The SME Internship Scheme

Our funded SME Internship Scheme provides opportunities for you to work with our students.

SME Internship Scheme

The SME Internship Scheme is closed. We have currently allocated our funding and are not able to accept any new employer applicationsPlease contact the team to be added to our waiting list at 

We plan to reopen the scheme in autumn 2024. 

The scheme provides paid work experience of 4 weeks (140 hours) with SMEs in the UK, for current students and alumni who have graduated within the last 15 months. The fund supports organisations whilst providing opportunities for internships where you can make a difference.

We receive internship funding from different sources each academic year to provide opportunities for students. Our funding providers specify the eligibility criteria for internships to receive funding through the scheme.

The SME Internship Scheme is currently open to students from specific groups underrepresented in higher education and who may experience inequalities in progressing into employment.

Please contact the SME Internships Team at if you have been approached by a student and are unsure of their eligibility.

The team at the University is amazing, the SME Internship schemes are truly a blessing for start-up companies like ours. Our business greatly benefited from our partnership with the University.

Nithya, Lurnable Limited

"My SME internship" blog series

Hear from students who have completed internships through the SME internship Scheme over on the Careers Service blog 

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