An internship is a period of work experience that is not paid at the full market rate. Some internships are completely unpaid but most will include some payment to cover travelling costs, food costs etc.

An internship can be formal, where you have to complete a period of internship related to the course you are studying at university or college. Often you can’t complete, or graduate, if you have not done this internship. If the internship is part of your programme you must put in a lot of effort to secure a position.

One way to do this is to register with the Internship Directory on the Careers Portal website.

Registering on the Internship Directory will allow you to list your details and your relevance for the internship. Potential employers will be able to view your details, as well as the courses and programmes you are undertaking, when they are searching for interns. There is no charge for the service.

Internships are an international phenomenon, with Monica Lewinsky probably being the world’s most famous intern when she was placed at the White House during President Bill Clinton’s term of office.

This video has some great tips on what you should – and shouldn’t do – as an intern.


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