Careers blog: Why should I do a summer internship?

 Careers blog written by Cara Close, Graduate Intern – Student Engagement  & Communications, Careers

With exams (almost) over and summer holidays just around the corner, it’s all too easy to forget about responsibilities for a while and let the months breeze by.

However, you will thank your past self at your graduation by using this free time to be productive. Summer is a great time to get work experience in the career you are interested in, and has too many benefits to pass up on.

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Do you know what you’re doing this summer?

Okay, so ideally you’d like to have a holiday at some point in the summer vacation and rightly so. What with a full academic year of assignments, essays, tutorials, lectures and exams – you’ve earned the break.

However, with 13 weeks of vacation, it’s also an ideal time to get some work experience in whatever shape that comes. Work experience can give you:

  • An insight into a particular type of work or sector
  • Extra cash (yes, lots of internships and summer jobs are paid)
  • Skills and experience to add to your CV and to use in future applications.

Lots of graduate recruiters offer summer internships of anything up to 3 months and these, more formal, structured schemes, are important in gaining experience and understanding of a large company. Some employers also use them as way of recruiting to their graduate programmes, so that’s why you’ll hear a lot about this type of work experience.

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Latest Careers News – Summer Week 10

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Don’t worry, we are open through the Summer Vacation!

There are appointments running through the Summer, but on a reduced scale. Please see the ‘Appointments this week’ for the duty times and the  vacation opening times on the website for when we are open.

Coming soon…

We will be running weekly drop-in appointments for International students who have questions about working in the UK after their studies. Check the website for more details.

Don’t miss out…

With the end of exam season and a long summer holiday ahead, make the most of your summer and get #GradJobReady! Internship opportunities come in a variety of flavours, so take a look and find the right one for you.

Be sure to keep an eye out on the Careers Gateway (Exclusive Opportunities @York tab) for Student Internship Bureau (SIB) opportunities currently being advertised. You can also keep up to date by liking our Facebook Page.

Latest Careers news, Summer Week 6

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Exclusive opportunity with FDM!

Fast-track the application process and win a graduate role with FDM. Take either the IT Graduate positions with FDM challenge, or the Business Graduate Positions at FDM challenge. The winners of each challenge will be offered a graduate role at FDM, and the finalists will be invited to assessment centres to interview for the role.

Apply now to volunteer next term

Enroll now with York Students in Schools to volunteer over 8-10 half days in a local school during the Autumn term.Training sessions are provided by YSIS. Find out more and see what students say on the YSIS website.

You can also apply to complete a community volunteering placement either over the summer, or during Autumn term. Have a look at the different projects available on the volunteering website.

Internships this summer in York

The Student Internship Bureau are still advertising for lots of exciting paid local vacancies. There are opportunities in Marketing, PR, IT, Public Services and HR.
For a full list of opportunities, look at the Exclusive Opportunities @York tab on Careers Gateway

Social media competition

Our social media competition is now live! Like our page before Wednesday 1 June (Week 8) and be entered into a prize draw for two Westival 2016 tickets!

CAREERS BLOG: Work experience – getting ready for Summer

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Work experience – how important is it? In a word – very.

Many employers will take it for granted that you will graduate with a good class degree, but what many of them will be particularly interested in is what experience you can bring to the role.

You don’t need to be a seasoned worker. Employers look for what experience you have when recruiting , because it shows you have some idea of what it’s like to be in the work place and you will have gained some skills to use in their company.

Work experience is also a good way for you to try out different types of work in a sector, to see if it’s really the job or company for you. You can also make some valuable contacts through work experience – ones which could be useful when you’re looking for that graduate job for when you finish your studies.

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Events ahead

   Some dates for your diary next term… 

Internships and work experience fair (Week 5)

If you haven’t yet got work experience lined up for the summer, come along to this event and meet employers and recruitment agencies.

Working in… (Week 8)

Your chance to meet York alumni and other professionals working in:

Check out the Working in… web page in the Spring Term.

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If you’ve been following our social media this term, you’ll have seen we’re running a #YouNeedWorkExperience campaign, focusing on all things work experience; what counts as work experience, how to find it at York and what effect it could have on your future job prospects. As it’s more and more important in today’s job market to have some sort of experience, Careers is keen to support students looking for work experience – whether you’re a seasoned pro or there’s nothing on your CV yet!

Every Wednesday of Summer Term our social media will be dedicated to #WorkExperienceWednesday, with handy tips and advice about work experience. There’s even a competition running! Make sure you follow us on Twitter to get involved in the campaign. If you can’t wait until Wednesday, get ahead and start thinking about your experience now – visit our work experience page for tips, support and information.

Have you had a great internship, placement year or work experience? Tell us your story to inspire and encourage other students – complete a York Profile!

Departmental Careers Events: Weeks 5-8 (11 May-7 Jun)

These events are specifically tailored to your department – don’t miss out!

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