For years - generations, even - students have been filling their summers with internships and jobs which pack a punch of professional, personal and academic benefits. While there are other great ways students can spend their time away from school - like universities’ summer schools or on productive gap years - the rewards of summer internships are compelling.
Of course, some students aren’t as enthusiastic as others about giving up their hard-earned holiday for the daily grind.
In the past, it might have been the very ambitious and diligent students who sought out summer internships. But these days, internships and work experience are less a standout bonus for the high-achievers, and more a prerequisite for employment, and even for a convincing university application. While it’s typically only more vocational subjects that make industry experience a hard requirement for applicants, many admissions tutors are on the look-out for internships and work placements.
And while a lot of internship guidance focuses on university and college students who already have professional experience and subject/industry knowledge, starting earlier has been proven to increase the benefits of summer internships. Plus, they’re great material for personal statements and application essays.
In this article, we’ll look at how to make sure all your students are willing, eager and able to secure worthwhile internships for their breaks.