Summer Internships 2021 – Apply now
Applications are now open for Surrey Heath Borough Council’s 2021 paid summer internship programme.
Please complete the application form below by midday on Monday, 8 March 2021.
If you have any difficulties accessing the online application or have any queries about our internship programme please contact Sarah Bainbridge, Senior Organisational Development Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We expect our 2021 internship placements to run from early July to early/mid-September depending the successful candidates’ availability.
While we hope that it may be possible for the 2021 interns to experience working at the SHBC offices, this will be entirely dependent on Covid-19 restrictions. The safety of all our staff is our first priority. We are confident that we are able to offer valuable and interesting internships even if carried out entirely remotely, and you can read more about our 2020 approach in our blog post published by the Local Government Association.
About our internships
Since 2017, SHBC has recruited undergraduates to work on real projects for the Council during their study breaks via our Summer Internship programme.
Designed to provide students with an opportunity to gain valuable experience within a Local Authority, the placements can last between four weeks through to three months, and are open to undergraduates and graduates.
Eight interns joined SHBC in the summer of 2020, working in Economic Development; Revenues & Benefits and Procurement; Human Resources; Transformation; Planning Policy, Housing and Community Services.
Tash completed her 2020 internship with the Community Services team, who provide vital services supporting vulnerable residents to continue to live independently in their own home as well as remaining active within their local communities. She said:
“Through my internship at Surrey Heath Borough Council I hoped to gain insight into how Local Government balances national, political, and local interests.
I was given a lot of independence with my projects. By being given a problem to solve rather than being given smaller tasks I was able to conduct my own research, understand the wider implications, and take ownership of my work.
This internship gave me a greater understanding of the role of local government within the networks of the voluntary sector, healthcare sector, and national government. The internship has given me invaluable experience in project management, research and presenting as well as allowing me to make a positive contribution to the work of the Community Services team. The skills and knowledge that I developed during my internship will be highly influential and beneficial in my future career in social research.”
Recent Investment and Development intern Alannah said: “The I & D team were all welcoming and ensured that I got the most out of my month at SHBC from day one. I would really recommend this Internship for anyone looking for a real working experience in a corporate environment. My role was varied and involved planning events, designing pop-up features in vacant spaces in the town centre and attending meetings with the Chief Executive and other departments and investors. I also sourced and researched materials and companies for different events, gathered quotes, prepared information for the website and reported back my findings. This internship has really helped build my confidence in the workplace and put my skills in to practice. I enjoyed my time at SHBC and learnt a lot of transferrable and professional skills that I can implement in my new job.”
Human Resources intern Ellen said: “The Internship exceeded my expectations. I did not think I would be given as much responsibility as I have been, which makes me feel trusted and valued in the team. I have been given lots of exciting projects to be getting on with so I always have something to do! I feel as though I have already developed my skills massively which, along with my degree, will make me much more employable for the future”