Explore the global impact of Britain on Western culture, including art, literature, and financial and political systems when you intern in London. Our program guarantees an internship placement to help you develop professional skills that will jump-start your résumé and make you more attractive to employers in today’s competitive job market. IES Abroad’s unpaid, academic internships have placed London students at companies such as BritishAmerican Business, the Royal Academy of Art, The Institute of Ideas, and CNN, while also showing students the sights and sounds of England.
Before you depart, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, hone your networking and interview skills, as well as prepare you for working in a new cultural environment. You'll be guaranteed a placement at a local business or organization, where you'll work for at least 32 hours a week. You also will enroll in a required 1- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES Abroad interns, where you’ll learn about a variety of local business settings and opportunities.
With IES Abroad’s dedicated staff and international connections, you can be sure that you’ll find an internship that meets your goals. You’ll learn, and learn to stand out.
Spend your free time getting to know London and its surroundings through IES Abroad-organized cultural events and optional field trips to places like Stonehenge, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and Brighton.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
Before you depart, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, hone your networking and interview skills, as well as prepare you for working in a new cultural environment.
Internships are routinely and formally monitored, and all companies/organizations have been vetted by the IES Abroad Internship Office. Past internship placements include:
Securing an Internship Placement
Securing an internship is a competitive process in the same way securing a job would be. The internship is the best match between your skills and what the workplace is seeking. Prior to your arrival in London, companies and organizations are sent a selection of internship applicants’ CVs (résumés). From these CVs, they choose which students to interview. Therefore your ability to secure interviews will depend upon the quality of your CV. You complete a phone interview with your potential host company/organization(s), organized by the Internship Coordinator in London.
This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.
*Syllabus for the 6-credit Internship Seminar is pending Curriculum Committee approval*
IN395 Leading Across Cultures - 1-Credit Internship Seminar
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave London, it will feel like home.
Nido King’s Cross Residence Hall – This international student residence hall is located in central London. You and another student share a room with an en-suite bathroom and have access to a common kitchen with other students on your floor. There is also a café on-site providing hot and cold meals.
Bed linens are provided, but you’re responsible for your towels. There are laundry facilities and common areas with wireless Internet (and 24-hour Internet access in your room) on various floors of the residence hall, and you have access to the fitness facility (with a one-time induction fee) located in the building.
Enjoy 24-hour security, and a 5-minute walk to King's Cross station, where you can catch trains on six different underground lines. You can also reach the IES Abroad Center in 25 to 30 minutes by foot.
Part of making you feel at home in London is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
Orientation for the IES Abroad London Summer Internship Program takes place upon arrival and consists of:
IES Abroad London organizes a number of field trips as an integral part of its opportunities for cultural immersion in Britain. These trips explore areas of significant regional interest and are led by faculty or experts who contextualize what you are witnessing and experiencing. Additional costs apply.
Past field trips have included:
Stonehenge, Salisbury and Bath
Stratford-Upon-Avon and Kenilworth Castle
Additionally, IES Abroad London staff members arrange for student attendance at special events. In recent years, students have attended a football (soccer) match at local team Fulham FC and watched world class tennis at Wimbledon. Other activities include Windsor Castle tours, London market tours, BBC tours, and a visit to the National Theatre.
The IES Abroad London Center, situated in the central London neighborhood of Bloomsbury, is a two-minute walk from the British Museum.
John OckeyIES Abroad Director
John brings over 12 years of experience with IES Abroad, including seven years with IES Abroad Milan and nearly three years with IES Abroad Siena before coming to IES Abroad London. During his time in Siena, John developed and implemented a banner program with a strong focus on cultural immersion and academic rigor. In Milan, he played a key role in improving and developing the Milan program, notably in the areas of student housing, student activities, orientation, and supervision of the student services staff. Prior to working for IES Abroad, John received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Italian Literature and Art History from Brigham Young University and worked in Geneva for the United Nations.
IES Abroad Staff
Dr. Diane Atkinson
Student Affairs Coordinator
Natanya van der Lingen
Interim Assistant Director
Academic Programmes Manager
Senior Programme Coordinator
Internship Liaison Officer
Dr. Diane Atkinson,Cultural History
Doctor of Philosophy
Writer and Curator
Jennifer Bailey,Theater Studies
Doctor of Philosophy
Head, Extramural Studies and Continuing Education, City University
Caroline Beery,International Business
BA in History
Founding Partner, Coghill and Beery International, Lecturer and Consultant
Marina Caldarone,Drama Studies
BA in English
Playwright and Producer
Julie Charalambides,English Literature
Master of Arts
Writer and Editor, Blackstone Press Limited
Doctor of Philosophy
Lecturer, Queen Mary
Kate DomailleMedia Education
MA in Film & Media Studies in Education
Michael Drolet,History and Political Science
Doctor of Philosophy
Lecturer, Royal Holloway College, University of London
Colin EllwoodDirector of the Theatre Directing Program at Rose Bruford College
Yolanda ErasoHistory of Medicine
PhD in the History of Medicine
Lucinda HawksleyAuthor, Curator, Spearker
Andrey Jichev,Business and EU Issues
Management Consultant and Lecturer
Maria JichevaManagement and International Business
MA and BA degrees from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria
MBA from The American International University in London
Intercultural Communication and Management Specialist
PhD, MPP, MBA
David NeitaBarrister and Campaigner
Called to Bar - 2000
Andy Pankhurst,Fine Arts
HDFA, Fine ArtsSlade School of Fine Art, University College London
Dianna PierceTeleviesion, News, Journalism, Politics, Public Relations
Alan PowersArt History
Julian Putkowski,British Studies, History
BA, Senior Lecturer, Historian and Broadcaster
Kings College, University of London
Naomi SeekingsArt Education, Video Production
Suzanne WatersHistory of Art and Architecture
Teaches at Birkbeck College, University of London
Teaches Modern Art and Architecture at the University of Westminster
Richard WeightCultural and Ethnic Studies
Doctor of Philosophy, Author and Historical Consultant
Lecturer, University of East London/Kings College London
Marianne WilliamsonEnglish Literature, Education