Leicester businesses invited to join fully-funded summer internship scheme

The University of Leicester is pleased to announce the launch of a new summer internship programme, designed to boost graduate employment in the regional economy.

This fully-funded internship scheme is one in a series of projects to commemorate the University’s Centenary.

Citizens of Change internships will take place between Monday 4 and Friday 29 July 2022, and are targeted at middle-year undergraduate students. Students will be given the opportunity to undertake a community-focused project in a Leicester or Leicestershire based organisation for a total of 140 hours over the four-week period.

Rob Fryer, Director of the Career Development Service at the University of Leicester, said: “Alongside the Leicester Graduate City Project internship, the Citizens of Change programme will undoubtedly benefit both the local economy and the University’s talent pipelines.

“And with our focus on employability, these internships will help to boost students to secure ongoing work and create a pathway towards their chosen careers.”

The benefit to business are that salaries costs are completely covered, providing access to talented undergraduates to support projects and add real value.

Fahad Manier, from city-based personal trainers Team Fighting Fit, said: “These internships are really valuable for both the business and the students involved. As a community engagement initiative, these funded schemes really help to promote local business and make a difference to the lives of the people in Leicester.”

Organisations who host projects with a focus on community engagement and/or impact are invited to submit expressions of interest. Categories of interest should align with the University of Leicester’s strategic goals, including; health and wellbeing; innovation; environmental sustainability; equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI); or research.

If you are an organisation interested in participating please get in touch with Mariyah Mandhu, Project Manager (Internships) on mm977@leicester.ac.uk by Friday 29 April 2022.