Students Urged To Apply For Paid Summer Intern Programme

Tees Valley Combined Authority | Published on: 13th February 2024

A call has been made for students to apply for a placement on Tees Valley Combined Authority’s Summer Internship Programme as it returns for a fifth year. 


The scheme provides students with opportunities to work in a range of the authority’s specialised departments and gain crucial professional experience in local government in a full-time office environment – while being paid. 


Successful applicants will gain transferable workplace skills, unique experience for their CV and examples of work to show future recruiters. They will also receive the Real Living Wage, currently at £12 an hour. 


The programme has now been expanded to offer flexible placement options of 100 or 200 hours to accommodate interns with part-time jobs. Candidates can generally choose between 10 or 20 hours per week across a 10-week period, with the same start and finish dates.  


Benjamin Fearnley, 21, who worked in Communications and Marketing in last year’s programme, said: “The internship is a fantastic opportunity and provides an excellent bridge for young people moving from university life into the working world.”  


“The internship provided me with invaluable support throughout, and the skills I developed will undoubtedly help with my future career opportunities. If anybody was unsure about where to start with a career after graduating, I couldn’t recommend joining the internship scheme enough.” 


Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “We are passionate about providing the best opportunities possible for our young people to succeed in their chosen career and our paid internship programme is a fantastic way we can achieve this. 


“Not only do those on the programme gain vital experience and skills but our organisation also benefits from the energy, ideas and enthusiasm which they bring during their placement.” 


Departments available as part of the scheme include Business and Skills, Human Resources, Communications and Marketing, Net Zero, Transport, and Culture and Tourism. 

The scheme is open for students from Tees Valley who are studying in or outside the region, at a degree level whether it be their first, second, third or final year of study. 


Applications are now open. Placements will be based at Teesside International Airport. To find out more information and to apply follow this link. 

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