Spotlight on the Manchester Graduate Internship Programme

With the Government putting increasing emphasis on unpaid internships as the answer to graduate unemployment we thought we would take a look at a successful scheme run by the University of Manchester, which links up employers and students with PAID internship schemes offering graduate level work.

I certainly wish the scheme had been better advertised while I was at Manchester – because they have managed to get 65 students in placements this year, paying at least minimum wage. Industries offering internships range from engineering and lab work to IT and marketing.

The emphasis, says Anne Milligan, the programme coordinator, is on “helping small businesses access talented graduates” and making sure they are offering “graduate level work”. Inspections are done to make sure interns are not making cups of tea or spending six months photocopying.

This is the way a graduate internships scheme should be done, and benefits both the graduates, and small businesses in the region.

The scheme was dreamt up in 2008 with 42 placements, and is steadily growing. Already this year 5 grads have been offered permanent positions. Who can argue with that?

If anyone approaches them with an unpaid position they tell them where to go. Anne described unpaid work as “dreadful” and “devaluing what graduates can offer”. Three cheers for Manchester University Careers Service!



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4 Responses to “Spotlight on the Manchester Graduate Internship Programme”


  1. 1 sj 03/21/2010 at 9:45 pm

    It is a shame they do not provide many internships in the arts because it appears to be a good model, just with some limits to its remit.

  2. 2 ADM 03/25/2010 at 10:38 pm

    They have a similar scheme at UCL. I managed to get a placement last summer with an internet start-up. I got paid 200 quid a week, which was not too bad. It was certainly a good starting step for me and I am really grateful for UCL for getting me this placement.

  3. 3 Sandra 04/06/2010 at 12:19 pm

    Paid Graduate Programme at TVU, West London’s University:

    Thames Valley University has a Paid Graduate programme too and we have quite a big portfolio of companies that are happy to take on a Graduate.

    Our programme runs for 8 weeks, 2 are spend at the University and 6 weeks with the employer. The Graduate is being put on the University payroll for the duration and receives £1.600 in total.

    So Graduates, if you do want some work experience, get paid and have a University Mentor look after you to make sure the working conditions are right get in touch!

    Best Regards,
    Sandra
    Email: FSenterprise@tvu.ac.uk

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