Funded internships — Productivity through Innovation

We are offering fully-funded and part-funded internships for small or medium-sized business in Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire. This is part of the Productivity through Innovation programme.

Innovate with new talent

Do you have ideas about how your business or organisation could innovate, but lack the skills or time to be able to deliver them? We are now offering funding and recruitment support to help you employ graduates and undergraduates as interns for up to 400 hours, which could help boost the capacity and skillset within your team. 

This funding is offered through Productivity through Innovation, an ERDF-funded programme which aims to help organisations improve their performance, productivity or market competitiveness. There are certain eligibility criteria you need to meet.

What is on offer?

Graduate internships – 400 hours (part-funded)

Employ a graduate for 400 hours and we will pay £1000 towards the cost. We can also offer free recruitment support – such as helping to write the job description and advertising the role — if you would like us to.  

Your intern can be a graduate of any university (it doesn't have to be Derby) but they do need to have graduated in the last three years. 

They will need to be carrying out work that has an element of technical innovation and contributes to improving the performance or productivity of your organisation. For example, they could be:

Your company will need to pay the graduate direct and we will pay the £1000 when the 400 hours have been completed.

Undergraduate internships – 80 hours (fully-funded)

Employ an undergraduate student from the University of Derby for 80 hours, at no cost to you. We can also offer free recruitment support to help you find the right person. 

The student will need to be carrying out work that has an element of technical innovation and contributes to improving the performance or productivity of your organisation. One of our research or technical experts may also be able to help guide the student's work.

In addition, we would pay the student directly, making it hassle-free for your company.

Citizens Advice recruit Derby interns

Citizens Advice Mid Mercia has recently recruited two new Derby interns to help with its digital marketing, thanks to support and funding from the Productivity through Innovation programme.  

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Are you eligible?

To qualify for this scheme, you must be a local small or medium-sized enterprise or charity. This means:

Find out more

To find out more or apply for this scheme, please contact Sophie Beer, ERDF Project Manager on s.beer@derby.ac.uk