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Study Abroad + Internship

The Study Abroad + Internship programme gives you the opportunity to complete a voluntary Internship within your field of interest, as part of a Workplace Learning module. You will be required to work for 60 – 80 hours whilst studying two or three other modules at St Mary’s.

You will be working for approximately one day per week within an organisation, gaining crucial work experience to add to and strengthen your CV (resume). 

You will have a choice of four internship modules. Each focuses on a particular work discipline:

  • Business
  • Not-for-profit
  • Sports
  • Education

Each module will involve a weekly lecture in addition to the internship. The content of the lectures will help to support your learning in the workplace, your understanding of your chosen sector and your own professional development.

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Internship examples

Where your internship takes place will depend very much on your degree programme, your existing skills and abilities, your previous work and voluntary experience and your career aspirations.

Types of organisations that students have undertaken internships in this year include:

  • Sports coaching
  • Mental health charities
  • Primary schools (ages 4 – 11)
  • Historic houses
  • Banks
  • Local government departments
  • Youth charities
  • PR / marketing consultancies
  • Travel and tourism, including hotels
  • Sports management agencies
  • Conference and events management
  • Special needs schools
  • Homeless shelter
  • Secondary schools (11 – 18)
  • Family support services
  • Environmental charities
  • Business administration/management
  • Mentoring / befriending services

Don't worry if what you would like to do is not listed here, our Workplace Learning team works with each student to find the most suitable opportunity for them and these are just some examples of what may be available. 

How to apply

Please apply for Study Abroad + Internship pathway using the correct link here. After you’ve been accepted to the Study Abroad programme, you will receive an email asking to answer a few questions about your interests, aspirations and previous work and voluntary experience to help us to find the right internship for you.

Once our Workplace Learning team receives this information, they may be in touch with you to request additional information or set up a Skype interview with a work placement supervisor. After you arrive on campus, a member of the Workplace Learning team will accompany you to your first day at your work placement.

Appplication deadlines

Applications must be submitted by 15th October 2019 for Spring semester and 30th May 2020 for Autumn/Fall.


Visa requirements

To undertake an internship, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 visa if you are not an EEA/EU student. More information can be found   Tier 4 Student Visa pages. Please do not apply for your visa until St Mary’s issues you with a CAS.


DBS check

If your internship involves working with children or vulnerable adults, you will be required to undergo a DBS Check (UK police records check), which you will need to pay for.

It will require you to complete an online application, provide original ID documents once in the UK and pay £51.20 for the check. In addition, you will need to obtain and provide a letter for your local police at home, confirming that you do not hold a criminal record.

You will not be able to work with children or vulnerable adults without these checks and it is very important that you comply with all deadline specified.