What we offer
- Internship grants to our EnterprisePlus companies, to employ an intern for 3 or 6 months.
- £4000 towards the intern's salary (irrespective of the duration of the internship).
- Support in recruiting the intern though advertising the vacancy on ChemistryWorldJobs and social media.
- One years’ free Royal Society of Chemistry membership for the intern.
This year we will fund 40 internship grants.
The Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund have generously funded 10 of these, which will be for internships that focus on analytical research and development projects.
The grant scheme is aimed at companies who are looking for a chemist with a minimum of BSc Chemistry (or equivalent) and those with postgraduate qualifications up to PhD level. Candidates who are returning to work from a career break will also be able to apply.
What is an internship?
An internship is a fixed-term placement offered by organisations to potential employees. Interns should receive on-the-job training from an experienced supervisor and an opportunity to apply skills learnt at university in the workplace. An intern in a business is entitled to at least the National Minimum Wage and may qualify for employment rights if conducting regular paid work for an employer, see GOV.UK for further details.
Internships can be an effective tool for you to recruit skilled graduates or returners. In previous years 81% of our funded interns stayed on at the company after the end of their internship. We have found that interns can increase a company’s capacity to progress short-term projects. In addition, existing staff can develop skills through intern supervision and interns can bring new skills and a fresh perspective.
The next round of applications opens on 17 August and closes on 17 September.
We will inform you of the outcome of your application within two weeks of the closing date.
You are eligible to apply for an internship grant if your company:
- is a currently part of EnterprisePlus, our dedicated scheme for SMEs
- is financially stable and has been trading for at least one (1) year without any registered CCJs
- Satisfies the RSC in terms of due diligence and checks
- Will directly employ the Intern
Your company may apply for an internship grant while your application for EnterprisePlus is pending, but the internship grant will not be offered until your company has formally joined EnterprisePlus.
The company is eligible to apply for one internship grant per year. Priority in awarding a grant is given to those who have not previously had one. If you have previously received an industrial placement grant or apprenticeship grant, this will not affect your ability to apply for an internship grant.
If you are successful in securing an internship grant you will be asked to agree to the terms and conditions of the grant.
Judging criteria includes
- Quality of the technical project proposed by the company
- The extent of the chemistry component in the project
- Ability for the intern to make concrete achievement during the internship
- Management experience and technical expertise of the internship supervisor
- The extent the project will provide the intern with new skills and experience – both technical and transferable
- Likelihood of a permanent role for the intern after the end of their placement
See how Oxford nanoSystems benefitted from our internship grant here.
What our EnterprisePlus companies said about the scheme in previous years:
Definitely go for it. The interns bring in a different way of thinking which will really improve the business as well as bring in new skills which you may be missing.
The intern joined the product development team and showed an excellent willingness to learn and contribute to the various projects we are running. A quick learning pattern was demonstrated by her having helped our effort to progress on our projects and meet the objectives set.
We were looking to recruit a new junior chemist and we used the internship grant to enable us to evaluate the skill set of the intern. Since she has proven herself, she was offered a permanent position.