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Funded internships prove to be successful for businesses

Published: Monday, 06 June 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A fully funded internship scheme launched by Sheffield Hallam University has proved to be successful among businesses across the UK.

The university is working together with local and national businesses to offer up to 100 fully funded internships to try and help students gain valuable work experience.

Students benefit from the scheme as they develop skills relevant to their chosen degree whilst getting paid. Opportunities are available in areas such as digital marketing, aerospace engineering and prosthetics engineering.

Across a range of businesses

Paid placements are offered to students at a range of businesses including national organisations such as Diesel, Capita, Arcadia and Alcoa, whilst local companies Cavendish Cancer Care and Sheffield United FC have also formed a partnership under the internship scheme.

The scheme was launched this year, as students were given the opportunity to apply for funding to support internships that they had managed to source themselves. 

Funding covers 160 hours of work – equivalent to four to five weeks of full-time employment over a summer, or longer if they decide to work part-time.

Sheffield Hallam has shown a desire to ensure students are attractive to employers and believe that the internship scheme can help students or recent graduates to take the first steps into professional or managerial roles.

Opportunity for valuable experience

Some companies offer unpaid internships over the course of a summer and the university feels it penalises those who cannot afford to work without any income, and yet have a desire to gain valuable work experience.

It is hoped that students will be able to forget any financial problems and focus on learning within a real world environment, leading to them becoming more attractive to employers.

Whilst funding stretches for up to 100 paid internship opportunities, the university has begun working with employers to match the funding on offer, presenting openings to more students. 

For graduate schemes and internships across a range of locations, visit Grad Plus today

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