Internships play a vital role in opening up the world of work to the diverse and talented pool of young people on our programme.

Our students get a feel for the workplace and realise the incredible possibilities that are out there for them. Our students experience what it’s really like to work and put their skills and knowledge into practice. It can also be a life-changing experience. You might even get to witness the lightbulb moment when a student realises what they want to do in their career.  

George carried out valuable market research and helped to win a new client. As a result of this hugely successful and enjoyable experience, we were delighted when George took up our offer to join the team as a digital marketing apprentice. 

James Brayshaw, Managing Director, Winshaw 

As an employer, you provide a work placement of at least 140 hours (usually paid) in the summer of the Career Ready programme. This is your chance to spot future talent and see what a Career Ready student can do for you. Of course, our students aren’t undergraduates and they may need more support, but this allows your employees to enhance their development skills. Also you may be surprised how swiftly our students progress. With the right preparation, you will find that having a determined and able Career Ready student on your team is incredibly useful and rewarding.

Our 140 hour internship echoes the format set by the National Academy Foundation (NAF), our sister charity in the US. The NAF has set 140 hours as its gold standard for internships as it is the minimum time needed to allow a young person to work as part of a team, complete a project and develop confidence in the workplace. 

We recently launched our 140 hours campaign to encourage more employers to offer paid internships in order to boost social mobility, bridge the skills gap and develop a talent pipeline.

Ready to host an intern?

To find out more about hosting a Career Ready intern, the onboarding process and how we will support you, please visit our preparing to host an intern page.

Preparing to host an intern

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