SME Internship Schemes

Graduating this summer?

We are currently advertising both undergraduate and graduate opportunities through the following internship schemes:

  • SME Internship Scheme
  • Santander Internship Scheme
  • Work This Way - Graduate & finalist internships

All internships are advertised on mycareer.

The University runs internship schemes that enable you to gain quality, paid work experience from SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) in the UK, including charities, social enterprises, and start-ups.

For general queries, or if you have an employer interested in setting up an SME Internship with you, please contact

What is an SME (small and medium sized enterprise)?

Medium Fewer than 250 Under £50 million
Small Fewer than 50 Under £10 million
Micro Fewer than 10 Under £2 million

Over 99% of businesses in the UK are SMEs employing 0-249 people.1

1House of Commons briefing paper, December 207

  • In 2016, only 57.6% of UK graduates went to work for big businesses with 1,000 or more employees.
  • 34% of graduates were employed by a company that had fewer than 250 employees
  • One in six graduates worked for a business with fewer than 50 employees.2

2Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2015/16

Five benefits to an internship with an SME:

  • Gain practical experience of the workplace and develop professional skills, which will help you stand out in the selection process.
  • Use as a way into an organisation - employers increasingly recruit graduates from their pool of interns.  
  • Grow your professional network:  in 2016, 23.9% of graduates working for a company with fewer than 50 employees used personal contacts to secure their job.  
  • Develop a broad range of skills and knowledge: being part of a small team often involves taking on a variety of tasks and more responsibility sooner. 
  • Industry insight: learn first-hand about how a business works and be closely involved in helping an organisation grow. 

Employers from a range of industries approach us to advertise vacancies and gain the funding we offer - these are advertised on mycareer.

SME Internship Schemes

The University of Bristol run two internship schemes that enable you to gain quality, paid work experience from SMEs in the UK, including charities, social enterprises, and start-ups.

The internship was fantastic - I learned so much about the workings of a business. I gained a range of experiences that have developed my self-awareness and given me plenty to talk about in applications and interviews. I've come away more confident in my abilities and with a number of professional connections.

UoB Intern


SME Internship Schemes Appointments

For information, advice and guidance on sourcing your own internship or applying for advertised internship scheme vacancies, you can now book an appointment with a member of the Internships team at the Careers Service, Tyndall Avenue.