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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 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 opportunites 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 - i.e. KPMG discovery

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