Internships are an excellent way for students to gain valuable experience within industry. WINC are proud to work with a great number of local employers who are happy to host our students during the summer months.
It’s important that before applying for an internship, that you understand the gravity of the decision and dedication that is required. Many companies do not pay their interns and therefore we do not guarantee that our students will receive remuneration for their work. We do ask all of our host companies to agree to stand as a reference, if the student works hard.
Who Can Apply?
As a rule, students in their first year of study will not be eligible to apply for an Internship – the reason for this is the utmost effort must be given to settling into your studies and ensuring your assignments are handed in on time. For our second and third year students, you will be able to apply for an internship, if your Course Manager agrees – this will be based on the following criteria:
- All outstanding work has been handed in (or they are convinced a plan is in place)
- Your class attendance is of an acceptable level
- Your attitude in class has been of a high standard
- If there are no classes to attend (summer students or those repeating modules)
Building relationships with employers is based on trust and mutual respect, we will only send students for internships if we believe they will be a credit to us and the company.
What Will It Entail?
This depends very much on your company. We will try to match our students to their preferred area of interest, however you may find yourself working within a related field. Students are expected to commit to at least one month with the company, longer internships may be available but we would not consider arranging anything longer than 3 months.
Students work between 2 and 5 days per week – depending on the employer needs and student availability. You will be expected to attend an initial interview with the employer to discuss the specific times and dates.
Health and Safety
Your safety is of paramount importance to us. This means that in some cases you may not be able to carry out all the tasks associated with an organisation’s operations. The company will provide you with the necessary personal protective equipment to ensure that it is of an appropriate standard. You will have a named person who is responsible for you and accident reporting/first aid procedures will be discussed within your first few days.
If you ever feel unsafe of uncertain, please speak to the manager or call the campus.