1.3 How long is an internship?
Smith (2019) describes an internship as lasting ‘for a fixed period of time, anywhere between a week and 12 months’.
Typically, university students will undertake them during holiday periods. A summer internship will last for 2–3 months which, as Smith (2019) explains, is ‘long enough for you to get a taste of the job and gain valuable skills’ without requiring ‘the commitment of longer programmes’.
However, those studying on a part-time basis might choose a different model – undertaking their internship alongside their study or even virtually.
A 12-month internship will usually be targeted at new graduates, although there are cases of individuals with more experience undertaking them where appropriate.
If the standard internship offerings don’t fit with your lifestyle, it’s always worth exploring further with the employer as there may be flexible or virtual options available.