Summer Internship Programme 2015 for Students

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?

Now, more than ever, it’s important to start getting work-related experience from year one, to build confidence, enhance your CV and gain an advantage in the labour market.

This summer, UCL Advances is offering approximately 120 students the exciting chance to work in SMEs across London. This is an ideal opportunity to gain credible work experience and pick up entrepreneurial skills directly from small business owners. The internships are open to any UCL students or recent graduates (those who were awarded their degree in 2014) and will last for 8 or 12 weeks over the summer. 

In addition to new skills and experience to add to your CV, you will also be paid a tax-free training allowance of £250 per week for the full time internship with the SME. 

UCL Advances has been running this internship programme for many years and it has grown year on year with the commitment from UCL to:

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

What is an SME?

An SME is a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise, defined as employing fewer than 250 people and can include start ups, social enterprise and charities. SMEs are an important growth area for graduate recruitment. New and upcoming businesses tend to be SMEs and they cover most business sectors.

Why work for an SME?

If you’ve never thought about working for an SME, or even setting up your own business, the Summer Internship Programme will give you a taste of what it’s like.

"An 8-week exploration into the vibrant and energetic environment of a digital agency, I have much to thank for my internship experience through UCL Advances as I probably would not have been exposed to the advantages of working for an SME otherwise!"
Kimberly Tang, UCL graduate upon accepting a permanent position at her host company 

Who is eligible?

All UCL students and recent graduates (up to one year after graduation) from all faculties and degrees are eligible to apply.

To be eligible for the programme, you need to be eligible to work in the UK. If you are on a visa, 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

How to apply

In order to apply for the programme, you need to have already chosen and been accepted by a host company. The application is a joint effort and you and your company will each need to fill in a section; both sections will be evaluated. The top applications will be accepted onto the programme and offered funding.

We hosted three intern recruitment fairs in March, where students were able to meet companies that were seeking an intern for the summer. These have now passed, but you can still apply if you didn't attend a fair. As long as a company is London-based and an SME, then you can apply for the internship programme with them. An SME is any company with less than 250 employees and less than €50 million turnover. To make sure that your chosen company is eligible to apply, tell them to fill in our eligibility check form.

All applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on Monday 27th April 2015. This is a strict deadline and any applications with a later timestamp will not be considered for the programme.

Dates for your diary

Getting Ready for the Workplace: Transition to Work

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