About Club 21
The Club 21 Internship Programme is based at the University of Glasgow Careers Service. We have an excellent range of work experience opportunities with a broad spectrum of companies and charities.
This is your chance to add greater value to your degree through real-world experience and work-related learning.
Club 21 Internship Opportunities are normally advertised from September to April/May. Opportunities will be advertised in the following way:
Club 21 handles a very high volume of enquiries. You can save time by checking the Frequently Asked Questions below first.
If you have any other questions, please contact us.
About Club 21
- Why should I apply through Club 21?
While you can often arrange internships with a company of your choice directly, a Club 21 internship offers several advantages:
- Club 21 internships are in the majority of cases, exclusively available to University of Glasgow students – they are additional opportunities over and above those available to the public.
- We check all opportunities for suitability – you can be confident of having a useful and fulfilling internship experience through Club 21.
- We offer thorough feedback on unsuccessful applications – either way, your efforts won’t be wasted.
- Do I have to register for Club 21?
All registered University of Glasgow students are eligible to apply for Club 21 internships - you do not need to register with us. There is no charge for applying through Club 21.
Club 21 internships are advertised through the student email system, so please check your inbox regularly.
You will find a full list of current internship opportunities and application details on this site. You should read the terms and prerequisites of each internship carefully before you apply.
- Who can apply to Club 21?
All fully registered undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University of Glasgow are eligible to apply for Club 21 internships. Club 21 is for students of all ages – mature students are welcome to apply.
You can apply to do a Club 21 internship in any year of study, although you may find it easier to balance your workload with university work in second or third year.
If you are an international student, you must ensure that you know the terms of your student visa with regards to your right to work in the UK. You should investigate any necessary right to work arrangements before applying for a Club 21 internship. Contact the International Student Support Team for any queries relating to working in the UK as an international student.
If you are currently on an Erasmus placement overseas, you will still need to be available for any interviews or assessment events set by the internship company. It is advisable to check the relevant internship advertisement for details, or to contact us for further advice if the advertisement does not specify.
- Am I guaranteed an internship?
No. Club 21 is a very popular internship programme and the selection process is highly competitive.
If your application is unsuccessful you are welcome to request feedback from Sheena McBeth on how you could improve any future applications. You may also find our resources on filling in application forms helpful.
- At what times of year are internships available?
Most Club 21 internships take place during the summer vacation. However, internships are offered all year round (particularly for voluntary opportunities).
You should consider the workload of your programme of study before applying for a Club 21 internship. Pick a time of year that doesn’t clash with deadlines or examinations.
You should also include details of any holidays you have planned or other dates you are unable to work in your application. Erasmus students should note that some internships require students to start at the beginning of June – check the advertisement carefully.
- Do I need any particular qualifications or experience?
Internships are intended to help you build experience. As such, most organisations do not require any formal experience or qualifications. Where experience is required, this will be made clear in the relevant advertisement.
You should not forget that voluntary work and/or extra-curricular activities can also serve as relevant experience for many roles. If you wish to discuss your eligibility for an internship in more detail, please contact Sheena McBeth.
- How many Club 21 applications can I make?
You can apply for as many Club 21 internships as you wish, but we advise you to concentrate your efforts on one or two that really interest you. You are far more likely to succeed with a targeted and considered application than a scattergun approach.
You may wish to make an appointment with a Careers Adviser to discuss which internships are most relevant to you.
Please remember that you must submit 2 copies of your application form per internship- you cannot apply for multiple internships with the same application form.
- Will you check my application for me?
A member of our Careers Adviser team will be happy to go through your application with you. See the make an appointment page for more details.
It is very important that you leave yourself plenty of time to complete your application and that you check it thoroughly before submitting it. Spelling and grammar are very important and will be taken into account at every stage of the selection process.
- I’ve applied. What happens next?
We will consider your application to assess whether it matches the person specification as advertised by the company. If your application is considered suitable, it will be sent to the internship company.
You will be contacted by letter or email within 5 days of the closing date to inform you whether or not your form has been forwarded to your chosen company. If you did not meet the selection criteria, you are welcome to request further feedback.
Organisations ordinarily take around 2 to 3 weeks to process applications and select candidates for interview. We will contact you to advise you of any significant delays. Please do not contact us for further updates until three weeks have elapsed.
Please note that the decision to invite a candidate for interview rests entirely with the organisation – a forwarded application is not a guarantee of an interview.
- Will I be expected to attend an interview?
You should always expect to attend an interview if your application gets past the initial stages. You may also be required to attend a half day or full day assessment centre for some organisations.
If you are unable to attend an interview in person, we may be able to arrange a telephone interview instead. However, this is offered entirely at the discretion of the organisation.
For advice on succeeding in interviews, see interviews in the guidance section.
- Can I request feedback on an unsuccessful application?
You are welcome to request feedback from Club 21 on how to improve your future applications. You may also find our resources on filling in application forms helpful.
About My Internship
- What hours will I be expected to work?
Your hours will vary depending on the nature and needs of the business, but most organisations expect you to work 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. It is possible but unlikely that you will need to work evenings or weekends. As always, it is important to read the advertisement very carefully in order to understand the demands of the role.
- Will I be paid?
All Club 21 opportunities are paid unless the role is specified as being voluntary (normally work with charities). Paid internships must offer equal to or more than the UK National Minimum Wage. Unpaid internships will always be offered on a part time / flexible basis so as to ensure that you can continue to support yourself with any part time work you undertake.
- How long will my internship be?
Most Club 21 internships take place during the summer vacation, although some companies offer opportunities during term time or spring break. Most summer internships are 6 – 12 weeks in duration, although this can vary considerably. You should always refer to the advertisement for duration details.
- I have a holiday booked. Will this affect my chances?
Not necessarily. It is often possible to arrange earlier start or end dates, or even to take a break in the middle of an internship.
You should make a note of any holidays you have planned or other dates you are unable to work on your application. The sooner the organisation is made aware of any holiday dates, the more likely they are to be able to accommodate them. However, any alternative arrangements are made entirely at the organisation’s discretion.
- What sort of duties will I be performing?
The type and range of work that you will undertake on your internship will vary greatly from organisation to organisation. You may work on a standalone defined project or experience several facets of the business. Check the advertisement for specifics.
A Club 21 internship is intended to give you a genuine and hands-on experience, so while there may be some 'menial' aspects, you can also expect to be treated as if you were a permanent employee. Expect to be given real responsibilities and challenges.
- Where will my internship be located?
Most Club 21 internships take place in Glasgow or the Central area, but this is not always the case. Check all advertisements carefully.
- Will I get help with travel or accommodation costs?
Any financial assistance is made available at the discretion of each individual organisation. Check the advertisement for details.
- Can I unsubscribe from the Club 21 email list?
No. Club 21 emails are sent out using the University’s centralised student mailing facility. Unfortunately, it is impossible to remove email addresses from this list.
If you wish to avoid receiving Club 21 emails in your inbox, you can automatically move Club 21 emails to your junk folder by following the instructions below. Think carefully however – you could very easily miss information about your dream placement opportunity.
- In your email account, go to "tools" and then click on "options".
- Select "preferences" > "Junk Email" > "Blocked Senders".
- Add "email@example.com"
- In your email account, select "options" in the top right-hand corner.
- In the left-hand column, select "Junk Email".
- Add "firstname.lastname@example.org" to the "Blocked Senders" list.
1. Fill in the application form
Fill in the Club 21 application form. The application form must be typed or word processed.
Please note that we are unable to check your Club 21 Application Form for you. If you require any advice on completion of the form, or on constructing an effective CV, contact us well in advance of the placement closing date, as you will not be permitted to edit your documents after submitting them.
Read the following guidance documents before completing your application:
2. Before you submit the form
Before submitting your application, please ensure that you specify which organisation you are applying to at the top of your application form. Some organisations may offer several internships so please be specific(you must apply separately for each opportunity when applying for more than one).
Completed applications must be returned by the date specified on the internship advert. Late applications will not be considered.
3. Submit your application
Return 2 copies of your application form to the Careers Service:
Level 2, The Fraser Building
65 Hillhead Street
Glasgow G12 8QQ
Please make sure that your application form is stapled together.
Applications should be put into the blue postbox marked "Careers Club 21 Applications" which is opposite the Student Services Enquiry Team on Level 2.
You will receive an initial decision on your application within 5 working days of the closing date. We cannot acknowledge receipt of applications due to the number coming in but if you are concerned about your application please do get in touch.
Email applications will not be accepted except in cases where the applicant is currently taking part in an Erasmus or related programme and is currently studying at a university outside the UK. If you are emailing your application for this reason, please ensure that you email it directly to Sheena McBeth.
You will always receive an email confirming receipt of your application if you have submitted it by email - if you do not receive a confirmation email, please tell us. Faxed applications will not be accepted. Postal applications are accepted but must be received by the closing date (Club 21 accepts no responsibility for applications lost or delayed in the post).