The Careers Service has funding from Santander UK to develop an Internship Programme to help Small and Medium sized organisations access the knowledge and skills of University of Aberdeen students and graduates by offering paid internships between 1 and 10 weeks duration.

Benefits to you

  • The opportunity for paid employment in a developing company
  • The opportunity to gain workplace experience
  • The opportunity to demonstrate your skills and creativity
  • Input to projects and business development
  • Enhance your employability, CV and work preparedness
  • If some circumstances, your Internship achievement will be recorded on your Enhanced Transcript (ET). This is a national, standardised document that records your academic work, prizes and co-curricular activities. Further details here.
  • The possibility of further employment. In 2015/16 over 60% of Santander Interns received an extension to their contract or an offer of employment.

The Internship offered me an amazing chance to work in a busy business environment. The experience provided an insight I could not have got elsewhere. As the team I worked with was small, I gained a good understanding of different roles while meeting interesting professionals. I also learnt new transferable skills and gained new confidence in my existing skills.

Anna Katila, MA(Hons) in English and Literature in a World Context.  Santander Intern with Minimise Solutions, 2015.


Internships are open to all students registered at the University of Aberdeen, and to recent graduates.  Check advertised internships for suitability as criteria differs depending upon company requirements. Please make sure you have read and agree with all T&Cs.

Key details

  • Internships will offer a minimum salary of £300 per week, and may offer expenses and other benefits.
  • Internships can be full-time or part-time.
  • You must consider your eligibility to work in the UK to undertake an Internship.  Some details regarding work eligibility and visas can be found here: www.ukcisa.org.uk
  • The company offering the internship will pay you directly and it is expected that you will receive an appropriate contract of employment and, where required, details relating to induction, H&S, holiday entitlement, etc. and be treated as any other employee within the organisation.
  • Internships usually start in May or June, but we do advertise others throughout the year.
  • Applications will usually be in the form of a covering letter and CV uploaded to CareerConnect, which will then be forward to the company for shortlisting.
  • We recommend that you book an appointment with the Careers Service to ensure your CV and application details are up to date and relevant.
  • The employer has the final say in shortlisting and allocation.
  • Feedback is requested at the end of the internship as part of the internship agreement.
  • You can only undertake 1 internship with an SME.

The Santander internship allowed me to meet and form networks with a breadth of local community and University representatives and to begin to develop long-lasting relationships between ACVO and the University of Aberdeen.  I enjoyed being part of a great team, my own skills were greatly developed due to this opportunity, and I have a greater appreciation of some of the challenges the Third Sector faces in Aberdeen.

Lina Dimitrova, Santander Intern with Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations (ACVO) 2014

Relationship with Santander UK

Please note that when an internship is agreed, your details are passed to Santander UK where they are used for recording and business use.  This may result in being contacted by Santander.

Current Opportunities

We will be advertising internships as they become available, please search CareerConnect within 'placements' for all placement and internship opportunities.