Summer Internship Programme for Students 2016

A great opportunity for students who want to gain work experience over the summer at a small-to-medium enterprise.

How would you like to gain real life experience working for a small or medium sized enterprise and get paid for it?

UCL is committed to:

  • Bettering students’ employability skills;
  • Connecting students with the exciting entrepreneurial and small business scene in London; and
  • Supporting London-based SMEs gain real tangible benefits from a UCL intern and to make their businesses progress.

This summer, UCL Advances will fund 110 internship training 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 company with whom to submit an application, you can either attend a recruitment fair specific to this programme in March 2016 and meet companies looking to recruit, or you can contact SMEs of your choice and see if they’d like to apply with you.

In addition to new skills and experience to add to your CV, you will receive a tax-free training allowance of £250 per week for the full time internship with the SME. Please note that holiday pay is NOT included in this so if you intend on taking a holiday during your internship (or to take time off to work on a dissertation etc), you will need to firstly agree this with your host company, and secondly agree how to make up for the time (extend your internship by x weeks or work longer hours on other days).

What is an SME?

An SME is a small or medium-sized enterprise, defined as:

  • employing fewer than 250 people; and
  • having an annual turnover of less than €50 million.

Start ups, social enterprise and charities are also included. SMEs are an important growth area for graduate recruitment. New and upcoming businesses tend to be SMEs and they cover most business sectors.

Who is eligible?

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 interns here will also need to complete additional forms in line with Santander Universities requirements.

To take part in any placement, you need to be eligible to work in the UK. If you are an international student, your visa must cover the full duration of the internship.*

  • Please see the student information pack for more details on eligibility of those with a Tier 4 visa but a general rule is that if you’re a postgraduate student on a Tier 4 visa, it is likely that you are not eligible.

Eligibility requirements for host companies are that they must:

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

If you submit an application with a company, it must be a new relationship (ie, you cannot be/have been an employee/paid intern of the company, you must not own any equity/shares in the company, and you must not be related to the owner(s)/director(s).

Information sessions

Interested students must attend one of these info sessions in order to be eligible for participation on the programme. Here you will learn all you need to know and most importantly, what you need to do to put yourself in the best position possible for a place on the programme.

29 January 2016, 11am-12pm
9 February 2016, 1-2pm
24 February 2016, 3-4pm
7 March 2016, 4-5pm

Recruitment Fairs

One way of meeting SMEs looking for a summer intern trainee is to come to a recruitment fair. Approximately 25 companies will be at each fair. Company names and what they are recruiting for will be made available closer to the dates.

Monday 21st March 2016 2pm-5pm
Tuesday 22 March 2016 11am-2pm
Wednesday 23 March 2016 2-4pm

Enterprise Bootcamp

The Enterprise Bootcamp is a 3 day free course that teaches the fundamentals of the modern business world. Attendance at an Enterprise Bootcamp is mandatory to securing an internship. Previous interns who have attended the Enterprise Bootcamp have testified how valuable and relevant the content has been, not just to their internship but also in general. Sign up quickly as they normally sell out!

15–17 February 2016
More dates TBC

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