Students studying abroad at the University of Westminster can complete a 4 credit part-time internship in the semester. Students completing an internship are supported by reflective coursework throughout the term.
Internships are offered in (but not limited to) the following areas:
- Art, Fashion & Design: Ceramics, cosmetic marketing, design agencies, fashion agencies, fashion PR, small-scale interior design for events
- Business & Trade: Foreign direct investment agency, international mail-order business, small and medium-sized enterprises
- Charities & NGOs: Community centers in disadvantaged neighborhoods, corporate fundraising, international development campaign organizations, mental health charities, refugee support center
- Finance & Accounting: Accountancy firms, environmental finance research, finance departments of corporate firms, international business organization
- Human Resources: Various large and small organizations, including National Health Service
- Journalism, Media & Publishing: Academic and fiction publishing, desktop publishing, museum publishers, print journalism, TV documentary production, web journalism
- Marketing, PR, Advertising & Sales: Advertising agencies, communications, corporate marketing for charities, cosmetics industry marketing, general PR agencies, marketing for small and medium-size enterprises, PR for corporate, business and political agencies, PR for fashion or music companies
- Music & Theater: Music PR agencies, talent booking agencies, small theaters (admin)
- Politics: Environmental policy lobby groups, member of parliament (MP) constituency offices (occasional work connected with House of Commons), PR for political bodies and individuals
- Psychology: Mental health charities, women’s health research
- Other Areas: Other areas include architecture, catering management, ceramics, environmental organizations (research), IT, libraries
Some areas are more competitive than others. Every effort will be made to offer students an internship in their chosen field, but students should be aware that some fields are more difficult to secure positions in than others. We suggest having two fields of interest at time of application.
How to Apply
Students interested in completing an internship alongside regular coursework should select the Internship: Personal and Professional Development course as part of their elective class schedule in their application. Students then complete the following additional application items:
- CV/Resume, with work experience or skills in desired field.
- Internship Personal Statement (1 page max). Statement should address desired field of employment, your skills and evidence thereof, career goals, why you are applying for an internship.
- Completed internship application; provided once the SAI application is received with the internship course selected.
- Pre-placement interview.
Once a completed internship application and supporting materials are received students are “promoted” to various employers in their desired field. Employers require a pre-placement interview of internship candidates. Please note that a complete application and interview does not guarantee placement.
The United Kingdom requires students who are participating in an internship to apply for a Tier 4 Visa prior to arriving in the UK. To initiate this process our partner schools in London must issue a “Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies” (or CAS number). They take the issuance of this confirmation very seriously and students must submit specific documentation, as well as additional deposits and fees. Please contact SAI for detailed information.