Internships are one of the best ways to bridge the gap from study to professional employment.

What is an internship?

Internships are temporary work placements within workplaces and/or education institutions where students can trial the career they want and also gain valuable ‘hands-on’ skills and experience in the area of study.

Internships can provide students with valuable experience either while studying or during semester breaks. Internships are usually part-time if offered during study semester, and full-time if offered during holidays. and are a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the area of your study.

Benefits

Internship experience is highly valued by employers as it shows initiative. Other benefits include:

  • Contributing to your education through course credits.
  • Learning new work skills and practices in your relevant study area.
  • Apply what you have learned in university to real life business situations.
  • Improve your communication skills and confidence.
  • Build a network of professional contacts, which could be useful for future references.
  • Develop a better perspective of your future career path.
  • Add relevant experience to your resume.

Applying for internships

Many education providers have services that can help you find an internship within an organisation. There are also other websites which can help you in finding internships. Please be aware that there can be costs associated with using certain providers.

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