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.

Further information can also be found by visiting the following websites.

National Careers Service

jobs go public

Traineeships programme on GOV.UK