Experience is becoming a crucial factor for employers when deciding who gets their foot in the door. It is strongly advised that students and graduates take the opportunity to complete a period of work experience to ensure they have a competitive advantage over their peers; and that is where an internship can make all the difference.

So, what actually is an internship?

An internship is a period of work experience offered by an employer to give students and graduates exposure to the working environment, often within a specific industry, which relates to their field of study.

Internships can be as short as a week or as long as 12 months.

Throughout an internship you will develop a variety of soft skills, including communication skills, personal effectiveness, presentation skills, creative problem solving and influencing skills.

'On-the-job' experience can be as valuable as anything learned in your studies and can offer you the chance to test your skills in real-life situations, explore your career options and gain an insight into an organisation or career path.

Here at Harrogate Borough Council, we can offer unpaid internships to university students in a range of services.

Further information

If you would like to discuss Internships please contact the Organisational Development team on 01423 500600 x58004 or x56064.

Page last updated 15/09/2017