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Santander Universities SME Internship Programme

Through this programme, Northumbria University and Santander can offer up to £1,531.25 in grant funding to eligible SMEs who employ a Northumbria student or recent graduate for an up-to ten week paid Internship.

Update June 2019: Due to high demand, we are no longer able to accept applications as all funding has now been allocated. However, we do expect to have future funding schemes so please contact us if you would like us to send you updates regarding these.

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How it works

Your business employs a paid Intern for up to ten weeks. Provided your business pays them a minimum of £306.25 gross pay per week (based on 35 hours per week), Northumbria University and Santander will reimburse £153.13 per week at the end of the Internship period, up to a total of £1,531.25. In other words Northumbria University and Santander will fund half of the intern's gross pay (up to the maximum grant amount).

Two week long internships can be fully funded (up to a value of £306.25 per week). Internships can also run part time with grant funding pro-rated accordingly.

You just submit a short application and provide evidence at the end of the Internship that the Intern has been paid at least this minimum amount. We’ll also ask you and the Intern to fill in a short evaluation.


Advantages of taking part

  • Up to £1,531.25 of grant funding
  • Reduce the financial risk of taking on a new employee
  • An infusion of new ideas and approaches from a freshly-educated Intern
  • The opportunity to develop and support new talent in your industry
  • Northumbria University will help advertise the role
  • Apply online
  • Light paperwork and evidence requirements for grant funding, and support from Northumbria University in completing
  • Can employ up to two interns in this cycle of funding


How to take part

If you’d like to take part, please register your interest with .  A member of the Careers and Employment Service will be in touch with you to discuss progressing your application. Please note that eligibility criteria and full terms and conditions will apply.

The aim of the Programme is to secure paid work experience for Northumbria students and graduates, so we’ll be looking for companies who are able to provide the best work experience for our students and graduates.


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