Santander Graduate Internships

What is the Santander Internship scheme?

Through the Santander paid internship scheme, final year students and recent graduates are able to gain valuable work experience within a small or medium enterprise (a business with less than 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than £50 million).

Through the internship scheme, an intern will be paid £306.25 per week for up to 10 weeks. Half of this is paid by the SME and the other half is paid by Santander.

For the students, it’s an excellent opportunity to gain vital work experience and for the SME, it’s a chance to work with talented young professionals.

Funding will be allocated on a first come, first served basis to those which meet the eligibility criteria and at the discretion of the Student Jobs team within the Careers and Employability Service.

How to apply

Step 1  Make sure you read our criteria document carefully and seek advice if you are unsure of your eligibility.

Step 2 – You can secure your graduate internship in one of two ways. You can either approach employers to see if they can offer you an internship (read our guide for support), or you can apply for one of the Santander internship opportunities that are advertised on myCareer.

Step 3 – Once you’ve secured a position submit an application form via email to our team at

If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, read our guidance on working hours.

The funding will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, therefore it is advised that you submit your application as soon as you have secured a work experience position.

Hear from our students

Megan Pearce – BSc (Hons) Environmental Science

Santander gave me the opportunity to gain experience in an industry that I have not previously had exposure to. I had considered a technical role in the environmental sector and this experience confirmed for me that this is what I would like to pursue.

Emilie Ehrhardt – BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare

This bursary enabled me to complete this internship with good gear and thereby helped me develop skills and build up an impressive portfolio to use for future employment.

Would you like to offer an enthusiastic University of Plymouth student an internship?

Employing an intern is a cost-effective, flexible method of identifying a talented individual and using their skills and enthusiasm to contribute to your organisation. 

An intern can fill a skills gap, contribute to a one-off project or help determine whether there is a scope for a more permanent position. 

This is also an opportunity to bring in a new perspective and fresh ideas to your organisation whilst providing valuable work experience to our students.

The University of Plymouth, as one of the Santander Partner Universities, can offer funding to enable SMEs to recruit students or graduates as an intern. 

Therefore, if you are you seeking the expertise of one of our students and/or recent graduates but finances are holding you back then the Santander work experience bursary may be for you.

Graduate Internships

We are able to offer funding support to an SME employer which will offset the cost of hiring our alumni into a graduate role. The amount is intended to partially cover the employees’ wages which should be match funded by your organisation. The funding can contribute £157.50 per week for up to 10 weeks, with the expectation that the organisation will contribute at least £157.50 per week to the wages also.
To be eligible your organisation must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a small and/or medium enterprise (SME) with fewer than 250 employees
  • You have a turnover of less than £50 million a year
  • You can provide a contract of employment and pay the employee through your payroll system
  • Your organisation has suitable liability insurance
  • Your organisation can have a maximum of two placements a year. 

If your organisation meets the criteria and you would like to discuss this further please contact the student jobs team at

Hear from employers

The scheme has proved invaluable

"Nick Cox has proved to be a valuable asset for our team at Purple Motion. Coming from the University of Plymouth as a recent first class graduate, Nick has been able to exceed in areas including both front-end and back-end development and he continues to come up with further development ideas which are seeing us being able to create custom software.

Nick's involvement through the scheme has proved invaluable, as has our relationship with the University of Plymouth, which we hope to work with more and encourage more students in the work-place. The internship scheme is a great way of finding talent to support your business."

Lee Nathan, Managing Director, Purple Motion

Find out more about the University’s partnership with Santander.