What are internships?

An “internship” is an opportunity offered by an employer to potential employees, called “interns”, to work at a firm for a fixed, limited period of time. Interns are usually undergraduates or students, and most internships last for any length of time between one week and 12 months. Internships (also called “placements”, “work placements” or “industrial placements”) may be part-time or full-time. They are usually part-time if offered during a university semester and full-time if offered during the summer, winter or Easter holidays, when they typically last 4-12 weeks.

Why do an internship?

A recent study by the Association of Graduate Recruiters showed that a record number of candidates are applying for a given job vacancy. A poll, in which over 200 companies took part, including the likes of Cadbury, JP Morgan and Vodafone, revealed that the average number of applications per employment opportunity had risen to almost 70. In some sectors there were 205 applications for each job! Clearly, it is harder than ever to find a job.

Since competition is so fierce, only those with best credentials stand a good chance of landing themselves in a good position. An internship is a great way to increase the level of your employability. Throughout an internship, you will learn key skills related to working in a professional environment and you will develop critical competencies that all the top employers look for in job-hunting graduates. Furthermore, companies generally view an internship as being a lengthy interview in which you demonstrate your suitability for a graduate job. Imagine how great it would feel not to worry about your employment prospects during your final year at university.

Another great aspect of an internship is the pay. As you are taking on real responsibility in a real job, you will get paid a real salary! Internships usually pay far better than any other summer job, especially in the oil and gas industry. Even if you decide that a career in the oil and gas industry isn’t the path that you want to follow the experiences and qualifications that you can get over the weeks you are here will look great on your CV.

For more details of internships please take a look at the job opportunities page.