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Access to Internships (A2I)

Employers, please visit our Employer Facing Page

Please Note: Funding for 17-18 has been allocated. Funding for 18-19 will be announced at the end of September when we will be awarded with our allocation for the year. Please also note that the A2I webpages are currently undergoing maintenance.


Access to Internships (A2I) is a scheme to help Exeter students and recent graduates arrange a UK paid internship with the support of funding. All funding is issued on a first-come-first-serve basis.

A2I, together with the Career Zone, can help you:

  • Identify potential internship employers
  • Make an effective approach to request a paid internship
  • Provide generous funding to offset the cost of an internship

Santander SME Funding: XXX Remaining

Available for all registered students and recent graduates, from the last two years.

Student Widening Participation (WP) Funding: XXX Remaining

Available for all undergraduate students who meet the Student WP Criteria.

For information on how you can arrange your own paid internship in the UK please download the following How to Arrange a Paid Internship Guide 18-19‌. This pack provides key advice and guidance on how to arrange an internship and how to market yourself to a potential employer.

To be successful in arranging a paid internship we recommend completing the following 5 steps:

  1. Identify your preferred internship sector and role
  2. Identify potential internship organisations
  3. Identify key contacts to approach at the organisations
  4. Approach the contacts speculatively to ask for a paid internship, mentioning the A2I funding
  5. Apply for A2I funding, once you have received a positive response from an organisation

To approach a potential organisation we would recommend that you send a speculative letter in the body of an email and attach your CV. We would also recommend that you explain the Access to Internship (A2I) Scheme and provide them with the Employer facing A2I webpage for further information. You can download a speculative letter template below:

Need help? Book a One-to-One Careers Consultant Appointment

If you would like any help organising a paid internship Careers Consultants, Kate Foster (Exeter) or Rachel Coombs (Cornwall), can provide one-to-one careers guidance and advice to help you arrange an internship in an area of your choice. To book an appointment please contact your Career Zone:

In order to apply for funding you must have your internship arranged and have checked that the organisation is happy to abide to the conditions of the funding.

To apply for funding, and to see important details and eligibility, please visit the funding pages listed above.

If you would like to see where students have undertaken A2I internships and learn about the roles they have performed, 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.

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