Over half the recruiters who took part in a recent national survey warn that graduates who have had no previous work experience at all are unlikely to be successful during the selection process and have little or no chance of receiving a job offer for their organisations’ graduate programmes. Three quarters of the graduate vacancies advertised this year by City investment banks and half the training contracts offered by the leading law firms are likely to be filled by graduates who have already completed work experience with the employer.
In addition to going direct to an employer, there are many different organisations that can help students source work experience and internships.SEO London recently visited the Greenwich campus to share their opportunities.
The following resources should be helpful:
- Finding Internships & Work Experience (Handout)
- Current Internships
- More internships
- Internships with Start-ups
- Graduate Internships
Our fortnightly careers newsletters promote internships relevant to your academic interests. If you do not receive these please email us with your student number and course details
Generally, all internships (except charities) must be paid at least the national minimum wage but many employers will not pay that. To get advice on whether you should be paid or not, call the Pay & Work Rights Helpline.