SOAS University of London

Paid internships available for SOAS students

20 November 2013

SOAS, University of London is launched a paid internship programme in partnership with Santander, through its Santander Universities Global Division. 

The programme will provide UK local businesses, charities and social enterprises with access to high calibre graduates. Students will also have the opportunity to gain invaluable paid work experience to help them take their first steps into employment.

Previously, internships have been offered at British Chinese Workforce Heritage, a ground-breaking three-year project conducted by Ming-Ai (London) Institute. The organisation described the internship programme as an excellent opportunity to recruit talented graduates interested in cultural heritage.

Santander internships
Rosa Kurowska secured a permanent role at the British Chinese Workforce Heritage Project after completing a three-month placement at the organisation

Rosa Kurowska, MA History graduate (2012) secured a contract role as a project coordinator of British Chinese Workforce Heritage Project after completing a three-month placement through the SOAS scheme.  She said: "The SOAS Internships scheme has been invaluable in helping my career. SOAS Careers Service staff have been supportive and informative during all stages of my placement and I have gained valuable experience in the heritage sector."

Similarly, Benjamin Fielden, BA History (2012) secured a place at Ming-Ai (London) Institute through this scheme. He secured a three-months placement. His duties included school presentations, liaising with schools, producing education materials and website design. 

Benjamin said: "The SOAS Internships scheme really helped me start my career off in the direction I wanted. Through the placement I have gained valuable experience in the heritage sector and have learnt a variety of different skills including conducting oral interviews, audio/video/photo editing, research and administration. 

"The placement also led me to start work with the organisation on another project related to promoting healthy Chinese cuisine in secondary schools, the Healthy Chinese Cuisine Ambassadors project. This chance to interact with students in secondary schools has been a new challenge but one that I find very exciting. It has also meant an extension of responsibility."

Internship Coordinator Alexandra Lesmes said: “Internships are becoming an increasingly important part of securing a permanent job so this is an excellent opportunity for SOAS students. Through this programme students can put their global outlook, cultural understanding and language skills, all crucial skills in a globalised world, into practice.”

The internship will last three months and should start no later than 30 June 2014. The scheme is available to organisations with up to 250 employees or a turnover not exceeding £50 million and is subject to limited availability.

If you are interested in having a SOAS student as a intern please contact Alexandra Lesmes on or call 020 7898 4102.