Arts and Sciences (BASc)



" ‘The placement service delivered by UCL was outstanding and the calibre of business acumen demonstrated by our intern has far exceeded expectations.’ (Kmera)

All Arts and Sciences BASc degree students will be supported by the BASc Internships & Vacancies Team at UCL Careers if they wish to undertake an internship in the summer after their second year. The internship could be full or part-time but will need to be taken outside of the timetabled course requirements and students will need to comply with any relevant visa regulations. After the internship students will be able to reflect upon the experience as part of the BASc programme via the Knowledge Economy course vlog. If you are keen to source an internship outside of the UK, you are welcome to do this through your own contacts/research. The BASc Internships & Vacancies Team will be focusing on sourcing UK internships but obviously we can support you when you are making international applications.

The internship should be seen as a preparation for the world of work. Students who undertake an internship will be going through recruitment processes and will be encouraged to practise and reflect on this experience as much as the experience they gain during the internship itself. By choosing to source, secure and undertake an internship, students will gain a better understanding of their skills and be more able to market themselves successfully to potential future employers.

The main benefits of undertaking an internship are to:

  • Provide evidence of previous work experience to potential employers
  • Enable students to explore a field of work/industry sector
  • Enable students to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses and further improve essential transferable skills such as team-working and commercial awareness
  • Enable students to build their confidence
  • Enable students to gain an understanding of how theory and research relates to practice in an employment context
  • Provide students with opportunities to network with industry contacts
  • Provide students with an opportunity to earn money
  • Read more about the benefits of internships from other BASc students via their case studies.

Why employers would want a BASc student:

  • The BASc course is multidisciplinary and promotes an ability to think critically and synthesise information from many areas, which can be very useful in a work environment.
  • You learn and are assessed in a variety of ways, through group and project work, presentations and use of different media, so you are used to working in teams and presenting information in different ways.
  • The course promotes problem solving skills and the core modules encourage good research and language skills – not something that all undergraduate courses do all at once!

‘We had a very positive experience recruiting UCL student interns to our service.  They brought new thinking and creativity to tasks and used the skills learned from their studies to design tools which will be used in our teams to collect outcome data.  Overall we could not have done this without their expertise, motivation, dedication and commitment.’ (London Borough of Camden Children’s Centre Services)

The BASc Internships & Vacancies Team at UCL Careers looks forward to helping students source, prepare for, and learn from their internships. We see sourcing and securing an internship as a partnership activity driven by the student.

What you will need to do:

  • Recognise the benefits of engaging in work-based learning during or after your second year. The case for work-based learning during your degree is compelling (http://www.city-careers.com/thegraduatemarket/) and second year is definitely not too early to start.
  • Make the most of having us as a resource! This dedicated departmental support is not available to all undergraduates, and we can only help you if you engage with the process. 
  • Be open-minded. The world of work takes many forms! Large companies run formal internship schemes every summer, and these can provide you with experience in certain popular sectors, but these schemes are very competitive.  There are lots of opportunities available in SMEs (small and medium enterprises), in charities and start-ups – internships in these places can offer a more independent working environment, a more flexible structure and greater responsibility.  With smaller companies it can be easier to see the direct effect your work is having – see more here:  http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-careers/2014/07/15/have-you-thought-about-targeting-local-sme-businesses-for-your-job-search-2/  An internship is a good opportunity to find out if you suit the working style of different-sized organisations.
" ‘Since the company was a young start-up, I felt that I was able to learn a lot more about how a business worked as well as learn about the different sectors within a company – as opposed to an established corporate company, where perhaps I  would have been placed in one department and only gained insight in that specific area only. This was super beneficial as it taught me many skills, such as talking/delivering meetings and presentations, how accountancy and sales works, along with harnessing my marketing and communications skills. This awareness and new found knowledge is extremely beneficial in many different work environments which is very useful for me as I am still exploring my options for my future career’ – Anna-Luise Compton, BASc 2nd year 2013-14.

The support available:

  • The Team will host regular drop-in sessions throughout the Autumn and Spring Terms, as well as bookable one-to-one appointments.  These will give students the opportunity to get advice from the Team on sourcing an internship and making applications.
  • The Team will be approaching employers on behalf of BASc students to source exclusive internship opportunities in line with their areas of interest. 
  • You will be encouraged to register for Talent Bank, UCL’s vacancy shortlisting service. If you decide to apply for any vacancies via Talent Bank we will support you with your application.  You will also be encouraged to register for UCL Alert!, and to search for vacancies on UCL JobOnline and other relevant sites.  
  • You will be encouraged to engage with the range of support available at UCL Careers http://www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/students – from CV checking to Careers Guidance, practice interviews and skills sessions to employer-led events.  
  • The Team will send regular newsletters including tips and opportunities for BASc students.
  • You will be given advice and support to make sure that any internship you undertake is a safe and useful experience.

If you have any queries about doing an internship, please contact the BASc Internships & Vacancies Team at careers.internships@ucl.ac.uk