There’s no doubt that this bustling city, rich with history, culture, and diversity and home to nearly nine million residents, will transform you. Experience all the capital of England and the United Kingdom, as well as global center of business, culture, architecture, and learning, has to offer with an internship in London.
IES internships in London 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. 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.
You also will enroll in a required 3- 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, your internship coordinator will work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, hone your communication and interview skills as we prepare you for working in a new cultural environment.
PLACEMENT EXAMPLES: Past students have had internships in London in the fields listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage students of all majors to apply.
We want you to feel at home while you intern in London, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural activities, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.
You'll walk, take the Tube, or a even a double decker bus to your internship in London . Grab some fish and chips for lunch and be sure to make time for tea when you're back at the office!
$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 Academic Seminar - While working in London, you’ll also enroll in a required 3- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns, where you’ll gain context for your internship placement by examining cultural issues in the workplace. Topics covered include:
Understanding workplace culture
Strengthening work attitude and aptitude
Understanding new cultures
Navigating issues, challenges, and opportunities so you can succeed on the job in London and when you return home
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.
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 | Summer Visit mysterious Stonehenge and the ancient Roman baths in Bath.
Brighton 1 Day | Summer Explore the historic maze of twisting alleyways and enjoy an optional visit to the royal pavilion, one of Europe’s most exotic royal palaces.
Stratford-Upon-Avon 1 Day | Summer Visit Shakespeare’s house, place of birth, and place of his burial, Holy Trinity Church.
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:
A welcome reception with staff
Settling into your accommodations
An introduction to the city, the program, professional and cultural expectations, and commuting
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.
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 entertainment venues
Get to Know Your New City
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.
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.