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The ABDNConnect Internship Programme provides paid internship opportunities for students and graduates. The programme is supported by completion of a set of skills reflection and development activities to maximise the value of the experience. For current students, successful completion of the programme will be recognised on the Enhanced Transcript. 

ABDNConnect Internship Programme overview
  • The ABDNConnect Internship Programme is an opportunity for students and graduates to develop valuable employability skills through a paid internship role.
  • Participants can source their own internship role or apply to an advertised role via CareerConnect.
  • Participants will complete a pathway of activities alongside their internship. The pathway helps students and graduates to prepare for the role, track and reflect on their personal and skills development, and share their successes.
  • The pathway will take approximately 3 hours to complete.
  • Successful completion of the pathway will be recognised on the Enhanced Transcript.
Why do an internship?
  • Gain paid experience in an organisation. 
  • Develop insights into sectors and roles of interest to inform future career choices.
  • Utilise, develop and evidence skills in the workplace.
  • Add value to an organisation by inputting to their projects and activities.
  • Build evidence of valued workplace skills and experience to enhance future applications.

This opportunity allowed me to meet and form networks. I enjoyed being part of a great team, my own skills were greatly developed due to this opportunity. I now have an enhanced appreciation of some of the challenges the Third Sector faces in Aberdeen.

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

Eligibility and how to apply

The ABDNConnect Internship Programme is open to all University of Aberdeen students, undergraduate and postgraduate, as well as graduates.

There are two ways to apply for this programme:

  1. Apply for an ABDNConnect Internship opportunity via CareerConnect.
  2. You can find your own internship role within an organisation and complete a self-sourced opportunity form in CareerConnect to provide details of the opportunity.
Key details
  • All of the internship opportunities are paid (national living wage or higher). 
  • Internships can vary in length. 
  • You must consider your eligibility to work in the UK to undertake an Internship. Details regarding work eligibility and visas can be found at www.ukcisa.org.uk
  • The organisation offering the internship will pay you directly and provide you with a contract of employment, detailing duties and responsibilities, hours of work, induction, location of work, health & safety and holiday entitlement. You will be treated as any other employee within the organisation. 
  • Some of the internship opportunities advertised are supported by Santander Universities funding.
  • Applications will usually be in the form of a covering letter and CV. These will be collated by the Careers and Employability Service. Applications will then be forwarded to the organisation for selection. 
  • Before submitting your internship application we recommend that you receive feedback on your draft application from the Careers and Employability Service
  • Internship offers are made by the host organisation.  
  • You are required to complete an ABDNConnect Pathway.  
Finding opportunities

The Careers and Employability Service will advertise internships as they become available on CareerConnect

For help with finding your own opportunity, access our mini career course on Finding Opportunities.