Summer Internship Programme for Businesses 2016

A summer internship programme that gives London-based SMEs access to UCL students and graduates.

Would you like a high calibre student/graduate to help develop your business over the summer, at minimal cost to you?

Applications for the 2016 programme have now closed. Further news about the 2017 programme will be released in the autumn/winter of 2016.

This summer, UCL Advances will fund approximately 100 internship places (8 or 12 weeks) to UCL students and recent graduates (from 2014, 2015 and 2016) who have submitted a compelling application together with an SME of their choice. In other words, applications are from student-company pairs, NOT from a student or a company separately, wishing to be matched to a counterpart.

To find a student with whom to submit an application, you can either attend a recruitment fair specific to this programme in March 2016 and meet students looking for a summer internship, or you can contact students directly and see if they’d like to apply with you.

The internship is free of charge to you (we will directly pay the intern £329/week which equates to London Living Wage) although there is a small fee if you would like to attend a recruitment fair and you should cover any additional costs incurred (such as travel to client visits, conferences, etc.) that you require of the intern.

The key aim is to provide the intern with ‘hands on’ worthwhile work experience that will show them what it is like to run a business or work for a smaller enterprise. You get to interview and select an intern with the skills or academic knowledge you require to help develop your business.

Who is eligible

To be eligible you need to be:

  • An SME, start-up, social enterprise, or charity;
  • Based in London (within zones 1-6);
  • Have a desk for the intern in an office (NOT a home office) where another full-time member of the company sits (co-working spaces are acceptable); and
  • A member of the senior management team is committed to spending at least half a day per week meeting with or mentoring the intern (taking them to meetings, reviewing goals and tasks etc).

Eight week internships are open to all UCL students and recent graduates (from 2014, 2015 and 2016) from all faculties and degrees.

Twelve week internships are ONLY open to final year students and recent graduates (ie, you will not be returning to full-time studies in September 2016) due to the restrictions of Santander Universities who part-funds these placements. Successful host companies here will also need to complete additional forms in line with Santander Universities requirements.

If you submit an application with a student, it must be a new relationship (ie, you cannot be/have been an employer of the student, the student must not own any equity/shares in the business, and you must not be related to the student.

Please refer to the company information pack for more details on eligibility and the programme as a well.

Recruitment Fairs

All our recruitment fairs for the 2016 programme have now concluded. If you need to contact UCL students who may be interested in your opportunity, you can try to reach them through student societies (a full list of societies can be found here), by emailing any particular UCL departments directly to ask them to circulate the information to their students (which they may or may not do!), or by coming on campus and handing out flyers. UCL Advances does not have the capacity to act as a recruitment agency on your behalf and therefore it is your responsibility to find a student yourself.

How to apply

Submit the joint application form to by 12pm on Monday 25 April 2016. Please note that we will NOT be reviewing these forms until w/c 25 April 2016. Each party in the application form should set aside at least 30 minutes to complete their portion of the form (general guidelines on what we’re looking for in the applications are given in the information packs).

Click here for the 8 week internship application form

Click here for the 12 week internship application form