Consolidate your skills with an IT internship
Many graduates undertake internships to gain a better understanding of what industry they would like to work in. Most IT graduates, however, will have a firm idea of the sector they want to move into because they have studied a vocational subject.
You might then wonder why an IT or a computer science graduate might undertake an internship. We caught up with Amit Lalani (AL), a University of Westminster graduate in Information Systems, and Jared Johnson (JJ), who graduated in Computer Science from the University of Brighton, to find out how their internships – which they found through Inspiring Interns – helped them start their working lives. Amit has completed an internship at an exciting start-up operating in the high-end travel and tourism market and as a result earned himself a graduate job at the same company. Jared is currently undertaking an internship in web development for a cutting-edge software company.
Hi Amit and Jared, thanks for talking to us. Firstly, did you work on one specific project during your internship or on lots of different areas?
AL: As the company I interned with was a start-up, I was involved in different areas of the business. This ranged from supporting users on IT-related issues to writing small scripts to enhance the experience of the user. Every day was different.
JJ: I currently have no specific project in my internship, however I will be working on a Sainsbury’s project in the new year.
Amit, did your internship help you secure a permanent graduate job?
AL: Yes, my internship gave me a chance to showcase my skills, which contributed to me being offered a full time role by the company.
To what extent have you used the skills you learnt at university in the workplace (and have they developed during the internship)?
AL: As I was in an internship that required technical skills, the experience I gained at university helped ease the transition into the workplace. During the internship I got to communicate with a range of different people from various departments which helped me to develop my communication styles depending on the type of person I was talking to. Also, being involved in different aspects of the business gave me valuable experience into how the overall business operates.
JJ: I have not been using a lot of my skills from university, rather I have been learning new skills and programming languages such as XSL and the software which the company uses.
Aside from Inspiring Interns, where else did you look for internships / jobs?
AL: The usual places: Milkround, Totaljobs, Monster
JJ: I had interviews at several companies before coming to Inspiring Interns. However Inspiring Interns offered roles which were the best fit for my profile.