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March 22, 2016, by Carla

Seven Reasons to Apply for the Nottingham Internship Scheme – Today!

by James Charton-Little

The spring term had come to a close and with summer on the horizon,  I still didn’t have a definite plan. When applications opened for the Nottingham Internship Scheme, one particular opportunity caught my attention. I applied, I got the internship and 12 months later I am working for the company full-time as a Development Executive. 

Are you thinking about applying this year? Here are seven reasons why it could be one of the best decisions you make in 2016.

1. The experience

When thinking about which jobs to apply for after university, you might feel under pressure to have loads of relevant work experience under your belt. The Nottingham Internship Scheme allows you to gain this vital experience, helping you to stand out in an often competitive graduate job market.

2. Make a difference

Most of the internships are with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), where there is a huge opportunity for you to make a tangible difference. Unlike the larger graduate schemes, where you might be competing with hundreds of other talented individuals, there are fewer employees and therefore more opportunities to take on extra responsibilities. This can result in a more thorough knowledge of the business and enable you to really make your mark.

3. Explore the city

The summer is a great time to learn what Nottingham has to offer culturally. Try some of the bars and restaurants, go for walks and picnics around the canals, visit Attenborough’s Nature Reserve, or spend time in the art galleries and theatre. This city has a lot to offer when the sun is shining.

4. Be part of something new

The Nottingham Internship Scheme showcases a unique set of job opportunities at up and coming, local companies. Nottingham has seen huge volumes of public and private investment in the city, from the BioCity project to the rise of the Creative Quarter business hubs. The EU even recently stated that Nottingham is the “starting point of the second industrial revolution.”

5. Earn some cash

All positions are paid. This means you’ll not only be earning valuable experience, but you’ll getting money in your pocket too.

6. Broaden your horizons

A summer internship can help you establish what you want to do or, just as importantly, what you don’t want to do. There might even be the opportunity to join the company in a permanent, full-time position once you graduate. So make a good impression.

7. And finally, it’s easy to apply

Towards the end of the academic year, the pressure is on to focus on your university work. Whether it’s lectures, exam revision or writing essays, applying for summer work can seem like a time-consuming additional prospect.

However, the application process is very simple. There are no lengthy online application forms, no situational questions, no psychometric testing, no assessment centres and no unnecessary hassle.

There is also plenty of support available from the Careers and Employability Service. Whether you need advice about writing your CV and cover letter or help deciding which positions may suit you best, you can book one-to-one appointments online.

Find out more about the Nottingham Internship Scheme now

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