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Recruit our students and graduates

The University of Sunderland works closely with local and national businesses to ensure our students and graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills to make a real difference in the world of work.

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There are a variety of cost-effective opportunities available to businesses looking to recruit student and graduate talent into their workforce. Whether you are an SME or a larger scale organisation our team will work closely with you to understand your specific business needs. Focusing on talent management, we will ensure that you recruit the ‘right fit’ for your business.

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Graduate Internship Scheme 

The University of Sunderland’s Graduate Internship Scheme can provide regional SME’s with a cost-effective approach to recruiting graduate talent for a 12 month period. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and managed by the University’s Graduate Internship Team, the team work closely with the organisations to support the internship from role development, sourcing the graduate, supporting the recruitment and selection process, as well as being a point of contact for the organisation and the graduate throughout the internship period.

Read more about the Graduate Internship Scheme.


Open to organisations of any size, sector or location, Uni4Talent aims to streamline your recruitment of student talent for fixed term, temporary roles and permanent opportunities. Whether it’s a student job that could be completed under 20 hours a week, or a number of part-time positions that need resourcing, Uni4Talent is a partner for your recruitment plans.

Learn more about Uni4Talent.

Sandwich placements (48-week placements)  

Sandwich placements are a fantastic way to plan succession and talent management. A sandwich placement allows the organisation to recruit a talented student for an academic year, before returning to University to complete their studies. A sandwich placement not only allows the student to gain valuable career and professional level experience, but ensures that you engage with the most talented students before they graduate, getting an essential head start on recruiting graduate talent.

Paid projects  

Paid projects are a flexible approach to short–term employment needs. Working in line with their degree, a student can work up to 16 hours a week, supporting your organisation and gaining relevant works experience which is essential for career progression when they graduate. Working closely with you, the Employment Services Team will support the development of the Paid Project, ensuring that the project meets your business needs and advising on ‘duty of care’ of the student recruited.

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