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Access to Internships (A2I): Subsidies for Employers

Access to Internships (A2I) is a fund to help employers offset the cost of hiring a University of Exeter student or graduate on a paid internship or graduate role. Students can be employed part-time during term time, or full-time during the summer vacation. Graduates can be employed full-time.

Please Note: The University of Exeter VAT office advises that our subsidies are VAT exempt as the internship does not represent any supply to the University. Therefore, monies paid to your organisation are not payment for any supply you are making. The employing organisation is being awarded an amount of money equivalent to paying the costs of an intern going into the company for a short duration. These monies provide the intern with an insight into working life and also benefit the organisation in providing additional labour, consequently the monies should be regarded as outside the scope of VAT.

Students and graduates are encouraged to approach companies to arrange their own paid internship. If you have found a University of Exeter intern and would like to take advantage of the funding, please get in touch so we can verify what funding the student is eligible to draw down for your company and provide you with further information. Please contact or 01392 722617.

The Internships Team can advertise your student vacancy (free service) and graduate role (charged service) to help you find the right candidate. When you place your vacancy to advert with the internship team, A2I will be able to reserve the Santander funding for you.

Once you have appointed your candidate we will also be able to check if they meet the Widening Participation (WP) Criteria‌, which may attract further funding. Due to the Equality Act 2010, we will not be able to advertise roles for companies wishing to apply soley for the Widening Participation (WP) funding. Instead students are encouraged to speculatively approach companies to arrange their own paid internship.

If you wish to advertise a vacancy please complete the Internship Vacancy form‌ and return it to You will then be contacted by a member of the Internships Team to discuss the advertising and recruiting process.

We would welcome a discussion of your internship opportunity or answer any queries that you may have, please contact:

Jo McCreedie
Employer Liaison Officer (Streatham Campus, Exeter)
Tel: 01392 722617

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