Application Advice and Tips

Internship opportunities are advertised on the Suffolk Jobs Direct job board available on the Rising High homepage.

The general timeline for an application for a 12-week internship is as follows:

Period

Application stages

November - February

Internships are advertised, and online applications open.

April

Shortlisted candidates invited to an assessment day. Group task, and a formal individual interview.

Early June

Join your new team. Some placements may require DBS checks or police vetting prior to starting.

Late August/Early September

Internship finishes.

 

an applicant holding a pen and completing a paper application

We are looking for interns who show, amongst other skills:

  • Ambition and drive
  • Good teamwork skills
  • Enthusiasm and commitment
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • An ability to think innovatively
  • Coachability
  • Good IT skills
  • Resilience
  • Problem-solving skills

When completing your application, ensure you continually reference the Job and Person Profile attached to the vacancy. When reflecting on your strengths, skills and experiences, you can draw upon many areas of your life. You do not need to have worked in a corporate environment to demonstrate your suitability – you can use examples from volunteering roles, society involvement, part time jobs, your studies and anywhere else you feel is appropriate.

When answering questions on your past experiences, remember the STAR technique:

  • Situation: Provide context & background - e.g. "our customers complained..."
  • Task: Describe the problem and challenges faced - e.g. "we faced supply chain shortage..."
  • Action: Explain what YOU did & how - e.g. "I solved...", "I calculated..."
  • Results: State the benefits, savings, rewards, outcome achieved - e.g. "the impact of...results in..."

Remember the ACTION is the most important part of your answer as it provides with information on what you did in the situation. Avoid overusing the collecting ‘we’ and getting tied down with details. Instead, think about you, and explain your actions in a way which clearly demonstrates to us your skills, strengths and qualities.

Remember to do your research! We expect you to be able to talk coherently and confidently about the organisations you could be working for, the position you are applying for, the business world, and (of course) yourself! You can gather information from our websites and recruitment brochure, the news, people you know who work within local government, and any other relevant sources.

For further advice on filling out applications and attending interviews, visit our caareers advice page.

To get a manager’s view on internship applications and how to succeed, visit our manager’s tips page.