Imperial College London internship

By | 19th June 2017

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Imperial College London internship

Internships & placements
We believe that in today’s competitive job market an internship or placement can make all the difference to your chances of success. Employers are increasingly using their internship schemes as a major recruitment tool for their graduate programmes. More employers are also looking for industrial experience on graduates’ CVs. According to the 2016 High Fliers report, 32% of entry-level positions are expected to be filled by graduates who have already worked for their organisations, through paid internships, placements or vacation work.

The Careers Service aims to help current Imperial students in this ever-changing recruitment landscape. Imperial students can book an Internship Consultation on JobsLive or email us to speak with one of our Placement and Internship Advisers. Also read our internship case studies to find out more about the exciting range of opportunities that students have undertaken.

What you will gain from an internship

  • Insight into the sector
  • Transferable skills and knowledge
  • An opportunity to discover if a job is for you
  • Contacts in your chosen industry
  • Experience to talk about on job applications and in interviews
  • Payment (Imperial Careers Service only advertises paid positions, except in the case of charities and statutory bodies which are exempt from the National Minimum Wage Act)
  • Possibly even a job! – the 2016 High Fliers Graduate Market Report,  more than 30% of entry level graduate vacancies at the ‘Top 100 Graduate Employers’ were filled by graduates with previous work experience at that employer.

To hear what Imperial students say they’ve gained from their past internships, visit our Internships Case Studies page.

Making the most of your internship

Try keeping a diary or use a work experience tracker [pdf] and reflect on what you actually do and this will make your experience even more valuable. Discover new strengths and weaknesses, note what you enjoyed, achieved and the responsibilities you’ve had. Record the names and job titles of people you meet for future networking.

List key skills, how you applied them in practice and developed them further. For example, have you met customers, communicated with another office, analysed numerical information, worked in a team? What have been your key achievements? Future employers will also be impressed if you can reflect on your experience, explain what you learnt and how you might handle the situation differently next time.

It might not seem important at the time, but these are the essentials that employers will look for when you’re applying for full-time work, making your record extraordinarily useful!

Imperial College London internship

Summer internship programme


Internship partner institutions

Please note we can only accept applicants who are currently attending one of the partner institutions: the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Massachusetts Institute of Technology or Tsinghua University.

Download the application form (pdf)[PDF, 25KB]Download the application form (docx)[DOCX, 30KB]

Thank you for your interest in visiting our Department this summer.  We currently have internship partnership programmes with the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Tsinghua University. We are able to sponsor a number of summer undergraduate internships in the 2016-2017 academic year. If you are currently attending one of the partner institutions and are interested in our summer internship programme then please complete the application form (pdf or docx) and submit to Dr Andreas Kogelbauer along with your CV. We will be shortlisting candidates in January 2017 and will be in contact shortly therafter.

**Please note we will only consider applicants who are currently studying at one of the partner institutions: the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) or Tsinghua University.**

Application deadline for internships starting in the summer of 2017 is Monday 19 December 2016.

Please contact Dr Andreas Kogelbauer if you require further information.