Funded internships for your business


The DMU Graduate Champions scheme is an opportunity for businesses to recruit graduates onto internships that are funded by the university.

Each graduate is contracted and paid for by DMU to complete 18.5 hours work a week (or 111 hours in total), for six weeks, with the university paying the Minimum Wage. Since 2013, thousands of DMU graduates have been able to apply their knowledge in the workplace, enhance their CVs, boost their confidence and help them stand out from the crowd. 

This gives employers the opportunity to benefit, free-of-charge, from our bright and ambitious graduates who can provide their business with graduate-level expertise and innovation in their field. Many interns have been taken on permanently after the scheme thanks to the impact they made.

To discuss setting up a DMU Graduate Champions internship please email and we will send you some further information about the scheme ahead of the next round.

Organisations can create a wide range of internships across a variety of disciplines. The emphasis is on the quality of experience and the added value to both the graduate and the host organisation.

Proposals now open

If you're interested in offering an internship opportunity for our winter 2022 round, simply complete our application form. Once submitted and then approved, we'll get to work matching graduates with the relevant skills for your internship proposal.

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  1. SELLA CONTROLS | "We can acquire new talent"

    "Partnering up with the De Montfort University as a Graduate Champion has been a huge benefit to us as an organisation. Not only does it provide us with the opportunity to acquire new talent, but it is also a great opportunity to support graduates in gaining meaningful experience and skills."

    Stephanie Smith - People Development Manager
  2. Cross Productions | "Quality candidates to assist."

    "The inner workings of a fast-paced media and marketing agency such as Cross Productions are intricate and require dedication and hard work from all team members. Being a DMU graduate myself, I was confident that the DMU Graduate Champions internship scheme would produce quality candidates to assist working specifically in one area of Cross Productions: our bi-monthly Leicester publication Niche Magazine."

    Kerry Smith – Editor of Niche Magazine
  3. Intimate Apparel | "Helpful for us as a business."

    "A great scheme, not only helpful for us as business but also for the graduates. The service received from the DMU team was excellent, we will definitely be taking part in the scheme again."

    Maxine Wells, Founder of Intimate Apparel