Could your company benefit from a student intern?

Internships provide a low-cost route for you to assess high-quality, strongly motivated students in your workplace as potential future employees and raise awareness of your company as a good place for graduates to work. Interns can start new projects, advance neglected areas of work or help form new collaborations or partnerships. Many internship schemes are available in the region and a selection is flagged up here.

If you need help finding an intern, contact us.

Professional Internships for PhD students (PIPS)

The PIPS scheme enables PhD students from Yorkshire’s White Rose Universities (Leeds, Sheffield and York) to complete a three-month work experience placement.

Cost: None: students do not require a salary and paperwork is minimal.

Student Internship Bureau (SIB)

SIB works with local businesses to set up project-based, paid work experience for University of York undergraduates. Projects last two to three months and can be completed part or full-time. SIB manages recruitment and paperwork. The bureau have an SME Internship scheme, funded by Santander and also a Start-up Internship Programme for businesses that have been operating for less than two years.

Cost: Minimal: businesses pay minimum/national living wage if funding isn’t available.


York Management School

The York Management School’s “Business Consulting Projects” investigates a management issue and develops a set of recommendations for dealing with it against the client brief. Final year undergraduate students work as groups for each client, typically spending 300 hours on their project over a period of around six weeks. They deliver a report and presentation back to the client. This takes place January-March.

For the research “dissertation”, postgraduate students have four months over the Summer Term to undertake a substantial research project as part of their studies. This could include an investigation into an organisational challenge set by industry. They deliver a research report to the university which is shared with the company.

Cost: none.


The Leeds Internship Programme

Works with local Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs), charities and multi-national organisations to advertise paid opportunities to University of Leeds students and graduates.

Cost: Minimal: businesses pay minimum/national living wage if funding isn’t available.


UK Internship Network

Skilled, international, three to  six months, interns can be accessed for placements at low cost via this Leeds-based programme. The network will discuss your needs with you and provide candidate profiles that match your requirements.

Cost: £500 (if the placement goes ahead).