Santander internship scheme

The Santander Universities Internship Programme is a great way to identify future talent, head up a specific project or campaign, bring fresh ideas to your business or fill a short-term skills or workforce gap. The internships can be for a duration of between one and 10 weeks with the intern working on a full-time or part-time basis.


The internships are paid £300 per week. Placements that last longer than two weeks are half paid by the SME and half by Santander, placements of two weeks or less are fully paid by Santander.

Santander Universities will contribute up to a maximum of £1,500 per internship (10 weeks).


We welcome every industry, as long as your business meets the following criteria:

  • An annual turnover of under £50 million and under 250 employees
  • Your business is registered and based in the UK
  • A maximum of two internships per scheme year for each participating business.

Getting started

If you believe your business could benefit from the Santander Universities SME Internship Programme, get in touch with us at to register your interest. You will then be asked to submit further details about your opportunity.

At the end of the internship you will be prompted to provide a short feedback about your experience. You are also invited to follow the Santander showcase and join the exclusive fellows group on LinkedIn. You’ll be able to connect with like-minded individuals and share stories of how the funding has had an impact on you directly.

Key dates

Students are more engaged during vacation time, especially during Easter (26 March to 20 April) and summer (18 June to 21 September) holidays. That’s where most of them will be available to work full time.

Get in touch

If you have any questions regarding the Santander Internship Scheme, please contact the Employer Engagement team: