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THE BENEFITS OF HAVING AN INTERN IN YOUR COMPANY

The idea of the internship placement is to provide bright students with useful work experience opportunities either during or on the completion of their degree studies, but before they enter the workforce. The Internship concept has been embraced by the European Union, as being an excellent educational experience for the student, whilst making a very helpful contribution to the employer’s workforce. Grants available abroad, usually made available or subsidised by the EU, such as the Erasmus+ scheme, help ensure students can travel to places in the UK like Brighton and as a result many more firms here are seeing the substantial benefits of taking on an intern.

Our interns all come from other EU countries, and usually will be studying a particular work area, as well as possessing good or even fluent English and we think can really make a very positive contribution to your business. We match up the student’s skill sets to your requirements as a company and thus ensure a ‘best fit’.

 Click to download our brochure 2017 for companies looking for interns for detailed information

Companies Brochure 2018 - Internship in Brighton

WHY HAVING AN INTERN WORKS FOR COMPANIES

HOW LONG WILL AN INTERN STAY?

Our interns are usually available throughout the year, although there is no denying that our busiest period with most availability is from about September through until April. Most of our interns are available for between about three weeks and four months, though a few are available for both longer and shorter periods. An internship is normally 30-35 hours a week, in some cases we can consider part-time internships.

Will there be any costs for my business?

As mentioned there is no cost involved as our service is free to you. Whilst the interns do not expect to be paid as they are usually grant funded (this is always advertised an an unpaid work experience),  some companies do help out by offering a contribution to travel expenses or a meal allowance or indeed a give a small bonus at the end of their stay.

What criteria do I need to be able to fulfil on registration with IIB?

  1. You need to have a registered office and business address (as opposed to a residential address).
  2. Valid public liability insurance must be in place for your company.
  3. A health and safety procedure should be operational.
  4. Your business should be based or have an office with about 5 miles from central Brighton & Hove. (Exceptions can sometimes be made depending on the level of specialisation of the internship on offer)

We do not make any charge at all for sending you an intern at any stage. There really is no catch here, it is a completely free service.

Interns are a salary free work force, as many are getting grants to carry out the work experience; however, some companies do helpfully assist the intern by making some kind of contribution to things like travel expenses or offering lunchtime meal allowances or indeed a bonus at the end of their stay.

As the interns are studying the subject area they are usually very well motivated and enthusiastic about their work –they really do have every incentive to do well. You can use all of the interns skills and indeed many companies make use of their interns foreign language skills to assist them in projects abroad.

When you are very busy maybe during the peak season then can offer valuable extra assistance and likewise they can help ‘fill in’ during the holiday periods when staff are away as well as cover for maternity leave etc

They can often help get special projects or research off the ground. As they are studying the subject their knowledge of new developments in your field is often surprisingly good, if not they can soon learn.

Likewise, it may be you want to ask a particular member of staff to develop a special project instead. That’s fine.. use your intern to carry out that staff members day-to-day tasks instead.

EVERYTHING ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW

That we expect interns to be treated like any other member of your staff where possible.

That they may need supervision depending on their responsibilities.

That we need you to initiate a training & induction programme for the intern, including an introduction to company policies and health and safety training.

A mentor for the intern should be appointed during the placement but we also offer a mentoring service as well .

The tasks and any specific projects you wish the intern to undertake need to be clearly set out at the start of the internship, with a view to progression of these tasks as the interns skills develops.

THE KIND OF THINGS COMPANIES WHO PARTNER WITH 'INTERNSHIP IN BRIGHTON' SAY

“Our Intern helped find us new markets abroad ”

“Internship students are great value…ours got masses of experience but actually saved us thousands of pounds”

“David’s web research enabled us to develop a more tightly focussed marketing plan”

“Marie stepped in at just the right time when Tammy fell ill, thanks Internship In Brighton!”

“Thanks Internship In Brighton, our intern enabled us to complete valuable retail based research into our local visitor market’

Everything else you need to know please email or call us if you  have other questions or concerns not covered here