Still looking for an internship?
Are you still looking for a summer internship, work placement or any opportunity to get some experience? If the answer is yes, the good news is there are still plenty of opportunities available to get the sort of placement you want or one that would give you the necessary skills for your career.
Most of the major graduate job portals are still advertising their summer internships opportunities and now is the time to send out applications. If you have been unsuccessful with your current applications documents, then have them checked. SOAS has a careers service that’s open all year round and is free to all students.
Where to look:
- SOAS Careers Moodle – over 30 internships currently available, exclusively for SOAS student
- SOAS Jobonline – 100s of internships available across different countries and sectors
- World Service Enquiry –internships in International Development
- Prospects – internships available across different sectors e.g. Charities, Public Services, Environment, Education, etc.
- employment 4 students – plenty of internships for students
Why not try SMEs:
You may also want to expand your search to include SME (small and medium size enterprise). Over 90% of British businesses fall within this category. SME’s present a great opportunity for students to get some real hands on experience, and the chance to make an impact that might not be possible otherwise. So have a look at SMEs and Charities in the UK and other parts of the world as well.
With these types of organisations you will have to be much more proactive; most SME don’t have the same recruitment/marketing budgets like the big players, so a lot of them do rely on, targeted advertising, online presences and networks.
This is why having a professional online profile is very important; this is a very easy and quick way to network with people and gain access to opportunities as they arise. . (See 29 April 2015 blog on ‘Using LinkedIn to start your Career’). Also if you’re going to make a speculative approach, then make sure you do your research, so that you are better able to articular your skills and competencies. Make sure you also find a named contact; ring if you can and then send a really targeted CV and cover letter. And if you don’t hear anything from them within a week or two, why not give them a call or send an email. The onus is on you to make the effort, not the employer.
More places to look
- Enternships– internships in Europe
- Yell – use this to find SMEs in your local area
- UK Small Business Directory – you can search by county, then category
- Directory of development organisations -you can search by county
- Use your networks – talk to people about your job search criteria. You might end up with a wonderful summer opportunity
We’ll also be running our 2015 Jobs Bazaar on Wednesday 10th June. Pop along for your chance to meet employers with opportunities to fill.
For further information please visit the SOAS Careers webpage or call us on 020 7898 4115. Alternatively pop into room 101, College Building, for a chat.