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Micro Internships

Take part in a short internship with a business, charity or social enterprise and gain experience in a real-life, professional setting with support and training from Queen Mary careers and internships staff. Micro internships allow you to both acquire experience and explore your career options

Who can apply?

Open to undergraduate and postgraduate Queen Mary students from:

  • All Schools in the Humanities and Social Sciences faculty
  • All Schools in the Science and Engineering faculty

Why take part?

  • Gain real-life work experience and build your CV
  • Develop professional communication, research, analytical and time management skills 
  • Increase your employer network
  • Add your micro-internship employer as a reference in future internship/ graduate job applications
  • List the Micro Internship programme on your digital transcript, the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

Programme timeline


Spring dates

Summer dates

Applications go live


13 May 2024

Application deadline


28 May 2024

Pre-Internship training  

28 February 2024

26 June 2024

Micro Internships must begin this week 

4 March 2024

1 July 2024

Micro Internships must end this week 

1 April 2024

29 July 2024

Post-Internship workshop 

10 April 2024

7 August 2024

Programme Outline 

Over a period of five weeks, you will have the opportunity to work for an employer on a flexible, part-time basis for 40 hours. As part of the programme, you will attend two career training sessions delivered by a Queen Mary careers consultant, one at the beginning and one at the end of your micro-internship. Training sessions are compulsory and focus on professional etiquette, how to make the most out of your internship and how to identify what skills you have developed in the process. You will also have support from a supervisor from the Queen Mary internships team throughout the programme.

Each micro-internship is unique, but you can expect to experience what it is like working in a professional environment and learn how to apply certain academic skills such as research, analytical and communication skills to a real-life scenario. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain work experience and add it to your CV whilst studying.

Past students' experiences

“This Micro Internship not only gave me the opportunity to put the skills I currently have -- such as research, time-management and responsibility -- to practice, but it also enabled me to develop and refine those skills for the better. It also certainly provided me with the valuable work experience I need to enhance my CV/resume.”

“My communication skills have also increased highly as well, I was in constant communication with the people at my micro-internship so that I could make sure the project was fit for their requirements.”


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