Our students can offer businesses an excellent opportunity to address a skill or resource shortage by benefiting from up-to-date scientific skills and knowledge. Your business could use an internship to help cover during busy periods, trial new roles or research a new idea.
In addition to their subject specific knowledge, academic study teaches our students:
- Problem solving
- Analysis and critical reflection
- Oral and written communications
- Negotiation and influence
All of our students are keen to learn and improve their employability through real-world experience; we prepare each one through a specially designed workplace course prior to starting an internship. Case studies of successful internships are available on our website.
We are currently seeking full time summer internship opportunities for students during July-September 2016; we recommend you register your interest online by the end of January 2016 to enable us to recruit the right student for you.
Full time summer internships last for 2-3 months between July and September. These are normally finalised, including the recruitment of a student, during April and May of each year.
Part-time internships are available all year round at varying durations to fit with your business needs and the students' academic requirements. It normally takes up to four weeks from first contact with us to a student working in your organisation.
Organisations are required to host the student in their place of business for the duration of the internship and are therefore required to hold indemnity insurance, health and safety policies and provide a suitable space for work. Please contact us for more advice in this area.
We promise our students that all internships will be paid. Internships cost £1,200+VAT per month and this money is paid to the student as a wage. There may be part-funded internships available; please contact us for information about these.
You will be invoiced for half the total cost prior to the start of the internship and then again at completion. We will take care of the contract and payment to students, taking administrative pressure away from your company.
If you feel that your business would benefit from an internship but would struggle with finance please contact us for advice on current funding opportunities.
Santander funding for internships
Santander is helping 35 SMEs access Lancaster University students by funding 50% of the cost of an internship, which can be 3 months full time or 6 months part-time. This provides the equivalent of 11 weeks work at a cost of £1,800+VAT. You may have one of our students or alumni in place already that you want to continue to support, or we can help recruit appropriate students. Interns have worked in a wide variety of roles including programmers, chemists, web designers, research consultants, ecologists, engineers, and data analysts.
How to apply
Register your details online using our online application form. Our staff will then advise you of the next steps.
Once the advert has closed you can choose whether to be involved in the selection and interview process or whether you leave this to us. We will help you complete any relevant paperwork prior to the start of the internship and we will monitor process from all sides to ensure it is working as well as possible.
If you would like to discuss the type of opportunities in more detail before submitting online you can contact us or a Business Development Manager in your relevant subject specific area.