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King's Internships: Advance

 

Disabled students and graduates are still under-represented in many occupations and can often find it challenging to find and secure work experience in their preferred sector.

King's Internships: Advance offers disabled students at King's the opportunity to undertake paid internships within London businesses over Summer 2019.

The programme ran for the first time in 2018 and was a great success, with RocheNatWest MarketsOrion Books & Fieldfisher all taking on talented King's interns.

Opportunities for Summer 2019 will be advertised on King's CareerConnect in March & April 2019. In the meantime, register your interest here to be notified every time a new internship is available.

 

Further details below:

Am I eligible?

King's Internships: Advance is exclusively open to disabled students currently studying at King's

You’re disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.

If you are unsure of your eligiblity then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Why should I do an internship?

Internships are a fantastic way to gain work experience, develop new skills and try out a job or a sector that you are interested in. Here are 5 benefits of doing an internship:

  1. Internships = work experience. Employers actively look for work experience in graduate applications, and students with work experience are statistically more likely to secure a graduate job than those without.
  2. Internships act as a training ground for learning new things and developing new skills, enabling you to diversify your skillset and gain new experiences. Fantastic on the CV and great for your own confidence too.
  3. Internships allow you to meet a variety of new, interesting, professional people which can create an expansive, valuable professional network - those connections can help create further opportunities for you in future.
  4. Not sure what you want to do when you graduate? Internships give you a taster for a specific job role, work environment, or business sector so you can start narrowing down your preferences and career plans. 
  5. Internships should be paid unless they are offered by a registered Charity or form part of your degree programme. Internships offered through King's Internships: Advance are all paid at London Living Wage which is currently £10.55 per hour.
When will the internships take place? The internships will run for 4-8 weeks, full time (35 hours per week), between the months of June & August 2019. Start dates will vary due to the employer's availability so you are strongly advised to check the starting date in the internship advert before applying.
Where will the internships take place?

The internships will be based in the offices of a variety of businesses, and sectors, around London. Details of the organisations offering the internships, and details about the opportunities themselves, will be made available on King's CareerConnect when applications open.

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Will the internships be paid? Yes, all the internships will be paid London Living Wage.
What kind of opportunities will be offered through this programme?

Internships will be offered across a range of roles and sectors, and will be advertised in the Spring/Summer terms. You will be able to search and find the opportunities on King's CareerConnect via the 'King's Internships' tab. Although you can apply for as many internships as you like, we'd advise you to apply for a maximum of 3. 

Visit the King's Internships Case Studies page to read about the experiences of other King's students who have completed an internship, and to see the incredible things that an internship could do for you!

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What does the application process look like?
  • Once you have found an internship you would like to apply to, we will ask you to submit a CV and cover letter through King's CareerConnect. We would strongly recommend you use our online resources and application advice appointments before submitting your application. Please note: you will be invited to disclose your disability as part of the application process, a) so we can provide you with additional application support if necessary and b) so we can ensure you are eligible for this programme.
  • After the internship closing deadline, the King's Internships team will review your application.
    1. If your application is strong enough at this stage and the King's Internships team shortlists your application, you will be progressed to the next stage of recruitment and your application will be sent to the organisation offering the internship, for further review.
    2. If your application does not meet the strength of other applicants, the King's Internships team will inform you and offer you tailored feedback on your application to help you understand what you can do next time to improve your chances of being shortlisted.
  • Once organisations have reviewed the shortlists, they will invite selected students to interview. We will invite you to let us know if you require any interview support or reasonable adjustments at this stage, to help you prepare and do your best at interview. King's Careers & Employability offer a range of support to help prepare students for interviews; including the opportunity to book a practice interview with one of our Careers Consultants or use our online interview simulator software.
  • After the interview, the employer will inform you of the outcome, either by offering you the internship or by providing feedback on your interview and why you weren't successful on that occasion.
  • Successful candidates will then be enrolled onto King's Internships: Advance and will be invited to a pre-internship workshop before starting the internship to help make the most out of the experience. The King's Internships team will provide you with a range of support and work closely with the hosting organisation to help set up your internship. Interns will be invited to join the wider King's Internships programme networks. Benefits to this include access to the King's Internships community and opportunities to network with other King's interns, the opportunity to participate in the King's Competitions & Awards; apply for the King's Experience Awards, and attend the annual King's Internships Awards.
  • The King's Internships team will be on hand throughout your internship for any questions or concerns you have, and you will be encouraged to participate in a briefing after the internship to help you understand and articulate the value of the experience and to help you use it for your future career planning. Please note: you are welcome to seek support and advice from King's Disability Support at any point during the application process. 
Top 8 Tips for Disclosing a Disability to an Employer

1. Disclose because you want to.  You're under no legal obligation to disclose your disability but doing so may help you to get reasonable adjustments to enable you to fulfil your potential.

2. Disclose because it's beneficial to you!  Ask yourself, if I don't disclose, and don't ask for reasonable adjustments, will it affect my performance?  Employers want to recruit the best talent from a level playing field, so let them know what you need.

3. During applications, use your disability to demonstrate skills you have developed through managing your condition, like resilience, initiative and problem-solving.

4. Often disclosing sooner is better, so employers have time to put in place reasonable adjustments for you.

5. Tell an employer what you need to overcome any challenges your disability may present.  Employers care more about this than what those challenges are. (If you don't know what reasonable adjustments you need at work, King's Disability Support can help you out). 

6. Be mindful that some people may not be familiar with medical terminology as employers may not have specialist knowledge of your condition. Concentrate more on how it affects you, and what you need to overcome it.

7. Get experience!  Learn how your disability affects you in work, develop your core competencies and discover what reasonable adjustments you need.  (Through King's Internships: Advance, you can apply to get paid experience at an excellent UK employer!)

8. Talk to the King's Internships team and/or the King's Disability Support about what reasonable adjustments may mean for you.  Is it rest breaks? Screen-reader software? Flexible hours? Home working? Wheelchair access? Low-light levels in a room? Quiet spaces to withdraw to?  Each person, even with the same condition can require different adjustments.

Courtesy of Change100, a paid summer internship programme designed to bring together leading employers with talented students and graduates with disabilities and long term health conditions.

How can I find out more?

Click here to 'register your interest' in the programme and receive email alerts as soon as Advance internships are posted

Events: 

Book a space at the King's Internships: Advance Information and Skills Workshop on Wednesday 20th February 2019 to learn everything you need to know about the programme.

You can also come and meet the King's Internships team in person at our events - we run regular Drop-Ins, Roadshows, Workshops and Networking Nights!

 

Newsletters and Facebook:

To keep up to date with these events and other news relating to all the King's Internships programmes, you can sign up to our Newsletter by reading the following steps or by watching the video below.

  1. If you have not done so already, create a profile on King's CareerConnect - our one-stop-shop portal for booking careers appointments, attending events and searching job and internship opportunities.
  2. On your profile, under 'Email Preferences' select the King's Internships Part-time & Summer programmes Newsletter AND Careers & Employability Disability Updates (Receive notifications and updates from employers) - Newsletter. Remember to save your changes.
  3. Once you have subscribed, you will receive updates from the King's Internships team with information about the King's Internships programmes, including top tips for applications and updates on available opportunities once these have been posted.

You can also follow King's Internships on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest news and internship postings.

Sign up to the King's Internships newsletters by watching this step-by-step video guide!

 

Or of course, if you have any questions about King's Internships: Advance, please just email internships@kcl.ac.uk or call 020 7848 5849.

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