The Manchester Graduate Internship Programme

April 27, 2012

Exams are fast approaching and graduation is just around the corner. Very soon you’ll need to make some decisions about your career, but don’t worry the Career’s Service has a brilliant scheme that will get your future moving.

The Manchester Graduate Internship Programme (MGIP) is exclusively for 2012 graduates from The University of Manchester and offers paid positions with a variety of businesses and organisations in Greater Manchester. The average salary for a MGIP internship in 2011 was £15,000 per annum pro rata and can last between 4- 12 months, with most start dates falling between June and December.

Katie Franklin, the Marketing Intern for Volunteering & Community Engagement Team at the University of Manchester describes her experiences.

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Summer bursaries and internships

April 27, 2012

You probably already know how important work experience can be to your future career. You gain experience, confidence, skills, networks and much more. To help you make the most of this summer, the University is piloting a new Summer Internship Programme.  The internship programme has two key features:

  1. Internships that the Careers Service will work with employers to generate and promote
  2. A bursaries programme to support students who want to do an internship

Bursaries will be available to help students access either internships generated by the Careers Service, or internships that they generate themselves. For example, if you have already secured an offer for work experience this summer, you may be worried about how to afford it; perhaps the job is either low paid, or even unpaid, or based somewhere where accommodation or travel costs are expensive. We will be offering a number of bursaries (worth between £50 – £800) to help students undertake work experience this summer, because we know how vitally important it is for your career. The bursaries can be applied towards full-time or part-time work, in any sector, and will be awarded through a competitive process.

You will need to apply and give us information on the internship you are planning to undertake, how it may benefit your career and why you feel you should be awarded a bursary.

Full details about the internship programme and how to apply for a bursary will be published in May. Think you might be interested? Then please register your interest today.

Step Up and Stand Out! Employability Development Fair

April 26, 2012

Wednesday 2nd May, 12pm – 4pm, Alan Turing Building

Sign up here

With over 20% of graduates unemployed, this event will give you the opportunity to find out more about what you can do to make yourselves more employable and to develop those skills required to secure a job once you have finished your studies and help you stand out from the crowd!

Organised by students, (the majority of us are third years) for students, this event will highlight the importance of extra-curricular activities and give you the opportunity to attend presentations, interactive workshops and speak directly to experts who will be able to help and advise you how to develop those all-important skills.

Hear from representatives from the Careers Service, including talks on Volunteering and Internships, as well as hearing from the employers’ perspective along with the chance to speak to volunteering specialists from Manchester City Council and Student Action. The interactive workshops will help you identify the skills you already have and those you need to develop.

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Graduate Entry into Medicine Slidecast

April 24, 2012

Find out all you need to know about your options, funding and applying!

‘Informal enquiries may be made to…’

April 20, 2012

A high proportion of job adverts contain the phrase ‘informal enquiries may be made to…’, but what does this mean and what should you do?


Firstly, don’t ignore it– a lot of people will ignore it, so this can be something which will make you stand out before you even send off your application!

 Here are a few more reasons why you should make an informal enquiry:

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Win a 1 week placement and £1000

April 18, 2012

Adzuna Graduate Competition of 2012

Adzuna is pleased to present its first Graduate Competition of the Year 2012 to all recent or soon-to-be graduates, where you stand to win a 1 week placement with one of the leading companies in the UK including the likes of eBay, Sony and L’oReal as well as some CV mentoring. On top of that, you will receive a combined salary and cash prize of up to GBP 1,000. We looking for an outstanding individual among the recent graduates from a recognised UK university. Whether you excel in arts, music, sports, a particular academic, language or are an outstanding student union member, leader, or social contributor, we want to hear about you and why you deserve to win. For more information and details on how to apply, go to Deadline is 31st May 2012 and the winner will be selected on the 1st of July 2012. 

About Adzuna is a search engine for classified ads which makes it easier for you to find the right car, property and job locally. The company was named a Top 20 Startup of 2011 by, a finalist in the Website of the Year awards, and shortlisted for the Europas.  The company has raised £800k in investment financing from Index Ventures, The Accelerator Group, Passion Capital and angel investors.

When is it a good time to use the Careers Service?

April 14, 2012

Students are often suprised that the day they choose to come in we are busy and they ask when it would be quieter?

Ok so this is for those of you who want to plan ahead – the patturn is the same every year.  Really busy Sept – Dec, quiet in the vacation and exam periods and just mediumly busy the rest of the time.   It’s pretty much what you would expect given when many application dates open for graduate schemes & internships.

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