SME internships - information for businesses

  • This exciting scheme provides funding to enable SMEs to hire talented students and recent graduates of Oxford Brookes University to work as interns.

    How does it work?

    Santander is here to help students and graduates gain work experience within a small to medium sized business through the SME Internship Programme.

    The interns are paid £300 per week for placements between 2 and 10 weeks. Half of this is paid by the SME and half by Santander. For placements that are 2 weeks or less, Santander will cover the cost.

    Is my company eligible to participate?

    Your company must meet the following criteria:

    • Annual turnover of less than £50 million
    • Fewer than 250 employees
    • Your business is registered and based in the UK
    • A maximum of 2 internships per scheme year for each participating business.

    What are the benefits of hosting an intern?

    • A valuable development opportunity for members of your existing staff to supervise an intern
    • Additional staff capacity that can help address a period of increased workload or provide support with a specific short-term project
    • An opportunity to bring a new perspective and fresh ideas to your company

    How are interns recruited and paid?

    • The internship will be advertised on the online careers portal, social media, website and via email. 
    • Careers will send CVs to you for shortlisting to interview.
    • Interns will be selected for shortlisting and appointment by you.
    • Santander is contributing £1,500 for the internship with the other £1,500 being funded by the SME, plus PAYE and NI contributions.*
    • Internships can be between 1 and 10 weeks.

    When can an internship take place?

    Funding from the current 2017/18 round must be allocated by 30 September 2018 and internships must start no later than 1 November 2018. Please note that only limited funding is available and places will be offered on a first-come first-served basis.

    How do I apply to host an internship?

    Please contact in order to discuss the programme and your SME's participation. 

    Read the full Terms and Conditions.

    *Funding contributions from both Santander and the SME vary depending on the length of the internship (maximum amount £1,500)