Take the Tube to work or a double decker bus. Grab some fish and chips for lunch. Experience all this global center of business, culture, architecture, and learning has to offer.
An IES internship develops your professional skills, your ability to communicate across cultures, and provides substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market.
You'll be guaranteed an unpaid 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 interns, where you’ll learn about a variety of local business settings and opportunities.
Before you depart, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, and hone your communication and interview skills as we prepare you for working in a new cultural environment.
Spend your free time getting to know London and its surroundings through IES Internships-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.
While working in London, you will enroll in a required 1- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns. You'll learn about and discuss:
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.
IN395 Leading Across Cultures - 1-Credit Internship Seminar
IN 395-B Leading Across Cultures - 6-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 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
Natanya van der Lingen Interim Assistant Director
Alice Coltofeanu Academic Programmes Manager
Dr. Diane AtkinsonAcademic Advisor
Vanessza KaloczyStudent Affairs Coordinator
Simon CaustonProgramme Assistant
Beth LehlbachInternship Coordinator
Dianna PierceInternship Coordinator
Zosia RutkowskaSenior Programme Coordinator
Martin HannanAccounts Administrator