Stand out from the graduate crowd to find employment

Published: 8 April 2010 at 16:10

Internships can help graduates stand out from the crowd, gain confidence and satisfaction from making a real difference to a local business

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Young people who graduated in 2008 and 2009 have had a really hard time finding employment and in a few months things will get even harder as the 2010 influx of graduates comes onto the employment market.

Anglia Ruskin University’s Graduate Internship Programme has 22 Cambridgeshire companies registered and waiting for enthusiastic graduates to start work. Internship projects last twelve weeks and the graduate is paid a wage of £250 per week with no tax or NI to pay.

Martin Miller, who studied Business Studies at the University of Lincoln and lives in Huntingdon, did an internship with Bartram Associates Ltd in 2009; he said:

"My internship taught me so much and I would highly recommend it to all students. Not only does it provide you with valuable experience, it is very rewarding to be given the chance to make a real difference to a local business."

Lynsey McCulloch, Business Administration Manager in Anglia Ruskin University’s Graduate Internship Office, said:

"I know from experience how frustrating it is to miss out on jobs because you don’t have the relevant experience and these days it’s even tougher. We want to see as many graduates as possible getting into graduate-level employment and this scheme will help improve their chances."

To apply for an internship send your CV by email to or call 0845 196 3177.