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Aston University offers innovative online internships

12 May 2020 - Victoria S Williams

With travel restrictions currently in place around the world, many students have been unable to attend work experience placements. Aston University has come up with a creative solution…

Online internships with Work Global, Stay Local

Online internships: a student works remotely on a laptop. On the screen you can see html code and a video chat window

With many businesses all over the world moving online, it makes sense for internships to go digital too. That’s why Aston’s Business School has expanded its innovative virtual internship scheme.

The Work Global, Stay Local programme allows postgraduate students at Aston Business School to complete 300 hours of work experience. Students work at a company in their chosen industry, all without ever leaving home. As there are no restrictions on where the company is based, students literally have a world of choice!

Participating students also enjoy access to an online careers advice and training platform, CareerBridge. Here, students can take advantage of one-to-one careers guidance, lessons on CV writing, and a personalised internship progress report. Careers coaches even offer students advice on how use their internship to their advantage in job interviews.

Be work ready

Aston originally launched the Work Global, Stay Local programme 2 years ago for students who are physically unable to travel. However, when the University moved to digital learning in response to the coronavirus outbreak, staff saw the potential to expand the scheme. That’s why Aston has more than trebled the number of places available from 20 to 70.

The expansion of the programme is, however, just part of a “virtual skills framework” put in place by the School. This includes improving digital skills and gaining experience in remote working — both of which are likely to be very important to employers in the future.

Elsa Zenatti-Daniels, Postgraduate Student Development Lead at Aston Business School explained that their focus is now on getting students “work ready”. She said:

“The whole programme is designed to take into account the new virtual and digital world the pandemic has thrown us into, and focus on related knowledge and skills.”

Students are currently enjoying a whole range of online personal and professional development activities alongside online internships. These include a business case competition, crisis management simulation, business clinic, skills development sessions, personal brand workshops and career management advice.

Interested in studying online?

Aston’s online internships and virtual skills framework demonstrates the University’s ability to quickly adapt to a fast-changing climate. Aston University clearly provides its students with an outstanding digital learning experience — and so do we.

If you’d like to study at the innovative Aston University you don’t have to delay your dreams.  Kaplan is currently teaching all its pathway courses online, so you can prepare for a bachelor’s or master’s degree in your home country, then transfer to face-to-face classes when travel restrictions are lifted.

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