London Internship Program

Internship Opportunities in London, England

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ASA is pleased to offer Summer and Semester internship opportunities in London!  These internships in London are only available in tandem with coursework at London South Bank University.  

Internships are run through London South Bank University. The internships will be credit-bearing and unpaid.

ELIGIBILITY:  In order to be eligible for the type of visa you need to intern in the UK, you must either be currently enrolled full-time and in good standing at a U.S. college or university and have completed one semester of study already.* In addition, you must hold a valid passport from outside the European Economic Area. (*If you are undertaking an internship in the Hospitality/Tourism field, you must have completed at least 1 year of your degree already.) The visa is good for a maximum of 6 months, so unfortunately you may not intern for a full academic year.

Semester & Summer Internships in London

An internship in London with ASA includes résumé advising, internship placement, international medical insurance, on-site orientation, housing, and support.

Internships are placed through London South Bank University, so students participating in an internship will also enroll in London: City of Change, a course run by LSBU that will teach students about your host city and include several site visits and field trips throughout your time abroad. You will credits for both the course and your internship during the program.

Semester-long internships are typically 3 to 4 months long. Summer internships are six weeks. If you are interested in completing an internship must also be prepared for an interview process (typically through Skype), with the internship coordinators as well as the company you are placed with.

What to Expect in an Internship

An internship is an opportunity to gain some experience in the field in which you wish to have a career.  It is also a great opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in your classes and gain networking contacts.  That said, please be open-minded about the type of work you’ll be doing.  For example, you may be assigned entry level work, such as making photocopies, filing, etc. However, if you “prove yourself” by producing quality work and showing your commitment to the job, the level of work assigned to you may improve.  You may need to earn the trust of your supervisor first, which might take a little time.
Please be aware that we nor LSBU can guarantee you a placement at any particular firm or organization.  While we endeavor to find each applicant an internship in their top choice area of interest, this is not always possible.  All applicants will be asked to list 3 possible areas of interest on their internship application. Additionally, internships carry a large time commitment, and students must be prepared to be present for any and all requested hours by their employer. Remember, you are receiving course credit for this internship, and in order to receive the credit, you need to be present. This means internships may hinder you from extensive international travel during your time abroad, as you may have to work full weekdays. Travel plans are not a valid excuse to miss your internship.
You will participate in a mandatory Orientation at LSBU after you arrive in London.  This will help prepare you for your internship experience and understand what will be expected of you throughout the term of your internship, as well as how to be successful!

Example Internship Placements

Business and Finance: Barclays, EDS, Salomon Smith Barney, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mobil Oil, Lloyds of London

Politics: Houses of Parliament, European Parliament, Liberal Democrats, Labour Party, Conservative Association

Media and Communications: NBC, CNN, ITN, Nickelodeon, Leo Burnett, British Film Institute

Fashion: Leslie Goring, Laura Ashley, Estee Lauder, Harvey Nichols

Interior Design: TP Bennett Partnership, Fitch Design Consultants, ARUP, Skidmore Owings Merrill

Psychology: Anna Freud Centre, Kingston Women’s Centre, Alone in London (Please note, it is not possible to place students in clinical settings or patient-facing roles.)

Publishing and Graphic Design: Daily Telegraph, Design Museum, Museums Journal, Gibson Square, Bloomsbury

Museums and Galleries: Richmond Museum, National Army Museum, Royal Artillery Museum, Leighton House, South London Gallery

Theater: Gate Theatre, Greenwich Theatre, Orange Tree Theatre

Applying for an Internship

In order to apply for an internship, the following items are required:

  • ASA online application form & $150 application fee/deposit (click here)
  • Official Transcript
  • Photocopy of current U.S. Passport – student must have a VALID (not expired, or expiring within 6 months of the end of your program) in order to apply for an internship in the U.K.
  • Email the following items (in .doc or .pdf format) to info@academicstudies.com with the subject “ASA London Internship Application”
    • Personal Statement (about 500 words) that includes:
      • Coursework and experience gained through your degree that is relevant to your internship goals.
      • Three examples of of employment or extracurricular involvement in which you’ve demonstrated responsibility. Include a description of your duties and the skills acquire.
      • Your future career plans and how your internship placement area will relate to these plans.
      • The duties you expect to be given in your internship.
    • CV (Résumé) in Word or PDF format – This is the most important part of your internship application.  We can provide you with a CV template if needed.  If accepted, we are also happy to suggest revisions in order to make your internship application as successful as possible!
    • Generic Cover Letter 
    • One Academic Letter of Recommendation (signed and dated, on your home institution’s letterhead, about 1 page in length)
    • One Professional Letter of Recommendation (signed and dated, from a prior employer on letterhead whenever possible, about 1 page in length)
    • Police Background Check showing a clean criminal history. This can be from your local police or your college/university campus police.  Sometimes there is a fee associated with this.
    • London South Bank University application form. Email ASA to request this: info (at) academicstudies.com

Please note that in order for your application to be successful, you must be knowledgeable about the field in which you wish to intern.  After we receive your Personal Statement and Résumé, we will be in touch with LSBU’s Internship Application, which will require you to list your top 3 choices of internship placements. You must select 3 areas of interest with which you are familiar and have some experience with in your coursework, work experience, and/or volunteer experience.  If you apply for an internship in a field with which you are not very familiar, your application has a lower chance of being accepted.

What will the placement process be like? How long will it take?

Once we receive all the application requirements listed above, ASA will send everything to London South Bank University, who work with an internship coordinator to find you a placement. You will have a Skype interview with the internship coordinator; this will allow them to find out more about you and what you are looking for in your internship. Following the Skype interview with the internship coordinator, they will work to find you a placement, and then in most cases, you will have a formal Skype interview with the company who is interested in you. Typically, your internship placement is announced 2-3 weeks before the ASA program start date.

LSBU has been able to place all past students in an internship; however, students must be flexible in where they will work and what type of work they will be doing. You will not be given a choice of internship placements. When you are offered an internship placement, that will be your placement.

All internship application deadlines are strict, as you will need to allow time to for LSBU to place you in an internship and for you to obtain your Tier 4 visa. Please make sure you refer to the Dates, Prices and Deadlines page to make sure your application is submitted on time!

Finally, please be aware that you are expected by your employer and ASA to be present for any and all work hours you are requested to be present for. If you are not present for all of your work hours, or do not fulfill the academic requirements of the program, you risk being dismissed from the program.

In addition, this helpful guide has real-life examples of what to do (and what NOT to do) during your internship! What to do and what NOT to do during your internship!

Visa

In order to intern during your time in the U.K., in addition to your studies, you will need to obtain a Tier 4 visa. Interning falls under the category of “work”, and therefore this visa allows you to complete up to 20 hours per week in tandem with your studies. ASA students are responsible for obtaining their Tier 4 Student Visa before their departure to London.  Please contact ASA to get information concerning how to begin the process of obtaining your Tier 4 Student Visa.