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Finding Internships and Work Experience for International Students

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Finding Internships and Work Experience for International Students

  1. 1. Finding Internships and Work Experience
  2. 2. What will we cover? • Eligibility • What is an internship? • Why do it? • The schemes • Doing it yourself • Making contact • How can we help?
  3. 3. Eligibility Undergraduate (UG) Students UG students are permitted to work full time outside of term times as they are not expected to be studying during those periods. In the final year, UG students are permitted to work full time at the end of the summer term, for this academic year this is 13th June 2015 (www.sussex.ac.uk/aboutus/keydates/). Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Students Whilst registered, PGT students are not permitted to work full time at any point (including during the normal ‘vacation’ periods) as they are expected to be in full time study. The date on which PGT students officially complete their studies is as stated on your CAS (for the current academic year this is 30 September 2015). After this date PGT students are free to work full-time until the end date of their visa
  4. 4. What is an Internship? • Summer or vacation internship • Graduate internship
  5. 5. Internship schemes - Different sectors, different schemes - Large corporations’ structured internships - Deadlines often Jan- March time - Often for penultimate year students, some for 1st years - Some sectors may not offer structured schemes
  6. 6. Why should you do it? • Is it the right career choice? • Establishing contacts • Relevant work experience on your CV • Gain up to date work reference • Get a realistic view of what is involved • Developing skills • Apply skills and knowledge • Get a job!
  7. 7. How to find opportunities General internship websites include: - www.topinternships.com – dedicated site - www.prospects.ac.uk/workexperience - www.targetjobs.co.uk – searchable database of summer internships - www.ratemyplacement.co.uk- searchable database Our jobs database: www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/jobs/search (search under vacation jobs or graduate jobs) Our Getting Experience sections: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/gettingexperience
  8. 8. Sector Specific Information- check out our Sector Guides www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/careerchoices/researchingcareers
  9. 9. STEP Internships • The Step Programme offers undergraduates and recent graduates a range of work experience opportunities. • These can be either short term work placements, generally lasting between eight weeks and six months or longer term internships lasting between six and 12 months. • All Step opportunities have a genuine development focus, are structured and often project based and importantly, are all paid. • www.step.org.uk step logo here
  10. 10. University funded Internships • We are currently working in partnership with Santander Banking Group to provide paid internships for University of Sussex students and graduates in local small to medium enterprises (SMEs). • Santander part finance these internships but they take place in local companies “ Claire Braun (MA Media and Cultural Studies 2013) - Customer Marketing Associate,
  11. 11. Current summer/vacation internship opportunities Summer Vacation Scheme - Taylor Wessing Summer Vacation Scheme - Simmons & Simmons) Vacation Internship Programme 2015 (Audit) – KPMG Summer Placements – Centrica Summer Intern Programme - Lloyd's Intern with an NGO in India this summer - Development in Action Change Management Internship 2015 – Zurich Technology and Operations Intern - Santander
  12. 12. Current Graduate internship opportunities Trafficking and Tagging Intern - Rakuten Attribution Network Support Intern - Bspoke Global Networks Video Editor Intern - Akwaaba Music Communications Intern - Tesla Motors Digital Marketing Intern – Charanga Graduate Digital Marketing Assistant Intern - Qube
  13. 13. BUNAC Intern in Britain This programme gives students and recent graduates the opportunity to work as an intern in the UK for up to 12 months, swapping from a tier 4, to a tier 5 visa. Find out more at www.bunac.org/usa/ interninbritain and call one of the team on 0333 999 7516.
  14. 14. How to apply • Recruitment processes can include CV or application form. • Important to research the role and the sector. • Market yourself for that role.
  15. 15. Creative Approaches- finding contacts • Social contacts • Academics • Newspapers, journals, magazines, • www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/research_ employers • Yellow Pages (www.yell.com ) • Company directories/lists • Linked in – growing in importance
  16. 16. Other opportunities • Careers events (Make it Happen!) • Insight days for law, accountancy etc • Volunteering www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/volunteering • Part time and summer work • Student societies
  17. 17. Help available at Careers and Employability • Briefings • Careers Advisers • Advice • Vacancies • Events • Join us on twitter or Facebook • www.sussex.ac.uk/careers

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