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Santander Universities Internship Programme

Attract new talent and skills into your business with the Santander Internship Programme

  • The programme is a partnership between Santander Universities and the University of Kent which can enable you to employ fresh talent and a highly-skilled workforce. The programme is aimed at Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) who can provide paid internships to all current students and recent graduates from the University of Kent.
  • Internship length can be between 1-10 weeks
  • Placements up to 2 weeks can be fully funded at a rate of £300 per week.
  • Placements between 3-10 weeks will be funded by Santander at a rate of £150 per week to a maximum of £1,500 per placement, this will then need to be match funded by you, the SME or another source to a minimum of £150 per week providing a wage of £300 per week to the student/graduate. For clarity these positions are NOT fully funded by Santander:
Internship Length Santander Funding SME Contribution
1 week £300 £0
2 weeks £600 £0
3 weeks £450 £450
4 weeks £600 £600
5 weeks £750 £750
6 weeks £900 £900
7 weeks £1,050 £1,050
8 weeks £1,200 £1,200
9 weeks £1,350 £1,350
10 weeks £1,500 £1,500
  • All placements are based on a standard 35 hour week. Part-time roles are acceptable on a pro-rata basis of £150 per week.
  • Part-time placements below 70 hours can be fully funded to a maximum of £600. Placements over 70 hours will be matched funded as above. Maximum of 2 placements per scheme year for SME’s with different students/alumni Wage is equivalent to £8.57 per hour which exceeds the UK living wage (£8.25 per hour), all companies wishing to adhere to London living wage will need to increase their contribution to cover this.

Recruit in 5 easy steps

  1. Send the details of your internship opportunity to, we will check that you qualify for the programme.
  2. We will advertise and promote your internship to Kent students and graduates via our Careers and Employability website, for up to 8 weeks.  If unfilled, the University of Kent reserves the right to reallocate the funding to other SMEs
  3. You will take control of the shortlisting process by recruiting your intern according to your criteria.
  4. To be eligible for the Kent programme, a Kent intern* must be selected. Please confirm your selection by emailing us their details.
  5. We will register your company details on the Santander portal and organise for you to receive your funding.
    *Eligible for current students or recent graduates

Information for students

If you are a student interested in the internship opportunities further information is available here.

*-Subject to the numbers of internships available to the University of Kent within the scheme

**-If a graduate from another University is recruited, please check that the University is a Santander Universities partner.

The funding is allocated on a first come first served basis and not allocated until a signed letter of confirmation is sent from the University of Kent.  Additional details may be requested once the position is advertised. 


'The Santander Internship Programme offered us a fantastic opportunity to provide a 3 month internship place within our company providing funding towards wages during that period. Working together with the University of Kent, we interviewed and recruited a qualified and experienced intern who has since become a full time member of staff. Having an intern straight from the University brought in new ideas and added enthusiasm to our team which has added value to our business. I would recommend this scheme to anyone thinking of recruiting an intern into their business.'

~ Heather Nowak, Director, Nova IT Solutions Ltd




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Last Updated: 21/11/2017