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Manchester Graduate Talent (MGT)

Recruiting a “MGT” graduate intern

Manchester Graduate Talent is delivered by the university’s Careers Service and meets a growing demand from our graduates seeking to stay and start their careers in Manchester. MGT identifies temporary, paid internships exclusively for our graduates both within the university and externally within local businesses.

The MGT aim is to improve the employability of our graduates by providing them with access to vital work experience and the opportunity to develop key skills.  MGT internships should therefore be designed to allow graduates to experience project work alongside general administrative duties which allows them to demonstrate a range of skills and attributes, eg, flexibility and adaptability, good communication skills (written and verbal), IT literacy, report writing, research and many others.

For colleagues considering recruiting a graduate through MGT there are certain advantages including:

  • A flexible option for covering temporary and short-term roles.
  • Recruiting someone who has the knowledge of life at our university and the student experience.
  • Improved knowledge and insights about how to communicate effectively with students.
  • Full support with the recruitment process provided by the MGT Team in the Careers Service.

Colleagues from Schools, Faculties, Divisions and Institutes have found MGT offers an ideal solution to recruitment and resourcing needs, our graduates being able to take on roles including: marketing and events, data analysis, student support, research and a variety of administration-led roles.

To meet the requirements of the MGT programme a graduate internship has to be:

  • A full-time role, temporary in nature and lasting between 4 and 12 months.
  • Be appropriate to be graded at Grade 2 (Spine Point 8) on the university’s pay scale.
  • Funded via a university finance code, the intern becoming a UoM member of staff for the duration of their appointment.
  • Supported by a job description with clear objectives or outcomes.
  • An opportunity for the graduate to gain valuable experience towards their future career, for example, being in a role that delivers a service and/or contributes to a specific project.

 All MGT internships are required to go through the same formal written approval process that applies to other vacancies, ie, completion of a Post and Contract Monitoring Form (PCMF) which identifies the budget the intern’s salary will be paid from.

Next steps

For an informal discussion about your recruitment requirements or to forward your internship job description and PCMF documents, please contact Anne Milligan via