What is an internship and why would I want to do one?

Internship is really just another word for work experience. It will usually last for a short time – typically up to three months. Unlike an apprenticeship, you are unlikely to get a formal qualification at the end of it.

What you could hope to get out of it, however, is a hands-on understanding of the realities of working life (e.g. meeting deadlines, working in a team, etc.), core workplace skills, knowledge of a particular job or industry, and the chance to network and make useful contacts.

Internships often end with a job offer – in fact, many employers (particularly those that run more formal graduate schemes) use them as a way to recruit new entry-level talent.

Internships are an ideal test-run for people who have a firm idea of what type of career they want.