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Obtaining Internships Student Development

Obtaining Internships

Edward Mosley & Richard Mendez

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Overview

• The process

• Where to search for opportunities

• Articulating your skills to employers

• What to do before, during and after your internship

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Activity: Internship clinic

• Mention a concern or issue you have when trying to obtain internships or work experience in general

Examples:

• I don’t know what career I want, therefore I am unsure what work experience to do.

• I don’t know where to look for opportunities.

• So far I have just received rejections from employers. I don’t know what I am doing wrong.

• We will revisit these later on in the session

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What next?

• Before applying for internships, it is important to determine what your overall goal/objective is.

• Some key questions:

- Do you know what career you want?

- If so, have you researched this area thoroughly?

- If not, have you investigated your options?

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The process you should undertake

Determine career interests (see a careers adviser if uncertain)

Research the industry (trends, major players etc)

Identify and research suitable employers within your area of interest

Start your application and ensure you evidence skills with examples

Identify what skills and competencies the employer wants

Application must illustrate enthusiasm for the internship

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Where to find internships

• www.milkround.com

• www.fledglings.net

• www.iaeste.org.uk

• Work-related Learning web pages www.le.ac.uk/wrl

• On-campus career fairs & employer workshops (go to www.le.ac.uk/studentdevelopment)

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Searching for opportunities

Any other ideas/sources?

• Share your ideas

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Approaches

• Formal advertised internship opportunities usually offered by larger employers. These typically run over the summer time, or as a 12-month industrial placement.

• Structured internship opportunities through the University of Leicester. Various internship opportunities usually with small/medium employers within the East Midlands.

• Speculative approach. For situations where the employer has not officially advertised an internship opportunity.

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Activity: Recruiter

Imagine you are the recruiter for the role of a trainee intern Pharmacologist

•Examine the role descriptor (to follow)

•Then examine the handout of a CV application for that role

•Identify the good and bad points of the CV as an application for the role

•What would you do differently?

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Pharmacologist (trainee)

Pharmacologists investigate how potential medicines interact with biological systems, (using cells or animal tissues or whole animals) to predict what effect the drug might have in humans. They also conduct research to aid drug development.

Work activities:

• Laboratory-based, working as part of a scientific research team

• Planning and conducting controlled experiments

• Using computers to collect, analyse and interpret complex data

• Writing up research reports and presenting at conferences

• Planning, coordinating and supervising the duties of other technical staff

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Articulating your skills to employers - CV

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Articulating your skills – application form

Competence-based questions

Please demonstrate a time when you have worked effectively within a team to fulfill a task.

[Overview of situation here]

[Explanation of skills and processes in the next paragraph]

[End by describing what you learnt and mention a positive outcome]

Ensure you answer the question

Briefly explain the situation

Explain the skills and processes in detail

Positive outcome and what you learnt

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Articulating your skills – application form

Personal Statement

Please outline any skills, experiences and achievements in support of your application

How I meet the requirements:

Specific skill(s) with an example:

End with an enthusiastic statement:

(example) I would make a valuable contribution to the work and reputation of Ashford Brent & Associates Ltd. As such I would like to express my enthusiasm to take up this new appointment. I look forward to hearing from you.

Use themed sub-headings and paragraphs

Firstly, summarise how you meet the requirements

Highlight each skill and give an example to back up your point

Ending statement should illustrate your enthusiasm.

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Articulating your skills – speculative covering letter

4 or 5 paragraphs

Demonstrate interest & knowledge of employer

Demonstrate relevant skills or experiences

Ask for informal meeting

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Activity: Most employable?

Quick-fire statements to follow

• Please can everyone stand-up

• If your answer to any of the following series of statements is no, please sit down and remain seated

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Activity: Most employable?

• Those who have not attended a careers fair, employer talk or a recognition award programme (e.g. tomorrow's managers) in the last 12 months, sit down

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Activity: Most employable?

• Those who have not seen a careers advisor in the last 12 months, please sit down

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Activity: Most employable?

• Those who have not updated their CVs in the last 6 months, please sit down

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Activity: Most employable?

• Finally, those who have not begun to explore/look into relevant internship or work experience opportunities, please sit down.

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CONCLUSION:

• For those who are still standing, you are on the right track

• For those of you who are sitting down, start to benchmark the actions of those standing up

• Therefore ensure you:

- see a careers advisor/myself to get your CV checked- update your CV- begin researching some form of relevant internship or work experience

Activity: Most employable?

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Research employers that you are interested in working for – websites, contacting personnel dept for information etc.

Establish your own learning outcomes

Prepare a log book or diary to record achievements

Things to do before your internship

National Council for Work Experience (2006)

Apply early

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Ensure you are assigned a mentor

Meet regularly with your mentor to discuss your progress

Maintain your logbook/diary of achievements

Things to do during your internship

National Council for Work Experience (2006)

Methodically review your learning outcomes

Ask the employer to act as a referee when you apply for jobs in the future

Request an exit interview to discuss how you can develop further

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Use your logbook/diary to update your CV and articulate your skills

Things to after your internship

National Council for Work Experience (2006)

Diary

Log book

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Activity: Work experience clinic - PART 2

• The issues/problems listed, to be addressed

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www.le.ac.uk/slcWork-related Learning consultations

• Academic-related work placements • Summer internships• Help with your CVs and application forms

Richard Mendez, Work-related Learning Manager Edward Mosley, Enterprise Learning Officer

Email: [email protected] [email protected]