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As a Ravensbourne student you will be encouraged to pursue work placement opportunities. Here you’ll find information on finding a placement, different kinds of opportunities and where to seek further advice.
For students undertaking a compulsory unit please see our guide to credited placements for students and employers.
An internship is a temporary position of work that has an emphasis on learning and gaining some of your first working experiences within an industry.
Interns are usually students and an internship can last between one week and 12 months. The term ‘internship’ in most cases is interchangeable with ‘placement’ and, if it’s shorter in length, the term is ‘work experience’.
Undertaking a placement can help you decide which industry sector you want to pursue a career in once you graduate.
A placement will also help you to build a network of contacts who can advise and support you at the beginning and later in your career and a placement can, of course, often lead to a job offer.
The outcomes from a work placement or shorter period of work-based learning are many and varied. Through a placement you could:
Searching for a placement will require you to be resourceful and persistent. As a Ravensbourne student you are ultimately responsible for finding and securing your own placement.
There are a variety of places in which to look for placement vacancies. We recommend including the following key resources in your search:
Grow and develop your network by going to industry events and workshops. Trade journals, portfolio surgeries and seeking opportunities to meet industry professionals will greatly increase your chances of finding work and placement opportunities.
Skills developed through a speculative approach to finding placement opportunities is often crucial to a future career within the creative industries.
Curate a list of organisations you admire. If possible call first and ask for a specific person to address your application to, employers often find this very appealing. Then send your CV, cover letter and, if applicable, your portfolio.
It’s never too early to start thinking about securing a placement. When and what kind of placement you undertake can depend on the sector and your subject area.
You should seek advice on placements from the careers and industry liaison team during your first year and have your CV prepared and checked.
Whilst we encourage all employers to pay the living wage, different opportunities command different expectations of pay.
It is Ravensbourne’s policy to advertise unpaid work opportunities only if they last no longer than the equivalent of four weeks, or if the employer is a registered charity.
For advice on being paid as a freelancer please see Ravensbourne’s guide to freelancing. Please also contact the careers & industry liaison team to discuss freelance rates and opportunities.
See our insights page on mental health and disability in the workplace for further advice on keeping well on placements and at work.
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