What are they?
An internship is an opportunity to join a company, which specialises in the area you wish to pursue a career in. Internships are usually short, around 3 – 6 months and unlike grad schemes and other jobs you do not need years of experience to get one.
Will they help me?
Yes!!! Doing an internship will allow you to see if you really like marketing or finance or which ever field you want to get into. It is also brilliant content that you can put on your CV, it allows you to gain experience in the professional world and gives you something to speak about at interviews.
Are there lots of internships available?
You will find internships advertised EVERYWHERE!! From specialist job sites to company websites, even twitter and Facebook posts, there are loads going – what there aren’t loads of are paid internships. Unfortunately not everyone is in a position to not work for 3months and have no income, I would suggest to try and do an internship whilst you are at university, or see if you can get a few weeks work experience. Or do what I have done – work for a few months and save so that you are in a position to put yourself through an internship.
There is a lot of debate surrounding, whether employers should be paying interns and yes, ethically and politically they probably should. However, at the moment it is an unfortunate fact of life that most internships are voluntary – which we just have to accept and do it – think of it as an investment in your future.
Just because internships are unpaid does not mean you will walk into one. They are still competitive, you still have to put in a strong application and CV, and you will still have to get through various rounds of interviews. Just like any other jobs make sure your CV is perfect – no generic CVs or cover letters!!
Many final words of advice is do not be scared to approach companies – if there isn’t an internship advertised why not ask if you work for free – I can guarantee you wont be the only asking – be assertive and get interning!