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Expressions of Interest

Thank you for your interest in an Open University intern

We are working with employers to provide placement opportunities/internships for Open University students and recent graduates.

OU students and graduates are diverse and unique with valuable skills and experience. They balance study with other commitments including work, so have often already developed skills in time-management, flexibility and commitment.

With students and graduates based across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, we can support you in finding OU candidates across the UK.

We are keen to offer our students and graduates a broad range of internship opportunities, both virtual and workplace based. We also welcome opportunities that are flexible in working hours and duration. As an employer this also enables you to have increased flexibility in applying these internships to your business requirements.

Completing and submitting this form will help us to understand the opportunity you have available. Once submitted, we will contact you so that we can support you with next steps and answer any questions you may have.

We look forward to working with you!

Details of organisation

Placement details

Is your internship?
workplace based
virtual/home-based
not sure yet, open to explore options

Will the role have fixed hours of work or do you operate a flexible working policy?
Fixed hours
Flexible arrangement can be agreed
Not sure

If considering a virtual/home based internship please complete the following

Technical requirements

For students to study at the Open University they are expected to have the following minimum requirements.
A desktop or laptop computer with:
• Windows 7 or higher
• The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.
• To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).

Please note any specialist software or equipment needed to effectively carry out the role should be supplied by the employer.

Communication and support

Possible support with funding

Eligible organisations with fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of less than £50m are able to apply for a Santander Placement Scheme. Eligible organisations include companies, sole traders, and partnerships and must be registered and based in the United Kingdom. Please note charities are not eligible for this funding.

This means Santander will match-fund the student’s wages for a placement of between four and eight weeks (potentially longer if part time) The placement can start at any time between now and 1st November 2020. All placements need to be agreed by 30th September 2020.

In order to access funding from the Santander Universities programme, your organisation needs to be classified as an SME.
Please can you confirm the following:

I can confirm the organisation has less than 250 employees
Yes
No

I can confirm the organisation has less than £50m annual turnover
Yes
No

I can confirm the organisation is registered and based within the UK
Yes
No