College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has a dedicated Placements Team who work to bridge the gap between academia and industry, enabling students to apply their knowledge to a real work setting, across both public and private sectors.

For many of our placement programmes, we can provide a stress-free and comprehensive service, supporting you at all stages of your placement recruitment. If you would like advice in offering a work placement opportunity, please get in contact via las-placements@westminster.ac.uk

We support a broad range of courses across our Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Law Schools. Please note, students can intern ether remotely (i.e. virtual) or on-site at the Organisation's premises. 

Placements in Humanities 

  • Minimum 35-hour work experience for final year English, History and Languages undergraduate students, between September – December.
  • This can be paid or unpaid (with travel and lunch expenses), and can be on a full or part-time basis.
  • Opportunities suitable for this module are varied, although many students seek experience in education, marketing, publishing, journalism, media, languages and the arts/cultural sector.


Placements in Archives and Museums 

Sandwich placements

  • Minimum 550 hour work experience for postgraduate 'MA Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Culture with Professional Experience' students across a 12 month period.
  • Placements are usually in museums, galleries and other cultural institutions. 
  • Placements can be paid or unpaid (with travel and lunch expenses), on a  part or full-time basis, usually beginning either in January or September each year.

Internships

  • Minimum 72-hour work experience for final year undergraduate students, between September – April.
  • This can be paid or unpaid (with travel and lunch expenses), and usually is part-time during term time.
  • Opportunities suitable for this module are strictly archive and museum related, thus the majority of students intern for historical houses, museums and galleries.


Placements in Cultural Institutions

  • Minimum 105-hour work experience for postgraduate students, which can be completed between January  – August.
  • This can be paid or unpaid (with travel and lunch expenses), and can be on a full or part-time basis.
  • Opportunities suitable for this module are varied but most students seek opportunities in curating, museums, publishing, media/journalism, galleries and cultural organisations.


Placements in Criminology

  • Minimum 35-hour work experience for final year undergraduate students, between term time September – April.
  • This can be paid or unpaid (with travel and lunch expenses), and usually is part-time during term time.
  • Opportunities suitable for this module are varied but most students seek opportunities in policing, rights and justice, research, social/youth work, advice clinics, courts and security intelligence.


Placements in Sociology

  • Minimum 50-hour work experience for 2nd year undergraduate students, between term time September – April. 
  • This can be paid or unpaid (with travel and lunch expenses), and usually is part-time during term time.
  • Opportunities suitable for this module is varied and many students take on placements in education, administration, research, marketing, advice clinics and other charitable work.


Placements in Psychology

Sandwich placements

  • Undergraduate students in their penultimate year of study in Psychology and Cognitive & Clinical Psychology have the option to spend an academic year (30+ weeks) in a work setting related to psychology.
  • Placements can be paid or unpaid (with travel and lunch expenses), with students working four days per week.
  • Students seek work placements across Clinical, Educational, Forensic, Health and Occupational Psychology. Examples include working in hospitals, prisons, educational psychology centres, universities, and schools, through to market research companies, and occupational psychology agencies.

Work experience

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate students have the option to undertake a minimum of 30 hours of work experience during term time (September – April), which can be paid or unpaid (with travel and lunch expenses), and on a part-time basis.
  • Examples of work experience settings include supporting individuals with mental health issues, drug or alcohol dependence; supporting parents and children with autism; befriending people with dementia and working in a research or clinical setting.


Placements in Politics and International Relations

  • Minimum 72-hour work experience for 2nd year undergraduate students, between term time September – April.
  • This can be paid or unpaid (with travel and lunch expenses), and usually is part-time during term time.
  • Opportunities suitable for this module is strictly related to politics and so many students go on to seek placements in think tanks, political charities and embassies.


Placements in Law

  • Minimum 72-hour work experience for 2nd year undergraduate students, between term time September – April.
  • This can be paid or unpaid (with travel and lunch expenses), and usually is part-time during term time.
  • Opportunities suitable for this module are strictly related to law, examples include within law firms, courts, legal advice clinics.


Placements in Life Sciences

Sandwich placements

  • One-year (48 – 52 weeks), sandwich placement for undergraduate Biomedical Sciences students in their penultimate year of study. Placements are usually in diagnostic laboratories, pharmaceutical companies and research institutes.
  • Placements can be paid or unpaid (with travel and lunch expenses), on a full-time basis, usually beginning in September each year.
  • Opportunity to engage with students through holding an Insight Session, for example with a diagnostic or pharmaceutical setting. 

Work experience

  • Minimum 75-hour work experience for final year Life Sciences undergraduate students, during the summer vacation, between June –  September.
  • This can be paid or unpaid (with travel and lunch expenses), either on a part or full-time basis. 
  • Students are encouraged to undertake work experience across any Science or non-Science related roles, with the aim to enhance their professional skills. Areas of interest include administration, research, nutrition, pharmaceutical and charitable work.

Apply for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme

If you are an employer looking to create jobs placements for young people, apply for funding as part of the Government's Kickstart Scheme.

You can use the Kickstart Scheme to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

You must make sure the roles are eligible for the scheme.

Apply for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme