Fully Funded Graduate Internship anyone?

A free fast-track training programme culminating with the opportunity to recruit for a fully-funded 6-week graduate intern is now open.

The Universities of Brighton and Sussex working in partnership, and with funding from the European Social Fund, are pleased to introduce you to an exciting new training and internship programme.

STEP-UP is an innovative fast-track training programme for local SMEs that will allow them to identify the skills they need, and access talented graduates to help them grow their business through fully funded six-week internships.

How does it work?

  • The programme consists of five workshops, consisting of industry-leading ‘Action Learning Sets’ to help participants identify and address current skills issues in their organisations.
  • Alongside this, there will also be expert-led masterclasses on topics most in demand by SMEs looking to recruit graduates.
  • It is also an excellent opportunity for local businesses to network with each other and their local universities to access talented graduates now and into the future.

Final-year students will attend a specialised programme, that reflects the skills needed by SMEs, and they will be available to apply for a fully-funded internships with the participating employers which will take place after their graduation in summer 2021.

How can we help?

We would greatly appreciate it if you could promote this opportunity to your members and contacts, and publicise the programme on your social media channels. We are more than happy to provide text and publicity materials to you if required, including suggested social media text and graphics. One of our Delivery and Development Managers can also come along to give a presentation to your members (whether online or in-person) – so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if this is something you’d be interested in.

For more information on the programme and instructions on how to apply for place, we have a dedicated website.

Please contact us via stepup@brighton.ac.uk if you have any further questions, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

If you don’t feel you’re the most appropriate person within your organisation to be acting on this email, please feel free to forward to a colleague.

Best regards

Simon Topham

Delivery and Development Manager, STEP-UP Programme


07825 028691 / 07929 787323 – these numbers may not always be answered – so please also email any urgent queries)

The STEP-UP Programme is co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. Grant Reference: 04S18P02524

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