What is a successful internship?
For a small but growing number of students, a Gateway Internship (part of the College’s Gateway Programme) has resulted in a job offer. But what are the other benefits of doing an internship?
Internships help students to make well-informed choices about what they want to do after graduating. Internships also provide students with insights and hands-on experience, which help to strengthen their CVs in an increasingly competitive graduate job market.
An internship is also a great way for a student to demonstrate their skills over a longer period of time than a typical job interview. They also have time to learn what a particular role or organisation is really like. From an employer’s perspective, they are able to see an individual work over a number of weeks. This can help give them more confidence that if they were to offer the individual a position, that that person would be a good fit for the team and the company. In essence, a successful internship is a win-win for both parties.
Recent examples of successful internships
In the summer of 2019, a Murray Edwards College student was offered an internship with a small financial company via the Gateway Internship Initiative. As a result, the student has been offered a permanent role with the company when she graduates in 2020.
Over the past few years, a number of Murray Edwards College students have also been offered placements or jobs after completing internships via the Gateway Internship Initiative:
- Two students have been offered training contracts at a London law firm.
- Another student undertook an internship in the education sector at a Cambridge-based organisation, and was invited back for a further internship after they graduated. This was extended to a longer contract and we are delighted to say the alumna is now working in the Admissions team here at College.
Each year, we aim to offer interesting internships and one-day work-shadowing opportunities to our students who take part in the Gateway Programme. In 2019, these included shadowing a High Court Judge at the Old Bailey, and a trip to ARM (a multinational technology company, which started in Cambridge).
We are very grateful to all the companies and individuals who help us by providing internship and work-shadowing opportunities.