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Internships and work placements

What is an internship?

An internship or work placement can give you the opportunity to work at a company with the intention of learning new skills and gaining experience in a particular industry.

More and more companies are offering these types of positions to school leavers, as well as to graduates.

There are three different types of internships:

  • Work Shadowing - Work Shadow interns follow one or more members of a team throughout their day-to-day routine, allowing them to learn from top industry professionals.
  • Vacation Schemes - These are offered by some of the larger Management, Financial, and Accountancy firms. They act as training programmes and as a way for firms to assess candidates for future roles within the company. These schemes also give candidates the opportunity to see if the company is right for them.
  • Work Placements - Work Placements are often part of a degree programme. They tend to be available in fields like Finance, Consultancy, Marketing, and Management. Work placements are designed to give students a taste for working life in their chosen profession, and help add to a more well-rounded education whilst at university.

The length of internships can vary, usually work placements are run over a fixed length of time, typically a number of weeks or months. Smaller companies such as retail businesses or media agencies typically offer shorter internships. A work-shadow opportunity may only last one to two weeks owing to the type of role that is being shadowed.

Examples of work shadowing schemes for Year-12 students 

PwC have exciting opportunities for students to gain work experience on one of their business insight weeks - Find out more.

KPMG have a number of school/college-leaver programmes such as KPMG discovery

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