Students Staff

12 July 2017

Grants for graduate internships within the University

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Not enough hours in the day or money in the budget to complete an important project?

Following the success of last year’s project that helped over 100 under or un-employed graduates move into paid graduate level internships both within the University and with external employers, Essex Interns is once again extending its offer to support a limited number of part-funded graduate level internships based within University of Essex Departments.

This is an excellent opportunity to take on a skilled graduate from a 2017 Bachelor level degree for a three month, full-time internship for a project or piece of work that might have been put on hold or would not otherwise be completed due to budget or time restrictions. In return, regardless of whether the employment is extended, the internship will significantly enhance the employment prospects of that graduate.

It is crucial that our 2017 graduates who have not yet found graduate-level employment, gain relevant up-to-date workplace experience on their CVs in order for them to compete in a challenging jobs market, and ahead of the new 2018 graduates reaching the marketplace.

Benefits for you:

  • Cost efficient resource – you will receive a £2,500 subsidy towards a 3 month, full-time internship, providing you with a cost effective resource to deliver a piece of work.
  • Getting the job done – this could be the impetus you need to kick start a project that might have been put on hold or would not otherwise be completed due to budget or time restrictions.
  • Injection of new skills – graduate minds can introduce innovation, new skills and knowledge into the workforce and enhance organisational success and performance.
  • Fresh perspectives – as previous clients our graduates bring fresh insights to our service delivery and different perspectives to problems.
  • Grow your team – an internship can serve as a trial period for potential recruitment to a permanent post and a new motivated member can invigorate your team.
  • Recruitment support – we provide a free vacancy handling service to promote your opportunity to our skilled graduates and collate your applications for you.

Headline Eligibility and Application Criteria

  • This funding is open to any department that can offer a three month, full-time, graduate level* internship opportunity for a 2017 bachelor level graduate who is graduating in July.
  • The graduate will be employed by your department and must commence their contract with you between 1st November 2017 and 4 January 2018.**
  • Interns should be paid to Grade 4 Spt. 11 or above however we would encourage you to offer a pay rate suitable for the calibre of candidate and the level of work undertaken.
  • Interns must continue to be paid should their contract be extended beyond the initial internship period, however any further employment will not be funded by Essex Interns.
  • Essex Interns reserve the right to approve or not approve all opportunities submitted for funding.

Support for you

Essex Interns will assist you in advertising and promoting the role to our graduates. We will collate the applications for you, but the final decision on appointment is made by you. You are under no obligation to appoint someone should the applicants prove unsuitable, however we would encourage you to look for the potential in an applicant, and bear in mind that some may be fairly inexperienced in the recruitment process. We will make every effort to promote your position but we cannot guarantee applicants for your role, any funding for unfilled opportunities may be re-allocated.

Important Information

Funding is very limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis, subject to receipt of full internship details on the attached form and approval of your opportunity. Essex Interns reserve the right not to accept, or to withdraw any notified vacancy and/or funding at their discretion without publishing a reason. (Decisions will be based upon national best practice guidelines and internal scheme criteria). Internship offers may be declined if the vacancy does not offer the developmental and supervision requirements of an internship or if we do not have candidates looking for internships in this discipline.


Please find below a breakdown of the Essex Interns funding and salary costs at current Grade 4 Spinal Point 11. (Please note this table does not include salary rise from August 2017 or on costs).

Base Salary Rate 01/08/2016 Annual Monthly Hourly 3 months
Grade 4 Spt11 £18,412.00*** £1,534.33*** £9.81*** £4,603***
Funding To be transferred by Essex Interns on completion of internship £2,500
Remaining Estimated cost to department (not including on-costs) £2103***

You will need to confirm that you have received the appropriate funding approval for payment of the intern’s salary. Essex Interns funding will be deposited by internal transfer on confirmation of completion of the internship. (Should the internship finish early due to unforeseen circumstances you must contact Essex Interns immediately and the funding will be pro-rata’d).

What to do next

To apply please see our ‘Important Information for Hiring Managers’ document before completing  the vacancy registration form and emailing  your application to  by Friday 1 September 2017.

Interested but unsure?

Contact us on extension 3729 and we will be happy to talk it through with you.

*Graduate level is governed by a national database of job roles – the team will be able to check and advise on this aspect

** If you able to fund a longer internship, you may be able to start the internship before November however the role must end no earlier than the end of January 2018. Essex Interns grant will however remain at £2500.

*** Rates as at 1.8.16. Rates from 2017 will apply when announced by the University of Essex

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