Internships – Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a minimum age requirement?

The minimum age for internships is 18.  If you’re younger, we may be able to offer you a work experience placement.

I don’t have a computer science/game design/marketing degree.  Can I still apply?

Absolutely!  We don’t require any formal qualifications – just demonstrable interest and aptitude.

Do you consider mature candidates?

Of course.  We’re happy to consider applicants at any stage in their career, especially if they’re changing industry or returning to work.

Can I undertake an internship part-time?

Almost certainly.  Please let us know your requirements and availability when you apply.

Are your internships paid?

Always!  We value the work our interns do, and want our internships to be a realistic option for as many people as possible.

Do you cover expenses?

We may be able to reimburse you if you incur a specific expense in the course of your work; please check with us first.  Unfortunately, we can’t cover travel to the UK, accommodation or visa fees.

How long is an internship?

We usually offer two weeks with the option to extend by mutual agreement.  There is some room for flexibility, though (and the initial period will be longer if you’re part-time).

My course requires me to undertake a three-month placement.  Can I do that with you?

Unfortunately, no.  We have limited capacity for interns: if we offered a three-month placement, we’d have to accept fewer applicants.

People sometimes ask whether we can offer them a three-month internship if they don’t need remuneration.  The answer is still no, for the above reason and one other.  One goal of our internship program is to widen access to the industry; we don’t want to limit opportunities to those who can work for free.

Can I work remotely?

Generally, no.  We’ve found from our own experience and the feedback of past interns that people get a lot out of being physically present.  We may be able to relax this requirement in exceptional cases – for instance, if you have a disability that would make attendance at our office impractical or negate most of the benefits it would usually provide.

What level of English proficiency do you require?

You’ll need to be able to communicate clearly in a normal office environment.

Do I need to be a UK/EU citizen?

No, but you will need to be eligible to work in the UK at the time of the internship.  You don’t necessarily need to have the right to work here at the time you apply: a sentence like ‘I don’t currently have the right to work in the UK, but as a Canadian citizen I’m eligible to apply for a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa’ in your initial email is fine.

Unfortunately, we can’t sponsor visas for interns – the process is too time-consuming (and, frankly, kafkaesque).

Do you have any advice on how to strengthen my application?

We do – take a look here.

Can you give me feedback on my application?

In general, no.  We wish we could, but we get too many applications for it to be practical.

When will applications open?

As of early 2016 they’re not on a regular schedule, but we’ll generally provide significant advance notice on our internships page.  We’ll also announce this on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.