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The Entrepreneurial Futures Net Zero Internship and Leadership Programme is a fully-funded internship opportunity placing current students or recent graduates of the University of Plymouth within Cornwall or Isles of Scilly enterprises to work on a specific low-carbon challenge or opportunity. 

Accelerating Net Zero Action in Cornwall

The internship programme will provide invaluable support for Cornwall-based businesses combined with practical work experience and leadership development for current students and recent graduates.
This will allow local organisations to deliver a low-carbon project, develop or implement a new low-carbon idea, product or service, and/or reduce their carbon emissions.
If you’re a Cornwall-based organisation, you could benefit from hosting a student or recent graduate and get support:
  • delivering a net-zero project
  • developing or implementing a net-zero idea, product, or service
  • and/or reducing your carbon emissions
To be eligible, you must:
  • be a Cornwall-based organisation
  • pay £12/hr (up to £4500 per student) which is fully reimbursed
  • start hosting in September 2024 and finish by February 2025
  • provide an intern mentor
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Enabling Future-Fit Change-Makers

The innovative leadership component is comprised of change-leadership and personal development workshops for the interns to enable them to become future-fit as changemakers, leaders and role models of a low-carbon society.
These workshops will focus on developing the skills and tools, combined with the inspiration, confidence and ability, to facilitate compassionate and proactive change to tackle the climate challenge.

Get involved

If you are interested in the Entrepreneurial Futures Net Zero Internship and Leadership Programme or would like further information, please contact Dr Sue Langford

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This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

Entrepreneurial Futures is a £5.6 m Shared Prosperity Funded investment in RD&I activity for businesses based in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. 
The programme is led by University of Exeter and partners with University of Plymouth, Falmouth University and Duchy College. It is a multi-faceted programme focusing on the major research priorities for the region which include the following sectoral support:
  • clean energy
  • geo-resources
  • robotics/automation
  • agri-food
  • net zero and biodiversity
  • immersive technologies
  • business circularity

UK Shared Prosperity Fund

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025.
The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK by investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.