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Graduate Business Partnerships (GBPs)

Graduate Business Partnerships (GBPs)

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

*Update from the Internships Team*

Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation, the Internships Team are currently working with employers to ask that for the foreseeable future, all new and existing internships are conducted remotely i.e. working from home.  If you would like to get in touch with the team, we are now working remotely, undertaking normal working office hours, Monday-Friday, 9am -5pm, so please use email internships@exeter.ac.uk as the first point of contact as phone lines will not be answered. If your enquiry is urgent please highlight this in the subject bar of your email and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible. If you are working from home please read our Virtual Internships: 10 Top Tips for Remote Working‌.‌

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

To receive a weekly update on the new jobs we are advertising, please sign up to the GBP vacancy e-bulletin

To apply for each GBP role please complete this Internship Application Form and return it to internships@exeter.ac.uk

Graduate status

To be eligible to apply and undetake a GBP role you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • achieved (or about the achieve) a full undergraduate degree (if you have a Masters or PhD you can apply)
  • attended a British university or you were an ERASMUS student who has spent a year studying at a UK university
  • 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, and be able to provide current Right to Work documents. 
  • Residency in the UK for the duration of your GBP role

We welcome all applicants and the diversity they bring, however current immigration legislation prevents the university to provide sponsorship certificates for GBPs, as they 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.

To undertake a GBP role you must achieve your degree. In the unlikely scenario where a degree is not awarded, the GBP hours may be reduced to 15hrs a week (for undergraduates) or 6hrs a week(for postgraduates) to enable to the graduand the capacity to successfully complete their degree. If the graduand fails their degree the GBP role will end early.

Please note, due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation the Internships Team are currently working with employers to ask that for the foreseeable future, all new and existing internships are conducted remotely i.e. working from home.  If you would like to get in touch with the team, we are now working remotely, undertaking normal working office hours, Monday-Friday, 9am -5pm, so please use email internships@exeter.ac.uk as the first point of contact as phone lines will not be answered. If your enquiry is urgent please highlight this in the subject bar of your email and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible. 

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:

The University is currently closed – all upcoming events have been suspended for now.

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:

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