Manchester Metropolitan University

Postgraduate Internships

The Postgraduate Internship Programme is an optional unit open to all Masters students who wish to apply their subject knowledge and skills within a business related role.

Undertaking a postgraduate internship not only shows future employers that you are capable of working in a professional capacity, it also enables you to gain practice credits, which will be recorded on your qualification transcript.

Some of our postgraduate students who completed internships through the scheme have successfully secured ongoing employment with their internship host after graduation.

How does the Postgraduate Internship Programme work?

Internships through the Postgraduate Internship Programme are short-term periods of work experience that can start anytime between November and early August the following year.

Internships through the scheme must be for 100 hours in length, and can be completed flexibly to fit around your academic commitments, for example, you could complete your internship part time during term time (e.g. 1 or 2 days per week), or full time or part time during University holidays and/or during the period from May to August when you will be working on your dissertation.

An internship through the Postgraduate Internship Programme may be working within an organisation’s office to support with the daily workload, or may require you to work on a specific project that the company does not have the internal resource to undertake. 

Where would an internship be based?

As internships need to fit around your existing study timetable, internship employers are generally local, with a wide selection within the Central and Greater Manchester areas.

What support is available to help me find an internship through the scheme?

A dedicated Postgraduate Internship Coordinator will support you with securing an internship, by sourcing and advertising suitable roles throughout the year, offering 1-2-1 application advice and offering support around making your own speculative applications to organisations.

Can I source my own internship to assign to the Postgraduate Internship Programme?

Yes, you are encouraged to seek relevant internship opportunities independently.

The Postgraduate Internship Programme Coordinator can offer you tailored advice and support around contacting organisations and making speculative applications.

If you source an internship directly, the Postgraduate Internship Programme Coordinator will be able to advise you regarding the requirements of the Programme, and will support you in assigning your internship to the scheme wherever possible.'

What our internship students say

Danny Kachouh- Internship at Intern China, Manchester

"Through this internship I was able to gain experience in a complex business environment, having previously worked exclusively within warehouses. With Intern China, I was able to put my academic knowledge into practice, developing skills in marketing, advertising, sales and business admin while gaining a valuable insight into how a global business works. I am confident that this role has helped me stand out to future employers, and have already received several calls and offers from graduate recruiters since completing the internship!"

What our internship students say

Ema Klevan- Internship at Positive Impact Events, Manchester

"I sourced my own internship with Positive Impact, and was responsible for running two projects in collaboration with the UN. Regular tasks involved liaising with international members of the community, social media marketing, mentoring new interns, gaining sponsorship and much more. Through this role, I developed a strong understanding of working with individuals and organisations globally. It took some time to get used to working across different time zones and cultures but it also made the work far more interesting. I plan to have an international career so this experience was really beneficial for me."

What our internship students say

Daniel Sefton- Internship at ITOL, Liverpool

"I secured an Internship with The Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL), and worked within the marketing team to promote the brand through digital channels and contribute to the overall marketing strategy. My role included constructing a social media strategy, producing blog posts, designing visual content, using analytics and insights, CRM software and more. As a result of a social media campaign I worked on, there has been a significant increase in traffic to the ITOL website. Not only have I gained hands on experience in a marketing role, I have also been offered a full time position within the company upon graduation!"

What our internship students say

Valentine Osazee: Internship at Walker Smith Global, Manchester

"The best decision I made during my postgraduate studies was to accept an internship with Walker Smith Global as an Accounts Assistant. I not only acquired work experience but it also led to my first job with the same company. The Postgraduate Internship Programme department took time to help me arrange my CV in a professional manner and supported me all the way. I will always be a proud Manchester Metropolitan University alumni and ambassador."

What our internship students say

Laura Nuttall: Internship at PPS Group, Manchester

"Taking part in the Postgraduate Internship Programme proved to be the best decision I made while studying for my master's degree. Not only did I gain valuable work experience which helped with my course, I also secured a full-time job while I was on placement. The team has been incredibly supportive and efficient in helping me apply for internships, and the CV advice service has been brilliant in getting my CV up to scratch. Securing a permanent role as a direct result of the Postgraduate Internship Programme is testament to the benefits of taking part in the scheme."

What our internship students say

Rebecca Ireland: Internship at Brazen PR, Manchester

“I succeeded in gaining two internships through the postgraduate internship programme. One with a PR agency and another working in PR in-house. On each placement, I learnt entirely new skills and it was good to experience both types of PR. I also found completing a placement alongside my studies to be extremely helpful, as I could use the skills I was learning in practice in my studies.”