Internship duration and working hours

You can apply for a study abroad internship as part of a single semester or year-long study abroad programme at the University of Westminster, but the maximum duration of the internship is one semester.

Internships are part-time and run for 12 weeks, until the end of 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 80 UK credits (16 US or 30 ECTS if you are following the EU or Postgraduate programme). One of these modules is the compulsory Professional and Personal Skills Development module.

To see which modules you can choose from, have a look at our module programme page.

CV and candidate profile guidance

You can find out more about how to create the perfect CV and candidate profile to apply for our internship programme by downloading our guide:

Assessment of 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 skillset to future employers.

The module is academically assessed. You will gain credits through the submission of a coursework portfolio of assignments 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 eg textiles (practical and desktop 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 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