In a challenging labour market, many organisations are looking to internship programmes as a way to gain new and motivated members of staff, who bring new skills and perspectives to their business. In addition, internships provide young people with a meaningful experience that enhances their employability, at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated rising graduate unemployment.

This guide offers employers best practice recommendations on how to get the most out of an internship programme, as well as contributing to the intern’s professional development. It also provides a practical checklist for setting up and running a programme and a model internship agreement to formalise the intern–employer relationship.

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