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An internship also known as a placement is an opportunity offered by an employer to students, called interns, to work at a firm in order to gain work experience. Interns are usually undergraduates, and most internships last between a month and three months.
An internship should give the student practical skills, workplace experience and greater knowledge of that industry, in exchange for the employer benefiting from the labour.
The following points to consider when hosting an intern at your place of work:
Once you've established you are in the position to recruit an intern you can start the process.
Complete the required health and safety forms listed below and return them to the placement team, along with the job description.
When you are ready to advertise a placement opportunity, we will ask you for a job description and a job advert that the Placements Team will upload to our placement system. The students will then be able to log in and apply for any roles they are interested in.
You can have as much or as little to do with the selection process as suits you. Students can send their applications directly to you or the Placements Team can shortlist a selection of the most suitable candidates for interview. As a work placement provider, you will always have the final say on the students chosen.
An internship / work placement experience is the most important factor in shaping young students' perceptions and expectations of the world of work. It helps them to learn about a particular occupation, gain valuable personal skills such as independence and team work, and to understand the expectations of employers.
As an employer you have the opportunity to help shape the future workforce and give your employees the chance to develop their supervisory skills. Getting involved in work experience shows your company is committed to helping the community.