There’s no doubt that this bustling city, rich with history, culture, and diversity will transform you.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 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.
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.
- Arts & Museums
- Media & Communications
- Social Organizations
Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships are always being added!
- Center: IES Abroad London
- City: London
- Country: England
- Program Credits: 3 or 6 credits
- Language of Instruction: English
- Language Prerequisites: Non-native English speakers, please see the Eligibility Requirements
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
May 30 - July 28
Upcoming Application Deadlines:
Application deadline has passed
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
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 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.
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
Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events
Redefine the way you live and learn in London through our cultural events, such as:
- Touring Parliament, royal palaces, and gardens
- Attending local sporting events, such as the English Premier League
- Outings to London’s diverse markets
- Going to world-class performances at London's many entertainment venues
- 18 years of age
- In good standing at your home school
- 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
- At least sophomore standing prior to application; rising junior status at time of program departure. (Students who have completed one year of undergraduate study may apply and will be considered on a case-by-base basis.)
- Students must be enrolled in a full-time degree program, or a graduate intending to begin their internship no more than 12 months after their graduation date (solid academic credentials related to studies or experience in desired field of placement required); graduate students enrolled in a full-time degree program may apply and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- Non-U.S. citizens must refer to their local consulate to learn about visa requirements and determine eligibility; IES Internships cannot advise on visa regulations for non-U.S. citizens.
- Non-U.S. citizens attending U.S. schools: Native English fluency or test scores demonstrating English proficiency, including IELTS scores of 6.0 or above or TOEFL certificate with a score of 500 or above for paper or 60 or above for internet.
- Non-U.S. citizens attending school outside the U.S.: Native English fluency or IELTS score of 6.0 or above, taken within the last two years. Visit the IELTS website to find a test location near you. IES Abroad reserves the right, in its sole discretion, not to accept students who it believes do not have the necessary English language competency to succeed in an Internship Program, irrespective of the applicant's score on a language proficiency exam.
Passport & Visa Requirements
A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. A visa is required for this program for all non-E.U. students. All students must apply for and receive the Certificate of Sponsorship via BUNAC in order to apply for the Tier V visa required to enter London.
Please note: this can be a lengthy process; all admitted applicants are strongly encouraged to confirm their place in the program as soon as possible and begin the visa process immediately.
Summer 2018 3 credits
- Tuition: $5,130
- Housing: $2,635
- Insurance: $135
- Total: $7,900
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.