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Access to Internships (A2I)

Due to COVID-19 we would ask you to consider carefully whether a role is remote working or in the workplace, both are possible under the Access to Internships (A2I) Scheme. If the role can only be undertaken in the office, we ask that you work with the intern to ensure they are following the COVID-19 safety guidelines and that Government COVID-19 policy is adhered to. The Internships Team are working remotely, working Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Please email A2I@exeter.ac.uk to contact us, as the office phone lines will not be answered. If your enquiry is urgent please highlight this in the subject bar of your email.

Students please visit our Student Facing Pages.

Access to Internships (A2I) is a fund to help employers offset the cost of hiring a University of Exeter student or graduate on a UK paid internship or graduate role. All interns must be employed by the internship organisation and paid through the organisations own payroll system. Students can be employed part-time during term time, or full-time during the vacations. Employers can receive more than one subsidy, to a maximum of two subsidies per year, across all A2I funding sources.

Student Widening Participation (WP) Funding:

We offer UK: Micro, SMEs, registered Charities, Statutory Organisations and internal University of Exeter employees, who have been approached by a student who meets the Widening Participation (WP) Criteria,‌ a subsidy to fully fund an intern for 140 hours. Eligible students are encouraged to speculatively approach organisations and apply from mid-September - June. Further information about these subsidies can be found here.

SW Business Funded Internships:

We offer businesses in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset (within a 25-mile radius of Exeter) the opportunity to recruit a fully funded virtual intern, for 70 hours. These subsidies are normally available between the end of October - May and are issued as part of the ‘SW Business Funded’ campaign. Unfortunately, this fund is not available at the moment so please check back soon for funding updates.

Santander Universities Employability Scheme:

We offer businesses in the UK the opportunity to recruit a fully funded virtual intern, for 70 hours. These subsidies are normally available from the end of January for businesses who recruit via the SBP scheme. Unfortunately, this fund is not available at the moment so please check back soon for funding updates.

Eligible students are encouraged to approach organisations 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 organisation and provide further information. You can get in touch with us by emailing A2I@exeter.ac.uk.

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

Due to the Equality Act 2010, we will not be able to reserve or advertise roles for organisations wishing to apply for the Widening Participation (WP) funding. Instead eligible students are encouraged to speculatively approach organisations to arrange their own paid internship. If however you have already appointed an intern, with the intern’s permission we will be able to check to see if they meet the funding criteria and potentially award funding to your organisation.

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

If you would like to read feedback from previous employers, take a look at our case studies.

If you would like to see some answers to frequently asked questions please see our FAQ page.

If you have any queries, please contact A2I@exeter.ac.uk.

Should you have any concerns regarding your intern or their performance that you wish to discuss, the Employment Schemes Manager and the Internships Team are available to offer information, advice and/or support to try to resolve the issue.

  • Employers must allow us to share details of the company, the selected intern and the internship with the funders.
  • All parties must agree to the A2I Terms and Conditions as outlined in the A2I Internship Agreement - External or in the A2I Internship Agreement - Internal
  • Employers can receive more than one subsidy, to a maximum of two subsidies per year across all/any A2I funding sources available.
  • Students, graduates or employers cannot apply for further funding to either extend an intern contract or employ the same student or graduate after the internship has completed.
  • Employers cannot combine or apply for more than one A2I subsidy; Santander, Widening Participation or All Student Funding for the same internship.
  • Employer subsidies will be paid upon the successful placement of an Exeter intern into the approved internship and once an A2I Internship Agreement has been signed and returned.

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