One of the ways you will be supported throughout your internship is through the advice and guidance of your placement manager. One of our placement managers has provided some top tips for future applicants on how to complete the application process. Ian Seggar - a Strategy Support Officer at Suffolk County Council - has supervised numerous interns, so he is well placed to provide a useful insight.
- In written applications and interviews, use experience from your course or elsewhere (be it volunteering, work, clubs or societies) to demonstrate what skills you’ve learned or developed and how they could be applied to the role.
- Explain why you are interested in the role and how you think it would benefit you.
- Highlight why you think you would be a good choice for the role and what you could bring to it – but you don’t have to be perfect. Often, the right candidate is who we think would benefit the most from the role. So, enthusiasm, a willingness to learn, a professional attitude and a friendly personality can be just as important as knowledge and skills.
- Be yourself, be open and be honest – don’t be afraid to highlight where you feel you would benefit from more work experience and work-related or personal development.
- Think about what you want to have achieved by the end of your internship and what success would look like for you; consider how the internship might benefit your longer term academic and career aspirations.
- Consider the recruitment process a positive learning experience regardless of the outcome.
For further advice on filling out applications, visit our aplication advice page.