Internships - Graduate Business Partnerships

The Graduate Business Partnership scheme helps recent graduates secure full-time graduate roles, with supportive employers in the South West.

(If you are an employer, please visit our GBP employer facing page)


  • You have or you are about to achieve at least a full undergraduate degree (if you have a Masters or PhD you can apply)
  • You have attended a British university or you were an ERASMUS student who has spent a year studying at a UK university
  • You have graduated in the UK in the last 3 years (from your most recent degree)
  • Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the GBP internship without the need for sponsorship.
  • We welcome all applicants and the diversity they bring, however immigration legislation will not allow the University to apply for a sponsorship certificate for GBPs.
  • Most GBP roles do not meet the criteria for a Tier 2 (General Visa) as explained on the International Student Support webpages.
  • The University of Exeter is committed to developing an environment which promotes equality of opportunity, values diversity and where staff can work free from discrimination and harassment. You can find more details on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity webpages.
  • The University of Exeter is a Disability Confident Employer, committed attracting and recruiting people with disabilities, and retaining and supporting staff with disabilities.

The internships are in a wide range of sectors, including working in Higher Education; Advertising; Arts and Culture; Engineering; and Legal Services.

Types of internship vary, but usually cover a variety of roles, such as Marketing, IT, Web Development, PR, Technical, Environmental, Engineering, Market Research, Business Planning, Accounts and Sales.

The employers are often Small Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) or large organisations such as local Councils, the NHS and utility companies.

The internships are usually located in the South West of England, although occasionally we have opportunities further afield such as in London and the Midlands.

Most GBPs are approximately 36.5 hrs per week, Mon-Fri 9-5pm. Flexible working may be negotiated with your line manager, if your GBP is at the University of Exeter.

Most GBP internships are for 12 months. The shortest duration of a GBP internship is 2 months and longest is 23 months. Graduates are only permitted to work as a GBP for a maximum of 23 months, which can be in more than one role.

Graduates are paid a minimum of £18,812 per annum. This is a set rate of pay working at the University, but working for other companies and organisations you could be paid more.

For University of Exeter GBPs, your pay is subject to the annual cost of living increase which is reviewed in August, but often not agreed and implemented until the following January. If you are still an employee of the University at the point the pay rise comes in, you will receive an automatic back pay in your next pay cheque.

As a GBP working at the University of Exeter are entitled to the same benefits as other University staff.

Plus, GBPs can also access:

Once you have become a GBP intern, you are permitted to access Exeter's My Career Zone. This system allows you to access:

  • Appointments - CV checks and Careers Consultants
  • Careers Events - some internal and many external events
  • Jobs - Graduate Recruitment, internships and enterprise opportunities
  • Careers Information - Browse resources, FAQs and factsheets

Register as a graduate by inserting your personal details and GBP reference number (e.g. GBP 2999) in the Student Number field. The Career Zone staff will then aim to verify your access within 2 working days.

Devon Graduate Careers Network

The Devon Graduate Careers Network is a friendly and informal community for recent graduates to achieve their career ambitions, make professional contacts and meet likeminded people.

The DGCN is open to any recent graduate (graduated from any UK university within the last 3 years) who is seeking a graduate role or already undertaking a GBP position.

We meet once a month for a free pizza lunch (for 1 hour) at the University of Exeter Streatham Campus and once a quarter for 1 ½ hours drinks in Exeter City Centre. We will facilitate the networking by placing you in small groups and posing a couple of optional careers related questions. We will also provide information about career events, activities and upcoming graduate roles. Plus we will have a careers consultant on hand. At the evening events, we will also have short presentations from current and former GBPs.

Upcoming dates for your diary:

Thursday 23rd January 2020, 12.30-1.30pm- Pizza Lunch- Career Zone, Forum Building, University of Exeter Streatham Campus. To book your place, please complete this form.

Thursday 20th February 2020 12.30-1.30pm-Pizza Lunch- Career Zone, Forum Building, University of Exeter Streatham Campus

TBC in March: Evening Drinks Event in Exeter City Centre - Location TBC

Thursday 23rd April 2020, 12.30-1.30pm-Pizza Lunch- Career Zone, Forum Building, University of Exeter Streatham Campus

Thursday 21st May 2020 12.30-1.30pm-Pizza Lunch- Career Zone, Forum Building, University of Exeter Streatham Campus

TBC in June: Evening Drinks Event in Exeter City Centre - Location TBC

Thursday 23rd July 2020 12.30-1.30pm-Pizza Lunch- Career Zone, Forum Building, University of Exeter Streatham Campus

Cornwall Graduate Careers Network

Launching in April 2020

When you begin your internship please work through your Internship Induction Checklist (unless you are a GBP working for the University). 

All GBPs need to undertake the University's manadatory training: and you can access other personal and professional development:

You will have a meeting with Jo McCreedie when you start to discuss other ways we can support your learning and development, including.

Jo McCreedie is also available to support any graduate with their internship, either through confidential 1:1 support sessions or arranging 3-way meetings between the intern, the employer and the University.

If you need to drive to travel to work, the University advocates using car share schemes. Click the following links to find information on: University car sharing, Car Share Devon and Car Share Somerset.

Do you need some accommodation in Exeter while you complete your internship? The University can offer en-suite accommodation over summer. For more information, please visit our Accommodation website. You can also find rooms or flats on Zoopla ; Spare Rooms; (open to new grads too); RightmoveGumtree and Professional Accommodation. If you want advice on the areas you are looking at, just get in touch with Jo on

It is a requirement of the scheme that you complete the Internship Feedback - Intern Submission and also encourage your line manager  to complete the Internship Feedback - Employer Submission

You may even wish to blog about your experiences. Click here to see what others have written. To submit your blog please email Jenny Woolacott-Scarr.

If you would like to see where your fellow graduates have undertaken Graduate Business Partnerships and learn about the roles they have performed, take a look at our case studies.

The ‌following terms and conditions set out by the University must be met by the intern, the employer and the University:

Any data provided to the University by any party will be processed in accordance with Student Employability and Academic Success (SEAS) Privacy Policy

For further information contact:

Jo McCreedie

Employer Liaison Officer (Internships and Mentoring)

Employment Services
Tel: 01392 722617