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5 reasons why you should do an internship placement as part of your postgraduate study.

An internship placement offered as part of your postgraduate programme is a great opportunity to learn new skills and gain experience that will aid you in your future career. Learn more below about why it is worth taking part in an internship placement during your postgraduate course.

  1. Gain valuable work experience: During your internship you will have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in an area that you are passionate about, before you fully enter the job market. This allows you to acquire knowledge and skills that you can sell at an interview.
  2. Develop and refine skills:  An internship placement is a great way to put your academic learning into practice and refine skills that employers will look for in potential candidates such as collaboration, communication, a proactive attitude and creativity.
  3. Attract prospective employers: In today’s job market, employers are looking for graduates who are proactive, good communicators and team players. By completing an internship, you can show future employers that you have the required transferrable skills and experience to meet their needs. You also have the advantage of using real life work examples taken from your internship to illustrate how you might meet their criteria.
  4. Network with professionals already working in the industry: Another advantage of completing an internship is that you will be meeting experienced people working in the industry you want to break into. You can learn from these people and their own experience whilst developing your professional network before you graduate.
  5. Transition into a job post-graduation: If you work hard and prove yourself during an internship placement. Employers may want to hire you post-graduation, as they will have seen what you can do and how you work. An added advantage of the internship process is that you will have already established a connection with a potential future employer.

As you can see there are many advantages to participating in an internship placement. At the faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social, Sciences in the University of Limerick, we have a selection of postgraduate programmes that offer hands-on internship placements as part of their course content. These programmes include the MA Sociology (Youth Community and Social Regeneration), the MA Public History and Cultural Heritage and the MA History.

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