Our residential programmes are designed to support motivated and ambitious students from less privileged backgrounds throughout the UK to come to London to undertake residential internships.
These are completely free of charge: each programme covers travel to, from and within London, accommodation, all meals and provides a daily allowance as well as paying for all evening and weekend activities.
Our programmes are a great way for students to get a chance to gain real insights into the professions they want to join and to get to know a new city.
It doesn’t matter where you’re from in the UK, as long as you’re a high-achieving student from a low-income background and fit our eligibility criteria, you can apply to one of our programmes.
Depending on what sector you’re interested in, we have four programmes for you to apply to (click on the links to find out more!)
For students interested in engineering: CH2M HILL
For those interested in the world of banking: J.P. Morgan
For prospective accountants: KPMG
For aspiring solicitors and barristers: Linklaters
For those interested in government, politics or in a particular sector, such as the environment, business or international development: Whitehall London or Whitehall Scotland. Please note: this programme requires the slightly lower grade predictions of BBB/BBBB at A-Level/Higher.
Often, major firms and opportunities are situated within London, putting those in the rest of the UK at a disadvantage.
Our residential programmes are specifically designed to support hard working students living outside of the reach of these opportunities to come to London to gain valuable work experience and to improve their soft skills.
If you live in London and are interested in the Whitehall programme, you can still apply and will have the option of either travelling daily to the department you’re placed in or staying in residential accommodation, whichever you’d prefer.
If you live in London and are interested in the other residential programmes, then please apply to our Aspiring Professionals Programme and/or City Talent Initiative, as these firms (CH2M HILL, KPMG, Linklaters and J.P. Morgan) also support students through the APP and CTI.
Here at the SMF we are proud that the majority of our students go on to the top universities in the UK and undertake experiences and opportunities with us that help them gain employment in prestigious organisations.
Who can apply?
What opportunities would I have?
You’ll receive the bulk of the opportunities during your time in London, which is when you’ll undertake you internship, receive skills session and university advice. Before the summer, you’ll be able to prepare by talking with your mentor who works at the firm and after the internship we’ll continue to support you by helping you with your personal statement.
If you have any further questions please check our FAQs or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also want to check out our APP, which you might be eligible for if you meet our criteria and live in Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester or Nottingham.