Internships are periods of short term on-the-job work experience, usually between 4-12 weeks in the summer between your first and second and second and third year or shortly after completion of your degree.

Employers tell us that it is increasingly important for candidates to have a track record of previous work experience, and an internship can be an invaluable first step towards this.

Whatever your career plans are, whether you know exactly what experience you need or you’re still trying things out, internships can put you on the right track to wherever it is that you want to be.

Want to find your own internship? Download our guide here.

Benefits of doing an internship:

As well as being an invaluable 'foot in the door' of an organisation, there are a number of other important benefits to doing an internship:

  1. Increase your long term employability and enhance your CV by developing your transferable skills and providing you with experiences that you can also talk about at an interview or on an application form;
  2. A chance to 'test the water' - get experience of an industry, sector or profession and understand what it's like before you apply for a full time job;
  3. Networking opportunity - start building a network of professional contacts to help you when you're looking for jobs in the future;
  4. Gain valuable real-world experience and an insight into what it's like having a graduate level job;
  5. Use the skills that you obtained within your degree or from previous work experience and apply them to a life project.

Additional Resources:

Here are some websites and organisations advertising undergraduate and graduate internships.

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