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 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 firms
- Engineering and industrial companies
- 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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