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

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London – Full-Time Semester Internship

Why London?

London is the world’s leading city for international finance and a major driver of the global economy. While London is well established as a leader in the arts, digital communications, and marketing, it’s also a major player in education, media, politics, not-for-profits, and the startup industry, making it the perfect location for a semester-long internship abroad.

Your Internship

Build a global network of professional contacts while taking in everything that London has to offer. Our program guarantees an unpaid, for-credit, 12-week internship placement of at least 32-40 hours a week in the field of your choice. Develop your professional skills, your ability to communicate across cultures, and gain real work experience that will jumpstart your career in today’s competitive job market. Before you go, we work with you to find the ideal internship placement that fulfills your career goals. We’ve placed hundred of students in a wide variety of organizations and businesses. If we don’t currently work with a business or organization in your field of interest, we will search for a placement that’s right for you.

Past students have interned in placements like the examples listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage students of all majors to apply.

  • Parliamentary office working to improve government policies and the lives of constituents in their district
  • Artist management and music consultancy company
  • Finance technology start-up helping users save for their goals and create a personalized budget
  • Recruitment company focused on placing finance professionals in permanent, temporary, contract and interim opportunities
  • Boutique, independently owned investment advisory company specializing in alternate investments
  • Nationally recognized prison arts charity that encourages ex-offenders to change their lives through taking parts in the arts
  • Fashion company that works in partnership with an extensive network of international brands and partners for the distribution of quality, branded timepieces and jewelry in the UK and larger European market
  • Internationally awarded theatre company that produces over 30 productions a year
  • Social enterprise that invests in world-class, early-stage businesses that generate compelling financial and societal returns
  • Organization working to improve the health of the nation by getting more people, more active, more often
  • Small, fast growing technology company focusing on developing secure and data-driven applications with a focus on data analytics
  • Award-winning immigration law firm
  • Publishing house that publishes novels, essays, memoirs and children’s books

Don’t see what you're looking for? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative. We are always finding new opportunities.

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home in London, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From your work placement to housing to cultural activities, our job is to make sure you have the best internship experience possible. Depending on your work schedule, you may be able to join IES Abroad-organized cultural events and field trips to experience British culture and learn more about your host country and its people. On the weekends, enjoy life in London—exploring its diverse and many neighborhoods, museums, parks, and theaters. Your time interning in London will not only allow you to grow your professional and social circles, and increase your workplace knowledge, but also expand your horizons culturally and globally.

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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.


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, based on your experience and current market conditions.

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 out of 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:

  • Arts & Museums 
  • Business
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship & Tech
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Media & Communications
  • Not-for-profit Organizations
  • Politics & Government 
  • Theater

Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Internships Representatives. We are always finding new opportunities.


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.

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.

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

1 Day | Fall & Spring
Visit this historic university town, with its picturesque colleges and punting (like a gondola) on the river.

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. 


Our orientation takes place in and around London, and is designed to introduce you to the program, your fellow students, and the city.

Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™) begins right when you arrive and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.

Other highlights include a London bus and walking tour, a welcome event, and a visit to the Tower of London.


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 in Central London – You and another IES Abroad student share a room with an en-suite bathroom and have access to a common kitchen or en-suite kitchenette. No meals are included. There are laundry facilities and WiFi access throughout the building, and you will have access to a fitness facility. 

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Take advantage of the cultural events we organize in London, such as:

  • 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 entertainment venues

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 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2019 $5,460 $4,210 $230 $9,900

Term: Spring 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2019 $5,460 $4,210 $230 $9,900

Scholarships & Aid

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

The IES Abroad London Center is recognized by The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) for meeting or exceeding UK expectations as a quality higher education provider. Learn more about our recent QAA reports

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
Senior Academic Programmes Manager

Hayden Gray
University Liaison Officer

Dr. Diane Atkinson
Academic Support

Laura Scott
Senior Student Affairs Coordinator

Beth Lehlbach
Internships Manager

Sachna Hanspal
Senior Internships Coordinator

Elaine Staunton
Internships Coordinator

Emily Brown
Customized Programs Coordinator

Martin Hannan
Office Manager