This session is all about how to find Internships and Vacation schemes. The presentation will be put online after the session so please take notes if you wish but it will be available later.I will take questions afterwards but please also feel free to stay around after the session to ask me anything
What do you mean by Internships?Why should you do it?Formal work experience schemes & internshipsHow to set up your own work experience & finding contactsMaking contact
An Internship is an opportunity offered by an employer to potential employees, called "interns", to work at a firm for a fixed, limited period of time. Interns are usually undergraduates or students, and most internships last for any length of time between one week and 12 months. Internships (also called "placements", "work placements" or "industrial placements") may be part-time or full-time. They are usually part-time if offered during a university semester and full-time if offered during the summer, winter or Easter holidays, when they typically last 4-12 weeks.Placements are usually full-time, and take place irrespective of term time or holiday time.
Confirming your career choices (or confirming that you have made the wrong choice!). Establishing a network of contacts to be used in the future, maybe for further work-experience opportunities or to help with finding a job after graduation. Having some relevant work experience on your CV – adds prestigeGaining an up to date work reference Seeing work from the inside and gaining a realistic view of what is involved. Developing more flexible communication skills and self-confidence. A chance to apply some of the knowledge or skills you have gained so far to the real working world. Some organisations increasingly view placements as part of their recruitment processes- impress and you could land a job!
- The law requires employers to pay the National Minimum Wage for any kind of work, including work experience places, internships or placements schemes. - There are 2 levels of minimum wage £6.08 aged 21+ £4.98 aged 18-21- There are some exemptions - Students on work experience as part of their higher education course (Students on a work placement forming part of a UK higher or UK further education course if the work placement is for less than one year. - Volunteers - There are two types of volunteer; voluntary workers and volunteers. Voluntary workers work for a charity or an associated fund-raising body or statutory body. Volunteers do not work set hoursnot specify hours of work not outline duties that a student is expected to performnever rely on individuals on work experience placements to fulfill real jobs.Law is as stated above- however grey area- many sectors including Media and TV, Politics still encourage unpaid work even though it is illegal. This is because of the demand for these types of placements and few complaints are made. Some people still do internships for a couple of weeks if they can afford it and feel it will benefit them. Long term commitment – say no. - We only advertise week or 2 week placements if they are exceptional but our policy otherwise is to say no and we have a code of practice governing this. - Health and safety – you should have a health and safety induction when you start work. This will cover things such as who to contact in an emergency and fire regulations.
Internships work differently in different sectors and in different companiesLarge corporations in areas of business, finance, retail, pharmaceuticals, advertising, law, engineering & IT will often have structured schemes (and always paid). A lot of companies will take into account your performance on internship if you apply for their graduate scheme- this is quite prevalent in Law firms. Often for penultimate year students, some for 1st years (HSBC 1st year summer internship, RBS Easter Insight, Ernst & Young 1st year programmes)Some sectors such as International Development, media, public services, environment may not offer structured schemes and you may need to try volunteering or speculative approaches www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/gettingexperience/summerinternships
If you have a career area in mind, investigate if there are advertised opportunities in that area. Many companies offer formal schemes. General websites include: www.topinternships.com– dedicated sitewww.prospects.ac.uk/workexperiencewww.inspiringinterns.com/ - agency based in Londonwww.targetjobs.co.uk – searchable database of summer internshipswww.ratemyplacement.co.uk- 1-4 month internshipOur jobs database:www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/jobs/search (search under vacation)Search sector specific sites:www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/careerchoices/researchingcareers
Make sure you make good applications & spend time on them- treat them like you would a job application
Set your aims and objectives and be clear about what you want to achieve from the placementResearch the occupation and organisation before you begin approaching themThink about what you could offer them (skills, specific pieces of work) Check out the National Council of Work Experience guidelines www.work-experience.orgLook at the Prospects Quality Work Experience definitions:www.prospects.ac.uk/workexperience (about work experience)
Friends, family, friends of friends .... Don’t be afraid to ask around. If you have any contacts, use them!Academics, your personal tutor, lecturers etcContacts from past work experience, vacation work etc.Vacancies advertised in newspapers at Careers & Employability. If you have seen a company that interests you use the contact details from the vacancy advert.You can search for employers by name and type on the our website: www.sussex.ac.uk/cdec/research_employersNames in journals, magazines, reports, the press.The phone book and Yellow Pages (www.yell.com )Specialist directories and lists of companiesLinked in – growing in importancen – we have a social media session this week
Use our website- we have an extensive range of resources for you to use
Careers and Employability Centre information centre See a careers adviser Review your application Attend an event - employer presentations/recruitment fairs Web based information and resources – look in research section of our website for further information about making contacts
Looking for Internships and Vacation Placements
Looking for Internships and Vacation Placements
What will we cover?• What is it?• Why do it?• The schemes• Do it yourself• Making contact• How can we help?
What is an Internship?• An Internship is an opportunity offered by an employer to potential employees called “Interns”, to work at a company for a fixed, limited period of time• Most internships can last anything from a week to 12 months• Can be full or part time• Interns are usually students or graduates who have not yet found employment
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!
The Employers View„ Internships are a fantastic way for individuals to gain an understanding of how an organisation works and get experience within a sector” Youth Charity“Today‟s interns are tomorrow‟s arts sector workforce…we recognise that internships are a valuable learning and development opportunity for those aspiring to a career in the arts sector” Director, Tate
Should I be paid?YES!National Minimum WageHealth & Safety
The 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
How to find opportunitiesGeneral websites include:- www.topinternships.com – dedicated site- www.prospects.ac.uk/workexperience- www.inspiringinterns.com/ - agency based in London- www.targetjobs.co.uk – searchable database of summer internships- www.ratemyplacement.co.uk- searchable databaseOur jobs database: www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/jobs/search (search under vacation)Search sector specific sites: www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/careerchoices/researchingcareers
Other examples of resources outthere!http://www.gradcracker.com/ - Engineering websitehttp://www.step.org.uk/step_classic.aspx - Paid project based summer work experience science & engineeringhttp://www.w4mp.org/ - internships in politicshttp://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/internships.htm - Internships at the UNwww.lawcareers.net- legal vacation schemeswww.bbc.co.uk/jobs - continuous rolling programme of work experience placementshttp://uk.oneworld.net/section/partners- excellent resource for searching 1500 global organisations (development)
Arranging your own Internship- Set your aims- Research- Think about what you could offer- Check out the NCWE guidelines www.work-experience.org- Look at definitions www.prospects.ac.uk/workexperience
Creative Approaches - findingcontacts• Social contacts• Academics• Previous work experience• Newspapers• www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/research _employers• Names in journals, magazines, reports, the press.• The phone book and Yellow Pages (www.yell.com )• Specialist directories and lists of companies• LinkedIn – growing in importance
A selection of resourcesResearch the career area first:www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/careerchoices/researchingcareerswww.prospects.ac.uk - look at explore types of jobs/career sectorsGeneral links:www.prospects.ac.uk/workexperience - fantastic sitewww.work-experience.org – National Council for Work Experiencehttp://graduatetalentpool.direct.gov.uk- Graduate Talent PoolVolunteering:www.sussexstudent.com/volunteering - Project Vwww.sussex.ac.uk/careers/gettingexperience/volunteering/findingopportunities - lots of useful links to UK and overseas volunteering opportunities
Careers and Employability Support• Careers and Employability Centre information centre• See a careers adviser• Review your application• Attend an event - employer presentations/recruitment fairs• Use the research section of our website www.sussex.ac.uk/careers