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Open to both students and graduates, internships give candidates the chance to explore a profession and develop key job skills. By working closely with established professionals, interns can gain valuable insight into the working world. Internships are available in nearly every sector. You can find great opportunities in law, engineering, banking and finance plus an array of media, marketing and fashion internships. They can run for any length of time, from summer internships to yearlong placements. Because of this, an internship is a brilliant way to suss out an industry and see if it’s right for you. Thanks to new laws, many interns are now classed as employees and qualify for national minimum wage. However, this isn’t always the case. Internships taken on as part of higher education courses or for some charities may not offer any pay. Internships are however open to a wide array of candidates. They tend not to require specific qualifications or experience and instead ask for enthusiasm and a will to learn. Though it’s not guaranteed, some interns may be offered permanent positions after training. But having gained transferable skills like communication and problem solving, interns often stand out to future employers. With relevant work experience more important than ever, an internship can be the perfect launch pad for your career.