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
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
- A chance to develop your skills in preparation for your
- 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
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.