Impact Internships

Grow your business by tapping into a pool of students and graduates who want to make an impact.

Our Impact Internship programme will help you recruit skilled student talent without funding being a barrier. We will help you to address your unique skills gaps and recruitment challenges by connecting you with the best talent in the region.

Impact Internships at Careers Network

What is the Impact Internships programme?

The Impact Internship is an internship programme designed specifically to support start-ups, social enterprises and Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to recruit talent from the University of Birmingham who can support with specific projects.  Internships via this programme will only be open to final year students and recent graduates.

What is an internship?

Students carry out specific work-related tasks over a set period of time. The aim of an internship is to provide the intern with professional experience and the opportunity to develop skills related to working in a specific role or sector. During the period of the internship, the work undertaken by the intern could be whatever best suits your business requirements - for example, fundraising and marketing, a social media presence or researching competitors' products.

What types of students do we have?

You can target your internship/project towards students in a specific college or studying a specific degree. You can read details of all degree programmes offered by the University.

When can an internship take place?

Internships as part of this programme can be undertaken on a full or part-time basis. We offer funding for either 4 or 10 week internships to take place either in autumn/winter or the summer vacation period.

If you are looking at making a permanent hire in your organisation, you can utilise this funding to offer an initial 4 or 10 week trial period.

Please note that the social enterprise funding will only be available for internships in summer 2020.

  • Winter 2019 internships: Internships via this strand will commence from November/December 2019 onwards.  To register your interest please read the funding section below and complete our online form by Friday 20 September 2019.  
  • Summer 2020 internships: Internships via this strand will commence from June 2020 onwards.  You will be able to register your interest for this programme from November 2019. 

Funding for Impact Internships

1. Match funded 20 day internships - £612.50 paid by the University and £612.50 paid by the employer. 

The successful candidate must be a registered final year student or recent graduate from the University of Birmingham

  • Your organisation must have fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of under £50 million p/a
  • Company registration number and registered business space/address the student could work from
  • Have Employers Liability and Public Liability Insurance
  • The opportunity available to candidates must last no longer than 20 days.
  • You must agree, as a minimum, to match the £612.50 paid by Santander over the 20 day period. Therefore, you will initially pay the intern £1,225, and then claim back £612.50.  This is based on a £306.25 per week salary to the intern, or £8.75p/h for a 35 hour week.

2. Match-funded 10 week/50 day internship - £1,531.25 paid by the University via funding from Santander Universities, and £1,531.25 paid by the employer. 

The successful candidate must be a registered final year student or recent graduate from the University of Birmingham

  • Your organisation must satisfy Santander's definition of being an SME (fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of under £50 million p/a)
  • The opportunity available to candidates must last for 50 days (10 weeks) whether to be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis (ideally a minimum of 35 hours per week)
  • The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the UK for the duration of the internship
  • You must agree, as a minimum, to match the £1,531.25 paid by Santander over the 50 day period. Therefore, you will initially pay the intern £3,062.50, and then claim back £1531.25.  This is based on a £306.25 per week salary to the intern, or £8.75p/h for a 35 hour week.
  • Company registration number and registered business space/address the student could work from
  • Have Employers Liability and Public Liability Insurance

3. Fully funded 20 day internships – SOCIAL ENTERPRISES & CIC’S ONLY - £1,000

This funding is only available for internships in the summer months.  You will be able to register your interest from November 2019.

The successful candidate must be a registered final year student or recent graduate from the University of Birmingham

  • Must be operating as a social enterprise
  • Have a registered business space/address the student could work from
  • Have Employers Liability and Public Liability Insurance
  • The opportunity available to candidates must last no longer than 20 days (whether for 4 weeks on a full-time basis or 10 weeks on a part-time basis)

Register your interest for internship funding

If you are interested in applying to any of the above funding, please register your interest via the following link and a member of staff will be in touch.

Register your interest for funding

The deadline to express an interest for autumn/winter internships is Friday 20 September 2019.

*Please note, depending on the volume of interest received for funding, projects may be selected as part of a competitive process.

Contact the Internships team

To find out more about this programme and/or the funding, please contact internships@contacts.bham.ac.uk.