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Undergraduate internships

We are providing funding of approximately £500,000 for 500 undergraduate internships to improve access to the professions during summer 2010. This is a small pilot scheme which may lead to a wider rollout from 2011. We will assess the outcomes of the scheme during the autumn.

We would like to fund 10 higher education institutions (HEIs) in 2010, including at least one further education college (FEC). Applications for funding are invited from all HEFCE-funded HEIs and FECs with at least 100 directly funded FTEs.

HEFCE electronic publication 03/2010 includes full details of the internships and the invitation to apply.

How to apply

Interested and eligible institutions should download and complete the 'application for funding' document below. Please return completed applications to by 1200 on Tuesday 16 March.

Undergraduate internships: application for funding

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Panel on Fair Access to the Professions

This initiative follows the publication in July 2009 of the 'Unleashing Aspiration' report by the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions.

The report concluded that many professions are increasingly only accessible to those who are from the most affluent backgrounds. The Panel specifically examined access to internships as an essential part of the career ladder in many professions. Its recommendations included establishing a fair and transparent system of internship opportunities, recognising employer best practice and ensuring that internships are affordable for all.

Further information

For more information about the undergraduate internships, contact Matt Jennings, tel 0117 931 7157, e-mail

Last updated 3 March 2010