Business internships FAQ

Should internships be paid?

Wherever possible we ask that internships offered to our students are paid at the London Living Wage. 

Which business degree courses are included?

  • Business Management BSc (Hons) with business experience
  • International Business BSc (Hons) with business experience
  • Marketing & Advertising BSc (Hons) with business experience
  • Accounting & Finance BSc (Hons) with business experience
  • Real Estate Management BSc (Hons) with business experience**

** Please note that Real Estate students follow a different internship pattern. To find out more, please contact us via our Enquiry Form.

What makes Kingston Business School's programmes different from other courses?

Kingston Business School's new degree courses combine:

  • A work internship of three months (with the possibility to extend an additional two months)
  • A pathway towards professional qualifications
  • Business readiness training

This is alongside academic studies and all in just three years.

Why does Kingston Business School offer business degrees with Business Experience?

Kingston Business School responded to the concern from employers that graduates are not fully prepared when entering the world of work, and lack practical skills. Following a significant amount of market research, we've designed degree courses that properly meet the demands of business and are committed to giving our students the best possible start to their careers by incorporating real work experience, a professional qualification pathway and business readiness training into the three-year degrees.

What kinds of organisations provide internships to our students?

Kingston Business School has a wealth of contacts and excellent relationships with a wide range of companies from global multinationals to small cutting-edge enterprises as well as public sector organisations. 

We have helped our students secure placements across different sectors through providing a comprehensive and completely free consultancy service to placement hosts, analysing your business needs and helping them to find the perfect fit for their placement opportunities.

What advantages will I gain from giving a student a work placement?

By agreeing to become a work placement provider, you will benefit from a hard-working, energetic student who has been prepared both academically and practically for the workplace and who is keen to learn and put their skills into practice. Students will have an active interest in your organisation's areas of work, and will have knowledge gained from our courses that is up-to-date and reflects the latest changes in business and industry. Our students are from a variety of backgrounds and countries, offering a range of perspectives that reflect the society in which many organisations operate.

How will I know that the student is ready to take a work placement with my organisation?

Through our Business Readiness Programme, we ensure students are ready for their work placements. The programme consists of a wide range of skills training, meeting the practical needs of the workplace. This skills learning begins as soon as students start their degree. Students are required to attend and pass assessments on this Business Readiness Programme before they are allowed to start a work placement.

To ensure the intern is a perfect fit with your organisation we also encourage organisations to follow their own recruitment process as standard procedure.

What skills can I expect a work placement student to have?

The skills taught by our Business Readiness Programme include:

  • Self-management, planning and organising including the setting and checking of targets, project management and problem solving, asking for help and using it.
  • Selling and negotiation including understanding both parties' needs and objectives, creating dialogues and consultative selling.
  • Time and learning management including prioritising and setting goals.
  • Professional workplace communication and etiquette including good email practice, appropriate social media and mobile use, ethics of business, handling a variety of workplace situations and cultural differences.
  • Communication including writing reports and presentations, effective public speaking, creating and using spreadsheets and Microsoft Office skills.
  • Networking including meetings at a conference, effective use of social media and constructive team work.

In addition, students acquire: PRINCE2 project management qualification and MS Office certification.

How do I know the student will be suitable for my organisation?

When you are ready to advertise a placement opportunity, we will ask you for a job description and a job advert that the Placements Team will upload to our placement system. The students will then be able to log in and apply for any roles they are interested in.

You can have as much or as little to do with the selection process as suits you.  Students can send their applications directly to you or The Placement Team can shortlist a selection of the most suitable candidates for interview.  As a work placement provider, you will always have the final say on the students chosen.

Will the students have professional knowledge?

Many of the students will be studying for professional qualifications alongside their chosen degree. Depending on their degree, these studies may include the well-regarded PRINCE2 project management qualification, or a Professional Certificate and Professional Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). 

Similarly, through the breadth of their study, our students may have gained partial exemptions to the professional qualifications awarded by:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW)

What types of careers are business students interested in once they graduate?

You will find our business students to be hard working, focused and ambitious. They have chosen their degrees because they realise the career advantages they will gain from these more intensive programmes.

Accounting and finance graduates can expect to join an accounting firm or accounting department in the private or public sector.

Business management graduates secure positions such as a finance officer, marketing manager, HR administrator or personal banker and adviser. Our international business graduates find employment in similar roles, but usually overseas or in international companies based in the UK. 

Marketing and advertising graduates typically seek a career in advertising and communications in marketing departments or marketing communications agencies. They aspire to reach senior leadership and decision making positions.