Want to gain experience while studying and improve your employment prospects?
TSIS (Third Sector Internships Scotland) might be the answer. To date TSIS has provided nearly 300 internships to students studying in Scotland including a significant number of UWS students. Ed Blackburn from TSIS will be on Paisley campus on October 8th to promote the current set of internships and give you insider tips on applying. His information session will be video conferenced to other 3 campuses. Ed will be accompanied by Claudette Baker-Park who studied Contemporary Screen Acting at UWS and recently undertook an internship as a fundraising and appeals intern.
There are opportunities across Scotland with internships currently available in Ayrshire Glasgow and Lanarkshire in a range of disciplines from Business, the Creative sector, Policy and Research. The main attractions of these internships are the TSIS insistence that placements should be flexible and can fit around your studies and other commitments. All placements must also be live projects which challenge students and develop their skills. TSIS pay a “living wage” (currently £7.65ph) so that students are able to devote the time and not lose out financially.
Former UWS student Jason Dowd says
“TSIS was amazing for me as it gave me the much needed experience I required for working in the IT sector”
Given its popularity it is no surprise that TSIS receive over 20 applications per internship which means that your applications and interview skills need to be as good as they can be. Careers Advisers at UWS are on hand to give you vital hints and support in this process. You can also access some invaluable advice from TSIS on their website under “tips and pitfalls”.
TSIS was established to fill a gap in opportunities for Graduates in the Third Sector. There was demand from students for relevant experience and a desire from Third Sector to tap into their skills and knowledge. The project has been funded for the last four years by the Scottish Funding Council and is a partnership with the Scottish Universities and SCVO. More information about TSIS can be found at their website http://www.3rdsectorintern.com but why not come and hear from Ed and Claudette first hand on 8th October!
Any students wishing to attend the TSIS presentation at any of the campuses should visit http://www.uws.prospects.ac.uk and click on events Calendar. You will need to be registered with the site.