Internships are short periods of professional experience. During an internship you will be doing similar work to a normal employee of the organisation. They give you a taste of what graduate work is like and can help you make industry contacts.
Student summer and spring internships
Summer Internships are a useful way for you to develop and enhance your skills during the vacation periods.
- Summer Internships last between 2 – 12 weeks and are generally paid. There are some unpaid opportunities but these should be very short in duration and not last more than 4 weeks.
- Some companies will also offer Easter or Christmas internships of a few weeks. However, there will be a limited number of these opportunities available.
Many employers use internships and placements as a fast track onto their graduate programmes. Most internship opportunities advertised by large graduate recruiters are aimed at pre-final year students. However, many smaller businesses offer internship opportunities and will not stipulate your year of study.
Most large or multinational organisations commence advertising in October for students to work the following summer, so get started early! Smaller employers however, often advertise right up until the summer period so it’s never too late to look for a summer internship.
Further Reading - GradIreland's section on Work Experience and Internships - https://gradireland.com/work-experience