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Internships

Internships are a type of work experience for students in university or graduates.

If you are studying for a degree or a recent graduate, an internship is a great way to gain experience related to your degree.

Around 50% of former interns and placement students were recruited into graduate jobs in the same organisation in 2022."

(Institute of Student Employers, November 2022)

How long do internships last?

Internships might last between a week and 12 months, depending on the industry and employer.

As a graduate you might have more flexibility to take an internship for longer than if you are still studying.

Do I get a wage on an internship?

According to the UK Government, if you are classed as a worker then you should be paid at least the National Minimum Wage. Take a look at the employment rights for interns on Gov.uk.

You are not entitled to pay if:

  • The placement is part of your university course
  • You are only shadowing someone and not carrying out work yourself
  • Your internship is classed as a voluntary role

What industries offer internships?

Any industry could offer an internship but here are some of the main industries that hire interns:

  • Banking and financial services
  • Accountancy and professional services
  • Law
  • Engineering and manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Public sector
  • Construction

Where do I find an internship?

Find internships on specialist websites, use a search engine, job sites or social media, or visit the websites of larger companies. The application requirements will vary by opportunity and company.

Internship opportunities

UCAS

Prospects

Milkround

Internwise

Rate my Placement

Student Job

e4s

The Intern Group

Leonard Cheshire (Opportunities for university students and recent graduates with a disability or long-term health condition)

10000 Interns Foundation (Opportunities to those with underrepresented talent)

Beyond Academy (Internships abroad and UK opportunities)

CRCC Asia (Internships in Asia)

Gradcracker (STEM Internships - science, technology, engineering and maths)

Internships at specific companies

Some companies have established internship programmes. Check the websites of companies you are interested in for internships. Below is a sample of the types of companies offering internships.

OECD

Google

World Health Organisation (WHO)

MI5

South Wales Police

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Barclays

Natwest

Civil Service (Fast stream)

PWC

Shell

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

Virtual internships

Bright Network (Four-day virtual internship programme)

More information on internships

UCAS - Internships

Prospects - Internships

Target jobs - Internships

Debut


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