First-Generation Scholars summer internships

Our First-Generation Scholars scheme supports students who are the first in their families to go to university and/or are from low-income households. As part of this scheme, you can access funding to recruit a summer intern.

A Sussex First-Generation Scholar talking to an employer

Why get involved

By taking on an intern or shadowing student through our First-Generation Scholars scheme, you raise awareness of your organisation and meet talented students who could be potential future employees.

You also help to support our work to ‘level the playing field’ for those from less advantaged backgrounds. This means that your participation can be seen as part of your positive involvement in enhancing social mobility.

Summer internships

You can access full funding to recruit a Sussex student full time for eight weeks during the summer of 2019 through the Sussex First-Generation Scholars internship programme.

The scheme provides £2,900 (or £3,400 for London-based organisations) per internship in funding to be paid to the successful student via your organisation.

Summer internships criteria

  • internships should start during June or July 2019
  • interns are expected to work 37.5 hours per week for 8 weeks
  • you are expected to pay your intern the Living Wage as a minimum
  • internships should provide a genuine work-experience opportunity that is suitable for an undergraduate student at the end of their second year of study
  • projects and tasks should be structured to offer the intern opportunities for personal and skills development
  • learning outcomes should be identified, and responsibilities and roles should be clearly outlined.

Download our First-Generation Scholars summer internship terms and conditions for 2019 [PDF 195KB].

Our student had a great attitude, quickly becoming part of the team and using his initiative to complete tasks we gave him. This was a fabulous programme and we would love to participate again.” First-Generation Scholar intern employer, 2016

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

Contact us

Contact our Placements and Work Experience team with any questions on:

internships@sussex.ac.uk