The Southwark Internship Programme

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"The upReach Mock Interviews I did with my Programme Coordinator were monumental in fostering my personal development, this translated to securing a summer internship at Fidelity. My Programme Coordinator played a pivotal role in raising my self-belief, via the one to ones, which I am immensely grateful for. upReach has genuinely played a pivotal role in shaping and accelerating my career trajectory and it is something I will forever be grateful for."

- Yasir, upReach Southwark Associate, Banking and Finance Springboard

This fully funded programme of support is sponsored by Southwark Council and allows us to support more undergraduates from the London Borough of Southwark to access competitive internships/placements.

upReach’s Southwark Internship Programme is a 1 - 2 year programme of personalised careers support, designed to help eligible university students looking to apply for internships/placements at any employer. The aims of the programme are to help you explore your career options, develop key skills to enhance your employability, widen your professional network, and - ultimately - to secure an internship/placement.

upReach is a social mobility charity, and our objective is to support students from under-represented backgrounds. This means every student we support (we call them “upReach Associates”) must meet our general eligibility criteria.

To become an upReach Associate on the Southwark Internship Programme:

Location: You must have a home address (where you attended school) in the London Borough of Southwark to participate in this programme.

University: You must currently be an undergraduate that is in full-time study or graduated from University in the last 12 months. This programme is most suitable for students who are in their penultimate year of university but students from other year groups or recent graduates can join the programme if they are focused on securing an internship/placement. This programme is open to students at any UK university studying any degree.

Additional requirements: You must also meet at least one of the following:

  • Be the first person in their family to have attended University,
  • Have been eligible for free school meals, or
  • Be a care leaver

A-level grades (or equivalent): To be eligible for this programme, you need to have achieved 104 UCAS points.

Please note we consider grades on a contextual basis, meaning we also take into account factors such as the school you attended or the area you live in. We believe this gives us a better indication of your true academic potential.

All applicants complete our REALRating form, which will tell you your contextual grades. For example, if you achieved a B in A-level Maths, you may find that your contextual grade is actually an A, once your background is taken into consideration. We will consider yourREALRating result when determining your eligibility.

When joining the programme, you’ll be matched with a dedicated upReach Programme Coordinator, who will get to know you and be on-hand to provide ongoing 1-to-1 support throughout your time with us.

They’ll be able to give you extensive support at each stage of the job application process, including:

  • Reviewing your CV and offering feedback,
  • Reviewing your applications and cover letters for internship/placement applications to any employer,
  • Mock job interviews, and
  • Assessment centre preparation

As well as support from your upReach Programme Coordinator, you’ll also have access to:

  • Exclusive work experience opportunities
  • Exclusive employer events, like insight days to help you learn more about different organisations
  • Extensive online resources, including guides to different employers, practise online tests, and career courses to help you explore your sectors of interest in more depth
  • Daily ‘Video Forums’ (webinars) to help you build your employability skills
  • Opportunity to be matched with a professional mentor in your sector of interest

upReach are able to provide this support as a result of our partnerships with Southwark Council. If you are an employer based in Southwark and are looking to employ interns while also improving your Diversity & Inclusion strategy, please contact so we can tell you more about how you can get involved in the programme.

Applications are now open for the Southwark 2020 - 2021.