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How to find an internship

Work experience and internships can make the difference when you’re ready to get out into the big wide world of business. When that day comes, you’ll have the leg up on similarly aged rivals because of the experience you’ve gained. If you know what you want to do with your working life, an internship is great. Read on and we’ll tell you how to find an internship and what to look out for.
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How long should it last? In some professions like the medical field, the term intern is used to describe new starters who have yet to achieve a set professional level, but that’s not what we’re looking at here. An internship can be taken up during the summer holidays or it could be something that covers a whole year if your course allows for it. Student internships are typically shorter than graduate ones but whichever one you undertake, the point is to gain valuable experience.

Finding internships in the UK

There are several sites you can visit to find internships including government backed graduatetalentpool.direct.gov.uk. Another great general internship site is internjobs.com. Most of the others cater for specialities. There are also more specific internships sites which cater for one particular field and there are other sites that specialise in providing internships with prominent firms from one particular country, for example Get Into China who can be found at gi2c.org.

How to apply for internships

This is where it gets tricky because there will be lots of competition for places. For most opportunities you’ll need to fill out an application form and attend a formal interview just as you will when you enter the workplace for permanent employment. Some companies run assessment centres for their applicants as they handle so many. However you’re asked to apply, do your research to make sure that you’re fully prepared.

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