As part of the University’s Class of 2021 offer, the Hallam Internship and Santander Universities Internship Schemes provide final year students with access to 215 internships.
The Class of 2021 offer, specially designed to address the challenges our final year students will face as they graduate, gives access to a huge range of activities, resources and services to help them get noticed by graduate employers, find a job, hone their skills and look after their wellbeing.
This may be postgraduate study, offered at a discount for graduates, support to start their own business, gaining an additional Excellence in Graduate Readiness Award or completing a Digital Assessment Centre, run by a specialist recruitment company.
The feedback from the Digital Assessment Centre helps students identify the support from the offer which is most appropriate to them.
The internships are aimed at students who statistically are most in need of extra support with work experience over the summer, including students from geographical areas of low participation in higher education, a black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background or students with disabilities.
From roles in marketing and communications through to software development, engineering and graphic design, each internship gives final year students an opportunity to develop their skills and contribute to a meaningful piece of work within a company.
Benedek Odor started working at Sheffield-based materials consultancy company Oil & Gas Corrosion as a marketing intern after finishing his International Business and French degree at Sheffield Hallam last year.
Since his internship finished, he has continued working at Oil & Gas Corrosion as a marketing lead.
He said: “The virtual internship was such an invaluable experience during a very uncertain time. It would not have been possible without the help of the University and the connections it has with local businesses.”
The benefits extend further than just giving students their first step on the career ladder.
Brad Healey, process engineer and team lead at Oil and Gas Corrosion, who joined the company as an intern himself in 2019, said: “Each intern brings a unique skillset to help us with our projects and, perhaps most importantly for our small team, a unique personality.
“We were delighted to offer graduates the opportunity to take their first steps into their careers and provide them with work experience, which is increasingly important in the current job market. We were equally pleased to have them support us in our projects, making important contributions from day one.”
Conor Moss, group director and dean of work-based learning at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “Our students work in diverse, industry-relevant subjects and learn cutting-edge skills in the field – they have a key role to play in helping the businesses bounce back in a post-Covid world.
“Bringing fresh energy, new perspectives and specialist skills, our interns are the perfect way to add capacity, fill skills gaps and tackle projects.”
Each role requires a commitment for roughly 100 hours with each student paid a bursary of £1,000.
There are 215 internship opportunities available which will be advertised on the careers platform, Handshake.
The deadline for applications is Sunday 6 June.