Derby Internship Programme funded internships - Internships - University of Derby

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 £7.83 an hour from April 2018
  • 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

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 at any time of the year 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.

The timetable for summer 2018 recruitment is below, although this is a general guideline only and can be flexible.


Summer cohort 2018

Speak to us about Summer roles

from now until May 25th

We advertise to students from

April/ May

GradFest Internship promotion event (optional)

Thursday 31st May

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Sunday 10th June

Employer review application period

11th June – 22nd June

Recommended interview period

18th June - 29th June

Final decision to be made by

Monday 2nd July

Students can start their internship from

Monday 9th July

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