What is an internship?
When thinking about internships, most people think about the money side of things (if they’re paid or unpaid), when they fall (summer, over a few months or even more) and the application process. We’ll cover all these topics in good time – but first things first.
An internship is a position taken up (usually) by a university student or recent graduate within an organisation. It is an opportunity to work for a firm on either a paid or unpaid basis for a set period of time – this can be for as little as one week to a number of months, and sometimes even a full year.
They are offered by a number of employers across numerous industry sectors, so there’s plenty of choice for everyone – law, media, engineering, tech, finance, medical, advertising… You name it. They are also often offered at specific times of year, for example spring, summer and winter placements, or they can be longer stints of six months or more.
Basically an internship offers you the chance to work within a specific department in an organisation to get a feel for the culture, gain experience, learn new skills, receive training and gain invaluable insight into how a business and industry operates. All pretty useful perks.