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 to gain 12 weeks 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.
Examples of some of our recent internship programmes are:
Integrated Commissioning Unit
Researching opportunities for children with disabilities to access a range of projects and activities and investigate any potential barriers to engagement and how to remove them. You will be liaising with a number of key stakeholders including parents, children with disabilities, support groups, activity providers and other local authorities. You will undertake research and provide a summary of tour findings and recommendations for future commissioning and grants awards to providers.
Economic Development and Skills
You will be supporting the team to attract and retain business investment in Southampton, looking at support for business start-ups, development and growth. Your role will be providing data analysis on the current provision and helping to develop a social media campaign.
Integrated Commissioning Unit
Research, design and implement a series of self-help e-learning modules for local voluntary and community groups that provide support and guidance on the council's key processes and procedures (such as tendering for contracts, applying for grants and contracts etc.)
Transactions and Universal Services
Supporting the management of biodiversity in parks and green spaces. Researching community engagement, informal recreation and environmental recreation you will be the lead co-ordinator for the council on “measurably increasing the use of green spaces in the SO18 Big Local Area Project”. This project aims to trial techniques for increasing children’s use of their local greenspace and will deliver actions from the Children & Young People’s Healthy Weight Plan 2017-2022 to contribute towards reducing children’s obesity levels within Southampton.
Children and Families Service
This internship will lead on a project to support our aspiration to "make children the centre of everything we do". Working with Principal Social Workers, Advanced Practitioners and Participation Workers you will be creating a framework to support consultative activity with young people. You will be carrying out qualitative interviews with individuals and groups of young people to identify how the service has improved outcomes for them and understand the positive aspects and improvement areas of the service.
Intelligence, Insight and Communications
This internship will oversee a citizen science project, conducting surveys in the local area and seeking views from local people on the attitudes and barriers towards recycling. Collating data and presenting findings and recommendations, this internship will contribute to improving recycling rates across the city and help us better understand customer attitudes and behaviours.
Legal and Tree Management Services
This intern will spend six weeks with the legal team to support a project reviewing the current Definitive Map (of Rights of Way) and prepare and publish Definitive Map Modification Orders (Orders designating public rights of way). The intern will then join the Tree Management team and use the skills gained to provide a more informative and useful mapping system on the current So Maps application. The aim is to create a layer on the So Maps system that shows whether land has been adopted wholly or on a rights of way basis, customers would then to be able to view the adoption documents by clicking on the map.
The 2018 programme is now closed for applications and will reopen in April/May 2019.