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Lee Patrickson

Graduate Internship Scheme

Delivered by University of Sunderland

The University of Sunderland’s Graduate Internship Scheme can provide regional SMEs with a cost effective approach to recruiting graduate talent for 12 months across any discipline.

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and managed by the University’s Employment Services Team, the team works closely with organisations across the North East to support the internship from role development, sourcing the graduates, administration of the recruitment and selection process as well as being a point of contact for the organisation and the graduate throughout the internship period.

If eligible, a business could receive up to £3,500 towards the graduate’s salary, when the organisation commits to paying a minimum of £17,000 for the year.

Whether you are looking to employ a Marketer, Digital Designer, Computer Scientist or any other graduate level role, get in touch to find out if your business can benefit from this popular part funded ERDF scheme.

Main benefits:

  • Up to £3,500* in ERDF Subsidy Funding available for Small to Medium Sized Enterprises, based in the North East Local Enterprise Partnership Area
  • Opportunity to recruit a talented recent graduate into the business, bringing fresh ideas and delivering innovation
  • Full recruitment support process provided by the Employment Services Team, ensuring that we attract the best graduate for the business’s needs
  • Internship lasts for 12 months in duration and the Employment Services Team is on hand for support, advice and guidance throughout
  • A tried and tested way for SMEs to recruit talented staff


*£3500 is available if an organisation employs a graduate in December 2017 which reduced to £3000 in January/February 2018 which is the last opportunity to take advantage of the scheme.

The Internships and Enterprise project is receiving up to £2,207,655 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. ‌The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. ‌Established by the European Union, European Regional Development Fund funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.

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