Impact Internships

Available exclusively to penultimate and final year students, as well as recent graduates from the University of Birmingham, an Impact Internship is your chance to:

  • Experience the excitement of working in a start-up, small to medium sized enterprise (SME), or social enterprise
  • Develop a wide range of skills whilst getting paid
  • Make a huge impact within an organisation
  • Apply knowledge from your studies to an innovative smaller business

impact internships

Read more about the programme below.  Our summer 2020 opportunities will be open for applications in March 2020. 


The Impact Internships scheme is open to current penultimate and final year students, as well as graduates from the last two years.

The internships take place either in the autumn term or during the summer vacation.

The University of Birmingham is working with start-ups based in a number of innovation, research and creative hubs to create internship opportunities for students. This internship programme provides students with the opportunity to help shape and deliver the strategic plans of some of the most innovative start-ups across the Midlands. These businesses will have less than 250 employees.

Summer 2020 internships - open spring term 2020 

Summer 2020 internships:

  • Advertised during the spring term in 2020
  • Internships will start from June 2020 onwards
  • Open to final year students and recent graduates
  • Lasting either 20 or 40 working days
  • To be completed either on a full time or part time basis
  • A bursary will be provided which will be funded between the University and the business

Check back in March 2020 to see the full list of all our opportunities for summer vacancies, or register your interest further down the page to receive an alert for when these will become available.

Register for new opportunities 

More internship opportunities will be available to apply to in March 2020 for over the summer vacation. If you want to receive an alert for when these opportunities become available, register your interest below. 

Former intern

Economics student

“This internship has given me more of an insight into what needs to be done in terms of setting up a business and because of this opportunity I would I say I feel more confident if I was to go and do that.”



If you have any questions about Impact Internships, please contact

Data protection statement

In order for your application to be considered by the internship provider(s) that you are applying to, we will need to share your personal data (e.g. data contained in your CV and cover letter, along with any other evidence provided) with them. 

If you are successful in securing an internship, it will be necessary to share information with our funding partner, Santander. For further information on how Santander uses your data, please read the Santander Universities SME Internship Programme terms and conditions.

You can find further information on how the University uses your data here.


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