STEM Graduates into Business

About the project

STEM Graduates into Business gives recent STEM graduates the opportunity to work for up to a year with a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) in the Devon area. There are over 5,175 SMEs in Devon that inject growth into the region by bringing market-changing products, services and vital career development opportunities.

Open to STEM graduates from any university, these internships are a great way to gain post-graduation work experience and to build your industry network.

Benefits to Graduates

Working for an SME has many benefits including:

  • Paid internships, full-time hours, for 6-12 months
  • Gain invaluable real-life work experience and enhance your CV
  • Opportunity to work within your subject of study in the region
  • The chance to work on key projects from the start so you may be given high levels of responsibility from an early stage
  • Good overview of the whole business and a greater chance you will get to know most of the workforce, including senior management
  • Often working on cutting-edge innovations and new-to-market products
  • Better chance of recognition for your achievements

Benefits to Enterprise

  • Access to fresh and innovative ideas
  • Bespoke support in creating eye-catching vacancies, advertised via graduate job portals
  • Flexible staffing model to help the business realise key projects
  • Potentially identify future talent for your business
  • Support graduate retention in order to benefit regional economic growth

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The University of Plymouth is proud to be supported by the European Regional Development Fund. As one stream of funding under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme 2014–2020, the ERDF focuses on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The main priorities involve contributions to research and innovation, supporting and promoting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and the creation of a low carbon economy. 

More information about University of Plymouth projects funded by the European Development Fund.