Employ.ed in an SME
Employ.ed in an SME offers exclusive 8 week internships within small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
Each year the Careers Service works with a number of small and medium sized organisations to offer exclusive internships to our students and recent graduates. All internships are paid and some are supported with match funding from Santander Universities.
- You can gain valuable experience by contributing to a business where your drive, skills and education can make a tangible impact.
- You'll enjoy a varied role, lots of responsibility and often work alongside the founders of the company.
- Getting that first break can often give you a foundation on which to develop your career. If your internship goes well and you prove your capabilities there may also be opportunity for you to gain longer-term employment with the SME.
How to apply
The programme is split into part time semester internships and summer internships. All internships are paid, but the programme is made up of funded (by Santander) and unfunded (but still paid) opportunities. Santander funded internships are only open to to final year students and recent graduates.
Adverts for part time internships have closed. Adverts for most summer internships open from the 25th March and close on the 7th April.
You can only apply to a maximum of three internships in each recruitment period. We advise that you don't submit an application before looking at the resources below, and make sure you check the eligibility.
To complete an application form you will need to submit a CV and cover letter for the internship you are applying to. The Careers Service has lots of resources that will help you improve your application.
If you are invited to interview:
You are only eligible to apply if you are:
- A current University of Edinburgh student.
- a recent graduate from the University of Edinburgh (up to two years after graduation)
- not a visiting student
- you have not participated in Employ.ed in an SME this academic year (2019-20)
- Opportunities funded by Santander (this will be specified on the advert) are only open to final year students and recent graduates.
Additionally, if you are a current student there are restrictions on the amount of hours you can work a week during term time:
- Undergraduates and Masters students should work not more than 15 hours a week
- Full time PhD students should work no more than 9 hours a week across the academic year
We will not forward on applications for internships that are more than the hours above during term time. So do not apply to the full time internships unless they are in a vacation period, or you are a graduate.
The Careers Service is continuing to operate a service and deliver this programme during the Coronavirus pandemic. We're doing this remotely, in line with University and Government guidelines and in the interests of your health and safety.
We understand that the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic is causing a lot of global uncertainty and the situation is constantly and rapidly changing. You might be unsure about making an application at this time, however the organisations advertising through the programme currently have every intention of hiring for their internship. However, as you can understand the situation is unpredictable and it is possible that this will have an impact as the recruitment process progresses through these uncertain times. For example, you might have a virtual interview and/or internship, or the organisation might need to postpone the start date or cancel an internship before hiring.
The Careers Service and the organisations you apply to will keep you updated as far as we can.
Careers Service Covid -19 information: https://www.ed.ac.uk/careers/about-us/coronavirus-faqs
University Covid 19 updates: https://www.ed.ac.uk/news/covid-19
It's been a fantastic experience, and a chance for me to test out a field of work I was interested in. And it's turned into an offer for permanent employment!
Please contact the Internships and Work Experience Team for more information.