175 paid internships for the region’s unemployed graduates
Graduates in Sussex looking for work can now apply for 175 new internships with top companies, thanks to a new University of Sussex and Wired Sussex scheme.
The University of Sussex and Wired Sussex have joined forces with Sussex's business community to create opportunities that will bolster the CVs of recession hit job seekers before they have to compete with the July 2010 graduates.
135 companies including the RSPCA, Myriad Editions and Neilson Active Holidays are offering opportunities to work on a broad range of projects - each internship is a minimum of four weeks long. Those who graduated from any UK university after June 2008 and are now living in East or West Sussex are being encouraged to apply at www.sussexinternships.co.uk
Widely recognised as one of the most successful internship schemes of its kind in the UK, the Sussex Internship Programme (SIP) is expanding to include internships in environmental, engineering, finance and accounting, pharmaceutical and media placements plus many others.
Former SIP intern Andy Miller undertook a placement at leading digital marketing agency Leapfrogg. Andy said: "The experience and confidence I've taken away with me from the internship has been invaluable. In the current economy, where there's much more competition, an internship gives you a foot in the door and a chance to really show what you can do.
"I was offered a full-time position at Leapfrogg after the internship as a Junior Analyst. I was over the moon once they told me and I am now looking forward to continuing my work there (as well as going out on more office outings!)"
Funded by HEFCE, the scheme is of significant importance to the Sussex region, helping local businesses grow whilst developing graduate talent. With over 175 placements on offer from May 2010, graduates can search for the right placement to help them get a head start in a difficult jobs market.
Participating company Neilson Active Holidays are recognised as the UK's leading active holiday company, and a major employer in the region. Managing Director Pete Tyler said: "We are delighted to support this initiative and hope that the graduates working with us will both learn and help us learn, bridging that important gap between academics and employers. We hope to take on a handful of graduates in a wide range of exciting projects, and hope we can offer graduates a full time role in our business for the future."
Run as a partnership between Wired Sussex and the University of Sussex, the Sussex Internship Programme works closely with participating companies to ensure that they know how to successfully benefit from new graduate talent and that the right candidates are introduced to them so that everyone involved gains from the scheme. Not there simply to make the tea, interns are provided with real, project-based experience that will prove invaluable to their future careers.
Phil Jones of Wired Sussex said: "We are delighted to be able to continue and indeed expand the Sussex Internship Programme. There is a huge amount of graduate talent in this region and helping them find ways to connect with local companies benefits not only the interns but also has a profoundly positive impact on the companies involved.
"This partnership with the University Sussex is a template of how universities and business can work successfully together and it is no wonder that our internship scheme is now seen as one of the UK's most successful."
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