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14 January 2020

Could an Internship be right for you?

An Internship is a practical hands on work experience that will take place over a defined period of time. It gives you the chance to apply some of the knowledge you have already gained through study or prior work experience, whilst it gives you the opportunity to gain more confidence and get comfortable in a working environment.

REED began an Internship programme in 2009, offering a 12 week placement for people to gain insight into the recruitment industry. In 2018 the scheme was reinvigorated and over 53 interns have been welcomed into the business.

A common goal for Interns is to secure a job by the end of the programme, with over 50% of REED interns have gained employment with REED or one of the thousands of businesses we work with. Whilst obtaining full time employment isn’t guaranteed, the move from Intern to full time employee helps to make the real world transition a smoother one.

An Internship can be an excellent way to help to build self-esteem and confidence as you build a network of contacts in your field. The REED Early Talent team ensure that anyone joining the scheme does so with a wealth of support and training, it’s important that you feel commitment during your Internship.

I had no office experience and was fresh out of University working nights at a Supermarket. I was contacted by the Talent Acquisition Team informing me about the programme where I would be given the chance to build office experience – little did I know that the programme opened the door to me starting my career that I feel passionate about.

Kim Hession

Began as an Intern Feb 2017, going perm the same year

As part of the REED Internship offering, we are committed to helping ex-forces personnel reintegrate into successful civilian careers. A successful partnership with Thrive Youth Trust, a charity supporting young people facing unemployment and poverty began in 2018. Open days are held by the Early Talent team, which gives a greater understanding of REED and the roles available. During the open day, there is also the opportunity for participants to complete activities to showcase their skills before being invited to an interview. This partnership has already seen 10 young people given the opportunity to join REED and begin a career.

An Internship at REED allowed me to challenge myself and try new things. I was always encouraged to push myself and learn every day. The trust that was given to me as an Intern in particular gave me a lot of confidence. I was given ownership over processes in the team and so became the go to person for queries on these from people in the team and across the business, which was really empowering.

Holly Edwards

Joined REED as an Intern in 2017, is now an Executive Consultant

REED have many success stories around the business of Co-Members starting their career via the Internship scheme. For more information on the scheme or the undergraduate placement year – Contact