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Options to support your recruitment of an Intern

If you have any questions about the process of recruiting an intern, or are ready to recruit please email emma.taylor@qmul.ac.uk or call 020 7882 8543 for further details.

We offer limited financial support for Micro Enterprises/Start Ups and Small to Medium Sized Enterprises based in the United Kingdom who wish to recruit a student or recent graduate from Queen Mary University of London as an intern within their Business.


Santander Universities SME Internship Programme.

Queen Mary University of London is a partner in the Santander Universities Programme which includes the SME Internship Programme.

This programme allows us to co-fund a limited amount of twelve week internships with Small to Medium Enterprises. Organisations will pay £1500 to the intern, and we will match this with a further £1500. This money will be given to your organisation in the form of a donation.

Due to our location we prefer to support small to medium enterprises based in around London, but also welcome organisations from across the United Kingdom.

Each partner institution runs the Santander Internship Programme in line with their existing Internship Programmes, and you can see details of our process here How to Recruit an Intern .

Eligibility

  • This Programme is open to organisations with 250 employees or less which have an annual turnover of fifty million pounds or less (“SMEs”).
  • They must be registered and based in the UK.
  • Eligible organisations include companies, sole traders, partnerships and charities.
  • The organisation needs to have a workspace in an office environment. Co-working spaces are acceptable but the company should not be hot-desking.
  • The organisation must not be home-based, and we do not support roles that require interns to be homeworking
  • The organisation will need to supply details of your insurance and health and safety policies before an intern can be placed with you.
  • Organisations will need to have a payroll system in place, and be prepared to absorb the costs of this on top of their salary contribution.
  • The organisation must have in place a supervisor for the intern.
  • The organisation must provide a programme of work for the intern which will develop the intern, with clear learning outcomes.
  • The organisation must complete a feedback form at the end of the internship. Funding is dependent upon this.

Further Information.

Q. Does meeting the above ensure that my company will be assigned an intern?

A. No. Just like students, companies must undergo the selection process which is conducted by our Internship Coordinators. This is based on the eligibility criteria outlined above.

Q. Can I request more than one intern for my company?

A. Yes, though you must include a job description for each intern you request. – Please note these must be different job profiles.

You may continue to request additional interns and add job descriptions throughout the process.

Companies will not be assigned more than two interns per academic year.

Q. How will I receive the money and how is the intern paid?

A. Queen Mary University of London will issue the money to your organisation as a donation. Your organisation will be responsible for payroll of the student and any cost associated with this (for example - Employers National Insurance, and Pension Auto-Enrollment).


Q. What paperwork is involved?
You will be required to register your organisation at www.santander-grants.com to enable us to process your internship. You will have a dedicated Internship Coordinator from Queen Mary University of London who will be able to guide your through this process.

You will also be required to complete an agreement form and supply us with details of various policies.


HEIF Funded ‘Start Up’ Internships.

Through the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) to support and develop a broad range of knowledge-based interactions between universities and colleges and the wider world, which result in economic and social benefit to the UK we are able to offer funding to a limited amount of Micro and Small to Medium Enterprises based in and around East London to part fund an intern for three months.

Eligibility

Aimed at supporting pre-revenue and early stage start-ups who have identified a skills gap in their current set up, we invite applications on annual basis that will match the skill sets of students from our Schools of – Biological & Chemical Sciences, Business & Management, Economics & Finance, Electronic Engineering & Computer Science, Engineering & Materials Science, Mathematics and Physics.

These applications are then reviewed by a panel based on the following criteria:

  • The organisation is a Micro, Small or Medium Sized Enterprise.
  • Based in or around East London.
  • Skills match with the disciplines mentioned above.
  • Learning outcomes for the intern.
  • The organisation needs to have a workspace in an office environment for the duration of the internship. Co working spaces are acceptable but the company should not be hot-desking.
  • The organisation must not be home-based, and we do not support roles that require interns to work from home.
  • The organisation will need to supply details of insurance and health and safety policies before an intern can be placed with you.
  • The organisation must have in place a supervisor for the intern.
  • The organisation must complete a feedback form at the end of the internship. Funding is dependent upon this.

Further Information.

Q. Does meeting the above ensure that my company will be assigned an intern?

A. No. Just like students, companies must undergo the selection process which is conducted by the university. This is based on the eligibility criteria outlined above.

Q. Can I request more than one intern for my company?

A. No. Due to limitations of funding, and measuring of impact we only allow one intern per company. An exception to this may be if you are willing to take two interns on a part time basis.

Q. How will I receive the money and how is the intern paid?

A. Queen Mary University of London will issue the money to your organisation as a donation. Your organisation will be responsible for payroll of the student and any cost associated with this (for example - Employers National Insurance, and Pension Auto-Enrollment).

Q. What paperwork is involved?

You will be required to apply through a web-form which is available for a limited time. To be notified when this becomes available please email internships@qmul.ac.uk

You will also be required to complete an agreement form and supply us with details of various policies as outlined by our process here  How to Recruit an Intern


The Drapers’ Company Internships

From the founding of the People’s Palace in 1887 till the present day, Queen Mary University of London has had support from the Drapers' Company.

This long standing relationship allows us to award up to eight part funded internships to students working in Start Ups or Small to Medium Enterprises in East London. Working either part time or full time QMUL will match a salary of up to £3000.

This year we are particularly keen to work with organisations with a social enterprise focus.

Eligibility

  • This Programme is open to organisations with 250 employees or less which have an annual turnover of fifty million pounds or less (“SMEs”).
  • They must be registered and based in the UK.
  • Eligible organisations include companies, sole traders, partnerships and charities.
  • The organisation needs to have a workspace in an office environment. Co-working spaces are acceptable but the company should not be hot-desking.
  • The organisation must not be home-based, and we do not support roles that require interns to be homeworking.
  • The organisation will need to supply details of your insurance and health and safety policies before an intern can be placed with you.
  • Organisations will need to have a payroll system in place, and be prepared to absorb the costs of this on top of their salary contribution.
  • The organisation must have in place a supervisor for the intern.
  • The organisation must provide a programme of work for the intern which will develop the intern, with clear learning outcomes.
  • The organisation must complete a feedback form at the end of the internship. Funding is dependent upon this.

Further Information.

Q. Does meeting the above ensure that my company will be assigned an intern?

A. No. Just like students, companies must undergo the selection process which is conducted by our Internship Coordinators. This is based on the eligibility criteria outlined above.

Q. Can I request more than one intern for my company?

A. No. Due to limitations of funding, and measuring of impact we only allow one intern per company. An exception to this may be if you are willing to take two interns on a part time basis.

Q. How will I receive the money and how is the intern paid?

A. Queen Mary University of London will issue the money to your organisation as a donation. Your organisation will be responsible for payroll of the student and any cost associated with this (for example - Employers National Insurance, and Pension Auto-Enrolment).

You will also be required to complete an agreement form and supply us with details of various policies as outlined by our process here  How to Recruit an Intern

Internship opportunities have obvious advantages to Queen Mary University of London students, but they can also be greatly beneficial to your business:

  • Allowing you to access a talented workforce on a short term basis, enabling you to pursue projects that you may not otherwise have the time or resources for.
  • Gaining a fresh perspective and ideas for your business.
  • Bringing the latest academic knowledge into your business.
  • Plugging a skills shortage – delivering significant and tangible outcomes to the business.
  • Assisting with your future talent pipeline, internships often lead to full time employment with the business.
  • Building long lasting links with the Queen Mary community.

The whole recruitment process can be managed for you. Our experienced Employer Engagement Coordinators will work with you, to understand your requirements and match you with current students from Queen Mary who are looking for internships (typically six to twenty four weeks in duration).

You are never too big or too small - we supply interns to Micro-Enterprises, SMEs, Enterprises and Multinational companies. We can offer limited funding opportunities for SMEs through our partnerships with Santander Universities, The Drapers' Company and the Higher Education Innovation Fund.

Step 1 – Develop a project idea

Consider your project needs and what the student will realistically be able to deliver. You must provide a job description for our students - our team can offer guidance if required.

As a University we have a duty of care to the students. Roles must be paid at least National Minimum Wage. Queen Mary advocates the London Living Wage (currently £9.75 per hour).

You must have a workspace in an office environment. Co-working spaces are acceptable but the company should not be home-based.

Step 2 – Get in touch

In order to best allocate a member of our team to work with you, please contact Emma Taylor, Employment Engagement Manager (emma.taylor@qmul.ac.uk) outlining the job description, the time scale for recruitment and if you think you are eligible for funding.

The appropriate member of our team will then contact you.

Step 3 – Leave us to find your student

We will provide you with a shortlist of students with compatible skills. In order to maintain a fair selection process, internships are advertised on our website, emailed to appropriate departments and may be publicised on our social media and in student newsletters.

After you have selected CVs from the shortlist, let us know and we will organise interviews for you. We can assist with the interview process if required.

Step 4 – In-post support

Your Internship Coordinator will remain in contact with you at agreed intervals to ensure that you and the intern are enjoying a productive working relationship.

Step 5 – And finally...

Once the internship period is over we ask both the company and the intern to provide feedback, and where possible we like to capture case studies.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the process of recruiting an intern, or are ready to recruit please email emma.taylor@qmul.ac.uk or call 020 7882 8543 for further details.

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