Derby Internship Programme funded internships

Find out if your company is eligible for a £500 contribution to costs

The Derby Internship Programme began in 2013 and to date has placed over 200 interns in roles ranging from film production to community engagement. The programme is a fantastic way for students and graduates to access short-term, valuable work experience. Some employers also use the internship programme as a pipeline for future recruitment and many of our previous interns have gone on to secure longer-term employment where they have completed their internship.

The Derby Internship programme is managed by the Employer Engagement team and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund to support SMEs in the D2N2 area to access our student and graduate talent.

SMEs eligible for the programme are entitled to one £500 subsidy to put towards the cost of recruiting a student or graduate.

Under the Derby Internship Programme, roles must be:

  • A minimum of 100 hours in duration, maximum of six months
  • Paid at a minimum of £7.20 an hour
  • Stretching and beneficial work experience, or graduate level
  • Worked at a maximum of 16 hours per week within term-time
  • Advertised to all students through a fair and open recruitment process

We recruit for the programme in two cycles across the academic year, in Winter and Summer cohorts.

Please note, there will be a cut off for each cohort once all subsidies have been allocated, and this will be on a first come, first served basis.


Winter cohort (2016)

Summer cohort (2017)

Role recruitment opens

Monday 26th September

Monday 6th March

Role recruitment closes

Sunday 16th October

Sunday 2nd April

Review period

17th October – 30th October

3rd April – 21st April

Recommended interview period

31st October – 11th November

15th May – 26th May (due to exam period)

Final decision to be made by

Thursday 1st December

Thursday 15th June

What some of our previous employers have said about the programme:

“We have been thoroughly impressed with the University of Derby’s Internship programme… our experience proved to be an overwhelming success and has subsequently led to offering a full time position to a University of Derby student”.

“The impact of our intern placement has been hugely positive. With the help of the team we were able to identify the right candidate at the right time for our business and effectively manage a bottleneck in our studio in the process”.

“The clarity of communication in managing our expectations, through to the level of support in finding suitable applicants has been first class. And the team have been a pleasure to work with”.

You can also read how a Derby Internship Programme intern developed into a digital guru

How do I get involved?

If you are thinking about taking on a student or graduate and would like to be considered for the Derby Internship Programme, please fill out our enquiry form and one of the team will be in touch.

Alternatively, you can email the team or call us on 01332 592939.

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Our dedicated employer engagement team will work with you to ensure we find the right solution for your organisation