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A roundup of university-led graduate internships

Published: Tuesday, 10 July 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News | All Graduate job news

Internships are the perfect way to get a foothold on the graduate career ladder. A number of universities are now offering their own graduate internship schemes in an effort to boost graduate recruitment levels. Here are just a few.

University of Loughborough

6-12 month graduate internships are offered for students who are set to graduate this year, or in exceptional cases have graduated recently.

Organised by the University’s Staff Development Unit, with support from Human Resources and the Careers and Employability Centre, graduates will also receive job-hunting support from the University after their placement has ended.

University of East Anglia

At UEA graduates are offered the chance to work with local organisations in a paid placement of between 4 and 12 weeks on a full or part-time basis. The University lists some of the following benefits of participating in the scheme:

  • Relevant graduate-level experience in a real-world environment
  • A chance to develop your skills in preparation for your ideal career
  • The opportunity to participate in real working projects that will develop your expertise and enhance your CV
  • A work-based reference to complement your academic reference

Recent graduates (2008, onwards) are eligible to take part in the scheme. Previous interns have worked on implementing low carbon initiatives and helping to develop new products.

University of Leicester

Six month (October to April), full-time work experience placements are offered in areas from marketing to journalism through the Leicester Graduate Internship Programme.

To be eligible graduates must have recently graduated from an undergraduate degree from the University of Leicester (2012), be available to work during the internship period and be able to prove their right to work in the UK for the length of the internship.

Interns will also be encouraged to attend Staff Development training courses and a number of tailored career development workshops. Ongoing support will also be offered by the Careers Service, including advice on how to create the perfect graduate CV.

A wordpress blog will help interns create an online portfolio of the skills they have gained during their internships.

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