Internships can offer a great way of getting real-life experience in a workplace.

An internshipship is great for young people who would find going into a traineeship or an apprenticeship too much or might want to get some meaningful experience to help them apply for a job.


What is an internships and what qualification will I get?

As an intern a young person will work for an employer for a fixed time, usually for 1 week to 1 year. Usually you do not get paid for your work but some employers may cover your travel and lunch expenses. As an intern you won't gain any qualifications but you will get the opportunity to experience what working is like and gain the skills towards getting a job.

For people with degrees or higher education qualification the graduate talent pool can help you find an internship to gain more experience in the workplace.

Find a graduate internship.

For some young people an internship might be a step towards developing the right skills to be able to work.  Supported internships are for disabled young people and those with significant special educational needs. They can offer more guidance and practical support for those who need it.


How do I get on a supported internship?

To get a place on a supported internship you will need an Education, Health and Care plan.  As a supported intern you will have a Job Coach who will support you throughout your placement.  The support will be based on what you need help with to be able to access the work place.  The supported internships in Bristol are:

Project Search

Into Catering

To get a supported internship you will need an Education, Health and Care plan. An Education, Health and Care plan will make sure that a young person gets the right support on their internship, alongside any other support they might need to reach their employment goals.


What support might I be able to get on an internship?

If you're 16 to 19 years old you may be able to claim money (a bursary) for you or your college/training provider to use to meet the cost of clothing, equipment or lunch on study days.

Find out the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund.

If you are on a Supported Internship you will get support from a Job Coach.  A job coach will make sure a young person is prepared for and supported through their supported internship. They provide extra support that you would not normally get on an internship.

Sixteen Cooperative has information on Job Coaches.


Who can help me choose the right internship for me?

Your school SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) will be able to talk to you about where an supported internship might be the right for you.

Every school must provide independent careers advice.  Careers advice can help you think about what course or skills you might need to reach your employment goal.  Ask your setting about how they're providing careers advice.


This page has information for residents in the City of Bristol.  Find out about what other Local Authorities do.

Last Update 1 December 2016 by Findability Team.

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