UCL Careers


UCL Internships Scheme in Start-Ups for Current Students and Graduates

This scheme is currently closed.

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The UCL Careers Internships Scheme in Start-Ups, in association with Santander, offers current students and recent graduates the chance to do an internship at a range of host UCL start-ups. The internships will take place between 2nd August and 17th September 2021. Each internship will vary in duration depending on full time or part time opportunity. 

Internship Details

Internships are available in a range of sectors including: 

  • IT/Technology and Education
  • Construction, the Built Environment and Property
  • Life Sciences/Health

You must be a current UCL student or recent graduate (completed your degree within the last 3 years). 

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. 

What to expect from the application process

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. Students who do not take the time to prepare a good quality application are unlikely to be 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 July.

If you have any questions please get in touch with careers.internships@ucl.ac.uk.


Each student / graduate will receive £1,000 for completing a work project of a minimum of 70 hours and maximum of 105 hours (maximum of 35 max hours per week). If located within the boroughs of Greater London, the duration of the work project should be of a minimum of 55 hours and a maximum of 92 hours (maximum of 35 max hours per week). 


Outside London: 3 weeks full time (for 35hrs per week) or 5.25 weeks part time (for 20hrs per week). 

Inside London: 2.6 weeks full time or 4.6 weeks part time (same weekly working hours as above).

Application / Deadline

This scheme is currently closed.

Get the most out of the experience

Start-ups are smaller-scale companies created to solve problems with innovative solutions. Some of the advantages of working for a start-up include: 

  • Opportunity to perform a diverse range of tasks, get great exposure and help to grow with the business.  
  • Taking on a dynamic role in a fast-paced environment which will prepare you well for future opportunities. 
  • Taking more ownership of the work that you do as every employee plays a key role in contributing to the success of the business. 

How to prepare for these opportunities:

  • Sign up to vacancy alerts: register to receive email alerts for ‘Internships in Start-ups’ in myUCLCareers – vacancy adverts will state if it’s part of the Summer Internships Scheme. 
  • 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. 
  • You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook to hear about roles live.
If you get an internship offer

Congratulations on your offer as a start-up intern!

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. 

If you have any questions please get in touch with careers.internships@ucl.ac.uk.