Provide internship

An internship is where an individual works to gain relevant professional experience to help them progress in their career. In this competitive job market students with relevant work experience are more employable and prepared for the work place than those students that come straight from University. Students from disadvantaged communities often don't have the connections to get these opportunities, which is why the ICAS Foundation has set up a programme of internships to remove these barriers and open up the profession to become more socially inclusive.

ICAS Foundation Internship Remuneration

We believe it is important to remunerate interns fairly for the duties/tasks they undertake. Internships must comply with all current employment legislation provisions, including National Minimum Wage (NMW) legislation. All interns will be reimbursed for any necessary work-related expenses, such as travel costs. The employer should provide interns with written information on remuneration and their expenses claims policy. To ensure both employers and interns acquire the maximum benefits from an ICAS Foundation Internship, we recommend that an internship should follow five principles of best practice:

Each of these principles describes core elements necessary to allow both employer and intern to benefit from the internship.


Good preparation is important to successful internships and recruiting the right person who possess the appropriate skills, qualifications and potential. In advance of recruitment employers should:


Interns should receive a proper induction at the beginning of the internship. Whatever the size of the organisation, joining a new workplace can be intimidating for those entering the job market. It is therefore important to introduce an intern to their colleagues and explain the organisation’s values to enable them to become a fully integrated team member. The induction should therefore cover:


Interns should be treated with exactly the same degree of professionalism and duty of care as regular employees, including access to disciplinary and grievance procedures. The intern should be given as much responsibility and diversity in their work as possible. Employers should:

Interns should know who to go to access support if they are concerned about work or with how they are being treated at work.

Supervision and mentoring

Interns tend to be inexperienced and may need regular support and supervision. Good management and supervision will help to make them more productive and develop more quickly. There should be a dedicated person(s) to act as a supervisor and mentor. The supervisor/ mentor should:

Certification, reference and feedback

On completion of the internship, the employer should provide the intern with:

If you think you can support the work of the ICAS Foundation by arranging an ICAS Foundation Internship then contact us