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Access to Internships (A2I)

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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.

All the Access to Internships funding has now been allocated for 18-19. Please contact us next academic year (late September onwards) to see if we can help fund an internship.

Santander SME Funding:

Available for SME employers to help recruit an Exeter student or recent graduate.

Widening Participation (WP) Funding:

Available for SMEs, registered Charities, or internal University of Exeter employers, who have been approached by a student who meets the Widening Participation (WP) Criteria.

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 A2I@exeter.ac.uk 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 solely 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  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.

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
Email: J.McCreedie@exeter.ac.uk

  • Employers must allow us to share details of the company, the selected intern and the internship with the funders, Santander Universities.
  • 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 subsidies or 5 Widening Participation subsidies (dependent on intern’s eligibility) per year, but cannot receive more than one subsidy per intern.
  • 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 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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