Grow your business with an intern

New talent is the source of future business success and our university is a great place to find enthusiastic and motivated students and graduates eager to join your team.

ARU Internship Programme

We’re proud of our students and passionate about graduate recruitment. That’s why we’ve developed an internship programme that can support your business and help it grow.

What are the benefits of hiring an intern?

There are many benefits to hiring an intern. Here are just a few examples:

  • take the opportunity to grow your business profits
  • use an intern to work on projects that your existing staff don't have the resources to complete
  • introduce innovative new ideas into your business
  • expand your workforce for a short-term project without the long-term commitment
  • benefit from highly motivated interns who are eager to gain valuable business experience
  • 'test drive' potential new employees, with minimum risk.

An internship project could involve setting up IT systems, websites and e-commerce; writing marketing and business plans; conducting market research; analysing and improving production; analysing the feasibility of a new product or service; or designing company literature.

Why use Anglia Ruskin's Internship Programme?

You’ll get access to high-calibre students and graduates who are keen to gain work experience. We act as the recruitment agent and employer. We’ll advertise the role on your behalf and help arrange interviews. We’ll also pay the intern on a weekly basis, invoicing you halfway through the duration of the programme, so you don’t need to worry about payroll.

How long does an internship last?

An internship lasts for 12 weeks.

How much does an intern cost?

All our interns earn the national living wage as a minimum. In addition to this, as ARU takes care of all the administration and payroll, there is a small charge to the business to cover any employment costs such as National Insurance.

What businesses can benefit from the ARU Internship Programme?

We welcome enquiries from businesses that are passionate about working with graduates situated in the East of England region (Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, and Hertfordshire).The internship programme has been brilliant for ORB. We launched a new project, the Southend Charter Award, last year but didn’t have the personnel available to drive the project forward. Being able to allocate that role to an intern has enabled us to successfully re-launch and gain the traction we need 

Jill Poet Managing Director, ORB

How long does the process of finding a suitable intern take?

Finding a suitable intern for your business can take between six and eight weeks. Our programme is open to our Anglia Ruskin graduates seeking work experience.

When is the best time to start looking for an intern?

You can take on an intern at any time of year. However, the largest pool of candidates will exist during the summer months, when undergraduates begin to look for summer placements and graduates have finished their final exams and handed in their dissertations.

The best time to start looking for an intern is between February and May. This gives you plenty of time to prepare and the best opportunity to find the right candidate.

Can I extend the internship or employ the graduate at the end of the project?

Options to extend the internship beyond twelve weeks if required can be offered through our Employment Bureau. Though it's not obligatory, but many of the graduates are offered permanent positions on completion of the project.

Get in touch

To register your interest and find out more about our ARU Internship Programme, please contact: