of the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming into force in 2018
- Conducting an audit of suicides in Southampton
- Reviewing data to identify effective alcohol campaigns to inform future activities
- Attending court cases including visiting the London Courts of Justice
- Developing the Care Leavers Offer, and providing new ideas for developing a care leaver website
The internship scheme opens each Easter and is advertised with University of Southampton, Solent University and on our job pages. Placements start in July and finish in September to fit around degree studies.