‘Earn as you Learn’ this summer as a Recruitment Intern with APSCo

This summer the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) are offering undergraduates across the country the chance to take part in a full-time, paid internship programme in the competitive, yet exciting, world of recruitment.

APSCo work with some of the UK’s leading recruitment businesses. Following its success in previous years, the Intern Programme provides undergraduates the chance to spend 10 – 12 weeks, between July and September 2016, with the organisation learning all about the recruitment industry.

Open to all undergraduates here at the University of Reading, the internship will provide you with:

– An invaluable insight into the exciting, fast-paced world of recruitment.
– The opportunity to meet a wide-range of contacts and organisations.
– A pathway to put your CV head and shoulders above the competition.
– The chance to learn all the job-hunting ‘tricks of the trade’ from inside the recruitment profession.
– Pay at the rate of £270 per week for the placement period.

“I would highly recommend this internship to anyone and I will walk away from these 12 weeks with a very sought after skill set which I can now carry with me throughout my career.” – University of Reading Marketing undergraduate, APSCo Intern, 2015.

This is a brilliant opportunity to break into the highly-competitive industry of recruitment. The programme from APSCo could help you stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs in the future, and also provides the opportunity for regular income during the summer vacation. An opportunity not to be missed!

For more information on how to become an APSCo Intern, please visit www.apsco.org/interns or email apscointerns@inspiringinterns.com.

Creative Access Paid Internships


CA Logo (002)This post has been provided by a third party – please read our disclaimer.

For those of you who are not familiar with Creative Access’s work, we are a charity that provides paid internship opportunities in the creative sector for young people from under-represented BAME backgrounds (Black, Asian and non-white Ethnic minorities). We aim to improve diversity within the creative world and address the imbalance in the sector by improving the chances of each of our candidates and helping them secure permanent full-time jobs.

Since launching in 2012 Creative Access has proudly placed 500 talented interns into the creative industries. By adhering to our motto, ‘Media cannot reflect society, if society is not reflected in the media’; we have generated hundreds of internships with more that 200 media partners across the UK in 13 sectors  (advertising, book publishing, film, magazine publishing, marketing, music, newspapers, PR, radio, talent, television and theatre, museums & galleries).

Here at Creative Access, we make sure that our interns are equipped with all the knowledge and skills that are needed to have a successful career in the creative sector. Each of our interns is assigned a senior mentor at the company they are placed with. We also provide comprehensive training through our monthly masterclass sessions where they are encouraged to network with one another and our experienced panel of industry professionals. Our masterclasses have proven to be a huge success and have been hosted by the House of Commons, The Telegraph, the BBC and Google to name a few.

To date, 80% of our alumni have gone on to secure permanent positions in the creative sector. This fantastic achievement motivates us to continue our mission to ensure that under-represented communities continue to thrive in the creative world.

We are currently advertising a wide range of opportunities with companies such as Sugar Films, Google, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Harlequin UK, Radiocentre and National Theatre

You can take a look at our full range of opportunities here http://creativeaccess.org.uk/opportunities and register with us here http://creativeaccess.org.uk/register to receive regular email updates with our brand new internships.

Why Take a RIS Internship?

During your time at University, most people are looking for only a few things; to specialise in their academic career, to improve job prospects, and to have fun! So why should you consider taking an internship? Where does it fit into your University experience? The most obvious answer is to supplement the second of those three points – internships, without a doubt, make you more employable once you’ve left University and often result in job offers.

With more widespread Higher Education, and the job market being so competitive these days, having a degree doesn’t stand out in the same way as it used to, and many Graduates struggle to get into suitable work after completing their studies. With that in mind, having anything that can help you stand out from the everyone else is a bonus and an internship in particular is an even bigger boon as it demonstrates experience in the workplace (even if that workplace isn’t one that you wish to endeavour into as a career.)

But how else does it contribute towards your University experience?

With the University offering over £100,000 in funding for internships, a number of the experiences on offer do actually relate directly to a number of subjects taught. Whilst, of course, it isn’t essential to find an internship in your desired field, it is a big bonus in helping funnel you into your desired career and it may even supplement your studies!

It can also even improve the fun! A tenuous link, perhaps, but you get PAID for any internship you pick up through RIS! And the best thing is that internships are all short, fixed-term positions. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to go back, but you’ll still get paid and have the experience forever. It’s the stress-free, no-obligation approach to careers experience!

So why not take a look at what is coming up this summer, ranging from 4-12 weeks and all paying at least minimum wage*:


*Excluding volunteer positions.

Internships – a WikiJob perspective

The following article has been posted by Nik Shah from WikiJob….

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So if you’re having problems like I did after graduating from university trying to land that all important first job, Internships are a great way to get your foot in the door and on to your career ladder.

I left university with a degree and a masters and I thought I’d easily be able to land my dream job. However, the one thing that nearly all companies are after from graduates is work experience, preferable industry related. I spent months looking for work and despite having or excelling the educational requirements; I more often than not did not meet their work experience requirements.

So to gain some valuable work experience, I started applying for Internships whether it was for one month or 12 months duration. However I didn’t realise that the majority of internships are unpaid. As soon as we finish university we all want to be earning a decent salary to start paying back our student loans or in some cases, the folks. At first this put me off from applying for Internships, but you have to remember that we are still young and have the rest of our lives to earn money. So the most important thing while we’re young is to gain some invaluable work experience and Internships provide that. Despite many Internships being unpaid, companies can cover travel, lunch expenses and even reward bonuses on the basis of your performances.

Internships can give you an idea of what working life is like and whether you enjoy your chosen career path. Also if your employer sees you doing a great job they can extend your Internship to gain those extra months of experience or even offer you a permanent, paid role. Another good thing about taking an Internship shows future employers or other jobs you are applying for that you are proactive and willing to work to gain experience whilst sacrificing a wage.

Since I undertook my Internship, I have gained valuable work experience and after just a few months of undertaking an Internship my job applications for paid roles have become more successful with companies inviting me to interviews more often.

If you’re struggling to find Internships, check out graduate jobs website WikiJob.co.uk. There is a great list of both large and small companies on the site that offer a range of Internships and there is also a great deal of interview preparation material (for example, practice numerical tests) that can help you ace your interviews.

I want to get a placement

What is the difference between a placement/internship, work experience and work shadowing?

A work placement/internship is a structured form of work experience often with a focus on a particular project. The duration is usually between 8 weeks to a year. These opportunities are often targeted at penultimate year students although on occasions there is graduate provision.

Work experience can be defined as a period of time spent undertaking projects and tasks in a work setting, these activities can enhance your programme of study regardless of whether it is an integral or optional part of your university experience.

On the other hand, work shadowing involves closely observing someone at work doing a particular role, rather than taking on a working role yourself.

All of these activities can be recorded as work related learning which according to the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, are planned activities, which use the context of work to develop knowledge, skills and understanding, essential for the world of work. This involves learning through the experience of work, about work and developing understanding of practises and procedures.

Which is best for me?

The advantage of work shadowing is that it usually only lasts a day, giving you an opportunity to experience a variety of professions first hand, which could enable you to narrow down your career options. It is also easier for employers to organise and gives you a unique opportunity to gain a realistic insight into a profession and potentially challenge your current perception of what it involves. It also gives you the chance to ask questions to someone who is actually doing one of the roles you are currently considering, and formulate useful contacts.

You would then be in a good position to negotiate for a work placement/ experience with the organisation you have visited. By doing work shadowing you have demonstrated your interest in a role, which shows you are motivated and employers may only offer work experience to those they perceive to be truly committed. However should you decide that that type of work is not for you, at least you will not have invested huge amounts of time in exploring the role and you can learn from this experience when investigating alternatives.

It may not be possible, due to confidentiality issues to work shadow all roles or all aspects of role, especially in health or security organisations.

Work experience is usually carried out over a longer period of time. It can be a block placement over several weeks, or one day a week over several months. This allows you to get a more varied view of the job. For example in Finance, business demands vary over the year, with the end of March being the peak. Work experience gives you the chance to apply your increasing knowledge and undertake some of the activities that a profession demands. You learn by doing rather than observing, therefore, developing the skills that are needed in the workplace and gaining a sense of what it feels like to work in a team or on your own, and how your responsibilities impact on those of others. The levels of supervision would vary depending on your needs and the company’s resources, and in some cases you may be assigned to a mentor. It is a chance to gain inside knowledge and prove your potential which can increasingly lead to permanent employment upon graduation.

If you obtain your own placement/internship you may not be guaranteed any remuneration although some organisations will pay travel expenses and provide a lunch allowance whereas if you opt for a placement scheme, an allowance of between £150-200 per week is paid. For guidelines please refer to the Gov.uk article, ‘Employment Rights and Pay for Interns’ (https://www.gov.uk/employment-rights-for-interns).

The advantage of a placement scheme is that the employer is offering a well established programme and formal induction and mentoring are in place. For some companies at least 1 in five placement interns convert into graduate level employment. The remuneration is fixed so there is no need to negotiate.

How do I go about getting it?

Whether you are looking for work shadowing or work experience/placements, the principles usually remain the same. If you need to investigate a particular role, then work shadowing may fit the bill but if you need a broader overview of the world of work then, work experience may help to facilitate this.

Finding opportunities

There are two main ways of accessing opportunities: directly through advertised vacancies and indirectly which involves speculatively approaching organisations to see if they would consider you. Only 30% of positions are advertised, so it is well worth building contacts and making speculative applications.

Network: Make sure you make the most of any existing networks you may have eg. Family, friends, tutors, alumni and the Placement and Development Officers. Online networks such as Facebook or Linked In may help you with this.

Research: Source other contacts through professional bodies, chambers of commerce, career directories, and other general and company websites. Set below are some useful sites to get you started.


If a position is advertised then check the application process as for placements/internships some deadlines are early and can vary from year to year. You may need to complete online application forms, undertake psychometric tests and attend assessment centres including a formal interview. Research well so you match the competencies required. Identify experiences which elicit skills needed, keep to the word count, use active verbs and ensure your referees no exactly what you are applying for so they can highlight your relevant attributes. If you are trying to access the hidden opportunities then follow the steps below.

CV: You need to prepare a targeted CV. (See coaching information on I want to write a successful CV).

Covering letter: Write a covering letter outlining what you are aiming to achieve, address this to a named person. A letter addressed Sir/Madam doesn’t get you very far as it shows you haven’t done much research, and may imply that you have sent your details to a number of employers. If you get the basics right, then you’ll get better buy in from the organisations. Name dropping can also help, as if you say Mr/Mrs… from … advised me to contact you about … then this will give you immense credibility.

Phone call: Follow up your written request with a phone call, and try to arrange a meeting to discuss the possible openings.

Email: Follow up any meeting with an email thanking them for seeing you and outline what you agreed.

Beware, if the opportunity provider detects you are doing this to meet a module obligation rather than because you are really interested, they may not be so keen to co operate. On the other hand, if the module relates to what they are about, then they may be keen to assist you. Make sure you pitch it right.

Making the most of it

Email the company to thank them formally, and follow up any action points that they may have recommended to you, especially if you promised to do them!

Keep a record of all your training responsibilities and achievements.

If you’re not gaining sufficient experience say so!

Enjoy yourself network and make new connections.

Take time to reflect and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Would you like to do that kind of job yourself? Why?
  • What would you enjoy most -and least – about a job like this? Do the positives outweigh the negatives?
  • What were the main activities? Do you find them interesting? Or would they frustrate and bore you?
  • What were the skills developed during your work experience? Which ones need further refinement?
  • What capabilities does the job need? Do you have them? If not then could you develop them? How?
  • What have you learned about the work place? What is the culture like? Were there any politics?
  • How could you get into this kind of job? Where would you look for vacancies?

Getting started

  1. Look at your optional work related learning modules and sign up if appropriate.
  2. Identify possible opportunities for work placements, experience or shadowing during vacations. Set up a blog, or get an old fashioned diary so that you can record and reflect upon your experiences.
  3. Refer to Experience works to investigate campus schemes and opportunities
  4. Check the Headstart programme on the SEECC website for presentations on writing CVs and finding work experience.
  5. Develop your networking skills at careers fairs see SEECC website for details.
  6. If you want applications checked, arrange to see a placement and development officer.