Santander Graduate Internships

Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Santander Graduate Internship programme is now on hold for the remainder of this academic cycle. We do apologise for any inconvenience, however graduate jobs can be advertised any time via our My Career platform

If you are an SME in Devon then STEM Graduates into Business is still available to you, also offering a grant payment and assistance with the recruitment process – visit the STEM graduates into business page for more information.

What is the Internship scheme?

Through the 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 at least £315 per week for 4–8 weeks, of which we can contribute £157.50 per week.

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 Employer Engagement team within the Careers and Employability Service.

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 8 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 us on or call +44 1752 587729

Are you a final year student or recent graduate looking for an internship?

If you are interested in gaining a graduate internship then there are two ways in which you can go about this:

  • If you have a particular employer in mind that you would like to complete an internship with then you can approach them yourself, mentioning the funding that is available, and see if they are able to take you on as an intern. If you are successful in gaining an internship please send the employers name and contact details to us at so that we can ensure that they meet all of our criteria.
  • Alternatively, employers often approach us looking for an intern to join their company. All of their opportunities will be advertised on myCareer so please log in to check out the internships that we are currently advertising. 

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.

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.