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 students and graduates 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 ACCA Qualification , which is required to become a qualified accountant.
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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 the UK Border Agency (UKBA) - Working in the UK .
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 has been controversy surrounding what, if anything, interns should be paid. The decision about whether payment is due appears to hinge upon whether the intern is required to do a specific job or range of tasks.
Ask for the terms of the internship to be agreed in writing beforehand as, unlike paid employment, internships are not usually covered by employment legislation. If you are in any doubt about the organisation or the activities, you should seek further advice from your careers service.
Discuss the ethics of unpaid employment and share your experiences with other interns in the Interns Anonymous forum.
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