Doing an internship or placement can be a great way to gain valuable experience within your career sector of interest. It can help you develop key employability skills, increase your commercial awareness and build professional contacts. Moreover, with nearly a third of graduate roles going to those previously known to the organisation, it can give your graduate employment prospects a real boost. Internships or placements can last from a few weeks over the holiday period to a full year and are most commonly taken up between the penultimate and final year of your degree. There are also a number of shorter insight weeks and work experience opportunities aimed at first and second year students.
If you decide you would like to take a year out to gain experience of working in industry through the Year in Industry programme you will need to speak to the school's Placements Officer to arrange to take a year’s leave of absence. However, there are also a number of opportunities available over the summer months. See below for some information and resources on where and how to find internships.
The IoP have some good general advice on applying for internships
You may also find the Gradcracker website a good source of information for internships and summer placements. Other sources of information include StudentJob.
Below we provide links to a variety of major internship programmes, separated into academic placements (e.g. at universities, observatories etc) and placements within industry. We will endeavour to keep this list as up-to-date as possible. Please contact the school's Placements Officer Olga Fernholz with any questions regarding internships.