The Santander Employability Scheme (previously known as the Santander Internship Programme) offers a current Abertay student or recent graduate (up to two years after graduation) the opportunity to undertake a fully paid short-term work project with a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME).
Work projects are managed by the Careers Service and can range from two to three weeks (based on a 35-hour working week). Projects usually run during the summer vacation. However, they can start earlier in the second semester to fit around a student’s study commitments. These tend to be on a flexible part-time basis.
The scheme is open to all current matriculated Abertay University undergraduate students, postgraduate students, and those who have graduated from the University within the last two years.
If you are a PhD student, we will require further information on any Studentships or other funding you may be receiving. In addition, we will need to know if you are contractually obligated to work any minimum hours of work towards your PhD.
Check advertised projects for suitability, as criteria differs depending upon organisational requirements.
Contact us for current opportunities you can apply to. Alternatively, register your interest in the Scheme and the Administrator will get in touch with relevant opportunities which may be of interest to you when they become available.
Submit an online enquiry through Abertay Connect for a list of opportunities or to register your interest.
If you are a graduate, you may have to register first before submitting an enquiry.
If you’re eligible, funding of up to £1,000 (No VAT) is available to fully fund the student or graduate through the work project – depending on the type of project you choose.
Work projects from all employment areas are encouraged, including: Business and Marketing, Human Resources, Life Sciences, Computer Science/IT, Cybersecurity, Food & Drink, Social Sciences, and much more.
The projects are a great way to bring innovative ideas to existing projects, address skills or workforce gaps, or head up dedicated projects and campaigns. The Programme is particularly suited to SMEs wishing to employ students or graduates with a view to offering a permanent role post-project.
When considering participating in the scheme, it is essential to have a clear defined project or set of objectives with clearly defined timelines and deadlines which will benefit the SME and also create a valuable learning experience for the student/graduate.
If you wish to discuss flexible part-time projects through the Scheme, please get in touch.
If you would like to discuss the Scheme further, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students and graduates
Jack secured an internship with Kilmac Ltd and got the opportunity to learn various industry-specific skills to compliment his engineering studies.
Computer Arts graduate Robin secured a student internship with Pocket Sized Hands and continues to work for the game studio today.
Dawn gained valuable work experience as a graphic design intern for Resonate Dance Company.
Games studio Pocket Sized Hands used the scheme as an opportunity to invest in themselves and develop as a company.
Fertility Genomics created an internship to assist with the launch of their online fertility business.