Employers’ Guide to Internships
What is a Richmond internship?
A Richmond internship is a supervised, work-based learning placement that, combined with reflective, academic study, enables students to apply theoretical knowledge in the workplace and to develop employability skills in the process.
Available to Junior or Senior (3rd or 4th year) students in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters, Richmond internships normally last for 8 or 9 weeks. During their placement, students receive the support of a nominated supervisor in the workplace, as well as the guidance and mentorship of a member of the university’s academic team. The programme has been designed to enable both the placement organisation and the student to gain benefit and to have sufficient time to work on valuable and constructive projects.
Students at Richmond are bright, motivated and eager to learn. Selected on the basis of their strong academic record and their personal qualities, Richmond interns are also familiar with the mainstream computer programs and many of them are multi-lingual. As the programme works mainly with students who are close to completing their degrees, the majority of interns are knowledgeable about their specialist area and therefore able to make a meaningful contribution to an organisation’s work. Being more mature also means that students on the programme are more focussed on their careers and on creating opportunities to broaden their connections.
As the internship is a credit-bearing academic course, students on the programme do not require a full work visa – even if they are non-EU nationals. Non-EU students on a Tier 4 visa are legally permitted to complete a full-time, work-related course, as long as it counts towards their academic studies. A copy of the student’s passport and visa can be provided for your records upon request.
What happens next?
If you are interested in accessing the support of high-calibre, motivated student interns, please contact Lilja Persson, for information about how to get involved.
Employer Feedback about the Programme
Employer, National Music Promoter, Spring 2016
“I found the programme unobtrusive and concise. Both students and staff were a pleasure to work with”
Employer, Fashion & Beauty PR, Spring 2016
“Really great experience. We would love to continue working with Richmond going forwards and are keen to have future interns”
Employer, Economics Think Tank, Summer 2015
“I have found working with this programme to be a real pleasure. The quality of interns is high and the administration is effective and efficient.”
Employer, International Publisher, Spring 2015
“I love the programme. It’s a great programme and all the students, without exception, have contributed a lot to our department. I’m more than happy to stay involved and I do hope the students benefit from the experience.”
Employer, International Market Research Company, Spring 2014
“The programme is extremely interesting, the most considerable aspect is that you follow the process step by step, and you accompany the interns throughout their journey”.
Employer, National Museum, Summer 2013
“I found the Programme very good. I felt well informed of the procedures and the handbook was very helpful. I found the supervisor visit helpful and it was good to be able to give verbal feedback on our intern’s performance thus far. It was also reassuring to see that the College cared about the progress of their students and to see that the relationship was working for both us and the student.”
Employer, Fringe Theatre, Spring 2013
“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with your Internship Programme and the interns that you’ve provided. I’ve felt that support was there should I need it and that you obviously care about the welfare/development of the students you work with.”
Employer, International Publisher, Spring 2013
“It has been really easy working with the programme, we’re very happy with our decision. Our intern has been absolutely brilliant and a total asset to the entire team. We don’t want her to leave!”
“I have found working with the Internship Programme to be a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Richmond students are usually very bright and have a great work ethic.”