Summer Internships: What is a Summer Internship?

This month I have decided to take a closer look at Summer Internships (placements) in the run up to summer. This series is aimed at university students or recent graduates who are looking for or are completing a summer internship this summer.

This series will include

  • week 1: what is a summer internship?
  • week 2: how to get a summer internship
  • week 3: how to make the most of your summer internship
  • week 4: summer internships and career development

What is a Summer Internship?

A summer internship, placement or vacation scheme is a work placement that takes place during the summer months (June – August). They are aimed at students or recent graduates (although usually anyone can apply).

Placements can be anything from a few days to the full 12 weeks of summer. They can be part-time or full-time hours, they can be paid or voluntary. The reality is… employers structure placements to suit their needs.

A summer internship is different from a summer job. A summer job is usually about earning some extra money but a summer internship or placement is about gaining experience and learning on the job.

Why do a Summer Internship?

It is important to have a good mix of experiences on your C.V. and a summer internship can give your C.V. that something extra. Whether a summer internship is right for you will ultimately depend on:

  • the career you wish to pursue;
  • the relevant experience you have had to date;
  • the gaps on your C.V. that need filling;
  • the stage you are at in your life; and
  • the opportunities available to you this summer.

If you know the career you wish to pursue and need the opportunity to flesh out your C.V. with some relevant work experience then signing up for a summer internship should be a no brainer.

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