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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.

Internships can lead to a full time job
57% of interns got job offers on graduate schemes.
(Institute of Student Employers, 2018)


Take a look at some of the frequently asked questions about internships:

How long do internships last for?

Internships can be as short as a week or take place during holidays 6-12 weeks, and can last up to a year. It depends on the employer and the type of industry how long the internship might last for.

 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.

There are situations where as an intern, you may not be entitled to a wage:

  • Work shadowing - the employer doesn’t have to pay a wage if the internship is only work shadowing and no work is undertaken by the intern
  • Industrial Placement – a placement that is part of your higher education course
  • Voluntary work with a registered charity, voluntary organisation or fund raising or statutory organisation
What sectors offer internships?

Any sector could offer an internship but here are some of the main sectors 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?

There is a lot of competition. 

Prepare well and you will give yourself the best chance.

You can apply for internships:

Or find out how to apply for internships abroad:

See also:

Find help and advice on applying: