Internships can open up a world of opportunity, not only for the interns themselves but also for the companies who offer them. By becoming an intern, you can gain valuable work experience and companies can offer you guidance to make the right choices for your future careers.
Companies also benefit by taking on interns as they can offer the company diverse and creative ways of thinking and offer additional resources to support the team.
It can help kick-start your career
Megan O’Driscoll, a student at Dublin City University, knows the advantages of an internship and how the experience can impact your career direction. Last month she finished a three-month internship with SThree brand, Real Life Sciences in Dublin, an experience which has influenced her life.
“It’s been absolutely brilliant. This internship gave me the opportunity to gain first-hand insight into the recruitment industry. I was able to experience the office environment, see what it’s like to work there, learn how to interact with others on a professional level, and brush up my time management and organisational skills. It has helped me decide what I want to do after university; mostly it has helped me kick start my career.
“Before I started this internship I’ve never really considered recruitment as a career but now I know I want to work in a sales environment. I feel it’s the right choice for me. I have the right personality to thrive in a sales role and I picked it up very quickly.”
The freedom to go and do your own work-related things
One of the things Megan appreciated the most during her time at Real Life Sciences was that she was treated as an equal. She was seen as a full member of the team. After only a few weeks of finding new CVs, helping her managers prepare presentations and working on new jobs on our website, Megan was given the opportunity to work on her own roles.
“I started to call candidates, qualify them, create cover sheets for managers and organise meetings. My days were jam-packed and I loved the fact that I was given the freedom to go and do my own work-related things.
“I even closed two deals and that day was probably the best day ever. Everyone in the office was so happy for me, I rang the bell for placing another candidate which was an amazing feeling.”
Helping someone achieve their career goals
But it wasn’t just the atmosphere in the office which made Megan feel she had achieved something special, it was also the relationships she had built with her candidates and the significant opportunities she has created for them.
“It’s such a rewarding feeling to help someone achieve their career goals. One of the women I placed in a new role didn’t see any opportunities for growth and career progression in her previous job with a large organisation. Her new job is with a smaller company with clearly defined career paths. She feels more appreciated, can grow and told me she is so much happier there.”
Getting involved in CSR
Besides her colleagues who Megan loved to work with, one of the highlights of her internship was her involvement in our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.
“I was asked to run some CSR events including our ‘Suit Drive’, an initiative where we collect business attire for jobseekers who struggle to afford a professional outfit to make a good first impression during their interview.
“The process of collecting these clothes was really fun but it was the interaction with the charity themselves which was the best part about it. When they came to our office they were so thrilled with the clothes. I also visited one of their offices where they keep the clothes and their representative told me how much they appreciated my help. Just amazing!”
This experience has shaped Megan and the way she looks at companies and her future employer.
“It’s very important to me to work for an organisation that has strong values and cares about what’s going on around them. I think they have a responsibility to support their city and give back to their local community. I would feel proud to represent such a company.”
What does the future hold for you?
Megan is currently studying Global Business and Spanish and has ambitious plans for the future.
“I’m moving to Madrid this month where I start another six-month internship with a local company and finish the last two years of my studies at Madrid University. After that, I don’t know yet, but after my experience at Real Life Sciences I think I will go into sales, recruitment, marketing or PR.
“I might even come back to Real Life Sciences or another SThree brand as I would really love to work there full-time,” concludes Megan.
If you are inspired by Megan’s story, contact our Talent Acquisition Team to enquire about our internship opportunities or browse our most recent career opportunities in Dublin here.