Information for Employers

Arts and Social Sciences Placements and Internship Schemes


Placement Year

We are pleased to offer a placement year degree option, in which our Arts and Social Sciences students can spend a year in industry.

A 12-month placement is an important element of our students' degrees, creating the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the issues faced in a professional workplace environment, and the methods to address them.

During their placements, our students complete a wide variety of jobs which are essential to the employer and involves genuine responsibility. The students will start their placement after their second year of studies, returning to Lancaster afterwards to complete their final year.

Timescales: Students are available from mid/late June each year, and placements must end in time for them to return to their course at the end of September the following year.

Costs: Students are usually paid a wage of between £15,000 and £18,000 per year, depending on location.


Could your organisation benefit from a flexible, short term internship with one of our Arts and Social Sciences students? 

Taking on a student intern provides organisations an excellent opportunity to address a skill or resource shortage by benefiting from up-to-date skills and knowledge. 

Our talented students could support growth in business, trial new roles or research a new idea.

Timescales: Students are available during term-time for flexible hours roles, and over the summer vacation period for full time (35 hours a week +) roles. Internships could last from 40 hours up to 360 hours.

Costs: We have a range of funding options available, including part funding and match funding for SMEs, Charities and third-sector organisations.


Work Based Learning Modules

Could your organisation do with some extra support on a project? Many of our degree subjects now have embedded work-based learning modules, whereby students will combine theoretical knowledge with some real life work experience. By taking on one of our students for a work based learning project, you will benefit from the extra time and support of an enthusiastic student, all while helping to enrich their learning and development. 

Our English & Creative Writing, Linguistics, History, Sociology and Criminology departments offer work based learning modules which run every year. Each student has an individual learning agreement, and will be prepared for the transistion into the workplace.

Timescales: from April - August we work with host organisations to plan work placements to run in the following between February to April. Students can spend up to 40 hours with an organisation, or in some cases up to 70 hours when combined with a dissertation research project.

Cost: None. Students volunteer for the duration of their work based learning placement. 

Placement Year roles, and flexible short term Internships are sought for students studying:

  • Criminology
  • Design, and Fine Art
  • Drama, Theatre and Performance
  • English Literature
  • English Language and Linguistics
  • Film, Media and Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Languages and Cultures
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology

Sharon meeting

Employer feedback:

“Over the summer of 2018 we hosted a Legal Executive via FASS, a current law undergraduate. The recruitment process was very smooth and efficient with full support from FASS from writing the role description to interviewing on site. We had clear project objectives for our intern to achieve and linked outputs. The hosting worked very well and our intern delivered on her outputs on time. We would highly recommend the FASS Internship Scheme to any SME who is looking for short-term resource on challenging issues for their business, where a timely intelligent input can provide the answers and support the customer journey. We hope to work with the FASS Internship Scheme again in the coming years. Becky Toal MD Crowberry Consulting Ltd.”


  • Trial a potential student employee
  • Access a broad mix of expertise
  • Gain up-to-date skills and knowledge
  • Address a skill or resource shortage
  • Save valuable staff time with a low cost resource
  • Give a student valuable industry experience
  • Trial a new role or research a new idea

Transferable Skills

In addition to their subject specific knowledge, Lancaster University students develop skills in:

  • Team work
  • Problem solving
  • Analysis and critical reflection
  • Negotiation and influence
  • Oral and written communications
  • Networking

For more information, please get in touch with the Faculty Placements Officer, Lucy Hutchinson:


Telephone: +44(0)1524594774