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Study Abroad Internship

The Study Abroad + Internship programme gives you the opportunity to do an internship in your field of interest one day per week whilst studying two or three other modules at St Mary's,

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You will be doing one full day per week within a company or organisation, gaining crucial work experience to add to and strengthen your CV.
You will have a choice of four internship modules. Each focuses on a particular work discipline:

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

The modules will help to support your learning in the workplace, your understanding of your chosen sector and your professional development.

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.

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

  • Sports Coaching
  • Mental health charities
  • Primary schools (ages 4 – 11)
  • Historic houses
  • Lawyers
  • Banks
  • Local government
  • Youth work
  • PR / Marketing
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Sports Management
  • Hospice
  • Conference and events management
  • Special needs schools4a
  • Homeless shelter
  • Secondary schools (11 – 18)
  • Family support services
  • Environmental charities
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Social Media
  • Hospitality / Hotels
  • Mentoring / befriending services

Do not worry if what you want to do is not listed here, we work with each student to find the best opportunity for them and these are just a few examples of the internships on offer.


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.

The application process

If you choose the Study Abroad + Internship pathway, you will be asked to answer a few questions about your interests, aspirations and previous work and voluntary experience which will help us to find the right internship for you.  

Once we have your application, we will be able to give you some information about the internship opportunity we could offer you including the type of organisation and the work that you might be expected to undertake.  

We will not give you exact details of the organisation in advance, but we can answer any questions you have throughout the application process and before you come to St Mary’s.

DBS check

If your internship involves working with children or vulnerable adults, you will be required to undergo a DBS check (police records check), which will require you to obtain a letter from your local police station at home confirming that you do not have a criminal record.  
Forms for completion will be sent to you by St Mary’s. It is very important that you comply with all deadlines specified.

How to apply

Check the Workplace Learning Internship modules offered and find out which kind of internship you would like to do.  

Applications must be submitted by 30th May 2017 for Autumn/Fall semester and 15th October 2017 for Spring semester.