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Students encouraged to take advantage of graduate internships

Published: Wednesday, 15 April 2009   Category: Work Experience

Graduate recruitment experts have offered their opinions on the value of internships in the Guardian and have reiterated the importance of the experience gained by the graduate schemes.

According to the newspaper, the government has set up the National Internship Scheme in order to make more graduate work placements available for those leaving university this summer.

Heather Collier, director of the National Council for Work Experience, said that graduate internships were "very important" as employers care more about industry skills than academic achievements.

Also speaking to the publication, spokesman for Inside Graduates James Lee said: "For the employer it's a great way to see firsthand a potential employee's true qualities and it's an ideal way to identify where an intern would be best-placed within the company in terms of department and role."

The Independent recently reported that the government is planning £53 million funding to encourage universities to arrange more graduate internships with local firms.

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