A unique opportunity to live and work as an international intern in Hong Kong, with StandOut Internships.
An internship provides direct experience of working in a particular role and is usually undertaken by those who know what type of job they want to do
Employers often use internships to assess a student's/graduate's capability and look to recruit employees from their interns rather than advertise their vacancies. Therefore you should apply for an internship in which you have a real interest or some prior experience.
Internships can last anything from a few weeks during the summer holidays to a year depending on the sector and employer. Student internships tend to be shorter in length than graduate internships. In the case of medical training, for example, you might be labelled as an 'intern' until you progress to the next professional level.
Usually internships are not accredited by universities as part of courses but may be accredited or formally acknowledged by professional training organisations. For example, experience gained on an accountancy internship may count towards the The ACCA Qualification , which is required to become a qualified accountant.
To find internships in the UK:
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Applying for an internship can be as competitive as applying for a permanent job because there are certain industries where an internship is the main way in. For most internship opportunities you will have to complete an application form, attend an interview or assessment centre and demonstrate that you have the knowledge and motivation to benefit from the internship.
If you are an overseas student, find out everything you need to know about work permits from GOV.UK - Work Visas .
The outcomes of internships include:
Internships also provide an opportunity for you to get to grips with working - meeting deadlines and working in a team. Internships give you and the employer a chance to 'try before you buy' and clarify whether this type of work is really for you.
The benefits of internships can include:
There is a lot of controversy surrounding whether those carrying out work experience should be paid. You should be paid at least the National Minimum Wage in the UK if you are performing the role of a worker. The most telling factors of a worker role are set hours, duties, or responsibilities. However, you should consider the arrangement as a whole in determining your right to pay - work experience should be for your benefit, not the employer's. If you are a part of the commercial operation of a business, you're likely to be entitled to payment.
However there are exemptions:
If you need clarification, contact the pay and work rights helpline on 0800 917 2368.
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