Supported Internships

Supported Internships

A Supported Internship is an unpaid work-based study programme that usually lasts for one year. It includes an extended work placement that lasts for at least 6 months.

You will take the first step from education into the workplace while gaining the skills you need to get a paid job.

Starting a supported internship

To start a supported internship, you’ll need to:

What you’ll do as a supported intern

On a supported internship, you’ll spend the majority of your time in the workplace, developing your skills for employment.

A supported internship includes:


You may be eligible for Access to Work funding.

The support you get will depend on your needs but could include a grant to help pay towards practical support with your work, including a job coach.

After your supported internship:

The aim of a supported internship is to prepare you for working in a paid job.

You could get a paid job at the same place you did your supported internship or you could look for a job with a different employer.

You could also carry on training by doing a traineeship or an apprenticeship.

Help and advice

You can get help and advice from:

Applying for a supported internship

You can apply for supported internships through your school or college.