Is an Internship for me?

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Increasingly, employers are looking for graduates to have relevant internships in their desired area before commencing a full time role. There are pros and cons to completing an internship:

You will need to think about how you want to balance the risk between applying for full time roles and internships. We suggest it is appropriate to do a mixture of both – the balance is up to you. Attend employer events where possible as they will often advise on the best route for that particular company.

To find out more about internships, look at our Internship Factsheet.

You can also find internships advertised at the following:


  • Have a better chance of getting a full time offer – companies are increasingly recruiting for full-time roles through internships
  • Get an excellent understanding of what the role is actually like
  • Understand whether the culture is right for you
  • Gain excellent relevant work experience for future applications


  • Often you have to wait a significant time upon the completion of the internship before you can take up a full time offer (for example complete internship summer 2014, full time role commences summer/autumn 2015). You may be able to negotiate this
  • Not all companies will accept MSc students on internships – you would need to check with the relevant company