Due to the current situation with coronavirus, traditional in-person work experience opportunities are no longer an option for many of you. However, the good news is that virtual internships have been growing in popularity and an increasing number of organisations are now offering them. So, we thought we’d lend you a helping hand by rounding up some of the best places to look for virtual internships – you’ll be racking up a whole load of skills and experiences to add to your CV in no time.
Forage offers free work experience programmes which are open to UK and international students. Their online programmes are built and endorsed by leading companies (such as Deloitte and KPMG) and they contain a series of resources and tasks designed to simulate the real-world experience of work.
They offer multiple internships in the following sectors: legal, finance, tech, accounting, consulting, human resources, social impact and marketing, media & agency. You’re bound to find one that suits your interests then! Even better, the internships are self-paced, so you complete them in your own time.
ProjectSet is an online internships platform that connects university students in the UK with start-ups and established organisations to work on real-world projects. You’ll be able to work remotely at your convenience, get paid and gain heaps of employability skills. It’s also free to use.
As well as matching you to opportunities, ProjectSet will provide you with an online library, tools and skills training to set you up for success.
Workfinder’s unique remote work experience could help you get a head-start in the world of work. You could end up taking on projects for some of the most exciting start-ups and scale-ups in the UK, such as MADE.COM, Zoopla and PayPal. It’s also free for students to use.
To get started, simply download the app to browse and apply to company projects that are suited to your skills. Workfinder will also support you during your project with helpful tips and guides, and check-ins.
Talent Trending is an online recruitment and skill showcasing platform that helps students and graduates gain industry experience and exposure. It’s also a chance to test out careers with forward-thinking employers to get a better understanding of what kind of job suits you best.
You’ll have the chance to work on real-life projects, rather than just mock tasks, such as working on a company’s social media strategy or designing a poster for them.
Fun fact: this company was set up by a recent Aston graduate via the BSEEN programme!
RateMyPlacement is currently offering free, 4-5 hour long, self-guided work experience opportunities as a response to coronavirus. Their Work Ready Virtual Experience programme is a chance to develop soft skills and focus on the following key areas: well-being and resilience during lockdown; virtual first impressions; and remote networking.
Upon completion, you’ll be entered into an exclusive pool where RateMyPlacement / Development Beyond Learning will reach out with opportunities for networking events, mentoring programmes and loads more, so it’s well worth doing.
Set up as a response to the pandemic, GenerationHelp is a platform for graduates and innovative SMEs to connect and collaborate through remote and flexible working. You’ll be able to apply your skills to real-life challenges while creating invaluable industry links to help kick-start your career.
To get started, you’ll need to fill out their graduate sign-up form which they will use to start looking for companies to match you with.
Bonus content: online courses
As well as completing virtual internships, another great way to gain experience from home is to sign up for some online courses. You could use them to enhance your knowledge about something you’re already familiar with or you could use them as a chance to learn something completely new! It’s entirely up to you. Here are just some websites you can use when exploring your options:
- Coursera – this site hosts a wide range of courses that are led by world-class universities and companies. The subjects they offer include business, computer science, data science, language learning and much more.
- edX – they offer access to high-quality education, wherever you are based. Founded by Harvard and MIT, the courses on this site cover all sorts of subject areas from architecture to game development.
- Google Digital Garage – the majority of the courses they offer are free and are approved by industry experts, top entrepreneurs and some of the world’s leading employers. Their courses focus on digital skills that are designed to help your business or your career.
Hopefully that’s enough to get you started. If you want to know more about virtual internships or how to secure one, we’d be more than happy to help. Just drop us an email at email@example.com to start a conversation with us.
You can also find out more about the benefits of virtual internships in this blog post.
Written by Jodie Carpenter, Careers+Placements