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Summer Internship Scheme for Current Students and Graduates

Applications are open now!

The UCL Careers Summer Internships Scheme (in association with Santander), offers current students and recent graduates the chance to do a summer internship at a range of host organisations, including small to medium enterprises (SMEs), start-ups and larger organisations.

Santander Universities contributes funding to the employer to offer opportunities, so you are guaranteed a salary, paid above the National Minimum Wage.

The internships will take place between June and September. Each internship will vary in duration; this will be detailed on the advert.

Read about two students’ experiences of participating in the scheme in Summer 2018:

"This internship has changed my outlook on my future career. I am certain now that I want to pursue a career working in SMEs and further to that, I also know that I want to develop a portfolio career early on rather than pursuing a traditional, linear path. 
I really loved the pace of work, the variety and continually developing challenges in a fast-growing company. It taught me to iterate quickly and be very flexible. Other key skills I developed were time management, design skills and interpersonal skills. This internship also put me in touch with a number of interesting people who I would like to work with in the future." Katie Rawlins - UCL BASc Arts and Sciences - Graduating 2020““This internship has changed my outlook on my future career. I am certain now that I want to pursue a career working in SMEs and further to that, I also know that I want to develop a portfolio career early on rather than pursuing a traditional, linear path. I really loved the pace of work, the variety and continually developing challenges in a fast-growing company. It taught me to iterate quickly and be very flexible. Other key skills I developed were time management, design skills and interpersonal skills. This internship also put me in touch with a number of interesting people who I would like to work with in the future.” Katie Rawlins – UCL BASc Arts and Sciences – graduating 2020“This internship has changed my outlook on my future career. I am certain now that I want to pursue a career working in SMEs and further to that, I also know that I want to develop a portfolio career early on rather than pursuing a traditional, linear path. I really loved the pace of work, the variety and continually developing challenges in a fast-growing company. It taught me to iterate quickly and be very flexible. Other key skills I developed were time management, design skills and interpersonal skills. This internship also put me in touch with a number of interesting people who I would like to work with in the future.” Katie Rawlins – UCL BASc Arts and Sciences – graduating 2020“This internship has changed my outlook on my future career. I am certain now that I want to pursue a career working in SMEs and further to that, I also know that I want to develop a portfolio career early on rather than pursuing a traditional, linear path. I really loved the pace of work, the variety and continually developing challenges in a fast-growing company. It taught me to iterate quickly and be very flexible. Other key skills I developed were time management, design skills and interpersonal skills. This internship also put me in touch with a number of interesting people who I would like to work with in the future.” Katie Rawlins – UCL BASc Arts and Sciences – graduating 2020

Internships are available in a range of sectors including:

  • Consultancy
  • IT/Technology
  • Engineering
  • Arts/Culture
  • Life Sciences/Health
  • Finance
  • Social Sciences/Media

How will it work?

  • Eligibility:  You will need to be a current student or a recent graduate.
  • Internships are advertised on myUCLCareers under the ‘Managed Opportunities’ tab – UCL Careers Summer Internship Scheme.
  • Applications will open on 12 April 2021 and close at 11:59pm on 30 April 2021.
  • You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook to hear about roles live.
  • You will need to submit a CV and tailored cover letter for each internship you wish to apply for as part of the application process. Many students do not take the time to prepare a good quality application and therefore may not get shortlisted – we will not review applications until after the deadline so please use the resources on our website and use the tips on how to write effective cover letters to help you with your application.
  • UCL Careers and host organisations will review your application. You will be notified if you have been shortlisted after the closing date stated on the advert.
  • If you are shortlisted the employer will then give you feedback or invite you for an interview.
    You should know if you are hired by the employer by the start of June so bear this in mind when making vacation plans.
  • Once you have accepted an internship offer, we will send you and the employer an agreement letter each to complete and return to us. You will not be able to start your internship and we cannot release funding for the internship until you and the employer have returned completed agreements.

How can I prepare?

  • Receive vacancy alerts: register to receive email alerts for ‘Summer internships’ in myUCLCareers – vacancy adverts will state if it’s part of the Summer Internships Scheme.
  • Prepare: Many students do not take the time to prepare a good quality application and therefore may not get shortlisted – we will not review applications until after the deadline so please use the resources on our website and use the tips on how to write effective cover letters to help you with your application.
  • Perfect: book an Applications Appointment to get feedback and advice from our Careers Consultants.
  • Apply: You will need to go via myUCLCareers to complete your application.

Eligibility

  • You must be a current UCL student or recent graduate (completed your degree within the last 2 years). The scheme will open for candidate applications on the 12 April.
  • The scheme is open to undergraduates and postgraduates (Taught and Research).
  • You will need to be eligible to work in the UK during the period of the internship. If you are on a visa, your visa must cover the full duration of the internship. UCL is unable to issue a visa for this scheme.

Please note: UCL Tier 4 Postgraduate (Taught and Research) students are only permitted to work up to 20 hours per week for the full duration of their degree. This includes vacation periods and so they will not be able to work more than 20 hours in any one week as part of the internship. See the University’s working during your studies advice.

  • It’s your responsibility to ensure you are eligible for the scheme, comply with visa regulations and UCL sponsorship duties before submitting an application.

Already in contact with an employer?

If you know an employer who wants to hire a summer intern and would benefit from financial assistance, direct them to talentbank@ucl.ac.uk.

Funding is not guaranteed for all interested employers: they will need to submit a proposal which we review. We will not allocate funding for interns that employers secure outside of this process (e.g. if they have already decided to hire you before applying to our scheme and going through our process).  Deadline for proposals from employers is 26 March 2021.

View this scheme on myUCLCareers