About the programme

Applications for our internship opportunities will open on 5th November, to register your interest before then, click here. We'd advise applying as early as you can, from 5th November, to avoid missing out.


Spend between six and eight weeks with us over the summer and you’ll get a real insight into life as a trainee business adviser. Our internships give penultimate year students the opportunity to work on real projects and take on new responsibilities during the summer between their penultimate and final year. You’ll also be supported every step of the way by our team. And we’re consistently rated a top provider of internships and placements in Rate My Placement's list of Top Undergraduate Employers.

Your internship will start with a two-day orientation event in London. This kicks-off the summer with a celebratory evening. There is then a full day of getting to know your new colleagues and fellow interns, and immersing yourself in our business, vision and purpose.

Our internship is an excellent way to get a unique insight into our business and experience what it’s like to provide vital business and financial advice to clients. Working on real projects, you’ll help our clients to grow and be encouraged to develop your skills throughout your time with us. You’ll also be on the fast-track to a graduate offer if that’s what you want. Most students who join us on an internship go onto become a full-time trainee after graduation.

From the very beginning you’ll get a good grounding in what it takes to be a business adviser, working with your team at client sites, supported by a mentor and team buddy. Here, you won’t spend your time photocopying or making the coffee. You’ll learn all about our dynamic and ambitious firm and make a very real contribution, while experiencing first-hand, how we work with our clients to drive their growth. Our internships are designed to help you to develop your skills, grow in confidence and build your business knowledge. You’ll also get paid a salary too.

It doesn’t matter which team you’re part of, you’ll join us at an exciting time. You'll immerse yourself in our purpose of shaping a vibrant economy where businesses, people and communities can thrive.

Business areas

  • Audit
  • Tax
  • Advisory

Our clients are operating in uncertain times. It's our job to work with them to help them to grow sustainably and fulfil their responsibilities. Right from the start, you’ll develop relationships built on credibility and trust with clients across a wide range of sectors. As you will get to spend time with clients in their offices, you’ll get to the heart of how they work and what challenges they face. You’ll learn how to provide the business and financial advice they need to grow and make the right decisions about the future.

We’re the number one supplier of public sector audit services to local governments and the NHS and you could specialise in public sector audit dealing with government departments, public services and local authorities. Not only can you make a difference to your clients, you will make a difference to vital health and public services that improve lives up and down the country and help to create environments where businesses and people flourish.

Whether you are in commercial or public sector audit, your role will be challenging, rewarding and interesting. You’ll get hands-on experience of different aspects of audit, working on all kinds of projects that range from a few days to up to eight weeks. One day you could find yourself examining financial records and carrying out audit tests. The next you could be attending stocktakes or completing audit files.

Our clients rely on us to make sure they do the right thing and are operating within the law. Providing advice on their business goals and bringing them commercial insight, we help them build sustainable growth and operate with integrity.

If you want to be at the forefront of business issues then you could be a perfect match for tax. The work you’ll do with your clients is of huge importance. After all, bad tax advice can lead to damaged reputations and expensive consequences. You’ll help your clients manage their tax obligations efficiently and responsibly. From early on, you could have your own client portfolio.

We’ve a variety of corporate and specialist tax teams here. Whichever one you join, you’ll gain hands-on experience, working with a variety of dynamic clients, from organisations in media and entertainment to finance to charities. We’ll help you to learn how to interpret complex legislation, deliver different solutions and provide our clients with clear advice and recommendations they can count on.

Working with businesses of all shapes and sizes, in advisory you’ll help a range of different clients whose businesses contribute to the growth of the economy in the UK, and beyond.

Getting involved with interesting and dynamic parts of the business cycle, you’ll work in a team that helps organisations either start up, expand or begin a new chapter. You’ll understand and get under the skin of our clients’ business strategy, and provide innovative solutions that unlock growth - our business advisers have lots of responsibility.

Your goal will be simple. To listen to clients, have insightful conversations and understand their business challenges and needs. And then provide the advice and solutions they need to achieve their future goals. It takes tenacity, a keen eye for detail and a real passion for helping all kinds of businesses. Is this you? And are you ready for the challenge?

What's in it for me?

  • Training & Development
  • Salary & Reward
  • Career Progression

Structured training. New experiences. A supportive team. Exciting real-life projects with our clients. A variety of career routes to explore. You can look forward to all of this and more. Helping to drive our business forward, you’ll have the opportunity to make a big impact with a firm that’s making a difference.

You’ll gain the knowledge and develop the skills you need to go on and become a trusted adviser with a deep understanding of business.

And if all of the above is not enough to keep you busy, you'll spend the course of your internship working on a firm-wide project, which is connected to our purpose, based on a nationwide issue, culminating in an end of internship presentation – our interns tell us they love the learning opportunity, the challenge and the opportunity to research and present on an important issue. 

You'll develop new skills and build your business knowledge and confidence  supported throughout by a manager and trainee buddy. Plus you'll get excellent networking opportunities, with a number of national and local social events.

Everyone here enjoys a competitive salary based on local market rates and the cost of living.

We also have an employee recognition scheme where we all celebrate the great things our colleagues do. People award shout-outs, vouchers and special treats for those who go the extra mile.

If you go on to join us as a full time graduate you'll benefit from a flexible benefits package. And you'll benefit from our move towards a shared enterprise culture, where everyone will get a share of our superior profits on top of their salaries. We share ideas and make things happen. So, everyone should share in the success that brings.

Your internship is just the start of your career with us. It's your first experience of what life as a trainee is like at Grant Thornton. You’ll be on the fast-track to a graduate offer if that’s what you want. Most students who join us on an internship go onto become a full-time trainee after graduation.

We’ve designed our three-year graduate programme to take you on a journey from graduate to professionally qualified business adviser. In that time, you’ll pack in lots of learning and new experiences.

You’ll help us provide market leading business advice to support our clients’ growth. You’ll study and revise for your exams. You’ll also have the chance to work on a variety of exciting projects and help provide a great client service.

Who we're looking for

We’re looking for talented people who want to be a part of something bigger. Free to be yourself, confident and approachable. You must be a great relationship builder who can inspire everyone around you with your energy and ideas. 

You should share our CLEARR values - Collaboration, Leadership, Excellence, Agility, Respect and Responsibility.

Always striving to grow yourself, you should be driven to succeed with the ability to see tasks through to the end and remain agile, even when things don’t go to plan. Your ability to see the bigger picture and also drill down into the small detail will make you stand out from the crowd – a real natural when it comes to solving problems, you’ll be able to analyse the numbers and back them up with strategic advice. Being a part of a team is at the heart of how we work here - you’ll be able to balance working as part of a team and take ownership of the part you play.

We have a flexible approach to academic entry requirements. We’ll consider your academic achievements, but your strengths, motivations and connection with us and our values are more important. We’re looking for people with a broad range of interests and experiences.

How To Apply

Want to make a difference and become a respected business adviser with a dynamic and down-to-earth firm? It all starts here.

The first step of our application process is to complete a very quick and easy online application, and give us some basic details. You can apply by clicking on the button below.

We’ll then invite you to complete a strengths assessment. This will be our first proper introduction. We’ll show you what your journey at Grant Thornton could look like and give you an idea of the challenges and situations you might face. A handy video on our trainee blog ‘Spilling the Beans’ offers tips and advice on this.
At this point, all successful candidates are invited to be part of our online community 'Grant Thornton: I've applied'. Here, you can connect with other candidates, current trainees and our recruiters, and find blogs, discussions, top tips and loads of great advice to help you with our application process.
The next stage is an online video interview and if successful, you’ll then be invited to a final round assessment that lasts for half a day. This involves a group exercise and an interview to get to know you better and lunch or coffee with some of our trainees to help you get to know us better.
We’ll guide you through every step of the way via email or phone and keep you updated on when you’ll hear from us next. Don’t worry, you can find plenty of tips and advice on  our trainee blog and in our ‘Grant Thornton: I’ve applied’ online community.

Applications for our internship programme will open on 1st December 2017 and we expect to have filled the majority of roles by the end of February 2018. Apply as soon as you can to avoid missing out.  Penultimate year undergraduate students can apply. We encourage applications from all degree disciplines.