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London Summer - Internship

Why London?

Explore the impact of Britain on Western culture, including art, literature, finance, and politics when you intern in London.

Your Internship

Our program guarantees an internship placement to help you develop professional skills that will jump-start your career and make you competitive in today’s job market. IES Internships’ unpaid, academic internships will place you at a company or organization in a field such as business, media, and politics, while you experience all that London has to offer.

Before you depart, we work with you to perfect your CV and cover letter, hone your networking and interviewing skills, and prepare you for working in a new environment. You'll intern at a local business or organization, where you’ll work for at least 32 hours a week. You'll also enroll in a required 3- or 6-credit internship seminar with other IES interns, where you’ll gain context for your internship by examining workplace issues.

With IES Internships’ dedicated staff and international connections, you’ll have an internship that meets your goals. You’ll learn, and learn to stand out.

Past students have had internships in London 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 agency and music consultancy
  • FinTech startup helping users create savings goals and budgets
  • Recruitment company focused on placing financial 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 with an extensive network of international brands to distribute quality, branded timepieces and jewelry in the UK and Europe
  • 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 seeking out new opportunities.

Daily Life

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. 

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.

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$5 Million in Scholarships & 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 scholarship and 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
  • Improving communication
  • Strengthening work attitude and aptitude
  • Resolving conflicts
  • 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.

IN 395 - Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar - 3 Credit Internship Seminar

IN 395-B Leading Across Cultures - 6-credit Internship Seminar

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 | Summer
Visit mysterious Stonehenge and the ancient Roman baths in Bath.

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.

1 Day | Summer
Explore  the world famous King’s College and go punting on the River Cam.

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, 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 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: Summer 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2019
3 Credits
$5,235 $2,690 $135 $8,060

Summer 2019
6 Credits
$5,490 $2,690 $135 $8,315

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Summer Need-Based Financial Aid
Up to $1,000

Open to students who apply to and attend an IES Abroad or IES Internships summer program.

Criteria reviewed to determine award:

  • Level of financial need as determined from infromation provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
  • IES Abroad program location.
  • IES Abroad membership status of home campus
Service Learning Summer Internship Scholarship
Up to $5,000

The Service Learning Scholarship was initiated by the Hemera Foundation, whose mission is to foster basic human goodness in individuals and society. This Scholarship, which will be sustained through a foundation collaborative, aims to inspire students to make a social impact through summer internships within philanthropic or direct service/social service organizations.

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Scholarships & 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 scholarship and 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