National law firm, Shakespeare Martineau, has partnered with a number of investment industry firms and universities to support and assist investment specialists, Blackfinch Group, on the launch of #ISOLATIONINTERN, an online internship platform.
With many startups struggling to recruit new talent due to COVID-19, and a number of university students and researchers finding themselves unable to secure work experience, the recruitment platform provides a means of connecting UK’s brightest students and researchers to startups through paid virtual internships.
The initiative at the firm has been led by Simon Robinson and Peter Mayhew of the real estate and corporate teams, who have a longstanding relationship with Blackfinch Group.
The #ISOLATIONINTERN platform is open to the investment industry and universities to sign up as partners and offers interns the opportunity to gain knowledge in various areas such as data science, marketing and development. All listing fees will be donated to charities such as The Access Project that helps talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds gain access to the UK’s top universities.
Peter Mayhew, legal director in the corporate team at law firm, Shakespeare Martineau, said:
“We are incredibly proud to be partnering with Blackfinch Group to support this movement. With startups currently facing challenging times due to COVID-19, the #ISOLATIONINTERN initiative is a brilliant opportunity to gain remote access to some of the UK’s brightest students and researchers.
“This unrivalled programme offers talented individuals access to exciting paid opportunities, assists startups in the recruitment of specialist talent and will hopefully play a part in keeping this vital part of the economy on track.”
Shakespeare Martineau is one of the many partners who have joined forces to connect startups and emerging talent. The scheme is also backed by Nexus Investments, Breed Reply, Clarendon Fund Managers, Mercia Asset Management and the Development Bank of Wales.
A variety of leading universities will be promoting the scheme to their students and researchers, including, Lincoln, Bath, Southampton, South Wales, the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and the UK Electronics Skills Foundation.