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The BASc Internship
All Arts and Sciences BASc degree students will undertake an internship at the end of their second year. The internship will need to be full-time (35 hours) for a minimum of six weeks and it will be undertaken within the UK. After the internship you will reflect upon it as part of your BASc degree studies.
Primarily, the internship can be seen as a preparation for the world of work. If you make the best use of your time whilst on the internship you will gain a better understanding of your skills and be able to market yourself successfully to potential future employers.
The main benefits of undertaking an internship are to:
- Provide evidence of previous work experience to potential employers.
- Enable you to explore a field of work/industry sector.
- Enable you to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and further improve essential transferable skills such as team-working and commercial awareness.
- Enable you to gain an understanding of how theory and research relates to practice in an employment context.
- Provide you with opportunities to network with industry contacts.
Overview of the process and internship sourcing
The Placement Team at UCL Careers looks forward to helping you source, prepare for, and learn from your internship. We see sourcing and securing an internship as a co-operative activity. Our relationship with you is a partnership; each side having its own set of tasks and responsibilities to uphold.
- We will provide you with opportunities to let us know your placement preferences and help you with resources so that you can find an internship that suits you.
- You are encouraged to research organisations, sectors and roles early on so that you have an idea as to what your preferences are, and so you are aware of any early application deadlines.
- We will help you find internship opportunities by utilising existing UCL Careers employer contacts, sourcing new contacts, and working with trade associations / sector skills councils to provide a range of opportunities.
- We will try to match your preferences with suitable opportunities; however we will be limited by what employers are able to offer and by their requirements. It is important that you are flexible and open-minded toward opportunities so that you can find an internship that suits you.
- You are encouraged to source internships yourself if you have a clear idea of what you want to do.
- For us to help you effectively you will need to fully engage with the process and meet deadlines for returning documents to us.
- Further information about sourcing and preparing for the internships, as well as the process and deadlines will be given to you by UCL Careers Placement Team at the beginning of your second year.
If you have any queries about the internship, please contact the Placements and Vacancies Manager, Rochelle Symons at firstname.lastname@example.org