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Graduate internships 'should be assured'
Tuesday, 04 August 2009
University leavers thinking about taking up unpaid work as part of a graduate internship should make sure that the scheme is beneficial to them, one expert has warned.
Dom Potter, director of Internocracy.org, was commenting on the recent Cabinet Office report, which recommended a system for identifying which graduate internships were of high quality.
Mr Potter advises graduates to look at the pros and cons of doing unpaid work experience, as they are not worth doing unless both the intern and employer are getting something out of it.
He added, however: "Internships are a really good bridge between education and employment because they cross the two worlds. There are so many non-cognitive skills that you can pick up doing internships which you wouldn't get from just academia."
Jenni Newberry, head of communities at employment consultancy Working Links, recently said that those looking for a graduate job in the current economic climate would do well to get some work experience.