Suffolk internships deadline looms

Over 20 internship placements are available in councils across Suffolk, and those interested are urged to submit applications for the deadline next Tuesday (January 28).

The programme provides valuable work experience for undergraduates and recent graduates during a 12 week paid work placement.

Interns work on challenging projects which are of real value to the organisation and are offered responsibilities which enable them to develop key employability skills.

There are placements available within Suffolk County Council based at Endeavour House, Ipswich and within district councils within office bases in Hadleigh, Needham Market, Lowestoft, Mildenhall and Bury St Edmunds.

Placements sit within a broad range of services from Waste Management, Health and Safety and Social Care.

Roles include working directly with senior management teams and engaging with local communities.

All interns have the opportunity to access a coach and buddy system during the programme.

There are various opportunities during the placement to further understand the organisation and develop work based skills through group activities outside of the job role.

During the 12 weeks, interns develop a strong network of like-minded young people keen to prepare themselves for the world of work whilst having an enjoyable summer.

Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education, skills and young people, said: “As part of our commitment to Raising the Bar, I want all young people in Suffolk to be well prepared to enter the workplace and make a successful transition from education into sustainable employment.

“As an employer, the county council can support this ambition, by putting in place a programme of opportunities and workplace experiences for young people that is of exemplar practice.

“This means that, with our partner councils, we are looking at ways of making local government attractive to young people and position ourselves as employers of choice.

“I am delighted that we have such a range of internship opportunities available and the new Rising High website will provide a key access point for people to find out more.

“I hope we will see many more young people taking up opportunities within local government as a result.”

Details of the internship opportunities can be found on the new Rising High website

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