Match-funding for undergraduate and graduate internships

Do you need to fill a vacant role in your organisation, or could you benefit from the assistance of an extra pair of hands? Would you like a graduate intern from the University of Birmingham?

Santander has partnered with the University of Birmingham to provide match-funding of £1,500 for 10 week, full time graduate internships.

Funding available for employers hosting graduate internships

The amount must be matched by you as the host organisation. During the period of the internship, the specific 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. It may be that you have a specific project, or you may wish to offer a more rounded, holistic role in which the successful candidate would undertake a broad range of duties which contribute more widely to your organisation, whilst providing them with valuable experience of working in your organisation.

Key qualifying criteria

  • The successful candidate must be in their final year of study or have graduated from the University of Birmingham within the last two years (from an undergraduate or postgraduate course)
  • 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 10 weeks and must be full-time (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 £1,500 paid by Santander over the 10 week period. Therefore, you will initially pay the intern £3000, and then claim back £1500.  This is based on a £300 per week salary to the intern.
  • The successful candidate must have a start date arranged by the end of September 2018, and this needs to be before 1 November 2018.

If you take on a candidate under this programme, then you – as the host organisation – will take responsibility for paying the candidate in full for the entirety of the 10 weeks they will be working for you (you would also take responsibility for the payment of Employee National Insurance contributions).

At the end of the 10 week period, upon provision of evidence that the candidate has completed 10 weeks of full-time work with you (e.g. by you presenting us with copies of their payslips), the university will arrange a payment to you of £1,500.

Please note that, to be able to take part in this programme, your organisation must be able to invoice the University of Birmingham, to enable us to pay you.

To find out more about partnering with the University of Birmingham to make use of the Santander match-funding, please contact Helen Hobson,