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Work Experience and Internships

Unlock your potential, gain new skills, and explore your future career options with virtual work experience and internship opportunities this summer. ICAEW have partnered with top employers across the UK to provide unique opportunities for 100 school and university students.

 
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Work Experience

Designed for school students in the UK, our virtual work experience programme is designed to introduce you to the surprising world of chartered accountancy. It doesn’t matter whether you are interested in doing an apprenticeship, going to university, or are uncertain. We just ask you are curious about business and interested to find out more.

Who is eligible:

Year 12 (England and Wales), Year 13 (NI), S5 (Scotland) students, or equivalent. We particularly welcome applications from those currently underrepresented in the accountancy profession, such as women and non-binary people, students from a low socio-economic background, and students with a Black Heritage background.

Dates: You have the flexibility to choose between two separate weeks,

  • 25 July to 29 July 2022
  • 1 August to 5 August 2022

What’s included:

  • An introduction to the accountancy profession and a chance to explore the infinite career options available.
  • Identify your key strengths and learn how to showcase them in recruitment processes.
  • Develop key skills through our employability sessions, including mock interview and CV workshops.
  • Enjoy interactive Q&A panels with key employers and current ACA students.
  • Work on a business project throughout the week with your peers, being given a new focus each day.

Salary: Unpaid

What do you need to take part?

For the best experience, you’ll need a laptop or computer with a stable internet connection to join the online sessions, but many sessions will also be accessible via a smartphone. The week will include both live and recorded sessions to provide as much flexibility as possible.

If you don’t currently have a personal laptop or you are worried about your internet connection, please do still apply to the programme. It’s very important to us that this opportunity is available to students regardless of their personal situation.

Application process:

The first step is a situational strengths assessment to understand how you approach different situations you could face in the workplace. If successful, you will then be asked to complete a pre-recorded video interview.

This process is commonly used in recruitment so even if you aren’t successful, you will receive a feedback report and have gained valuable experience in the assessment process.

Apply today

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Internships

Working in partnership with some of the top employers in the UK and around the world, the ICAEW Virtual Internship aims to offer 50 penultimate year university students studying in the UK a paid internship. Internships will be available across a range of organisations which you can use to start a career as a chartered accountant. Internships will last for a minimum of four weeks, starting in August 2022.

Who is eligible:

You will be in your penultimate year of university (year two of a three-year degree or year three of a four-year degree). You don’t need to be studying accounting, finance, or business - in fact, many employers actively seek diversity in their recruitment, so having a non-accountancy background is welcomed. We particularly welcome applications from those currently underrepresented in the accountancy profession, such as women and non-binary people, students from a low socio-economic background, and students with a Black Heritage background.

Duration:
6 weeks, but this can vary depending on the employer you join.

Commitment: Minimum of 15 hours per week, but again this can vary by employer.

What’s included:

  • The chance to develop your professional skills including communication, problem solving, decision making, and team working.
  • Work on a live business project with other interns or colleagues, including a mentor to support you.
  • Fully funded ICAEW CFAB module, including tuition and exam fees.

Salary: Minimum of national living wage

What do you need to take part?

For the best experience, you’ll need a laptop or computer with a stable internet connection to join the online sessions. If you don’t currently have a personal laptop or you’re worried about your internet connection, please do still apply to the programme. It’s very important to us that this opportunity is available to students regardless of their personal situation.  

Application process:

The first step is a situational strengths assessment to understand how you approach different situations you could face in the workplace. If you are successful, you will then be asked to complete a pre-recorded video interview, before being matched with an employer. 

This process is commonly used in recruitment so even if you aren’t successful, you will receive a feedback report and have gained valuable experience in the assessment process.

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Who are we?

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We're the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW). We train, support and develop aspiring chartered accountants throughout their qualification and beyond. We are considered a leader in the accountancy and finance profession due to our robust qualification programmes, our expert technical knowledge and the wide ranging senior roles our members hold. We help talented individuals develop the knowledge, skills and experience they need to perform at the highest level in accountancy, finance and business.

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