The Graduate Internship…

Is this you? You graduated from the University of Bristol in 2018, but you feel that something is missing. Lots of people you know might be in graduate careers now, moving and shaking to shape their world, but you’re still wondering what you should do? What would make the difference?  

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Employers tell us consistently that work experience is the answer. Not that week you had to do back at school, where you sat and watched people doing something vaguely more interesting than your lessons.

We’re talking about getting stuck in and really experiencing what a graduate role is like and making a difference, showing what impact you can bring to an organisation. In fact, this year over a third of the Times Top 100 employers repeated their warnings from previous years – that graduates who have had no previous work experience at all are less to be successful during the selection process for their graduate programmes. (The Graduate Market in 2019 – High Fliers Research.) 

If you aren’t sure about your future career, an internship can also help provide clarity. The most effective way of understanding how you might cope in a role can be to try it out. It also provides some great experience to go on your CV.

“That’s all well and good”, I hear you say, “but in case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve left the university. Internships and work experience are all aimed at students – I’m not eligible. Right?”


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The University of Bristol Careers Service has just announced its new Work This Way graduate internship programme. If you are a UK undergraduate who graduated in summer 2018, you could take part in one of several different ways:

  • Apply for a paid seven-week graduate internship with an SME
  • Receive funding assistance towards your own self-sourced graduate internship
  • Take part in a two-month graduate internship here at the University of Bristol, within a professional department

All of these options will be paid at least at the national living wage and you will receive support from the university’s Graduate Careers Consultant throughout, to help you get the most out of them.

You can find out more about these via our graduate pages.

If this sounds good and you’d like to register your interest, please complete our Work This Way registration form. We’ll get in touch with you soon afterwards, to find out more.