Industry links

Be taught by academics who are experts in their field, and work closely with your chosen industry

Goldsmiths works with a large network of organisations in the museum and heritage sector including TATE, the National Theatre, the Museum of London, the British Library, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. We're also committed to contributing to the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of local communities, and as such we have links with the London Boroughs of Lewisham and Southwark, as well as the Horniman Museum, the South London Gallery, the 198 Gallery, Artmongers and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

  • Courses available through the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE) offer you the opportunity to connect with industry (current partners include Sadler's Wells and Tate), while their SYNAPSE workshop programme enables students to develop entrepreneurial tools and make contact with key figures in the creative and cultural sectors.
  • Our Departments of ComputingDesign, and Media and Communications have links with small, large and local organisations including BT Research, Yahoo!, the BBC, Microsoft Research, Roll7, Rebellion, Winkball, the Wall Street Journal, the Telegraph and M&C Saatchi.
  • Collaborative events like Filmhack and Game5hack enable students to gain practical experience with leading creatives in industry.
  • The Pi Studio in the Department of Design carries out applied research in the field of innovative design, and consultancy activities with partners including manufacturers, NGOs, charities, and leading R&D labs
  • Two new cross-disciplinary initiatives, the Institute of Management Studies and the Centre for Creative and Social Technologies (CAST), are dedicated to working with partners to deliver the most innovative courses underpinned by expert knowledge from industry and academia.
  • The Department of Sociology works with Intel, who are funding research projects, and Microsoft, whose research staff help teach an undergraduate module, Sociology into Design, which is now also offered at MA level in conjunction with Microsoft.
  • The Department of Psychology collaborates with advertising agency DDB UK on the Scientist in Residence (SiR) scheme. This places a Goldsmiths psychologist for consultancy at the DDB headquarter in Paddington roughly once a week. The scheme also includes project and campaign-related consultancy, as well as a number of Masters projects that are run each year in joint supervision between DDB and Goldsmiths.

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See how our Department of Psychology works with the creative communications agency adam&eveDDB

Santander internship scheme

All of these case studies took part in the Santander internship scheme, and were given £1000 a month for taking part in a three month work placement. Find out more about the scheme, which is open to recent graduates and final year students. 


"I was never made to feel like ‘the intern’; I've been treated like one of the family!" 

I graduated from Goldsmiths in December and I began the placement at Haberdashery Design in collaboration with the Medical Research Council (MRC) in January. I’m a designer and my work is focused on the creative communication of science, health and wellbeing, so an opportunity to work across both the science and design communities seemed like the perfect position. 

The main project I was involved with was a huge public exhibition called ‘Strictly Science’. Although my role was largely running and contributing to the online campaign, I helped with lots of different aspects behind the scenes of the show including planning and coordinating, setting up, and running the event itself. I’m interested in running events and while I had some experience in project management this was a chance to experience a large-scale public event with an important company involving large numbers of people. 

I’ve had a fantastic three months, my colleagues across both companies were great to work with, I’ve met all sorts of interesting and exciting people and I think I’ve made friends for life. I was never made to feel like ‘the intern’; I've been treated like one of the family!


"I was awarded an Internal Achievers Award, a feat no other intern had achieved or even been nominated for"

I was thrown into the deep end as soon as I started at Time Out, working with the digital team in cleaning up raw data produced from the annual London sex survey. After a couple weeks of Excel spreadsheets loaded with the crass sexploits of Londoners and thematic mapping, I moved on to producing backstage videos for the 17 West End shows nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Audience Awards for the Oliviers 2013.

Within three fun and intense filled weeks, the project was complete and published on the magazine, the website, the blog and the YouTube channel (which became my responsibility to manage). For my contribution to this task, I was awarded an Internal Achievers Award, a feat no other intern had achieved (or even been nominated for). From then onwards, I've been helping to create more videos and also building digital features and competitions that appear on the website.


"I feel considerably more confident and, crucially, more hopeful that I did even six months ago"

The internship programme has been a really positive experience for me. I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve had the opportunity to work in a professional environment, on real projects, but I’ve also had the time to continue some of the research I did when I was at Goldsmiths and that really interested me.

I worked on several projects across a range of sectors including mobile technology, financial services, publishing and media. I really enjoyed the different kinds of work I did – from desktop research and workshop development, to client presentations and working on deliverables. I even got to use my business modelling skills.

I feel considerably more confident and, crucially, more hopeful that I did even six months ago and I intend to invest in others the way I feel I have been invested in when I’m in the position to do so. It was a step into a new world and a fantastic opportunity to work with a cutting edge creative consultancy. I would definitely recommend the internship programme to other students.  

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