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Internship permission letter request

This web form is for completion by a member of staff in your Academic Department only.

It is used to request a letter which provides official confirmation that a student in your department has permission to begin a formal internship before the end of Summer Term or, in the case of 12-month Masters programmes, before 30 September this calendar year.

Where a student is sponsored by the School on a Tier 4 visa, this letter can be used for immigration purposes. Otherwise, the letter simply confirms that the School authorises the student to take up the internship in advance of the end of Summer Term on 4 July 2014.

This form should only be submitted if:

  1. the student has provided you with satisfactory written proof of having been awarded the internship, and you are able to upload such proof with the form;
  2. you support the student beginning the internship on the date specified;
  3. the internship start date is after the end of the student’s assessment period; and
  4. the student’s term-time contact address is updated on LSE for You.

If this request is submitted before the exam timetable is published (usually the last day of Lent Term), the letter will state the end of the relevant assessment period as the date after which the student may commence their internship. For 2013/4 these dates are:

  • Undergraduate:  18 June 2014
  • 9-month Masters:  27 June 2014
  • 12-month Masters:  30 September 2014

If the request is submitted after the timetable has been published, the letter will state the last date on which the individual student is scheduled to sit an exam.

By submitting this form, you are also confirming that you have made the student aware of the following:

  • All students: the School’s regulations require students to be available until the end of the Summer Term, regardless of the dates of their examinations and/or internship. This provision is in place in case, for example, an examination has to be rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances. Should the student be unable to return to campus, their progression on, or award of, their programme may be delayed  by up to 12 months.
  • Tier 4 students only: the School is required to report to the Home Office any Tier 4 student who completes their programme more than two weeks earlier than scheduled. This may result in the student’s leave to remain in the UK being curtailed earlier than would have been the case had they completed as originally scheduled.
  • If the student is a 12-month masters students and holds a Tier 4 visa, they are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week until the official end date of their programme. If they have submitted their dissertation and wish to work on a full-time basis, LSE can exceptionally grant permission to release them early in order to work full time but we are then required to report them to the Home Office for early completion and the Home Office will, as a consequence of this, curtail their leave to remain in the UK as a Tier 4 migrant. If they have not submitted their dissertation they have not yet completed their programme and so are limited to working 20 hours per week.  
  • If the student is an undergraduate student or a student on a 9/21/24-month masters programme and holds a Tier 4 visa,  they are limited to working 20 hours per week until the official end date of Summer Term. The School will not release these students to take part in internship schemes if their internship is scheduled to start more than two weeks before the end date of Summer term. The School is required to report to the Home Office any Tier 4 student who starts working more than 20 hours per week more than two weeks before the end date of Summer Term, as this constitutes a breach of the conditions attached to their Tier 4 immigration permission. This may result in the student’s leave to remain in the UK being curtailed earlier than their visa end date.
  • If you or the student require further advice and guidance, please contact the International Student Immigration Service via their web query form

Should the student require further immigration advice, please refer them to the International Student Immigration Service (ISIS)|.

February 2014 – Please note that the UK Border Agency is in the process of becoming part of the Home Office and changing its name to UK Visas and Immigration. Until  this transition is complete , both “Home Office “ and "UK Visas and Immigration" will appear on our webpages interchangeably. For more information please visit http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk|

  • Departmental staff details
  • Staff name
  • Student details
  • Student name
  • Does this student have a Tier 4 visa?
  • Internship details
  • Is the internship going to take place in the UK?
  • Declaration
  • On behalf of the Department, I confirm that I support the student taking up this internship. I also confirm that I have made the student aware as appropriate of the issues of progression, award and visa curtailment detailed above and that the student has acknowledged them.
  • Delivery of letter
  • Please indicate below whether the student wishes the letter to be posted to their term-time address or to be made available for collection at the Student Services Centre.
  • Submission of form
    Letters are normally processed within five working days and then either posted or made ready for collection as requested on the form.

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