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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.

Your next steps

Applications have now closed. You will be contacted soon to let you know if you have been successful.

Read our blog: Internship Diaries: What to Expect


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 submit a copy of your CV and a cover letter. For CV and cover letter advice, please visit our webpage on making applications

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. Internship hosts may consider hiring on a part time basis, please specify how many hours you can work per week in your cover letter, you can also confirm this using the check-box in the application form.
  • 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.
  • Students can submit multiple applications for different internships.

Key dates

We will begin to advertise internships from Monday 8 April and new opportunities will be added throughout April. We encourage you to revisit this page regularly for an updated list of internships. 

The closing date for applications for all internships is 5pm on Sunday 5 May.

The internships are scheduled to take place following the spring semester exam period.


Summer internship vacancies

Applications have now closed.

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