HEIW Summer Internship

HEIW Summer Internship

presentation iconHEIW Summer Internship

The 6-8 week HEIW Summer Internship is designed by and for students and will allow its participants to immerse in a department and work on their own for the duration of the programme. The programme follows a blended internship model that provides undergraduate and postgraduate students with in-work experience and a potential talent pathway into a career within NHS Wales. Through the programme you will receive mentorship, training and organisational safaris through different departments of the organisation.

We are looking for students with a desire to make a difference and experience working within NHS Wales with the prospect of embarking on a career in NHS Wales. You will be curious, creative and innovative and have the ability to listen, engage and communicate effectively with others. You will be working alongside inspirational and dynamic leaders, as well as a mentor and a buddy. The programme will stimulate your curiosity and innovation enabling you to influence and champion change.

You will be carrying out research using a range of different sources, analysing them to identify key themes/issues, producing reports and making recommendations. You will need to use initiative and be proactive, with determination to delivery improvements and results.

As an intern, you will be guided and supported to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to complete your regional/national project, that will contribute to ensuring an ever more efficient, quality-driven and professional health care service.

This programme is only available to students from Cardiff University, University of South Wales and Cardiff Metropolitan University.

What's on offer?

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Gain valuable work-based experience and develop skills that compliment the undergraduate degree. You'll also have access to a range of Masterclasses.

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You will be provided with mentoring support from HEIW staff, as well as a buddy system.

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A salary of £10.62 per hour plus a number of benefits including paid annual leave, NHS pension and health service discounts.

2022 Internship Experience

Watch a video about the experience of our past interns at HEIW.

Read More about the interns projects at HEIW.

2021 Internship Experience

Watch a video about the experience of our past Interns at HEIW.

Past Projects

Below you can find examples of past projects developed by our interns:

heart and hand iconMENTAL HEALTH

Main Objective: Map out pathways and access points for Primary Care Mental Health for the purposes of providing an immediate priority response to the need to improve Primary Care Mental Health services.


Main Objective: To scope, review and develop a new patient feedback survey for the Orbit360 MSF system, which meets the requirements of the regulators and provides specialty specific questions to enable national benchmarking.


Main Objective: collating key information exploring methodology for interpreting and presenting the 19 Endoscopy Unit data returns, creating a summary narrative of the current workforce, particularly focusing on national endoscopy staff vacancies, procedure skill mixes and training needs analysis


Main Objective: To support the achievement of our Strategic Aims and delivery of our IMTP/Annual Plan, teams across the organisation will identify opportunities both strategically and operational which require additional investment.

Different ethnicity fists in the air iconEQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Main Objective: Increase workforce diversity and inclusion.This will be achieved by developing and implementing intersectional, systemic approach to building a framework and program of continuous work to address unconscious bias in the workplace.

As well as to promote the diversity both within HEIW and wider health community which is reflective of the population of Wales and meets the Welsh Government’s Long-Term Equality Aims 2020-2024.

first aid kit bag iconSECONDARY CARE

Main Objective: Target key priority specialties that either have gaps in their training programmes demonstrating attrition of trainees, or where as part of the national recruitment process have filled the cohort with a significant number of low ranking candidates; Survey doctors leaving their programmes; whether it be having satisfactorily completed their training programme to move on to the next stage of their career, taking a training transfer to another UK region or a resignation. We will look at key themes as to why these Doctors choose to leave Wales; Examine the movements of doctors who completed their training programmes in August 2020 to determine where the individuals now work and whether they have taken up further training roles using data from the General Medical Council.

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

NHS Wales views diversity positively, recognising differences and embracing each colleague’s unique contribution and welcomes applications from all groups. We are committed to equality of opportunity for all candidates, ensuring that no applicant is discriminated against. No applicant should receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, gender, colour, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, marital partnership status, religion or belief, age, disability, social and employment status or any other personal characteristic.

If you require this information in any other format such as large text or braille or if you require reasonable adjustments to be made please contact the team who will be happy to assist via heiw.internshipprogramme@wales.nhs.uk. We may require evidence, such as letter or documentation from a medical professional to confirm adjustments required.

Stonewall Diversity Champions Cymru
Disability Confident Committed
Dying to Work
NHS Anti-Violence Collaborative
Communications Access UK
Time to Change Wales
Black History Wales

Os oes gennych unrhyw gwestiynau yn ymwneud a’r Rhaglen Interniaeth GIG Cymru cysylltwch â heiw.internshipprogramme@wales.nhs.uk