Direct work experience and internships are a excellent way to ensure you secure a great job after you graduate.  

Internship support

Work experience placement and internship support

About internships 

An internship is a professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work, related to a student's field of study or career interests. An internship gives a student the opportunity for career exploration and development, and to learn new skills. The main objective of an internship is to provide students with an opportunity to put into practice skills they have learned while in school. Furthermore, Internships serve as a talent pipeline for identifying and recruiting potential future employees. Employers can assess the intern's skills, work ethic, and cultural fit before making a long-term employment offer. Depending on your chosen field or profession, an internship could last anywhere from a week up to a year. 

Benefits of an internship: 

  • Gain valuable work experience. 
  • Explore a career path. 
  • Give yourself an edge in the job market. 
  • Develop and refine skills. 
  • Receive financial compensation. 
  • Network with professionals in the field. 
  • Gain confidence. 
  • Transition into a job. 


How to get an internship 

To be able to apply for an internship, you must: 

  • Be a current undergraduate part way through your studies (you can also get first year uni internships).  
  • Be available for the entire internship programme 
  • Have the right to work in the UK. 

You should start looking for internships as far in advance as possible before you would like to start. Unlike traditional jobs, many internships hire candidates well in advance of their start date. It should be noted that internships often require and have a similar application process to a job interview. So therefore, it is necessary that you prepare effectively for your interview. If you need any tips in preparing for your interview then click here. 

Why undertake a work experience placement?

Doing an work experience placement or internship can help you gain valuable experience, acquire new skills and develop your cv. It can also be fun and provide you with a unique insight into a future profession that you are considering pursuing. It demonstrates your skills and focus and can help your undergraduate or postgraduate degree application, in addition to that all important graduate job. We can help with our internship support service.

Applying to university can be highly competitive, necessitating you to ensure your personal statement / letter of motivation stands out from the crowd. One of the ways you can do this is by undertaking an internship or work experience plancenet.

Summer internships 

Summer internships allow college students to get real-world work experience. These programmes help students build their resumes and take the first step toward a successful career after graduation. Summer internships are often 4-8-week courses for undergraduates that are designed to inspire, encourage and support a new generation who will go on to make a difference. 

Graduate internships 

Graduate internships are a short-term period of work or work experience which usually leads to a permanent position, dependent on performance during this period. This is completed after graduation from university. The form of the internship will be dependent on the industry, but in most cases the internship will consist of supervised practical training. 

What industry to get internships in: 

There are a variety of industries in which you could take an internship in. The top 5 industries for internships in the UK are: 

  1. Business Management 
  1. Technology 
  1. Finance 
  1. Design 
  1. Nonprofit & Non-Governmental Organisations 

You can find out more below. Or for a free consultation, contact us now.

Uni Directs internship support

Through our internship support we will work with you to help arrange an internship in an area you want to learn more about.  Internships or work experience placements can be arranged across different sectors, including:

  • Corporate placements for prospective business students
  • Legal sector placements for students applying to study law
  • Health sector placements for prospective medical students.


Our internship support helps arrange placements from one week to several months. As well as securing the right internship for you, we will help you with the application process. Which is likely to include developing your existing cv to support your internship application.

There are lots of websites out there which are a great place to start your internship search.

Homestay accommodation options can be arranged as part of your work experience placement or internship. Homestays provide the opportunity to improve your English language skills. Host families from all our homestay options have all been disclosure and barring service (DBS) checked and students can review options to ensure they are happy with their homestay.

Our internship support service provides a bespoke approach, helping you to find an internship that will put you ahead of the crowd, and could lead to direct placement jobs after. If you would like to find out more please contact us to speak to one of our advisers.