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Santander Universities SME Internship programme 2016/17

Please note that applications for 2016/2017 are now closed.


Internship programme to help fund work experience in start-ups or SMEs (small- to medium-sized enterprises)

Programme outline

  • All current Cambridge students (undergraduates or postgraduate students) and alumni are eligible to apply.
  • Funding is available for internships between 4 - 10 weeks in length.
  • Interns must source their own internship, either through the Careers Service vacancy listings or independently.
  • Organisations must be registered in the UK and have fewer than 250 employees and less than £50m turnover. Limited companies, franchises, social enterprises, UK subsidiaries, partnerships and charities are all eligible.
  • Interns receive at least £300 per week (exceeding UK living wage) for up to 10 weeks, funded by Santander with £150 and at least another £150 by the start-up/SME per week.



  • All placements are based on a standard 35 hour week, although part-time roles are acceptable.
  • Internships can last longer than 10 weeks, but funding from Santander is limited to the first 10 weeks.
  • Interns have to submit a short written report at the end of their internship.

Interested? Find out more and register your interest

Students/alumni and representatives of SMEs should contact the Cambridge Judge Business School at santander@jbs.cam.ac.uk to find out more. Please allow up to a week for a response.