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Why gain Work Experience or complete a summer internship?

As the jobs market becomes increasingly competitive, relevant experience is critical. Most employers will expect students to have gained some form of tangible experience throughout their College years.
Experience takes many forms be it involvement in clubs and societies, community work, paid or unpaid work, an internship as part of your degree course, a structured work experience with a large employer or a short period of work shadowing negotiated by you with an employer.

Benefits of getting work experience:

  • Significantly boost your chances of a good job after College.
  • Make it a unique selling point (USP) on your CV/application that allows you to stand out from your competitors highlighting your new skills and achievements.
  • Work experience/internships enhance your employability and job prospects after graduation - up to 80% of graduates in UK companies are recruited from internship programmes.
  • Creates a network of potential contacts for the future
  • Tests out what it is like working in a certain environment/job/sector
  • Any form of work experience can highlight your motivation to a prospective employer.
  • If linked to your course it can provide you with the opportunity to put course theory into practice.
  • You learn new knowledge and skills, both course-related (if applicable) and personal
  •  It gives an insight into working life, develops self awareness and supports in making good career decisions
  • You earn money!

In your JS year we therefore would encourage you to get career related work experience/internships. The Trinity Work Experience & Internships programme aims to provide you with these opportunities.

You can find work experience and internship vacancies advertised at the Careers Advisory Service's vacancy website. You'll need your TCD username and password to access this site. You'll receive an email entitled "Work Experience & Internship Positions received this week" every Friday in your Junior Sophister year.

Types of Work Experience & Internship positions

Internships

Structured work experience programmes where students receive supervised, practical experience in a career-related area. Internships usually last between 8 and 12 weeks and are a great way of helping you to clarify your future career path.

  • Training: is provided, generally to a high level.
  • Project Work: You are generally given responsibility for a specific project and you are required to make a presentation at the end of the internship.
  • Advertising & Closing Dates: positions are generally advertised between October to March. Closing dates are often early in the academic year, some as early as December.
  • Target Group: Junior Sophisters are the main target group, but occasionally applications may be accepted from students of other years. Students from ALL disciplines are invited to apply e.g. Arts & Science students can often apply for business internships.
  • Competition: competition for places is tough but keep in mind that an estimated third of graduate vacancies are filled by applicants who have already worked for their employer as an undergraduate. Being offered a place on an internship programme often exempts you from a first round interview if you apply for a graduate position in your final year.

International Work Experience

More and more students are going abroad during the summer months. There are a number of programmes in place to help you to identify career-related vacancies. BUNAC offers programmes such as Summer Camp USA, KAMP USA and Work Canada.

Part-time work

ALL work can provide learning opportunities. You can gain valuable transferable skills in any type of part-time work, including business awareness, time-management and organisational skills. Use the Careers Advisory Service to help you to articulate your experience effectively in your applications and at interview.

Placements with Small Businesses

This can also be extremely valuable experience. Either by setting up your own small business (with an innovative idea and a little capital), or by gaining some very hands on responsibility with an existing small business.

Work Shadowing

  • Involves following or shadowing a professional for a week or two, usually unpaid.
  • The aim is to give students an insight into what a particular job entails and the skills that are necessary for that job.
  • How to get it - use personal contacts or send a CV to organisations of interest to you asking for work shadowing. This is unusual and impressive as it indicates real interest and commitment to this career path.

Summer Research Opportunities

Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) UREKA (Undergraduate Research Experience and Knowledge Award) programme supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by Science Foundation Ireland. For a list of research projects currently available please visit the SFI website.

Volunteer Work

Voluntary work often involves greater variety and responsibility than in a paid job. It is a super way of getting valuable work experience and building up critical skills relevant to any job.

There are specifically designed volunteer projects which often take place during the summer months. Although they are voluntary, you will probably have to pay for your own flights and some additional administration costs. Some companies offering these programmes include: BUNAC, Comhlámh, USIT, i-to-i, Azafady, Volunteer Abroad, EIL Intercultural Learning, NGOabroad and Lattitude.

For more information please visit: www.volunteeringireland.com and www.tcd.ie/community.

Ernst & Young Essay Competition

Ernst & Young sponsor an Essay Competition, which encourages Senior Sophister students to reflect on the skills they gained during their summer work experience and to identify how these skills would assist them in both their final year of studies and in future job-seeking activities. First prize in this competition is €250 and second prize is €150. The 2011/12 winner was Robert Conway-Kenny (Chemistry)

Work Experience & Internships Student Stories

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Occupational Surveys

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Other Relevant Information:

  • When are vacancies advertised?
    • Opportunities are advertised all year round but the majority of summer vacancies will be advertised at our website from October - May.
  • Duration of the jobs?
    • Jobs are mostly available from June to September.
  • Where are the vacancies advertised?
  • Vacancies outside Ireland, UK and US:

Listen to some employer comments on work experience:

Paul Vance, Head of Resourcing at KPMG and Colm Cunningham, Head of Fund Accounting with Bank of New York Mellon.

Related Resources

Pdf Options Junior Sophister Newsletter
Tips Networking (personal contacts) as many jobs are not advertised. It really, really pays to make use of existing contacts you might have. See "Networking" in the Resources section of this website.
link Use Your Vacations: www.tcd.ie/Careers/resources/use_your_vacations.php
link Activelink: www.activelink.ie
weblink AIESEC (www.aiesec.org) International student society organising exchange programmes and traineeships.
link Careersportal.ie (www.careersportal.ie) Database of generic job descriptions (including many video case studies), the current state of the labour market and how to get into the area.
link Career Insider: www.tcd.ie/Careers/vaultlibrary/index.php
link Gapyear.com: www.gapyear.com
link Going Global: www.tcd.ie/Careers/goinglobal
link Gradcracker: www.gradcracker.com (for Engineering students). Search work placements.
link Gradireland: www.gradireland.com. Select Work Experience tab
weblink IAESTE Programme (www.iaeste.org) for the Engineering / Science / Architecture and IT faculties of the College.
link Prospects: www.prospects.ac.uk. Select Jobs & Work Experience tab


Pick up some hard-copy publications from the Careers Advisory Service in 7-9 South Leinster St.

These include:

Don't forget your Options Junior Sophister Newsletter!

See also: Useful Publications



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Last Updated: 09-Apr-2014