Housing Studies placements
When do students go on their internship/placement?
Internships can begin as early as January and run until September. However, timings are flexible and subject to student and host convenience. Dates are discussed and agreed at a pre-internship meeting, which is the first step in the process. Some students have childcare responsibilities and need to negotiate an internship programme which does not include the school holiday period. Students must gain 50 days of housing experience (inclusive of both remote experience and research project related work as well as face to face experience if that is applicable).
Costs to the host organisation
Student internships are not paid but we ask host organisations to cover the cost of the student’s travel to the workplace and lunch costs. Any other incidental expenses incurred during the internship should also be covered. Some organisations have given students a stipend, or been able to support paid positions. This is not required, but if possible very welcome.
Internship organisations are expected to put together a programme which allows the student to develop an understanding of the housing and other roles undertaken and to provide the student with as much experience of practice as possible. It is helpful for the student to have a project to undertake for the organisation as this helps structure the work time and provides for more in-depth learning and engagement. In the past the student has often done a research report for the housing organisation that is useful for the host and doubles as their assessment for the course.