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Nottingham Internship Scheme

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The Nottingham Internship Scheme provides a range of work experience opportunities exclusively for our students and graduates.

All of the opportunities are with small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), charities or social organisations. They take place throughout the year with schemes during spring and summer.

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The Nottingham Internship Scheme was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in academic year 2020-21. As a result of this the scheme was offered to students on a virtual basis. Details of how the scheme will be offered in 2021-22 will be presented on this webpage as and when it is confirmed, and this will be updated on an ongoing basis to reflect any changes required as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

NIS spring

  • NIS spring internships take place over the Easter break and are ten days long. In order to participate students will need to meet eligibility criteria which will be confirmed when applications open in February.
  • Interns will be paid a bursary by the university that will meet the National Living Wage as a minimum.
  • Internships will be hosted by SMEs in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

NIS summer

  • NIS Summer internships will be eight weeks long and take place from June 2022 onwards.
  • All of the internships will be paid the National Living Wage as a minimum.
  • The employers will be based in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire but some may be further afield, they will all be SMEs, charities or community interest companies.

Five reasons to apply for an internship

Through an internship you will: 

  1. apply your skills in a real world environment
  2. gain the vital 'soft skills' that employers are looking for, for example business communications skills and teamwork
  3. increase your commercial awareness, that is understanding the business and sector you are working in
  4. build connections with businesses and people  in the location and sector that interests you
  5. get paid!

And ... some of our interns have secured longer term and permanent graduate employment with the company!

Here's how 

Read Katie's blog post - Internship Diaries: What To Expect


Why work for an SME?

Working in an SME will be a unique experience.

  • You are likely to have more responsibility.
  • You will have more visibility as you are working in a smaller company, and may find yourself sat next to the director.
  • You may get involved in all areas of the business, which will give you a great overview of different business functions.

Read more about working for an SME on our blog


Roles offered through the Nottingham Internship Scheme

There are a wide range of career areas covered by our schemes including:

  • social impact researcher
  • digital marketing executive
  • software developer
  • assistant ecologist
  • scientific researcher
  • data recovery technician
  • PR and social media assistant
  • development engineer
  • copywriter

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Hear from previous interns

Rachel's journey from summer internship to graduate job


Intern at Green's Mill and Science Centre

Rachel Flaxman found her hands-on role with Green's Mill and Science Centre an excellent way to gain experience in the competitive heritage sector.


Associate curator at the Science Museum 

Rachel Flaxman portrait


I have recently received a promotion to associate curator of interactive galleries at the Science Museum. I can wholeheartedly say that my internship with the Nottingham Internship Scheme was what kick started my career.

Rachel Flaxman, classical civilisation graduate


Impression Digital

Ben Garry, English graduate

Ben Garry reflects on how his internship with Impression Digital in Nottingham allowed him to work on marketing projects which made a direct impact on clients.


Daniel Markcoons, engineering graduate

Daniel Markcoons applied for a Project Management internship with Protolan to gain valuable insight into a professional environment before graduating.


The value of work experience

Great experience! I feel much more confident and positive about the prospect of full-time work. The insight I got into office life and skills in Excel was really valuable. 
I feel I have a wider range of skills that I can refer to on my CV or in interviews - real work experience.
It was such a fantastic experience, my first real job. It will undoubtedly make it easier for me to get a job in the future. I am very very grateful for this opportunity. Thank you for your help.
The Nottingham Internship Scheme is funded by Santander Universities.

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