Record numbers of small businesses benefit from University internship scheme

Careers and Employability Service Internship Scheme evening event. Photos by Alex Wilkinson Photography and Videography, 50 organisations are benefiting from a University of Nottingham internship initiative designed to help local small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) tap into student expertise.

The Nottingham Internship Scheme has flourished over the last three years, culminating in the placement of over 80 interns this summer, almost double the number from last year. 48 different organisations have been involved, each receiving approximately 40% of the cost of employing the intern.

The founder of one of the companies that has benefited, Andrew Norton, from the MediCity based business, Snap Nutrition, said:

“In our current position being a start-up organisation – we need all hands on deck and 100% work ethic and dedication and that’s what we have got with our two interns Junaid and Josh. They both bring a great work ethic and can do attitude, which for me is a constant reminder to keep pushing myself. If all goes to plan I aim to retain both of them.”

Chris Parker, interning with Go Dine Ltd, said:

“Working for a small business is an invaluable experience and is something I would recommend to anyone who is looking to do an internship. I have found that there are lots of opportunities to take on responsibility. The work I am doing is having a genuine impact on the overall development of the company which is fantastic.”

For more information about the scheme, including how your business can engage with the scheme going forwards, you can read the full story here.