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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?

By taking on a University of Nottingham student or graduate intern you can:

  • get fresh perspectives from our talented students and graduates, and add value to your business
  • recruit to a range of job areas including research, digital marketing, project management, engineering and many more
  • use internships as a flexible recruitment tool for project-based roles (8–12 weeks) or as a gateway to longer-term employment
  • receive a grant towards the cost of employing an intern

New to employing interns? Watch our employer case studies below and read the  Government's Best Practice Guide.

Santander Universities
Funding for the Nottingham Internship Scheme comes from a number of sources, including Santander Universities.
*A small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) is a company 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. 

Spring Internship Programme 2018

Our spring internship programme is returning this year; building on its previous success by supporting up to 70 internships.

How does it work?

  • Two to three students will work for you collaboratively on a business project over the Easter vacation period.*
  • Your business will gain real value from a project or piece of research you might not otherwise have time or resource for.
  • Students will be matched with your organisation by criteria and a job description provided by you.
  • The scheme is fully funded by Santander Universities.

Projects that interns could work on include: researching opportunities for international trade, reviewing marketing strategies, developing social media marketing campaigns, event planning, designing surveys for evaluation of service users – to name a few. 

Your next steps

Apply for the scheme by Monday 12 February 2018.

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Want to discuss your project in more detail before applying? Please get in touch

*Spring Internship Programme timescale
2018 dates
Monday 12 February  Employer application deadline.
Friday 9 March  Student application deadline.
w/c Monday 12 March We will shortlist applicants and match students to employers.
Wednesday 21 March Induction day for student interns at host organisations.
Wednesday 28/Thursday 29 March Pre-internship induction for students delivered by the Careers and Employability Service.
Monday 9 – Friday 20 April Internships take place.

Summer internships 2018 – coming soon!

We will again by supporting internships for our students and recent graduates over the summer vacation period. Typically these will last eight weeks (or more) in duration.

More information will be coming soon, but if you'd like to know more please get in touch.

Hear what employers say about the scheme

Impression Digital

Aaron Dicks, Managing Director

The Nottingham Internship Scheme has enabled this digital marketing company to recruit new talent for the business - achieving a 100% conversion rate!


Emma Brown, Head of Project Management

Protolan, a project engineering company in the food industry, wanted to gain fresh perspectives and skillsets to help them build their business.


Strafe Creative

Ross Davies, Director

Strafe Creative decided to take on interns to help their business grow and to support students to gain the skills and experience required in the creative sector.

Green's Mill and Science Centre

Jamie Duff, Heritage Development Officer

Green's Mill and Science Centre used the talent and fresh perspectives of an intern to redevelop their centre and exhibition space.


Express an interest in creating internships

If you are interested in finding out more about the scheme and potentially creating some internships, fill out the form below and a member of our team will be in touch in due course.

  • Expression of Interest Form
    To express your interest in this scheme, please complete the details below.
  • Contact name


Careers and Employability Service

The University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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