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

Gain experience related to your degree

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)

Frequently asked questions about internships:

How long do internships last?

Anywhere 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

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 firms
  • Engineering and industrial companies
  • Retail
  • Public sector
  • Construction companies
How do I find and apply for an internship?

You can search for internships using a search engine, job sites or LinkedIn. The application requirements will vary by opportunity and company.

The following sites have information about internships and opportunities:

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