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Nottingham Internship Scheme

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The Nottingham Internship Scheme (NIS) 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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Applications for summer internships are now closed.

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Hear about Jesica's internship experience

One of the benefits of the internship was developing commercial awareness. So the opportunity to make make decisions, connect with people and learn about different areas within the business really helped.

Jesica Dahal, third year Industrial Economics


NIS spring

  • Opportunities take place over the spring break, typically 10 days long but undertaken on a flexible basis
  • In order to participate students will need to meet eligibility criteria
  • Participants will receive a bursary from the university to cover costs associated with undertaking the opportunity
  • Opportunities will primarily be in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

NIS summer

  • Applications will open on Monday 8 April, 2024
  • NIS summer internships are eight weeks long and take place from June 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 Anna's blog post - My experience with the Nottingham Internship Scheme


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
  • financial analyst
  • mechanical engineer
  • marketing strategist 
  • data analyst
  • PR and social media assistant
  • development engineer
  • copywriter
  • architectural assistant
  • supply chain analyst
  • laboratory assistant
Panayiotis Georgiou
[My internship at Orbit Legal was a transformative experience. The mentorship, the innovative work environment, and the hands-on experience have all played a significant role in preparing me for my future endeavours.]

Hear from previous interns

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.

Please be aware that study abroad, compulsory year abroad, optional placements/internships and integrated year in industry opportunities may change at any time for a number of reasons, including curriculum developments, changes to arrangements with partner universities or placement/industry hosts, travel restrictions or other circumstances outside of the university's control. Every effort will be made to update this information as quickly as possible should a change occur.

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