Internship agreements from LSE Careers

Internship agreements/Accord de Stage

You may sometimes, as a result of national law, be required by your company to complete an internship agreement/Accord de Stage/Convention de Stage.

This page gives you information on how to request and complete an internship agreement where the organisation/company that you wish to apply to do an internship has no set internship Agreement. 

Internship agreements must be submitted at least 14 working days before the start of an internship. Failure to do so may jeopardise the chances of receiving the necessary documents.   

Whether or not LSE will accept to be signatory of an internship is entirely at the discretion of the School. 

Eligibility

  • You must have already registered for the start of your programme.   

  • You must be on at least a yearlong programme at LSE studying full time (or equivalent part-time).  

  • You must be a student at the LSE or have completed your programme in the last two years. If you have already completed your programme at the LSE it is important that your employer is aware of this. 

UK and EU students:

If your internship starts before the end of summer term or ends after the start of a new academic year, your department will need to provide approval for the internship agreement/document to be signed. LSE Careers will liaise directly with your department to obtain approval however, it is recommended that you speak with your department as early as possible so that they are aware of your intention. If your internship take place outside of term time or once your programme has completed LSE Careers does not need to seek department approval.  

Tier 4 students:

Interning in and outside the UK: 

1st, 2nd undergraduate students and 3rd year BSc PPE students.  

9/10 months taught postgraduate students and 1st year taught postgraduate students on a 2 year programme 

Final year undergraduate students: 

  • To work full time in the UK or overseas, your internship must start after the end of summer term.  

  • You are permitted to work up to 20 hours a week during term time. For more information on your work rights, please contact International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT). 

  • If your internship starts once your programme has completed LSE Careers does not need to seek department approval. 

12 months taught postgraduate students and 2nd year students on a 2 year taught postgraduate programme 

Your summer term extends to your programme end date as it includes your dissertation writing period, as stipulated on your CAS and student records. You are eligible to request a vacation for a maximum of 4 weeks after the examination period until your programme end date, with the permission of your department. If you department permits your vacation, they should notify the Visa Compliance Team by contacting careers@lse.ac.uk with your vacation dates in order for the Visa Compliance Team to issue you with your letter.  For more information, please read the section ‘Can I request a vacation?’ on the International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) webpage by selecting the tab ‘Working During your Studies’ here.   

If your internship starts once your programme has completed LSE Careers does not need to seek department approval. 

How to get an internship agreement from LSE Careers

  1. Download the English [pdf] or French [pdf] version of the internship agreement 
  2. Fill in the required information, then sign it, and obtain the employer’s signature. 
  3. Scan and return the agreement to careers@lse.ac.uk
  4. We will then carry out checks, sign and stamp the agreement and return it to you by email. 

More information

LSE Careers has its own internship agreement (written in French and English) which we encourage you to use: Internship Agreement [pdf], Accord de Stage [pdf]. Once you have completed the agreement please email or hand in a hard copy to us. If you would like a hard copy of the agreement please let us know this. If the agreement is not our own there is no guarantee that we will be able to sign the agreement and there can be a delay of approximately 14 working days.  

Above, please find notes regarding completing the agreement and below, FAQs. If you have any further questions regarding your internship agreement please do get in touch with the Student Enquiries Coordinator.  

I am a prospective student/offer holder, can I have an internship agreement?

You are able to access LSE Careers and our services once you have registered on campus for the start of your programme. Therefore, LSE Careers is unfortunately unable to provide you with an internship agreement at this time as you have not yet registered on your programme. Once you have registered on campus for your programme, and as such are a student of LSE, we would be happy to take a look at any internship agreements you may need.  

My employer would like to use their own agreement, how does this work?

If your employer would like to use their own Agreement please forward the Agreement onto us. We will have a look at the Agreement, make any appropriate amendments, at our discretion sign and stamp the Agreement, and send the Agreement back to you electronically. If you would like a hard copy please make this clear to us. 

Please note, if the Agreement is not our own or covered by French Law there is a possibility that we may be unable to sign the Agreement. There will also be a delay in processing the applications as the School Secretary’s Legal Team will need to consider the Agreement and may need to make some amendments or additions before passing it onto the School Secretary to sign. This may result in delays in processing your internship Agreement so we would advise that you submit the Agreement to us as early as possible and if possible no less than 14 working days before your internship is due to start; during busy times of the year there may be a longer delay. 

My employer needs the agreement to explicitly say it is covered by French law, can you do this for me?

If the agreement is covered by French Law, there is a possibility we may be unable to sign the agreement. The School Secretary’s Legal Team will need to consider the Agreement before passing it onto the School Secretary to sign. This may result in delays in processing your internship Agreement so we would advise that you submit the Agreement to us as early as possible and if possible no less than 14 working days before your internship is due to start; during busy times of the year there may be a longer delay. 

LSE Careers is also able to provide an Agreement that is covered by French Law however, the same process and delays will occur as mentioned above. 

Can I delay my graduation to extend my student status?

No. Your registered student status is not connected to your graduation ceremony but to the end of your programme of studies. Therefore, you cannot delay your graduation to extend your student status. 

If you are a 12 month taught postgraduate students or on a 2nd year taught postgraduate student on a 2 year programme and have completed your programme, your programme completion date (this is when you will no longer be a registered student) will be in September as per your CAS (if a Tier 4 student) and student records.  If you are a 9/10 months taught postgraduate student or an undergraduate and have completed your programme, your programme completion date will be in June as per your CAS (if a Tier 4 student) and student records. On all agreements we will make the following information clear:  

  • Your programme 

  • Your programme start and end date 

  • Date results are released 

  • Date of graduation ceremony 

We are not able to sign any Agreements which state you are a registered student if this is not the case and will add an amendment to any non LSE agreement which requires this where the internship commences or ends after programme completion. To avoid disappointment, please ensure that your employer is aware of your registration status at the time your internship is due to begin.  

Can LSE Careers give me a letter confirming my registration status?

If you are on a course of study and need a letter with your current student status at LSE, please visit the Student Services centre (OLD Building) to collect a letter on demand or request your letter online here.  

This letter will detail your registration status at LSE for example, 'registered', 'unregistered (assessments only), 'unregistered (awaiting results)'. If you require a bespoke letter, please email LSE Careers with your requirements, we will then look into this for you. 

My employer wants to make other amendments to the agreement. Is this possible?

Yes. If your employer would like to make any amendments to the LSE Careers Internship Agreement please ask them to write any amendments in Annex 1. Common additions can be: 

  • Remuneration 

  • Expenses 

  • Daily tasks 

Can LSE provide me with insurance?

If you are no longer a registered student when you are due to undertake the internship, LSE will not be able to provide you with insurance and you will be responsible for ensuring the organisation and where necessary yourself has the relevant insurance in place. 

If you are a registered student for all or part of your internship, LSE may be able to provide you with limited insurance provided that your internship is relevant to your studies. Once your registered student status ends you will be responsible for ensuring you and your organisation have the correct insurance cover in place.  

By undertaking the internship you are accepting that adequate provisions for insurance will be made by you or the employer and you take responsibility for risks involved in undertaking an internship. In particular it is your responsibility to ensure you will be covered by public liability and employer liability insurance. 

Can LSE Careers give me visa advice regarding interning in another country?

No. LSE Careers in unable to give visa advice and the International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) are only able to advise on UK student visa. You will need to make your own necessary enquiries. GoinGlobal may be a good resource to seek visa information for specific countries

If you still have further questions please contact the Student Enquiries Coordinator: careers@lse.ac.uk.