Taking an internship

If you choose to take an internship, one of your three modules will be the compulsory Professional and Personal Skills Development module, which carries undergraduate credit.

Explore your internship

When you apply to take an internship as part of the postgraduate semester study abroad programme, you can choose your internship from a range of fields, from fashion and journalism to accounting and marketing.

Internship duration and working hours

You can apply for a study abroad internship as part of our postgraduate study abroad programme at the University of Westminster.

Postgraduate Internships are part-time and run for 12 weeks, until the end of the teaching period. This means that if you study with us only in the first semester, your internship will finish at the Christmas break. If you study with us in the second semester, you will be required to work through the spring break if these dates coincide with the teaching period.

Alongside your academic studies, you will be expected to work 14 hours over two to three days per week in your internship

Module options

You can choose to study the equivalent of up to 60 UK credits (12 US credits/30 ECTS) which normally equates to three modules. One of these modules is the compulsory Professional and Personal Skills Development module.

To find out how to apply and see the modules available to you, have a look at our postgraduate module programme page.

CV (résumé), cover letter and candidate profile guidance

As part of your application, you are required to submit a CV (résumé), cover letter and candidate profile. You can find out more information by downloading our guide.

Assessment of your internship

The graded progression of the Professional and Personal Skills Development module fosters the development of your analytical thinking skills by applying relevant theory and concept to your work experiences. Your learning and practical experience is designed to enable you to reflect on both your work and learning so that you can articulate your global skills set to future employers.

The module is academically assessed to achieve the academic credit through the submission of a coursework portfolio of assignments, which are completed throughout the semester.

Internship fields

You can take your internship in a range of fields, from fashion and journalism to accounting and marketing or PR.

Please note that all internships are unpaid but a contribution towards expenses for travel and lunches is made by your internship employer.

You will find the internship fields you can choose from below, as well as the typical roles available in each field.

Fashion: shop floor assistance, merchandising, administrative duties, runner duties.

  • ceramics
  • cosmetics marketing
  • design agencies e.g. textiles (practical and desk-top publishing)
  • fashion agencies
  • fashion PR
  • small-scale interior design for events

Our Arts, Fashion and Design partners include French Connection.

Various duties and tasks – this is a wide-ranging area for Study Abroad internship placements.

  • Foreign Direct Investment Agency
  • international mail-order business
  • SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises)

Administrative duties, assisting with focus groups, mentoring, helping to develop projects.
Environment: research, report writing, attending lobbying events, administrative duties.

  • community centres in disadvantaged areas
  • corporate fundraising
  • international development campaign organisations
  • mental health charities
  • Refugee Support Centre

Our Charity and NGO partners include The Prince’s Trust charity.

More experienced students will work on specific projects and administrative duties in finance at the larger firms. Less experienced students with accounting skills will assist smaller firms with their business accounts and administrative duties.

  • accountancy firms
  • environmental finance research
  • finance departments of corporate firms
  • international business organisation with some sectoral research on the international finance sector

Administrative duties, project work, opportunity to gain insight into legal side of employment.

  • Various for large and small organisations (including the National Health Service)

Journalism: Please note that it is very difficult to secure specific Internships when in high demand. Most work is in research, editorial or in technical graphic design for experienced students. Also, there are only very occasional opportunities to write articles.

  • academic and fiction publishing
  • desktop publishing (for experienced interns)
  • museum publishers
  • print journalism (limited fields)
  • TV documentary production (scripts and post production)
  • web journalism

Our Journalism, Media and Publishing partners include Parthenon Entertainment, Ltd.

Market research, client liaison, events, administrative duties.

PR: writing and preparing press packs, supplier and client liaison, planning, administrative duties.

  • advertising agencies
  • communications
  • corporate marketing for charities (including events)
  • cosmetics industry marketing
  • general PR agencies
  • marketing for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises)
  • PR for corporate, business and political public relations
  • PR for fashion companies
  • PR for music companies

Administrative duties, assisting with focus groups, mentoring, helping to develop projects.

  • mental health charities (administrative and practical work)
  • women’s health research

Make an application

Apply for the Postgraduate Study Abroad Programme.