Funded internships - Bright ideas. New skills. Fresh talent. 

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Internship scheme

This is a historic programme that was funded by ERDF between 2014 and 2020. For further information about other business development opportunities please get in touch with us.

The EnginE project can offer manufacturing businesses a fully-funded intern to work on a variety of projects. Employed and paid by Lancaster University, working remotely for the benefit of your business.

  • Working with Lancashire manufacturing SMEs on a flexible basis
  • Funded interns can bring new skills to your business
  • Various manufacturing SMEs who have used Lancaster University to implement an internship have improved process efficiency and increased productivity

Find out what our wider EnginE project has to offer your business.

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EnginE project overview

EnginE works with Lancashire manufacturing SMEs to try and help address some of the workforce challenges that they may have. Training and development can be hard to afford and could lead to issues of retaining great staff and recruiting new people.

EnginE internships

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Finance & Data

Key features
Financial modelling
Scenario modelling
Marketing and financial analysis, budget planning, cost management
Data analysis

Examples of Finance & Data internships:

  • Strategic planning and budgeting processes
  • Proposals for new business pitches
  • Preparing in-depth valuations and other financial analysis
  • Annual business plan and budgeting
  • Asset performance and changes in the market environment
  • Critical analysis of financials and business data
  • Assessing competitive dynamics

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Key features
Increase your profile & presence in the marketplace
Explore new markets
Revamp your marketing strategy

Examples of Marketing internships:

  • Social media & digital marketing
  • Search engine optimisation and pay per click
  • Video marketing
  • Branding and brand awareness

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Project Management

Key features
Skills to help you scope a business-critical project
Project scoping, finance & options appraisals, project plans, feasibility studies, resourcing, scheduling and risk

Our interns come from backgrounds such as:

  • Engineering
  • Business administration
  • Project management

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Bespoke Projects

Key features
Bespoke to your business requirements
Tackle skills gaps in your workforce
Improve productivity through process improvement techniques within the business

Examples of Marketing internships:

  • Business strategy development
  • Process & productivity improvement
  • Competitor analysis research
  • Recruitment, retention and succession planning
  • Reviewing existing processes
  • Map out potential process alternatives and address value added streams
  • Cost out new proposals
  • Implement new plans

Lancashire manufacturing SME internship success for Forsberg - Bespoke Project Intern

Dr Raphael Treffny says: “Through the EnginE project our workforce challenges and skills gaps were reviewed, recommending a range of taster masterclasses to look at upskilling key staff, and providing us with a Skills Champion Internship as part of this.”

Internship success for Optimum Coatings - Marketing Intern

Lancashire Manufacturing SME Optimum Coatings had a Lancaster University marketing intern join their team to work on their marketing and communication campaigns and the internship was mutually beneficial.

A workforce tune-up - Just what SME manufacturers need

A re-skilled workforce - Business success for the SME manufacturing sector.

How do you upskill your SME manufacturing sector workforce, helping your people to be the best, giving your business the competitive edge?

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Fleming & Howland - Marketing Intern

"We had been thinking of bringing our marketing & e-commerce skills in-house, and used an EnginE internship on a “try before you buy” basis. Our intern opened our eyes to new international sales opportunities, and we have agreed to employ them going forward."


My Fish Company - Project Management Intern

"Our EnginE intern identified and removed bottlenecks in our manufacturing processes, resulting in improved productivity. Their skills encouraged staff members to think differently about issues and problems."


"We have had so much success in offering our flexible EnginE internships remotely, and we know that the new skills that they bring can make a real difference to Lancaster manufacturers in these challenging times"

Annette Suddes, EnginE Project Manager

Business people

Funding and eligibility

Access to events, workshops, and skills assessment is fully funded, and available to European Social Fund (ESF) eligible businesses within the Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing sectors.

Eligibility includes:

  • Based in Lancashire
  • Employ fewer than 250 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • Annual turnover of less than €50 million (or the equivalent in GBP)
  • Received less than €200,000 of de minimis State Aid in the last 3 years