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Summer internships

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This summer you could work for a local SME or charity through the Nottingham Internship Scheme. The opportunities are paid and are a minimum of four weeks long, beginning in June.


Why should I complete an internship?

Completing a summer internship could:

  • provide work experience and allow you to develop your employability skills.
  • give you the soft skills that employers are looking for.
  • increase your commercial awareness.
  • build your connections with businesses and contacts in the location or sector that you are looking to work in.
  • some of the internships have the potential to develop into longer term work and even permanent, graduate employment.
  • earn money over the summer.

The majority of these internships will be in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, but some will be further afield. All of the internships will be based in SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), charities or community interest companies. For information about the format in which these internships will take place, please refer to the ‘virtual/in person’ section of this page.


Why work for an SME?

Working in an SME will be a unique experience:

  • You are likely to have more responsibility
  • When working in a smaller company, you are more likely to build relationships with senior members of staff, you may find yourself sat next to the director
  • There may be the opportunity to get involved in all areas of the business, providing a great overview of different business functions
  • You can read more on our careers blog

If you are successful in securing an internship through the Nottingham Internship Scheme, you will also benefit from support from the Careers and Employability Service throughout. We can help you apply and prepare for your internship and use your new skills and experiences in your CV and during interviews.


How to apply

Applications are completed through MyCareer in the application section of each advert. You will need to answer the questions on the application form and submit your CV.

Things to consider before applying:

  • These are full time internships, typically working a 9-5 working day. Please think about your availability and any other commitments before you apply.
  • If you are applying for an ‘in person’ internship, please think carefully about which roles best suit your skills and interests as well as the location of the business, please make sure that you will be able to travel to your internship. If you are able to travel to a non-city centre internship, it may be advantageous to consider these roles.
  • Once you have applied, your CV and application form will be forwarded to the host company for them to review and progress your application.
  • If the host decides to undertake interviews, the format in which they will take place is decided by the host.

Key dates

We will begin to advertise internships from Monday 5 April and we will be adding new opportunities throughout April. We would encourage you to revisit this page regularly for an updated list of internships.

The internships are scheduled to take place after Monday 21 June, in line with the end of the spring semester exam period and the government roadmap*

*This date is correct at the time of this page being published, it is subject to change depending on the circumstances at the time of the internship.


Virtual/In Person

This year we will be advertising a mixture of virtual and ‘in person’ internships. It will be clearly stated in each advert the format in which each internship will take place. There will be three options:

  • The internship will be advertised as virtual and will go ahead virtually regardless of any change in circumstances
    • In order to be able to undertake a virtual internship on a paid basis you must be based in the UK for the duration of the internship period
  • The internship will be advertised as ‘in person’ and there will not be an option for the internship to take place virtually, if circumstances change and the internship can’t take place ‘in person’ then it will be cancelled
  • The internship will be advertised as ‘in person’ but there is the option for it to take place virtually if circumstances change

An internship via the NIS is extra-curricular and is not part of your studies. Should you successfully secure an internship through the NIS you will be an employee of the host business and you will be subject to standard health and safety protocols for that employer.

You are choosing to apply to and undertake this internship independently and (if successful) as an employee of the host business. If the internship is taking place in an office/site-based capacity you will be provided with information on the Covid workplace risk assessment that the host company has undertaken prior to the start date. If you are unable to undertake the internship in the capacity in which it is advertised please do not apply.

All applicants who successfully secure an internship through the NIS will be encouraged to continue to engage with the University asymptomatic testing service for the duration of the internship period.


Careers and Employability Service

University of Nottingham
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University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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