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Santander SME Internships Programme

Santander SME Internships Programme

Attracting and retaining the very best talent is important for ambitious small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The Santander Universities SME Internship Programme provides up to £1,260 in grant funding to enable eligible SMEs to offer internships to students and recent alumni from the University of Cambridge.

If you would like to participate in the scheme, you can find more information on the Santander Portal.

SME eligibility criteria

  • Registered and based in the UK.
  • 250 or less employees.
  • £50 million or less turnover.

Organisations are encouraged to advertise vacancies on the Careers Service website. Once an intern has been recruited, the SME can submit an application for funding. Applications are reviewed on a fortnightly basis and preference is given to internships that would lead to an offer of employment should the intern meet expectations. Please note that submission of an application form does not guarantee funding.

Criteria for interns

The programme is open to all final year Cambridge students (undergraduates, postgraduate students and PhD) and recent alumni (graduated 2018 or 2019).

Interns are paid £315 per week for placements between four and eight weeks. Half of this is paid by the SME and half by Santander. All placements are based on a standard 35-hour week, although part-time roles are acceptable.

Interns must submit a short, written report at the end of their internship.

How to take part

If you fit the criteria and would like to take part, please complete the online form.

Please note that eligibility criteria and full terms and conditions will apply.

As an SME, it's hard to compete against more established companies to attract top talent. The Santander SME Internship programme - which funds half of the costs of an internship - was invaluable to us. We were delighted to have Tom Higgins Toon, a Cambridge graduate, over the summer to support us with our marketing activities and day-to-day operations.
Caroline Pegden, co-founder of TempaGoGo, an online temporary recruitment marketplace
At careers fairs, it can be hard for students to distinguish between the hundreds of internationally renowned companies jostling for fresh talent. Yet thanks to the Santander SME Internship programme, I have had the opportunity to make a real difference in the world of startups. Mentored by the delightful Caroline and Phil Pegden, co-founders of TempaGoGo, I have been able to chance my arm at everything from digital marketing to operations. It really is like doing a "mini MBA".
Tom Higgins Toon, Marketing and Operations Intern, TempaGoGo

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Applications are now open to participate in the Santander SME Internships Programme.

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