Embarking on an internship or a work placement is a vital step in the journey of many students and recent graduates.

These experiences offer a unique insight into the professional world and can often bridge the gap between education and a full-time job. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect opportunity, we’re here to guide you through the process.

This guide should equip you with a foundational understanding of how to search, locate, and apply for internships and work placements in the UK. Should you have any further queries or if you’d prefer a one-on-one discussion with a member of the Paragon Skills team regarding apprenticeships, don’t hesitate to reach out today. We’re here to help guide your professional journey. 

Where to Look for Work Placement Opportunities

University Career Services

Many universities offer dedicated services to help students find internships and work placements. They often have partnerships with employers and can guide you to opportunities tailored to your course of study. An example of a unversty career page can be clicked on below.

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Job Boards

Websites like Indeed, Reeed, Glassdoor, and Milkround have dedicated sections for internships and placements.

Company Websites

Target specific companies you’re interested in and check their ‘Careers’ or ‘Internships’ section.

Find a traineeship

A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year, though most traineeships last for less than 6 months.

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How to identify internships that are currently available

Set Up Job Alerts

Many job board websites allow you to set up notifications for new postings that match your criteria.

Regularly Check Company Websites

Especially if you have specific companies in mind. Internship listings might not always make it to general job boards.

Subscribe to Industry Newsletters

Most sectors have dedicated newsletters or magazines that regularly feature job opportunities, including internships.

How to Apply

Tailor Your CV and Cover Letter

Ensure you highlight relevant coursework, projects, and any previous experience related to the role you’re applying for.

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Prepare for Interviews

Research the company and practice answering common internship interview questions. It’s equally important to prepare questions of your own to show genuine interest.

 

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Follow Up

A brief thank-you email after the interview can set you apart from other candidates. It’s a small gesture that can make a significant difference.

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