Career opportunities
Career opportunities

Internships are a vital way to develop your career. At Southampton City Council we’re keen to invest in people, and our annual internship programme offers local university students the opportunity for paid work over the summer period, whilst supporting experienced colleagues to deliver a specific project.

As an intern you'll be receiving practical and professional training right from the start, being able to put your university theory into practice. Working alongside experienced colleagues who will supervise your development and a dedicated mentor providing support and guidance throughout your internship.

Our internship programme runs each year for 12 weeks over the summer months from June to September and we open our opportunities in April/May for applications.

We currently have the nine internships listed below open for applications, with a closing date of 30 April 2019.

Strategic Data Analyst

Reporting to the Senior Strategic Intelligence Analyst, the internship will play a key role in the delivery of the Southampton Safe City Strategic Assessment on behalf of the Southampton Safe City Partnership.

The Southampton Safe City Partnership coordinates multi-agency action on community safety to improve lives and foster stronger communities by reducing crime, anti-social behaviour, alcohol misuse and supply, and the use and harm caused by drugs throughout the city.


As a policy intern you will work closely with the Policy team to ensure that the council has a clear, accessible and up to date library of policies available to staff. You will also support the team to identify new opportunities to inform policy development through 'horizon scanning' by monitoring and reviewing Government announcements and research briefings and publications.

Planning Policy

Reporting to the team's Planning Officer the internship will involve assisting with a variety of different tasks as part of a high-profile project - the Local Plan. The Local Plan is a long-term plan which details the council's overall strategy for development, including how land will be used and what will be built where. The Local Plan is a high-profile project for the council as it is critical in enabling sustainable growth in the city (housing and economic) as well as ensuring that we continue to deliver quality places and sufficiency infrastructure to meet the needs of local communities.

Library Insight and Improvement

Reporting to the Information, Skills and Area Manager, the internship will lead a Library Insight and Improvement project.

The intern will work with key stakeholders to provide the library service with insights to understand its customers and community value. The key work will be researching what would attract more customers to the library and what changes the service needs to make to improve.

Human Resources (Workforce Information)

Reporting to the Workforce Information Manager, the internship will lead on a project looking at sickness absence.

Southampton City Council currently has higher sickness absence rates than we would like. The purpose of the project is to conduct a deep dive into sickness absence through interrogating data, liaising with managers and employees and reviewing current policy to produce a report outlining recommendations for how the council can reduce sickness absence.

Commercial and Service Development

Reporting to the Technical Team Leader - Environment and Ecology, the internship will lead on the Southampton Parks Natural Capital Project.

The purpose of this internship will be to undertake a small scale trial of the Natural Capital Accounting technique, considering a contrasting selection of green spaces across Southampton, to determine whether it is worth undertaking a city-wide assessment and the likely resources required. The intern will also use the Natural Capital Planning Tool to test whether it is an effective means of determining the impact of built development on the quality and extent of ecosystem services available to local communities.

Children and Families

Reporting to the Youth Offending Service Manager, the internship will lead on a project to review and identify the health needs of children open to the Youth Offending Service (YOS).

The purpose of this internship will be to work with the YOS and partner agencies and services within Southampton to create an engagement framework to support consultative activity with young people and families. The intern will undertake qualitative interviews with individuals and groups of young people to identify how the service has improved outcomes for them in relation to their physical health and the positive aspects of service access, and offer areas for improvement.

Political Research

Reporting to The Leader of the Council, the purpose of this internship will be to take responsibility for the assisting the Leader of the Council with a wide range of research in response to enquiries, assisting with briefings/speeches and to analyse, evaluate and interpret data to inform political decisions.

Integrated Commissioning Unit

Reporting to the Assistant Service Development Officer, the internship will lead on a project to develop our transport guide for people with learning disabilities.

The project will involve reviewing our current guide, deciding what needs to be updated and how it could be improved, and drafting a new version of the guide which reflects current policies and practices and better meets the needs of our learning disability community within the city.

Applications are open now and can be applied for on the careers portal.