What is the internship programme?
Students in Year 12 complete a week-long internship within a professional working environment and we are fortunate to have access to a wide range of internship providers from finance to the motor industry, and healthcare settings to education. We work closely with our students at all stages of the process to ensure that they are matched to the appropriate internship placement.
The internship scheme truly enables students to expand their horizons, experience a taste of the careers they wish to pursue and in some cases, provide opportunities for a taste of independent living. Vital relationships have been developed as a direct result of internships, particularly in the field of medicine where students have the opportunity to live away from home for a week whilst working at The James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough. Students are not confined to the local area for their placements, and some have taken this chance to complete placements in France and Spain. As well as providing students with a unique window into a potential future career, the scheme has also allowed them to establish key contacts and points of reference that they can use throughout their careers.
'The internship scheme at Ridgewood caters for everyone. With the support of Ridgewood staff, I completed a fantastic placement in the field of Astrophysics. Due to my internship, my application to university stands apart from others, and I was able to network with scientists in the field.'
Alysha – Internship at University of York
'Working in a banking environment provided me with a useful opportunity to gain experience in the world of finance. The internship was well organised throughout and it really helped to confirm my future career path within the banking industry.'
Hannah – Internship at Santander
'Having the opportunity to work in a French primary school was fantastic for the development of my language skills and I gained valuable experience working in a professional environment. I believe I now stand out from the crowd as I can write about my internship in my personal statement for university applications. C’était fantastique!'
Elodie – Sorbies Primary School (St-Etienne, France)
'Working outside the local area gave me a valuable insight into how the Fire and Rescue service operates within different areas. I visited a number of stations across the District of York and got to see some of the training facilities first-hand. I believe completing the internship put me in a stronger position when making my application to the Fire and Rescue Service.'
Curtis – York Fire and Rescue Service
'My internship placement gave me the privilege of meeting a range of healthcare specialists and allowed me to experience a week in the lives of doctors and nurses in a busy hospital. My experiences strengthened my decision to apply for medicine – and I’m pleased to say, I was successful.'
Jamie – The James Cook Hospital (Middlesbrough)