Internships in the UK: What you need to know

By Helen Morgan 30 June 2015

Nick Clegg, then-deputy prime minister of the United Kingdom, talks to beneficiaries of Microsoft’s apprenticeship programs. There are plentiful opportunities for development internship programs across the U.K. Photo by: Cabinet Office / CC BY-NC-ND

Competition for positions in international development is on the rise — but so are the number of internship opportunities.

Opportunities for work experience programs are at an all-time high in the U.K., where an unprecedented 13,049 paid programs are expected to be made available in 2015 — up by 8 percent since last year, according to a 2015 report by High Fliers Research, which specializes in student and graduate recruitment studies.

Internships can be a great way to allow graduates to gain insight into the sector and lead to further opportunities, and many employers highly rate professional experience in the field. Recruiters have confirmed that 31 percent of this year’s entry-level positions in the U.K. are expected to be filled by graduates who have already worked for their organizations, either through paid internships, industrial placements or vacation work, according to the High Fliers report.

So what does this trend mean for those seeking a career in international development?

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Helen Morgan

Helen Morgan is an editorial associate at Devex. She has a background in human rights, radio and journalism, and has written for a variety of international publications while living and working in Buenos Aires, New York and Shanghai. She is now based in Barcelona and supports editorial content on campaigns and media partnerships at Devex. She is currently studying a master's degree in contemporary migration.


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