Summer Internship Programme 2015

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

Fancy boosting your CV with an exciting summer internship at a small-to-medium enterprise?

Work experience is vital for gaining knowledge and confidence, experience for your CV and an advantage in the job market.

UCL Advances’ Summer Internship Programme (SIP) can put you leaps and bounds ahead of the competition when it comes to professional development and applying for jobs. It offers approximately 120 students the chance to work for SMEs across London for eight or twelve weeks in the summer. It’s a brilliant opportunity to gain in-depth work experience and pick up entrepreneurial know-how directly from business owners.

Full-time internships receive a tax-free training allowance of £250 a week and are open to UCL students across all disciplines or very fresh graduates (students due to finish their course this summer).

What is an SME?

An SME is a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise, defined as employing fewer than 250 people – it can include start-ups, social enterprise and charities. New and upcoming businesses are often defined as SMEs, and they are important employers of new and recent graduates.

Why work for an SME?

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

"Coming out of UCL as a fresh-faced graduate, the process of finding a job as a stepping stone into the ‘real world’ seemed like a daunting task, with little guidance along the way. The UCL Advances internship scheme is the much-needed bridge between university and the workplace, as it provides the ideal chance to navigate from student life into the working world"
Issariya Udomritkul, BSc (Hons) Anthropology on accepting a permanent position at her host company

“The experience was incredibly useful and provided me with invaluable media and communications experience. As a result of my scheme, I have been able to secure an internship at the British Council’s political and cultural affairs think-tank, working in media and communications – this has been one of my long-term ambitions.”
Ari Magnusson, MSc International Public Policy, explaining the impact of his placement

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.

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

There will be several student information sessions throughout the year for students.
Please see below for the list of sessions:

30 October 2014, 11am-12pm
26 November 2014, 2-3pm
10 February 2015, time TBC
25 February 2015, time TBC
5 March 2015, time TBC
11 March 2015, time TBC

Several internship fairs will be held in March 2015, attend the fairs which interest you to meet and pitch to companies that you would be keen to work with.

Internship Fairs Dates
16, 18, 23, 25 March, 2015. Time TBC

For more information please email