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Internship programme to continue at University of East Anglia

Thu, 07 Apr 2011

A graduate internship programme run by the University of East Anglia is set to continue after exceeding its original targets and expectations.

The Project Evolve Graduate Internship Programme, which was due to draw to a close in March, has been extended until the end of July.

The scheme offers local businesses the opportunity to secure a graduate, with new skills and a fresh approach, to work on a specific project for up to 12 weeks, either full or part-time.

The move to extend the project means even more graduates and businesses will gain from the mutually beneficial programme, which has proven to be a cost-effective way of helping organisations get a new or outstanding initiative off the ground, whilst helping the graduate improve their skills and experience.

Nearly 200 graduates have been placed within local organisations, both large and small, since January 2010. Many of these interns have added significant value to the business and have secured employment with host organisations after their internship finished.

Management information and business strategy specialists Mint Consult Ltd, secured recent UEA graduate James Carter to assist with the development of their service (pictured).

Mark Donaldson at Mint Consult said: "Securing James on an internship has been invaluable. He is a bright and enthusiastic graduate who with my support has researched and developed my ideas in order to take them to market, something I didn't have time to do myself. His contribution has increased productivity and lead generation, which will ultimately result in additional revenue. There are a few weeks of James' internship remaining and I have already offered him employment beyond this.

"Participating in the internship programme has allowed me to take on high-quality additional resource that is cost effective and low risk. It has also been rewarding to see James develop his skills and grow into this role. It is fantastic to hear that the internship programme is continuing."

Originally funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the programme was able to provide small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) a 40 per cent subsidy towards the cost of taking on an intern.

Although these subsidies have all been allocated, the university will continue the programme until the end of July.

Julie Schofield, business development manager at UEA, said: "We are delighted that the Internship Programme will continue. With the exception of the bursary, the programme benefits will continue as usual. The team will continue to manage the production and promotion of organisations' internships maximising a database of over 1800 graduates, take care of all associated paperwork and provide support throughout the internship placement."

If you would like to secure a recent graduate to work alongside you, or if you are a recent graduate looking for a paid internship, please contact the team on 01603 591574 or email evolveinternship@uea.ac.uk.