Get an internship
An internship is a period of structured work experience that will often relate to your career goals. There are plenty of internship and work experience opportunities advertised throughout the year.
What makes an internship different?
An internship is a period of structured work experience that will often relate to your career goals. The experience should enhance your career and personal development, allowing you to develop knowledge and skills to inform your career choices.
- You will be offered training and may be assigned a mentor or buddy
- You will be encouraged to reflect and record your experience
- You will work on a specific area of work, or assigned to a project
- Length can vary, but 6-8 weeks is common
Most large graduate employers have an internship programme as part of their graduate recruitment activity aimed at 2nd, 3rd and penultimate year students. However, there are general internship programmes that offer opportunities with a range of employers and sectors open to all students and graduates.
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How do I get an internship?
There are internships advertised throughout the year on MyCareerHub. Watch our video for tips on how to search for them. For many internships with graduate employers, the deadline for applications can be as early as November for the following summer. Try not to worry if you miss these deadlines, there are plenty of other internship and work experience opportunities advertised throughout the year. Many employers will take graduates with a wide range of experience – everything you do will count.
The Careers Service also offers a range of internship programmes exclusively for University of Edinburgh students called Employ.ed .
You'll find information and advice about internships, placements and work experience, as well as adverts for all the main internship programmes from graduate recruiters on these graduate careers websites. Some advertise opportunities across all sectors, and others are sector-specific.
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