There are two key messages that all students studying in Higher Education should be aware of. These are; to get the most from your learning by developing new skills and experience and gain as much industry experience as possible.
While the first key point will be mostly addressed through your learning and the curriculum at GSA the second, gaining as much industry experience as possible, is up to you to manage and achieve as you progress through your studies.
Most GSA students looking for a industry experience will be looking for an internship within the creative industries. This is a great idea as sector specific internships not only; will test your skills, career ideas and develop your confidence within a creative context, it also helps you to develop professional networks and knowledge for your future career.For further information see: https://gsacareers.wordpress.com/2012/11/
There are range of ways to find opportunities within the creative sector; through networking, online opportunity pages and sector magazines. Please contact GSA career service for further information and to gain more advice about finding your ideal creative internship.
When looking for internship opportunities it is also useful to remember that not all ‘creative’ internship opportunities are found within the creative industries. Broadening your search into other sectors can increase your chances of finding a paid internship and help you achieve opportunities that will test your specialist skills, creative processes and thinking within new industries. Also developing internship practice within other sectors will help you to demonstrate a positive, pro-active approach and professional attitude, attributes that future employers will be interested in.
There are a range of programmes and organisations that specialise in paid student internship opportunities. Two of these programmes are Third Sector Internship Scotland and Saltire Foundation Programme, who offer a range of paid internships in a variety of locations and sectors.
- Third Sector Internship Scotland: http://www.3rdsectorintern.com/
- The Saltire Foundation Undergraduate Internship Programme : http://www.saltirefoundation.com/UndergraduateInternshipProgramme/Undergraduate-Programme.aspx
Third Sector Internships Scotland are visiting GSA on Friday 27th September 2013 and The Saltire Foundation are visiting GSA Wednesday 23rd October 2013. See GSA’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) calendar for further details.
Come along to these events to find out more about the benefits of undertaking an internship in different sectors, the types of internships on offer and how to apply to an opportunity that will enhance your experience and be fantastic for your long term creative career ambitions.
- What is the Third Sector? Prospects: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/charities_voluntary_sector.htm
- National Council for Work Experience: http://www.work-experience.org/
- ASET Student Guide to Work Experience: http://asetonline.org/documents/NCWEStudentGuide.pdf
If you are graduate reading this post why not look at the paid opportunities available at Graduate Talent Pool: http://graduatetalentpool.direct.gov.uk/cms/ShowPage/Home_page/p!ecaaefg or Scot Grad http://www.scotgrad.co.uk/ for paid internships.