A student on an internship working in an office


An internship can give you much needed practical experience, plus you can see if an organisation or role is right for you.​

The benefits of an internship

Completing an internship will give you:

  • The chance to learn new things and secure invaluable work and practical experience
  • Opportunities to meet new people and develop the right networks for career success
  • The chance to test job roles and career areas of interest
  • A competitive edge when you’re making applications for industry placements or graduate jobs. Remember, graduates with work experience are up to four times more likely to get a job than those without.

In the video below, Elizabeth tells us about her internship at Cara Design.

Find an internship with Liverpool Interns

Liverpool Interns helps first and second year undergraduates obtain Easter and summer internship experience and insights. On our Twitter, you will find: 

  • Daily internship postings, to aid you in the search of a vacancy. 
  • Information signposting you to employer and Careers and Employability events, specifically designed to give you a competitive edge in internship applications.

Summer internships

Summer internships are formal, structured, paid work experience programmes, which typically last for 4-12 weeks. They are a great way of developing your employability skills during your summer break.

Importantly, many employers also use their internship programmes as a pipeline for their graduate schemes. Some fill up to 60% of roles with work experience students.

Who offers internships?

Many companies recruit students from any discipline. Opportunities generally range from positions in private sector organisations to not-for-profits and NGOs, covering a range of disciplines, job areas and industries, including science, IT, engineering, and business.

When to apply

Apply early. Internships within large organisations open in September and close in December, January or at Easter. Opportunities can be advertised throughout the year, but if you leave it until Easter or summer to start applying, you may miss out.

What to do next

Hear from our Career Coach George for some tips:  

  • Visit the Career Studio and chat to a Career Coach about what opportunities are available
  • Follow @livuniintern for all the latest internship opportunities
  • Search Handshake for opportunities and apply for summer internships. All our UK advertised opportunities are paid.
  • Read our gudide on how to find internships
  • Be proactive: networking and contacting companies directly could get you the summer internship you really want
  • Produce a professional application and CV. You can get advice on updating your CV in the Career Studio.
Virtual Career Studio

Need help with finding an internship?

Get advice on where to search and get feedback on your application. Visit the Virtual Career Studio now!

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