An internship is an excellent way of finding out more about a career outside of academia. Internships vary in length, level of commitment, salary (some are unpaid) and outcome, so it helps to have an overview of how an internship will enhance your prospects and strengthen your CV.  A successful internship can often lead to a formal job opportunity.

Remember:  An internship will take place during normal office hours, reducing time for research.  Make sure that any commitment you make is not going to harm your PhD.

Useful resources

Internships and Work Experience - information on sector specific internships, summer jobs, part-time work, post-university internships and much more.

LSE Parliamentary internships - exclusive internships in Parliament for LSE students.

ESRC-funded Internship - offers a high-quality scheme for students already in receipt of ESRC funding.

Speculative Applications for Jobs and Internships (PDF) - write a speculative application to create opportunities to gain experience and insight into a future career sector, or to gain new skills.

Remember: Any organisation that runs an internship programme will give information about their scheme on their website.  PhDs will usually be applying alongside graduates and masters students.  Therefore it’s important to read the material carefully to pick up clues about what they are looking for in an intern.  Also be very clear in your application, state what relevant skills and experience you can offer.