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Internship Intern Abroad London England
Internship Intern Abroad London England
Internship Intern Abroad London England

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Why London?

London is the world’s leading city for international finance and a major driver of the global economy. Don’t forget that it’s also a major player in the arts, business and marketing, education, media and communications, politics, and not-for-profit organizations, making a semester internship in London an ideal opportunity. Take the Tube to work or a double decker bus. Grab some fish and chips for lunch. Build a global network of professional contacts while taking in everything that London has to offer.

Your Internship

An IES Internship abroad 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. Our 14-week program in London guarantees an unpaid, for-credit internship placement at a local business or organization, where you’ll work for 32-40 hours a week.

Before you go to intern in London, your internship coordinator will 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. We will work with you to help find the closest match between your expressed preferences and professional goals with what’s available via IES Internships in London.

When you arrive, the staff at our London Center will welcome you for orientation. This includes an introduction to the city including housing, commuting, and professional and cultural expectations. The London Center is your central place for instruction, support, and meeting other interns. You also will enroll in a required 3-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 a semester internship in London that meets your goals. You’ll learn, and learn to stand out!

PLACEMENT EXAMPLES:
Past students have interned in the fields listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage students of all majors to apply.

  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Education / Language Instruction
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Fashion
  • International Relations
  • Interior Design
  • IT
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Media & Communications
  • Not-for-profit Organizations
  • Publishing

Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships are always being added!

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home in London, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in London. From housing to cultural activities, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible. 

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$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Academics

Before you go, 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. You’ll be guaranteed a placement at a local business or organization that fits your professional interests.

Academic Seminar
While working in London, you’ll also enroll in a required 3-credit internship seminar with other IES interns, where you’ll gain context for your internship placement by examining cultural issues in and outside the workplace. Topics covered include:

  • Understanding workplace culture
  • Improving communication
  • Strengthening work attitude and aptitude
  • Navigating issues, challenges, and opportunities so you can succeed on the job in London and when you return home

Personalized Placements
Your internship coordinator will work with you to find a placement in the field of your choice, where you will work for 32-40 hours per week. We’ve placed past interns at companies and organizations in the following fields:

  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Education / Language Instruction
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Fashion
  • International Relations
  • Interior Design
  • IT
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Media & Communications
  • Not-for-profit Organizations
  • Publishing
  • Accounting

Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Internships Representatives—new internships are always being added!

Courses

All full-time interns will enroll in the following course:

Internship Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
IN 395 - Internship Seminar Fall, Spring English 3

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in London, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. Past destinations are listed below. IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and length of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Stonehenge & Bath
2 Days | Fall & Spring
Visit mysterious Stonehenge and the ancient Roman baths in Bath.

Brighton
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Explore the maze of twisting alleyways and enjoy a visit to the Royal Pavilion, one of Europe’s most exotic royal palaces. You’ll also explore nearby Dover and Canterbury.

Liverpool
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Spend one Saturday experiencing Liverpool. Enjoy a guided tour around the city including a visit to the Beatles Museum.

Oxford or Cambridge
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Visit one of these historic university towns, with their picturesque colleges and punting (like a gondola) on the river.

Stratford-Upon-Avon 
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Visit Shakespeare’s house, which is also the place of his birth, and Holy Trinity Church, where he is buried.

Daily Life

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, 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. 

Orientation

Orientation for the London Full-Time Semester Internship Program takes place upon arrival and consists of:

  • A welcome reception with staff
  • Settling into your accommodations
  • An introduction to the city, the program, professional and cultural expectations, and commuting

Housing

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 locals are living. Our goal is that when you leave London, it will feel like home.

Residence Hall – You will live in an international student residence hall located in central London. You and another IES Abroad intern or student share a room with an attached bathroom and will either have access to a common kitchen with others on your floor or a kitchenette in your room. No meals are included, but there are many affordable eateries nearby. 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. Enjoy 24-hour security and a short walk to public transportation.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you experience London through various cultural events during your free time, such as:

  • Touring Parliament, royal palaces, and gardens
  • Attending local sporting events, such as the English Premier League
  • Going on outings to London’s diverse markets
  • Going to world-class performances at London’s many theaters

Get to Know Your New City

Explore Neighborhoods

The best way to get a feel for this culturally-vibrant metropolis is to visit some of its 48 distinct neighborhoods.

Walk Along the Thames

Snap an obligatory shot of Big Ben from the Westminster Bridge as you begin your stroll along the Southbank.

Tour the Tower of London

Set along the River Thames, this imposing castle has been a part of the London skyline since 1078.

Unwind in Parks & Gardens

From small garden squares to sprawling grounds with herds of deer, you are always close to a green space in London. Whenever you need a break from the craziness of the city, relax and recharge in one of the city’s many parks.

Take the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter

Make the short trek to Leavesden to pay homage to J.K. Rowling and discover the magic of all things Harry Potter.

Program Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Term: Fall 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2018 $5,185 $4,185 $230 $9,600


Term: Spring 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2018 $2,860 $4,100 $230 $7,190


Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Our Center

The IES Abroad London Center, situated in the central London neighborhood of Bloomsbury, is a two-minute walk from the British Museum.

Features include:

  • 18th century Georgian building
  • Classrooms
  • Library resources
  • Wireless Internet
  • Printing facilities
  • Outdoor patio
  • Staff offices
  • Student lounge
  • Gender neutral bathrooms

Our Staff

John Ockey

Center Director

John brings over 15 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

IES Abroad Staff
Kimberley Aparisio
Assistant Director of Student Affairs

Zosia Rutkowska
Assistant Director of Customised Programmes

Sally Harrild
Academic Programmes Manager

Alice Kerby
Direct Enrolment Programmes Coordinator

Dr. Diane Atkinson
Academic Support

Simon Causton
Senior Student Affairs and Housing Coordinator

Laura Scott
Student Affairs Coordinator

Beth Lehlbach
Internship Coordinator

Sachna Hanspal
Internship Coordinator

Elaine Staunton
Internship Coordinator

Emily Brown
Programme Assistant

Martin Hannan
Office Manager