MINT: Graduate Internship Fund

Recognising this summer our graduates are facing one of the most challenging and uncertain job markets on record the GCU Foundation and Alumni Team has launched MINT (Mentoring, Internships, Networking and Talks) in a bid to give our upcoming 5,000 graduates the best possible chance of securing employment.

The scheme is being backed by our Founding Donor, Sir Alex Ferguson CBE, as well as other notable honorary graduates and alumni of the University.  Actor Martin Compston; Ann Gow, Deputy Chief Executive of Health Improvement Scotland, Mark Hogarth of Harris Tweed Hebrides; and Douglas Dawson of Liberty Industries are just some of the leaders in their field to have already signed up to participate.

Under the mentoring arm of the scheme, graduates will be paired with an experienced alumni mentor who will offer support such as tips on making their CV stand out, act as a sounding board, and offer advice on building confidence and industry connections.  More than 500 GCU alumni have so far volunteered to be a mentor.

With almost 40% of students now worried they won’t get a job of any form, and the Institute of Fiscal Studies predicting graduates entering the labour market this year will be hit hardest, the Graduate Internship Programme aims to give our new graduates the best possible chance of gaining employment at the earliest opportunity possible.

An average of three months in term, the internships will enable graduates to gain valuable paid work whilst developing new skills that will enhance their CV and chances of securing full time employment.  The opportunities will be matched funded by the organisation recruiting the intern and the Graduate Internship Fund. Crucially all interns will receive the living wage.

Graduates can also join GCU’s online networking platform, GCU Connect, where they can link up with fellow graduates around the world, while a series of online talks from captains of industry will commence from September giving graduates an insight into the current and future impact of COVID-19 on their sector, as well as hints and tips on gaining employment at this time.

The internships have been established with £200,000 of support from Sir Alex Ferguson CBE and we are now reaching out to alumni and friends to donate to this valuable programme.

For more information on how you can support the programme in kind by giving back your time and expertise contact the team.