Working in an internship can provide some great career benefits. It can boost your knowledge and work experience and allow you to meet relevant contacts for the future. But whether you are just leaving University or you’re thinking of starting a new career, you need to know where to look and how to find placements effectively.
Internships, depending on the industry, are relatively easy to find. Many companies will be looking to employ interns for a fixed amount of time and usually this will be an unpaid position or your travel expenses will be paid.
Here are some tips on how to find internships;
- Check your local newspaper, especially on job day. Internships will usually be listed in the job section so ensure you scan through this once a week.
- If you’re still at College or University consider checking their directory for relevant companies or talk with lecturers to get contacts.
- Network. Networking with friends in the industry is an effective way of finding placements. You could always use your contact as a reference and apply for the position via them too which could add more weight to your application.
- Browse job sites. Most industries will have specific job sites where employers can post ads for paid and unpaid positions. These are usually updated every day so check them regularly. (To find relevant sites just Google your industry and work opportunities and some popular ones will be displayed).
- Apply directly. If there is a specific organisation that you want to gain experience in then send your application to them directly.
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