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Liudmila Kayukala pictured smiling after completing an internship as part of the Santander Scheme
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Santander sponsors student internships

Students gain industry experience with the help of internships


For the second year running, Santander will be providing funding so that local businesses can take on City students as interns. The Santander Universities SME Internships scheme allows students to build their skills and gain industry experience, while supporting small and medium sized enterprises (SME). Last year, eleven City students took up internships as part of the programme, with five of these continuing to work for their respective companies on a permanent or freelance basis after the internship had finished.

A launch event for the scheme was held at the University, where students who have taken part in previous year's talked about how it helped them to find a job, often with the same company and local businesses could find out the benefits of recruiting a City student.

Mila Kayukala, (Masters of Innovation, Creativity and Leadership, 2014) completed an internship as an Expansion Analyst at global bespoke tour booking service Touriocity. Mila said:

Whether you choose to do it to earn some money, to gain work experience or as something to add to your CV, it’s a great opportunity to learn and grow. To other students considering applying, I’d say go for it. In a short period of time you will learn new skills, meet new people, become part of a multi-skill team and who knows what will happen in the future.”

Mila has now joined Touriocity as the New Business Development Manager.

Alex Grant is the Founder of Touriocity. “We took on Mila as an intern to help us quickly grow our start up business. The role involved researching new cities and then finding suppliers and building itineraries. The position required attention to detail and Mila responded very well. She was very detailed in everything she did, which made us decide to find a more permanent role for her elsewhere in the company.” This year, Touriocity have recruited City student Elisa Hu (Investment and Financial Risk Management, 2015) to work on their Chinese market.

Alongside Mila, a number of other students have continued to work for the companies they interned at.

Ghazalla Zubair (Journalism, 2015) completed a Social Media Internship at Thortful, a digital app based greetings card company. The Thortful app allows users to select a card, upload a handwritten message and then post it directly to the recipient. Ghazalla has continued to work for the company on a freelance basis.

Shahyror Ahmed Chowdhury (Accounting & Finance, 2015) worked as a Finance Assistant with property management company Round Hill Capital and has continued to work there on a part-time basis. Alongside this, he also works part-time with another company based on his success at Round Hill Capital.

Ridley Waterhouse is currently studying for an LLB at City, and last year completed an internship with legal consultancy Hoare Music Legal Associates. He has continued to work with the company on a part-time basis.

Damian Mullins, Unitemps Branch Manager at City coordinates the Santander scheme. He said:

This partnership has been really successful. Part of the success is due to the intelligent, creative and dynamic students from City that have proven they can be successful in a variety of industries across business and the professions. The fact that many of last year’s companies have offered new roles again this year is a real stamp of approval for the calibre of our students.

Full time internships now available to City students and recent graduates include legal assistant and finance assistant alongside editor, editorial assistant and project manager for a new magazine set to be launched. The internships have been posted on Unitemps so visit the website for more information.


SMEs are small to medium-sized enterprises defined by factors like the number of staff and turnover.

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