NOT ALL PLACEMENTS ARE THE SAME – SO CHOOSE WISELY!
Internships are a brilliant way to build your skills, confidence and experience – but with thousands on offer it’s not always easy to tell which the best ones are. Here is plotr’s guide to spotting the good stuff…
You’ll have to do an interview
No, not a bad thing – this is in fact a Very Good Sign. Employers who interview their applicants show they’re taking this seriously and are keen to get the best person for the job. This suggests it will be more organized, worthwhile experience all round.
It’ll be for a well known company...
Future employers are busy people, and seeing an internship with a great brand on your CV will impress them – even if you were only sorting the post. Their thinking? That if an organization of that calibre was keen to have you in the office, you must be good.
...OR you’ll be getting to do masses of great projects
If the place you're interning isn’t well-known, make sure it’s a small company with big ambition – run by people who know what they’re doing. If you intern with a smaller company, take extra care to check out exactly what you’ll be doing there.
You’ll get paid
If you’re doing real work and have set hours and set responsibilities, the minimum wage law says you should be paid for your work (how much will depend on your age). If you’re just work shadowing (observing), not doing much valuable work or you’re free to come and go as you please, don’t expect to be paid. Some employers offer travel and lunch expenses though.
They’ll be clear what happens afterwards
What skills will you able to add to your CV? Will they give you a written reference? Is this a trial for a real job? Employers have no obligation to offer you a job – or even an interview – at the end of your internships. But you should always get a reference to use for applications for jobs in the future.