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Recruiting Students

Funded student and graduate Internships

Funded student and graduate internships

We work with Santander Universities UK to deliver an internship scheme that offers funding to recruit students and recent graduates as interns in your organisation.

Hire a graduate

Are you a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) looking to benefit from the skills a final year student or graduate can bring to your organisation?

We have partnered with Santander Universities (a division of Santander UK plc) to offer 50% funding to your business for an internship. The internships will be for a duration of between 4 and 8 weeks with the intern working on a full-time or part-time basis. Full time positions are based on a 35 hour week.

You should be in a position to pay your intern via your organisation’s payroll. You need to supply the University of Salford with your business bank account and finance administration details.

You and your intern must fill out an evaluation before the end of the internship.

Full time positions can only be offered outside of study time for current students.

How can a Santander Internship benefit my organisation?

  • A chance to trial new talent
  • Take on up to 2 interns during 2019/2020!
  • Tap into our industry connections and  bring fresh ideas to your business
  • CVs are shortlisted by us


To be eligible for the University of Salford final year student and graduate internship schemes, your organisation needs to:

  • be a small-to-medium-sized enterprise (SME) with a turnover of less than £50 million per year and a maximum of 250 employees
  • be based in Greater Manchester – although applications from organisations based elsewhere in the UK will also be considered
  • be a registered company, sole trader or partnership
  • submit full details of the work experience opportunity available.
  • you can recruit a maximum of two interns for each cycle through this scheme.
  • SME’s cannot apply for further Santander Universities funding to either extend an intern's contract or employ the same final year student or graduate after the internship has completed.


You should be in a position to pay your intern via your organisation’s payroll, with 50% to be reimbursed at the end of the internship. 

All internships must be paid a minimum of £315 per week based on a 35 hour week or £9.00 per hour if working on a part time basis. 

The contribution from Santander should be claimed at the end of the internship. Funds will be issued up to 30 days after receipt of the invoice.

Start dates and duration

Start dates are flexible, but all eligible activity must conclude by 30th September 2020

The minimum term should not be less than 4 weeks on a full-time basis.

How do I register?

Step 1… Register your organisation or log into your account here.

Step 2… Add your vacancy to our vacancy portal.  

To ensure the role is advertised as a Santander Internship and that we allocate funding for this opportunity you must enter the following in the vacancy template:

  • include the word ‘Santander’ in the ‘Vacancy title’ field followed by the job title.
  • add £9.00 in the ‘Salary/Wage’ field (£9.00 in line with Santander policy).
  • state the duration of the internship in the ‘Details’ section.
  • state the number of hours per week or the total number hours of the internship period.
  • Ensure you include a job description outlining primary duties and responsibilities and the necessary skills, experience or course requirements the applicant must have.
  • Indicate any benefits or learning opportunities the company will offer as part of the internship.

Step 3. ..You will receive an email once your vacancy has been accepted.

Step 4… If successful, we will promote the role to our final year students and graduates via our vacancy portal.

FAQs (Frequently asked questions)