Business School Internships

Work based learning is embedded within the Business School’s curriculum through our successful Internship programme. It is an important aspect of the second year of study, exposing students to the real-life workplace and business expectations. Students undertake an internship under the direction of an employer and academic supervisor, applying in the workplace, a range of knowledge and skills learnt while specialising in:-

The Work Placement Partner works closely with organisations from the public, private and voluntary sector so students have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in their chosen field. Internships with the Commonwealth Games Wales for example, range from working on the website redesign, assisting with research, gathering and output of social media, written and digital material for all media platforms and arranging corporate or sport specific events to raise the profile of the games through school visits.

Not only would the internship be an opportunity for a student to be a valuable asset in the workplace, it would be an opportunity to talent spot for longer term paid internships or graduate positions, while also strengthening the collaboration between your organisation and the USW Business School. 


Internship Requirements

  • Duration – 13th January to 20th March 2020.
  • Internships are a minimum of 3 days per week (Tuesday to Friday – organisation to negotiate the work pattern with the student) for the duration of 10 weeks with the possibility of an extension over the Easter holidays and beyond.
  • Student to attend University 1 day per week (Monday) whilst also completing an academic portfolio and skills reflection based on their experiences. 
  • Student to have 1 study day per week (with the exception of Event Management and Public Services) to be negotiated with the organisation.
  • Opportunities can be paid or unpaid with a contribution from the organisation towards travelling and/or lunch expenses. 
  • Support provided from Academic Tutors and Placement Partner throughout the internship.

* Internship will be a minimum of 4 days per week and students are not required to attend university.

Module/Course Aims

Students will be required to identify an issue, problem or project within their workplace to focus on. The engagement with businesses will enable students to apply and enhance their learning of theories and concepts from their studies in a real business setting. The course has been mapped to CMI requirements. 

Students take a project management approach to event operations and planning, by working with organisations in an events context.

Providing students with a substantial workplace experience, in an environment where they can explore their current levels of competence in regards of the required professional skills and behaviours identified within the new CIPD professional standards.

Students will be required to identify an issue, problem or project within their workplace to focus on. Portfolio work from the work-based learning experience enables students to develop their submission for the CIM L4 Marketing in Action Award.

Students will apply the concepts and principles of public services in the employment context, while developing employability skills and personal/ professional development in managing and working in a public or voluntary sector organisation. 

If you are interested in hosting an internship, to participate in the recruitment process commencing in the Summer, please contact Julie Gould at or Glesni Ayres at to register your interest.

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