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Nottingham Internship Scheme


Why not join the hundreds of SMEs* that have employed our talented students and graduates through the Nottingham Internship Scheme?

The Nottingham Internship Scheme (NIS) is a well-established and popular programme amongst our students and recent graduates. Internships provide them with important work experience, improved employability, and a breadth of new skills. 

SMEs* can make use of the NIS to fill a short-term vacancy or a permanent role following the initial internship period, or to complete a defined piece of work or a project with funding available to support you through the process. 


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Why get involved? 

As an SME the benefits of taking part include: 

  • Access to university talent 
  • A pipeline for future hires 
  • Members of staff can take on coaching/managerial responsibilities 
  • Improved knowledge of the student and graduate labour market 
  • A valuable contribution to your social responsibility or community work 

How does it work? 

The NIS takes place twice during the academic year, once in spring and once in the summer. 

We can fully or partially fund the salary of up to two interns per organisation, as long as they are paid at least the National Living Wage. 

Spring internships are open to current students from widening participation backgrounds and summer internships are open to all current students and recent graduates. 


What are the key dates?

Spring internships take place during the Easter vacation. 

Summer internships take place from June onwards, after the spring semester exam period. 

The timelines will differ each academic year, there will be a separate webpage for each scheme with further information. 


Interested in finding out more about the scheme?

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  • Please complete this form and we will get back to you to discuss your interest in the scheme.
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  • Please indicate whether you wish to receive information about our future internship programmes.


Find out what employers have to say

Impression Digital - Aaron Dicks, Managing Director

"We’ve got a 100% retention rate so far, the work that has been produced has been outstanding, we’d definitely engage with the scheme again.” 

Protolan - Emma Brown, Head of Project Management

"We chose to take on interns as an experiment to see what they could provide for us, it was so successful and they made an impact on the business immediately.” 


Green's Mill and Science Centre - Jamie Duff, Heritage Development Officer

"Taking on an intern from the University of Nottingham has allowed us to focus someone on a specific project. It’s been fantastic and I would recommend it.” 



Contact us

Any questions? Please email or ring George Lycett 0115 74 84526

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*Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) are companies consisting of fewer than 250 people and with a turnover of less than 50 million euros or an annual balance sheet not exceeding 43 million euros. 


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