To stand out you'll need practical marketing experience in delivering and promoting products and an internship can help with this

This is your chance to boost your skills and impress potential employers with your commitment and knowledge.

What is a marketing internship?

Usually lasting between two and 12 weeks, an internship is an opportunity for university students to gain work experience with an employer, either through a sandwich placement or summer internship during the holidays. This could be with a large company or small and medium-sized enterprise (SME), with both options having their advantages.

As work experience is an integral part of graduate recruitment in marketing, internships can lead to a graduate position for successful recruits. While most programmes are aimed at those in their final year, some employers offer paid internships or vacation placements to first-year students.

Applications are typically accepted between September and December the year before the internship takes place.

Which companies offer marketing internships?

Many leading employers that run marketing graduate schemes also post details about internships on their website and via their social media channels.

Sky offer a summer internship lasting eight weeks and based in London. You'll be promoting shows and building advertising campaigns with the chance of a full-time position on its Business Strategy programme.

Accredited 12-month placements in marketing are also available with fashion retailer ASOS. These fast-paced, challenging programmes, starting in late June, are offered as part of an undergraduate degree and are based at the company's head office in North London.

How to get work experience in marketing

Bigger organisations tend to advertise their internship programmes, while small businesses will normally be open to receiving speculative applications or be contacted through networking. Voluntary organisations may have opportunities in their marketing or PR departments.

You can also find out about local opportunities through your university careers service, by attending open days, or by arranging taster experiences and short introductory courses to increase your chances of getting a foot in the door.

Some students get marketing experience by working in a relevant communications role within their students' union, or by making the most of extra-curricular activities with a university club or society.

For those with strong technical skills in areas such as display advertising and search engine optimisation, explore how to get into digital marketing.

PR internships

If you're interested in getting PR work experience, you'll find that there are many possibilities to sample the agency environment.

By undertaking a PR internship with a renowned agency, such as FleishmanHillard in London, you'll be involved with a number of projects including researching, writing, event coordinating and media pitching. As well as public relations, you'll get a good grounding in social and digital communications and public affairs.

Get more guidance by reading our tips for starting a career in PR.

Advertising internships

If you're serious about getting into this competitive industry, you'll need to work hard to land an advertising work experience opportunity with an agency or secure a job client-side. This will give you the best start in your career.

Grey London offer internships on a monthly basis in different areas. You'll need to answer a couple of questions such as 'tell us how made a project successful' to apply and then they'll reply if they like the look of your answers

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