At Goldsmiths you have the option of completing an internship in London alongside your studies. Internship opportunities are facilitated by our partner, Arcadia University, the College of Global Studies.
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If you are interested in applying for the Study Abroad programme without an internship, please visit the Study Abroad programme page.
On the Goldsmiths and Arcadia London Internship Programme you will combine three Goldsmiths modules with a credit-bearing internship based in London.
How it works
You can choose from hundreds of Goldsmiths modules in the spring semester, offered across our academic departments. You will complete three modules. Each module is generally equivalent to four US credits. All teaching for the modules takes place in the spring semester from January to the end of March/beginning of April, with assessment between April and June.
The internship is seven weeks in length and takes place in the summer semester from April to May after the teaching for the modules ends. Internships are full-time hours, 3-4 days per week, and are worth four US credits. You will complete an accompanying internship seminar, Work in Thought and Action, taught by Arcadia University London Centre. The seminar is designed to maximise your learning from the internship experience, and will connect it to both your course of study and your career aspirations. There are 12 contact hours for the seminar, and you will be required to complete assignments.
The internship has been the highlight of my semester in the UK. I was really worried about meeting Londoners but my internship has really helped me in this as I was able to get involved in the community and get to know what real Londoners are like.
Humna, Arcadia University International Relations Major
To find out more about the experience of students on the internship programme, visit the internship testimonials page.
Internships are offered with a variety of organisations in the following fields:
- Film and TV
- Non-Government Organisations
- Parliament and Politics
- Psychology and Health Services
- Public Relations
Arcadia guarantees the offer of an internship placement for every participant on the London Internship Programme. In your application, you will be required to select three fields of interest. Every effort is made to accommodate preferences, however, an internship in a particular field or organisation cannot be guaranteed.
More information about the fields available can be found in the Internship Placement Guide.
Interning and studying in London
London is a vibrant and diverse city to experience as both a student and a professional. There are a huge variety of organisations you can work for, from start-ups to large corporate agencies. You’ll study and work alongside individuals from different cultures and backgrounds, helping you to develop vital skills such as intercultural awareness and communication. You’ll build a global network, increase your employability, and have a unique and exciting experience abroad that will shape your future.
London is a great city with an endless list of things to do and to see! In this busy city, I noticed that Goldsmiths offers something that can be very valuable, which is the feeling of community and inspiration that you get when you walk around the campus.
Roxane, MA Cultural Policy, Relations & Diplomacy
How to Apply
Please visit our how to apply page for information on applying and the link to the application form.
The application will ask you to provide your top three fields of interest for the internship, and will also ask you to discuss your goals and experience.
Once you have submitted your application, it will be processed by Goldsmiths and Arcadia and you will usually receive a decision within three weeks.
Please note, the internship programme is only open to undergraduate students. It is not open to students on the Study Abroad Art or Design programmes.
Please visit our fees and funding page for more information about the fees for this programme.
Visas and Immigration
It’s likely you’ll need a Student Visa for this programme. You will find more information about the rules, eligibility requirements, and application guidance on our Student visas page.
We have a dedicated Immigration Advisory Service to help you with any immigration questions you might have. They offer workshops, drop-in sessions, individual appointments, and email advice. You can contact them with any enquiries at immigration(@gold.ac.uk).
Our partnership with Arcadia University
Arcadia University has been a leader in study abroad for over 75 years and in 2009, its existing Centre for Education Abroad was elevated to College status, thereby creating The College of Global Studies. It is the first College of its kind dedicated to the delivery and development of education abroad. Nearly 3,000 students from over 300 colleges and universities participate in Arcadia University’s programmes abroad each year.
Goldsmiths and Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies have been partners for many years and have a wealth of experience in supporting and delivering study abroad programmes for students from across the USA and around the world.