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Access to Internships (A2I)

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Access to Internships (A2I) provides support and funding to help Exeter students and recent graduates arrange a paid internship in the UK.

We can help you:

  • to identify potential internship employers in your chosen sector
  • make an effective approach to request a paid internship
  • by providing generous funding to offset the cost of an internship

The funding figures detailed below are updated every Friday afternoon. Please note, all funding is issued on a first-come first-serve basis.

Santander SME Funding: £20,903.75 remaining

Available for all registered students and recent graduates (2016-2018 graduates)

Widening Participation (WP) Funding: £162,887.50 remaining

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

To arrange you own internship you will need to undertake the following 5 steps:

  1. Identify your preferred internship sector and role
  2. Identify potential internship organisations
  3. Identify key contacts to approach in the organisations
  4. Approach the contacts speculatively (see templates in guide) to ask for a paid internship, detailing the A2I funding and T+Cs.
  5. Apply for A2I funding, once you have received a positive response from an organisation

For details on how you can do this please read the How to Arrange a Paid Internship Guide 18-19.

Further help

If you have read the guide and would like support with any of the steps to arrange your own internship, the Careers Consultants, Kate Foster (Exeter) or Rachel Coombes (Cornwall), can provide one-to-one careers advice and guidance. 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.

Please click on the relevant webpage below and go to the 'Applying for Funding' section to find the correct application form

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 or 01392 725196.

  • The intern must allow us to share their details, details of the company and the internship with the funders, Santander Universities or the University’s Widening Participation Team.
  • All parties must agree to the A2I Terms and Conditions as outlined in the A2I External Internship Agreement 18-19.
  • Employers can receive more than one subsidy, to a maximum of 2 Santander subsidies or 5 Widening Participation subsidies per year, but cannot receive more than one subsidy per intern.
  • Students, graduates and 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 or Widening Participation, 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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