Undertaking a postgraduate internship not only shows future employers that you are capable of working in a professional capacity, it also enables you to gain practice credits, which will be recorded on your qualification transcript.
Some of our postgraduate students who completed internships through the scheme have successfully secured ongoing employment with their internship host after graduation.
How does the Postgraduate Internship Programme work?
Internships through the Postgraduate Internship Programme are short-term periods of work experience that can start anytime between November and early August the following year.
Internships through the scheme must be for 100 hours in length, and can be completed flexibly to fit around your academic commitments, for example, you could complete your internship part time during term time (e.g. 1 or 2 days per week), or full time or part time during University holidays and/or during the period from May to August when you will be working on your dissertation.
An internship through the Postgraduate Internship Programme may be working within an organisation’s office to support with the daily workload, or may require you to work on a specific project that the company does not have the internal resource to undertake.
Where would an internship be based?
As internships need to fit around your existing study timetable, internship employers are generally local, with a wide selection within the Central and Greater Manchester areas.
What support is available to help me find an internship through the scheme?
The Placements Team will support you with securing an internship, by sourcing and advertising suitable roles throughout the year, offering 1-2-1 application advice and offering support around making your own speculative applications to organisations. You can contact our team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0161 247 3711.
Can I source my own internship to assign to the Postgraduate Internship Programme?
Yes, you are encouraged to seek relevant internship opportunities independently.
The Postgraduate Internship Programme Coordinator can offer you tailored advice and support around contacting organisations and making speculative applications.
If you source an internship directly, the Postgraduate Internship Programme Coordinator will be able to advise you regarding the requirements of the Programme, and will support you in assigning your internship to the scheme wherever possible.'
Ibitayo Arifyan : Business Process Redesign internship with Bury Council
‘My role involved applying business principles to real world tasks by liaising with departments across the council to develop a robust care leaving process.
I also worked on developing a new process for integrated working and budget monitoring and on creating a business plan. I produced a financial monitoring package to monitor costs and savings for the purchase or rental of a property, and was able to develop my business administration skills.
This role allowed me to build my professional network as I attended CEO meetings, worked with colleagues across the council and in external organisations. I also made new friends and developed essential employability skills which have better prepared me for my future career.’
MSc Public Relations
Amanda Serra I Galliers : Completed internships with Havas PR, Creative Spark and Caspian Assurance
‘As a part time PR student, coming to the end of my course, I believe my work experience has given me an advantage over other candidates when applying for graduate jobs.
During my course I have been an intern at Havas PR, where I wrote newsletters, pulled together client and press quotes and updated journalist databases. I then worked with Creative Spark, an integrated agency where I created blog and social media content. Currently, I am working alongside the Head of Digital Marketing at Caspian Assurance where I am utilising my marketing and PR skills in a totally different environment- insurance!
The three internships I have experienced through the Internship Programme have allowed me to try completely different environments and roles within PR which has helped to give me a clear idea of the type of role I would like in the future.’
MSc International Business Management
Danny Kachouh- Sales, Marketing and Admin Internship with InternChina
'Through this internship I was able to gain experience in a complex business environment, having previously worked exclusively within warehouses. With Intern China, I was able to put my academic knowledge into practice, developing skills in marketing, advertising, sales and business admin while gaining a valuable insight into how a global business works. I am confident that this role has helped me stand out to future employers, and have already received several calls and offers from graduate recruiters since completing the internship!'
MSc Marketing (Creative Advertising)
Daniel Sefton- Digital Marketing Internship with ITOL
‘The Institute of Training and Occupational Learning is an educational body providing qualifications in leadership, management and training. As a Digital Marketing Intern I worked within the marketing team promoting the brand through digital channels and contributing to the marketing strategy.
My role involved using insight and analytics, construct and execute a social media strategy, produce SEO friendly posts, use CRM software and more.
This internship has been particularly important in shaping my future career as I have recently been offered a full time role here upon completion of my course!
My advice to students looking for work experience is to make use of the resources and support available to you and ensure that applications are tailored to each role. I was careful to tailor my CV, researching the company and breaking down what they wanted in an intern from the role specification.’
MSc Marketing Communications
Saryas Kareem- Business Development Internship at InternChina
'My role with InternChina helped me to develop skills in business development, sales and marketing. Working from a small office, I quickly felt like part of the team, and was able to easily ask questions and learn from my colleagues.
I was tasked with developing company connections within Taiwan. Initially, this was challenging due to my language skills, but I learnt quickly and became more confident over the weeks. I was able to work autonomously, which I enjoyed as I could identify new tasks and support colleagues when needed.
On Fridays, the office did a skype quiz with our partner offices across Asia. This was a fun way to connect with colleagues globally, and there was a real family atmosphere across the business.
I was also able to support colleagues at events, and have direct contact with students. This variety in work meant that I was never bored!
Through my internship, I have learned so much about how businesses interact and how important communication is, as well as learning more about different cultures and languages.'
MSc Marketing (Communications)
Grazia Lorusso- Creative Marketing Assistant with Mode Rehabilitation
My role was to deliver the charity’s Christmas Charity Ball, with the goal of raising money to support the charity’s future activities and objectives.
To do this, I sourced donors who could support the event, managed the social media communications, communicated information to stakeholders through newsletters, organised PR activities and designed the event brochure.
It was a fantastic opportunity to have responsibility for a specific project, where I could showcase and develop my marketing and events skills and knowledge, while supporting an important charity.
What advice would you give to other students who are considering applying for internships?
Go for it!
To make the most of your experience as an Intern, I would encourage you to be enthusiastic, don’t be afraid to make mistakes, and most of all enjoy the opportunity to put your studies into practice!