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Clarksons Internship Review

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How were you able to secure an internship at Clarksons?

I secured the internship through a family friend who I subsequently met at the office. After a short interview, he kindly offered me two weeks work experience.

How long was the internship?

Mine was 2 weeks but there were people who were there for longer than I was.

What sort of hours were you working?

8am - 6pm.

How many other interns were there and what unis were they from?

There was one other intern who was there at the same time as I was. He went to university at Southampton Solent University; however, I am aware that there were a few other interns at Clarksons at different times during the Summer, so I can’t give a more accurate picture of the universities they recruit from and I don’t think that they have a formal milkround in the manner that other companies do.

What sort of things were you doing during your internship?

I was tasked with tracking the deals that were ongoing and liaising with brokers on how deals were done from start to finish. Alongside this, I helped with the daily internal report, which I found interesting and helped me further build up my knowledge of the industry and the monthly sales sheet. Finally, I was asked to help proof read through contracts (MOAs) and ship specifications sheets.

What was the culture of the organisation?

Extremely social and fast paced, people encouraged me to ask questions all the time and showing initiative was looked upon well, even if the task was small.

Where you paid?

No and I am not aware that anyone else on the internship was either.

Where there any perks?

Not in forms of remuneration... But I did play football with the office after work one day which was good fun and I was taken out for a few lunches!

Did you receive any formal training?

No.

And finally, any advice you could offer people?

From my experience ship-broking is a great job in terms of the potential financial reward and day-to-day job satisfaction. I really enjoyed my two weeks and am currently starting a masters in international trade and transport for one year in order to prepare myself fully for the job (although this is not a requirement to enter into ship-broking). Clarksons do offer a graduate scheme but as with everything it is heavily oversubscribed so make sure you have a great CV with some relevant work experience. Grades aren’t everything. There is much more of a focus on the individuals personality and if they are a good fit for the firm so don’t be put off applying if you aren’t a “straight A” student.
 

 

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