If you want to work for a well known corporate employer, now is the time to research, plan ahead and apply. Some summer internship schemes are already opening applications for summer 2013.
With the start of the new academic year it is easy to forget to plan ahead for summer 2013. It may seem far off but NOW is the time that the big graduate employers advertise not only for graduates, but also for their summer internship schemes for 2013. If you want to work for a particular company or type of work, now is the time you should research their summer internship schemes and when they’re open for you to apply. Planning to get your application in early will avoid disappointment at a later stage when some companies may have filled their places before the closing date.
Accountancy, finance, banking, management consulting, IT and legal roles are being advertised now including on the CareersLink university website and also Milkround.com. Top graduate employers advertising include: Barclays (ratemyplacement.co.uk No.1 voted company for internships 2011), Morgan Stanley, KPMG, LEK Consulting, Saffery Champness and Standard Life.
Even if these sectors are not of interest for you, vacancies in other sectors will start being published in the next few weeks. Be on the ball, look ahead and don’t be left behind! Summer internships are opportunities to learn about an area of interest, develop skills, understand the work culture, as well as helping employers get to know you, giving them ‘a better chance to get to know candidates and assess their potential’ (TARGETjobs, 2012). If you perform well, there may be a job or graduate scheme place after graduation.
For more information about summer internships see our Work Experience page on the university Careers Service website. Other useful websites to search for summer internships include ratemyplacement.co.uk, TARGETjobs, The Time Top 100 Graduate Employers and Prospects.
Hard copies of TARGETjobs, The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers and The Guardian UK 300 will be available to pick up from the Careers Resource Centre in the coming months.