As internships can often be unpaid, it’s important to know that you’ll get a worthwhile and useful experience.
When internships are good, they can be a powerful part of your career. So how do you know that an internship will be properly managed and what should you be looking for?
- Recruitment is via the same channels as any other job - an advert, or post, with a proper application process
- You won’t be stuck doing ‘the jobs that no one wants’; you’ll be given responsibility and diversity of work, with real opportunities. Ask for a list of likely duties and responsibilities, so you can check this!
- You’ll be managed, mentored and supported, with an induction process and a performance review
- You’ll be allowed time off to attend job interviews for other (perhaps permanent) roles
- Once you complete the internship, you’ll be able to get a reference (these can be especially useful if you would like to take up a graduate job) or may be offered a job with the same company