Internships v externships

Read about the differences between an internship and an externship.

INTERNSHIP DURATION          EXTERNSHIP DURATION
  • Internships usually run for a longer period, anywhere from a couple of months, through to a year.
  • They can be run doing the University end-of-year break, in between courses,or at the end of a degree on a short-term, full-time basis.
  • Internships can be full-time or part-time, so students may continue studying while completing their internship.
  • Externships are short experiences that range from a half-day to a week, and expose students to workplaces and roles that could match with their skills and field of study.
  • Because they’re short, students can try multiple externships and experience many environments during their study. This helps them to gain insight on roles they might seek after graduation.
  • They are held any time during the study year or during semester breaks.
INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE EXTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE
  • Internships offer students a chance to engage with meaningful projects and feel a part of the host company. They’re given responsibilities and deadlines that prepare them for future employment.
  • Externships are about exposure, introducing students to the various aspects of a company and showing what a day in the life of staff in different roles could look like.
  • Students get the chance to observe, ask questions, explore areas of interest and consider how they might fit into the company.
   
INTERNSHIP INCOME EXTERNSHIP INCOME
  • Some internships are unpaid. There are some workplaces that will offer a small payment for students on an internship placement. If an internship is credit-bearing, it’s often unpaid.
  • Externships are unpaid and are not credit bearing. Their value is in exposing students to workplaces, and introducing  company staff to a pool of potential future employees
INTERNSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS EXTERNSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS
  • Interns’ responsibilities vary based on the organisation’s need and the student’s capabilities.
  • Internships give employers the opportunity to recruit and train future staff, so employers are often open about the potential for the internships to lead to employment.
  • Students will likely participate in multiple externships throughout their study programme.
  • Externships don’t promise jobs to participants, but allow students to network and make connections that could lead to internships or employment opportunities.