How would you like to gain real life experience working for a small or medium 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 are offering 100 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 very fresh graduates (students due to finish their course this summer 2013) and will last for 8 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.
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. Advantages of working for an SME. If you have never considered the prospect of working for an SME or even setting up your own business, SIP will give you a good taster of what it could be like.
How to apply
Applications for 2013 have now closed. 2014 applications will open again in the Spring of 2014.
Here is what two former students said about the internship programme:
"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 that has been one of my long-term ambitions.”
Ari Magnusson, MSc International Public Policy, explaining the impact of his placement