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The Graduate Project can help you gain the experience you need so that you have more options in terms of your future career path. It’s never been a better time to get involved in an internship and why not get paid to learn?

We do offer internships to graduates from 0 - 12 months. This is a good opportunity to hire a candidate whilst they are studying so that you can get an understanding of how they work and if they are the right fit for your company.

Our candidates do look to gain industry experience before completing their degree to support them with getting into employment after graduation.

You are able to hire an intern during the summer breaks or on a part time basis.

Benefits

A graduate internship gives you a snapshot of the working world and is usually carried out over a short-term period. In many cases, interns are kept on permanently by their company at the end of their internship – dependent on performance.

The industry you are in determines that form of internship you undertake. Generally, interns will undertake supervised practical training.

Although not mandatory, internships will be of more value if they match with your academic background and career goals. In this instance, internships are great stepping-stone to permanent professional employment.

Internships don’t have to be specific. They can be quite general allowing you to experience a variety of roles in an organisation.

Financial services, banking, law and engineering firms are common employers for interns. Outside of permanent graduate recruitment strategies, these organisations also heavily market their internships.

As a whole, internships are always beneficial as they provide much needed work experience thus improving employment prospects.

We have a wide range of internships across many sectors, please speak to us or register for more information on the latest opportunities.

3 Steps to finding the right Graduate Job 

1. Research the industry

It is important to research the industry you want to go into. There are several websites that can help you do this. Once you’ve found your potential employer take the time to find out more about them ensuring that their values match yours. By doing this, you ensure that you won’t have to greatly adapt your CV and cover letter each time to fit a role.

2. Block out time to apply

Application forms are lengthy, and you need to dedicate time to them. Recently, companies are requesting CVs, supporting statements and competency questions so be sure to be make sure these are of a high standard. Make a habit of first constructing your content using a word processing app to avoid spelling and grammatical errors.  

3.  Network & Use your social presence

Just like graduate jobs not all the best internships are advertised

This is a great time for you to go out, talk and engage with professionals in your chosen field. Talk to family, friends or potentially your university careers team about who they could potentially link you to.
LinkedIn is an advantageous tool where you can directly connect with professionals and organisations. Create a profile which lets your competencies and skills stand out. Post updates, be active and let your connections know what you are looking for. Using your online presence can be a major advantage in gaining an internship.

You can also look into setting up a blog , this would highlight your creative and commitment to your chosen field.  

It helps to be an intern

The work experience and skills gained from doing an internship is highly beneficial. You will be exposed to and work on a variety of projects that will develop and help you gain new skills.  These are the kind of things that will make you stand out at any job interview.

Making the most of an internship as a graduate

An internship is an opportunity to demonstrate your skills in a professional setting. It is important to make the most of your experience and utilise all the resources available to you. These are some things you should consider:

Set Goals

Ensure your own personal goals to accomplish during your internship like learning a new skill for example. Write them down and work progressively towards them.

Meet with your supervisor regularly

You will soon come to find that people are always busy. This makes it your responsibility to ensure you are regularly meeting with your supervisor to get feedback on your performance. If this is not possible discuss the best way to ensure you are on the right track.

Be confident + positive

This is easier said than done however, it is important to try and maintain a positive disposition in all circumstances. You’re learning

and you will get things wrong – approach all criticism with a positive attitude and reflection. Always remember why you wanted to work there in the first place. 

  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help
  • Meet people outside your department

Network

Lately networking has become much of buzzword and rightly so. An important tool when job-hunting is reaching out to your network of contacts. Contacts are not just for the short-term, they are important in the long term too.

Ensure you have tangible accomplishments

It’s important to leave your internship with tangible accomplishments. This will stand you in good stead during interviews. Not only will you have points to make, you will also have examples to back up these points. Tangible accomplishments range anywhere from presentations to organising events.

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