Careers & Internships
Although optional, the Internship Programme is an important element of our undergraduate and Master’s degrees, because it integrates theory with practice.
Students will be challenged to relate theoretical learning to real workplace situations, develop contacts which may prove valuable in creating future employment opportunities, and to gain confidence in their capabilities and their employability.
Internships are designed to be both demanding and rewarding; providing students with an opportunity to learn from professionals in the workplace and to be guided by faculty as they produce assessed records of their experiences that will count towards their undergraduate degree.
In an increasingly competitive career market, internships are an invaluable means to supplementing classroom learning with hands-on experience, thus creating a direct link to careers and further opportunities.
The Careers & Internships office
The Careers & Internships office aims to facilitate a wide range of activities and resources in an efficient and effective manner, utilizing both personable face-to-face support as well as on online platforms. In addition, the Office shall build on the accessible, proactive and innovative reputation of the wider Student Affairs department.
Students are welcomed and encouraged to search for internships on their own however, they can contact the Career & Internship office for assistance on their internship/job search, CV/ cover letter reviewing and help, 1-to-1 interview preparation sessions, support and advice.
Our for-credit internship programme enables students to gain academic credit whilst gaining a practical insight into employment. The Careers & Internships Office supports students in securing placements both at home and abroad. The Office works with international partners to offer structured programmes in Argentina, China, South Africa, Italy, Spain and Ireland. In addition, students can secure placements on their own but the internship placement must be approved by the Internship Office in advance in order to gain academic credit.
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The Turing Scheme
If you’d like to take the opportunity to study abroad for a semester, you may be able to receive funding from the Turing Scheme, the UK’s global programme to study and work abroad. Subject to eligibility, it can help to cover the cost of living, travel and exceptional costs while abroad. Contact Maggie Burton in our International Programmes team for more details.
For further information on graduate internships please feel free to contact us.
Interim Head of Internships
Call: +44 (0) 20 8332 8200 / 6408
Office open hours are Monday to Friday • 9am – 5pm GMT.
Enhance your employability
Our students have gone on to a range of successful careers in finance, business, media and not-for-profit organisations thanks to the unique teaching experience at Richmond. We spoke to those alumni as well as faculty members and employers about career prospects for future students graduating with a dually accredited liberal arts degree.
The Internship Programme
An internship provides students with exposure to the demands of specific jobs in specific sectors and allows students to learn from professionals in their chosen field. These are academically-accredited work placements carried out over an 8-12 week period, and worth academic credits.
The practical skills and experience that students gain by carrying out an internship not only provide a taste of what it would be like to work in a given sector, but it also greatly increases a student’s employability in an ever-competitive job market.
As a student on Richmond’s Internship Programme, you will have the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in the workplace, make contacts which may prove valuable to your future employment prospects, and gain confidence in your capabilities, creativity and communication skills – all while gaining academic credits that will count towards your Degree.
The 6 credits Internship Programme is open to Junior (year 3) and Senior (year 4) degree students of any discipline who meet the following requirements:
- 60 completed credit hours at the time of application
- GPA of 2.75 or higher
- Exceptions: for Psychology majors a GPA of 3.2 is always required; GPA of 3.0 for Finance and Policy majors
- 2 strong academic references
Final acceptance onto the programme is at the discretion of the Head of the Internship Programme.
Applying for Undergraduate Internships in UK and abroad
Undergraduates apply for the programme upon eligibility through the Careers & Internship Office.
The Application deadlines are:
- Fall: June 1st
- Spring: October 1st
- Summer: March 1st
Upon being accepted, students send in all of their supporting documents:
- Completed Application form
- Two reference letters
- Up to day CV
After documents have been received, the Internship Office discusses with students the kind of placements they are hoping to get and helps to secure the placement via our contacts. We also help update students’ CV and offer interview 1-to-1 sessions.
Students are always welcomed and encouraged to look for a placement on their own. The Internship Office will get in touch with them and their employer to ensure that all requirements are met (number of hours worked, job description fits the students major etc.).
Internship and academic coursework integration
Every Postgraduate Student has the opportunity to complete an internship as part of their course during the last semester of their programme.
Richmond internships are supervised, career-related work experiences, combined with reflective academic study that help students apply theoretical knowledge in the workplace.
They are full-time, academically-accredited work placements carried out over an 6-12 week period, and worth 4 academic credits. Postgraduate internships are only completed during the summer semester.
- Students can be part-time or full-time, spread between 6-12 weeks for a minimum total of 200h
- They can only be taken during the last semester of their programme (can be Spring if you started in Spring)
A postgraduate internship is optional but highly encouraged. During their summer semester, students can opt to do an internship and their dissertation/research project (10,000 words) or opt to complete an extended dissertation/research project (15,000 words). However, this may vary by course.
Students are expected to search for internships on their own however, students can contact the Career & Internship office for assistance on their internship/job search, CV/ cover letter reviewing and help, 1-to-1 interview preparation sessions, support and advice.
The undergraduate summer internship program has been an intellectually stimulating experience. As a senior Communications and Media student with aspirations in communications and content creation, the internship offered me the opportunity to essentially customize my placement to gain valuable work experience in my areas of interest.
I would recommend that anyone who wants to apply to an internship think at least six months before applying to a placement where you would like to see yourself working in the future. By knowing before the start of your placement a particular area of interest that you think maybe in the direction of your future career path, you will gain the most benefits from your internship experience.
Throughout my experience in a communications role, I became more attentive to details and learned to work in a team. In addition, I acquired business writing skills, improved my English written language, understood how a service provider firm functioned from the inside and learned a lot of other helpful information. But most importantly, I understood how the communications industry works and my passion for creating new and exciting content.
My internship at Suzie Turner couture has been amazing. I have gotten the chance to do a wide variety of jobs and feel like I know so much more about fashion and marketing now. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in working in the fashion industry.
This internship taught me many things in the workplace. I learned how to handle several tasks at once, complete tasks promptly, and other important skills that I will use in my career.
In many ways. I learned a lot working in PayCui. I learned how to use many programs that I didn’t know before and that I will be using a lot in the future.
I feel that the internship benefited me the most in term of what I learnt in the work place because it allowed me to gain experience of what could be expected for my next career choices in terms of future jobs and decisions.
I still don’t know where I see myself in 5 years professionally speaking, but I am sure that the logical and creative thinking I developed in these weeks will help my ability of approaching problems in whatever context.
International Internship Providers
Richmond students looking for dedicated help finding an internship outside of London can safely rely on the following organisations which have worked with the university for years and are trusted International Internship providers.
- Absolute Intern – Europe, China, Singapore, Japan
- Connect123 – Australia, S. Africa, Argentina, China, Spain, Ireland
- CRCC Asia – Japan, S. Korea, China, Vietnam
- Global Career Center – USA
- The Intern Group – Worldwide options
Each of these organisations charge an additional fee to the regular Richmond University programme fees. This fee usually covers: individual training, the application process, visa costs and the placement procedure.
For more information contact our Head of Careers and Internships Cecile Loyen.
Richmond’s partner companies
Richmond students have been successfully taking part in internships, some for credit within their chosen Major, for many years.
Some of those companies have told us how happy they are with the internship programme and the type of students that have previously been involved.
Are you an employer looking to get involved?
If you own a small business or are involved with personnel in a large company, you can find out what previous employers have said about our students on our dedicated Employers Guide to Internships webpage.
Popular Job/Internship Search Portals and Career Resources
We recommend you first visit the following portals popular in the UK to search for an Internship and find out about various career paths that might interest you. You can also approach us if you need support with your application, CV, cover letter or general advice.
Current students are also encouraged to take advantage of our university resources by heading to our Careers Portal via the link below.
The employment rate of Richmond undergraduates is 93% and on average, students go on to find permanent employment within six months of graduating. We have graduates at EY, KPMG, PwC, Bloomberg, Black Rock, UBS, Google, IBM, House of Commons, US Homeland Security, Vice Media, NBC News, Al Jazeera, Buzzfeed and many more.
Our Alumni network has a far reach in all corners of the world. Students can work with our Careers & Internships Office in conjunction with our Alumni Office to make connections in the industry that they want to get into.
Visit our Alumni webpage for more information.
Recent graduate placements
- Fulham Palace
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- Women in Travel CIC
- CCD PR
- Quiller Consultants
- Lazard Asset Management
- Fate v. Future
- IHS Markit
- Jenny Packham
- Chapter 79
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- Epicurean life magazine
- KK Communications
- Emma Beckett PR
- Entice Communications
- Labour Party – London
- CARR (Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right
- US Commercial service
- Professors Without Borders
- Club of three