You’ve landed on this webpage because you’d like to know how to get a summer internship! Well you’ve come to the right place!
The competition for graduate jobs in the UK is fierce. Statistics show that half the people graduating from university will never find work that is suitable for their level of education – a graduate job.
Most will end up in jobs that they don’t even need a degree for.
There are thousands of applications for every graduate job advertised in the UK. Many people from other countries apply too, intensifying the competition.
Internships, paid or unpaid, or summer jobs, are a valuable way for graduates to gain crucial work experience, hone their skills and learn more about business and the marketplace.
They provide a foot in the door for future employment and help graduates to get to know themselves and their capabilities and find out which career will best suit them. This entry-level work will assist enormously when it comes to applying for and landing that dream graduate job.
Graduate Coach is a company founded by Chris Davies that specialises in helping graduates find employment. It has helped 500 graduates land great jobs so far. We offer a variety of services, from defining your skills set to helping you compile a professional CV to coaching for interviews and more.
The following video by Chris Davies will outline how to get a summer internship.
So without further ado, here’s how to get a summer internship.
1. Write an achievement-based CV
This is the first and most important step. It is critical as employers, whether they are offering jobs or internships, receive hundreds of applications.
Your CV is your introduction to them and it has to stand out. It must be properly organised, professional-looking and list all the attributes that will make you an asset to their company, even if you do not yet have formal work experience.
One of these attributes is your skills set. What are you good at? Skills such as getting on with people and being able to work in a team; communication; organisation; persistence; a good work ethic and a willingness to learn all count, even if you do not have work experience. You have been at school, taken part in sport and hobbies and graduated from university.
Along this path you inevitably proved that you are good at some things and acquired skills in learning to do them well. List these skills Many will make you eligible for a job or an internship.
If you are daunted by the prospect of compiling a good CV, get professional help from Graduate Coach. It’s worth it.
2. Write an outstanding cover letter
This, with your CV, is your introduction to the company you are applying to and it is competing with hundreds of others. State who you are; what you are interested in and why you would like to work/intern at their company. Impress them with some knowledge about the company that you have researched. Show that you are keen to work there. Again, if you are not confident about doing this properly, Graduate Coach can help.
Do an internship search to find internship opportunities. Thousands of companies in the UK advertise internships online. Doing a search, for instance, on UK companies offering internships, will produce a long list of firms and charities looking for interns and their contact details.
After adapting your CV and covering letter to make them appropriate for where you are applying to, send them off. The more companies you contact, the better your chances of getting an internship. You can also look at job listing websites such as indeed, jobisjob, totaljobs, jobrapido, trovit etc for more leads to help you find your dream internship.
Cold canvassing can also work. Call the companies you are interested in and ask to speak to someone in HR or whoever is in charge of hiring or internships. This is another way of introducing yourself which you can follow up by sending you CV and covering letter.
3. Go to job or career fairs or expos
Take your CV and a covering letter and hand it out to everyone. Speak to people. Network. Take their contact details and give them yours. Make sure they remember you so that you will be in their mind when they recruit.
Charities and other organisations working in welfare and even animal welfare are always looking for volunteers. It might not seem to make sense to work for nothing but it does. You can prove yourself as a volunteer and get letters of recommendation at the end of your stint, which will stand you in good stead when you apply for a job.
5. Employment rights and pay for interns
If an intern is classed as a worker, they should be paid the national minimum wage of £7.70 per hour if aged 21 to 24 or £8.21 per hour if aged 25 or older.
6. Prepare for your interview
If you get past the first step and are asked to go for an interview with the company or organisation offering the internship, be prepared.
You would never have gone into an exam without preparation at university and an interview is just that – a test to see if you are the candidate they are looking for.
About 85% of graduates say they are nervous about being interviewed. This will be a huge stumbling block in landing a good job or an internship for that matter. You can build confidence by being prepared. Research the company.
Find out as much as you can bout its ethos, position in the marketplace, what it offers that is unique, for instance.
This will help you ask intelligent questions and impress the interviewer.
The trick is to appear confident but not arrogant. Expert coaching will help you be successful in this critical part of any job or internship application. Graduate Coach can help you and remove any nervousness which will hamper your chances.
Increasingly, more and more internship applications require candidates to complete a video interview. Be sure to read our guide on how to prepare for a video interview.
7. Visit internship websites
There are websites that direct people to available internships in all sorts of fields. Doing a simple search like Internship websites UK, for instance, leads to a listing of internships in fields as diverse as publishing, graphic design, website design, digital marketing and more.
You can also find lists of companies offering internships or summer jobs. Get busy. Do your homework and start applying!
How To Get A Summer Internship: summary
Thanks for reading our post on how to get a summer internship!
There are several benefits of getting an internship over the summer holiday.
- You’ll gain valuable work experience and transferable skills
- It will help you to make informed career choices
- Having experience will help when it comes to finding a graduate job
- The experience will help you to stand out from the competition
- Graduate recruiters build a talent funnel. Successfully completing an internship can increase your chances of being hired by the company as a graduate. Check out our post that shares top graduate scheme application tips.
Our founder, Chris Davies, has published two books packed with invaluable information: The Student Book and The Graduate Book. Also visit our website where you will find a series of blog posts with more excellent advice, a list of the services they off and contact details.