Companies Information


The idea of the internship placement is to provide bright students with useful experience either during or on the completion of their degree studies, but before they enter the workforce. The Internship concept has been embraced by the European Union, as being an excellent educational experience for the student, whilst making a very helpful contribution to the employer’s workforce. Grants available abroad, usually made available or subsidised by the EU, such as the Erasmus+ scheme, help ensure students can travel to places in the UK like Brighton and as a result many more firms here are seeing the substantial benefits of taking on an intern.

Our interns all come from other EU countries, and usually will be studying a particular work area, as well as possessing good or even fluent English and we think can really make a very positive contribution to your business. We match up the student’s skill sets to your requirements as a company and thus ensure a ‘best fit’.


 Click to download our brochure 2018 for companies looking for interns for detailed information

Click to download company/intern contract and company/ intern memorandum of understanding

Companies Brochure 2018 - Internship in Brighton



Our interns are usually available throughout the year, although there is no denying that our busiest period with most availability is from about September through until April. Most of our interns are available for between about three weeks and three months, though a few are available for both longer and shorter periods. An internship is normally 30-35 hours a week, in some cases we can consider part-time internships.

Will there be any costs for my business?

As mentioned there is no cost involved as our service is free to you. Whilst the interns do not expect to be paid as they are usually grant funded (this is always advertised an an unpaid experience),  some companies do help out by offering a contribution to travel expenses or meal allowances as long as receipts are collected.

What criteria do I need to be able to fulfil on registration with IIB?

  1. You need to have a registered office and business address (as opposed to a residential address).
  2. Valid public liability insurance must be in place for your company.
  3. A health and safety procedure should be operational.
  4. Your business should be based or have an office with about 5 miles from central Brighton & Hove. (Exceptions can sometimes be made depending on the level of specialisation of the internship on offer)

We do not make any charge at all for sending you an intern at any stage. There really is no catch here, it is a completely free service.

EU interns are usually grant founded to carry out the experience.

As the interns are studying the subject area they are usually very well motivated and enthusiastic about their work –they really do have every incentive to do well. You can use all of the interns skills and indeed many companies make use of their interns foreign language skills to assist them in projects abroad.

When you are very busy maybe during the peak season they can offer valuable extra assistance and likewise they can help ‘fill in’ during the holiday periods when staff are away as well as cover for maternity leave etc

They can often help get special projects or research off the ground. As they are studying the subject their knowledge of new developments in your field is often surprisingly good, if not they can soon learn.

Likewise, it may be you want to ask a particular member of staff to develop a special project instead. That’s fine.. use your Erasmus funded intern to carry out that staff members day-to-day tasks instead.


That we expect interns to be treated like any other member of your staff where possible (within the limits of the guidance set out by HM Government -see section belov).

That they may need supervision depending on their responsibilities.

That we need you to initiate a training & induction programme for the intern, including an introduction to company policies and health and safety training.

A mentor for the intern should be appointed during the placement but we also offer a mentoring service as well .

The tasks and any specific projects you wish the Erasmus funded intern to undertake need to be clearly set out at the start of the internship, with a view to progression of these tasks as the interns skills develops.


“Our Intern helped find us new markets abroad ”

“Internship students are great value…ours got masses of experience but actually saved us thousands of pounds”

“David’s web research enabled us to develop a more tightly focussed marketing plan”

“Marie stepped in at just the right time when Tammy fell ill, thanks Internship In Brighton!”

“Thanks Internship In Brighton, our intern enabled us to complete valuable retail based research into our local visitor market’


This section provides clarification on HM UK government’s conditions for an internship. It is important you understand the process and implications. This is outlined in the following guidance issued just here by the Dept for Business, Energy and Industrial strategy:
If your organisation offers a work experience, including ‘placements’and internships, you do need to consider if the person who will work for you is entitled to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or National LivingWage (NLW).
It is your responsibility to decide whether the person is a worker for minimum wage purposes and, if they are, whether an exemption applies to them. Failure to pay the minimum wage to someone who is entitled to it, is against the law. It doesn’t matter what they are called, (intern work placement etc) how the work is described (such as ‘unpaid’ or’expenses only’) or the profession or sector they work in. However, some people are NOT entitled to the minimum wage because there is a specific exemption in the rules. The exemptions relevant to work experience are:

                  1. If you take on a student working as a required part of a further or higher education course – they do not qualify for the minimum wage if their placement with you or your organisation does not exceed 1 year.
                  2. People undertaking work experience for you who are of compulsory school age are not entitled to the minimum wage.
                  3. Participants in government schemes or programmes to provide training, work experience or temporary work, or to help in seeking or obtaining work
                  4. Participants in EU based Lifelong Learning Programmes (European Community Youth in Action, Erasmus or Comenius


            1. For our part it is not in our remit- and we will not send you- any UK nationals/students. Our (IIB’s) position on companies working with Uk students is that they should be offered a least the minimum wage, (unless one of the exemptions above is applicable). The vast majority of our EU national based students we find work experience for (all from outside of the UK) are studying and have either been offered a placement under the grant funded’ Erasmus’ scheme, or the work experience is required by their universities or colleges as part of their course. We will always inform you if they are under such a scheme.
            2. If not the placement should only allow for work shadowing where they are only observing and are not performing work. Alternatively, they may be  volunteers in a voluntary organisation, associated fund-raising body or statutory body, in this case the minimum wage is not a legal obligation but you are not allowed to offer monetary payments, apart from specified expenses and benefits than can be made. Interns must also not be offered an internship with the incentive that a part or full time paid placement will be available at the end of the internship period. You may decide to offer them such a role at the end of their internship but it MUST NOT be agreed beforehand.
          1. We hope this information helps to clear up any confusion or concerns you may have in relation to this area.

Anything else you need to know please email or call us if you  have other questions or concerns not covered here