Internships typically refer to placements or work experience for undergraduates. They help you get hands on experience for a type of job and company before you graduate, and crucially before you apply for a permanent role or a graduate programme.

At a glance
  • Can be anything from 1-week to 12-week placements
  • Can be paid or unpaid
  • Helpful way to secure position on graduate programmes
  • Structured development and hands-on experience

Most internships are linked to graduate recruitment and can be a good way to secure a job offer from a company if you're successful. A job offer isn't always guaranteed though, nor do you have to accept if you're offered as you might decide the role or company wasn't for you. But internships are a great way to find out what you may or may not enjoy before you apply for roles or further education.

Internships vary in terms of duration and content so it's best to review a few options and see what best suits your needs and motivations. For example some are paid, some may not be. You may need to think about how the internship fits around your studies.

NatWest Group runs internships each year that can lead into graduate programmes if successful. You can find out more about these on our careers website.

Internships at NatWest Group

Next steps

Once you've explored all the options and found one, or even a few, that interest you, it's time to apply. The process will vary between organisations. Some will ask you to simply sign up - more likely in volunteering or work experience - whereas others will have a more formal application process with CVs, cover letters and interviews required.

If you're looking for any advice on the application process, we've got you covered. Check out our resources to help you build or improve on your CV and make sure you've seen our top tips on how to ace that interview.

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