Internship Opportunities in London, England
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 the internship program will enroll in either London: City of Change or Made in London, as they are LSBU’s mandatory study abroad modules (courses). All study abroad students take one of these two modules during their time at LSBU. Summer students will automatically be enrolled in London: City of Change as that’s the course that runs during the 6 week program. The modules teach you about your host city and include several site visits and field trips throughout your time abroad. Your internship hours will be scheduled around your modules.
Internships last the entire length of your chosen program (semester or summer). If you are interested in completing an internship must be prepared for an interview process (typically through Skype), with LSBU’s internship coordinator as well as the company you may be placed with. In order to receive course credit, Interns are required to complete 120 working hours at their internship. For summer students enrolled in the 6 week program, this can equal about 20 working hours per week. It is important to consider this when deciding whether or not to take on an internship. Interning on top of courses will leave students with a very busy schedule!
What to Expect in an 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! Interning is a great opportunity to gain work experience and network contacts, as well as apply what you’ve learned in class.
Please be aware that we nor LSBU can guarantee you a placement at any particular firm or organization. While every effort will be made to place you in your first-choice field, ASA cannot guarantee it. The more flexible your expectations are, the better your outcome will be. However, students who are not placed in their first-choice field will be offered a position that offers transferrable skills to the field they applied for.
Interning on top of courses will leave you with a very busy schedule. Students must be prepared to be present for any and all requested hours by their employer. It is important to remember that you will complete more internship work hours than you get credit for. A 3-credit internship requires a minimum of 120 hours, compared to a 3-credit module, which requires approximately 45 in-class hours.
Remember, you are receiving course credit for this internship, and in order to receive the credit, you need to be present. While modules may not meet Monday through Friday, you should expect to work every week, Monday through Friday, including school vacations and breaks, during your time abroad. This means you may not have breaks or long weekends to travel (except for bank or national holidays, should your employer close on those days). Personal travel plans DO NOT qualify for absence from your internship or modules. 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.
Example Internship Placements
Below is a listing of internship fields in which students have been previously placed through the LSBU Internship Program. The listing is meant to give you a general idea of the type of work you can expect to complete during your internship, but placements are not limited to, nor guaranteed to be available in, the fields/job types listed below. This is the reason why you are required to list three different fields in which you would be interested in interning in while in London on your application, as mentioned above. If you have specific questions regarding the internship programs or possible placements, please contact ASA.
Business: Past students have benefitted from internships in a wide range of professions across the business field. Opportunities are available in Accounting and Finance, Economics, as well as PR and Marketing. Please see examples of internships held by students in previous terms:
Fine Arts & Arts Management: Students have been placed in a variety of established cultural centers, galleries and museums across London where they have been responsible for various projects, such as: event coordination for a popular arts fair, researching and evaluating the museum visitor experience, and developing new handbooks for those coming to visit.
Government & Politics: Students have had the opportunity to work with members of Parliament, lobby groups and research think thanks gaining valuable insight into the UK political system. Many have attended debates, helped MPs with their constituents and carried out research which has helped develop policy documents.
Health-Related Organizations: A wide variety of opportunities have been available for students placed ranging from health authorities to research labs. Previous students have been involved behavioral research, providing workshops for users with different types of health issues, working with charities focused on different aspects of physical and mental health, with heath authorities dealing with a wide range of health issues, as well as with wellness centers which help individuals maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise and nutritional advice.
Information Technology: Past student placements have encompassed a wide range of organizations with a vast array of skills and specializations including web design, app development and digital marketing, IT business support, graphic design, electronic and desktop publishing, and Systems Integration.
Law: Past students have found placements in lawyers’ offices and centers providing legal advice and support. The students have the opportunity to attend court, assist with preparing casework documents and learn how different areas of law are governed in the UK.
Media & Communications: Past student placements have encompassed journalism, publishing/editing, magazine and film/video. Experiences have been gained in writing news stories, supporting senior communications staff, managing social media and even attending high profile events!
Sports Management: Previous student roles have involved organizing and filming sporting events, supporting the organization’s push for sponsorship, working with a well-known organization whose app allows fans to share sporting moments with other bloggers across the world, working with recognized wellness centers in London, and involvement with an established sports charity which focuses on bringing sport to the disabled community.
Travel & Tourism: Students have interned at some of London’s well-known hotels as well as other leisure and tourism services. Placements have involved creating and managing events for tourists coming to London, assisting with brand delivery for the organization in question, contributing articles to travel publications, and assisting hotel and hostel companies with providing events and holiday experiences.
Theatre: Students have worked in centers for the performing arts, dance studios (for musical theatre among others), fringe and mainstream theatres, theatre companies, and theatre or literary-related museums (doing research and presentations). Specific to London, past students have had the chance to work in London’s thriving West End. From small, independent theatres to more established performance venues, there is ample opportunity to gain experience to budding actors, producers and (set) designers.
Once we receive all the application requirements listed above, ASA will send everything to London South Bank University. From there, you will be given a program admissions decision. If you are accepted, you will schedule 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, the internship coordinator will work to find you a placement. In most cases, a formal Skype interview with the company interested in hiring you will follow. It’s important that you make yourself available for these interviews. Typically, you will be notified of your final placement about 2-3 weeks prior to your departure for London.
LSBU has been able to place all past students in an internship; however, this is where students’ flexibility is imperative. You will not be given a list of positions or employers to choose from. Each internship position will be customized for you and when you are offered a placement, that will be your internship.
How to Apply for an Internship
In order to apply for an internship, the following items are required:
Access a PDF of the LSBU Internship Program Application Checklist.
Applicants should be aware that you also may be asked to edit your cover letter or résumé, or, if you are applying to a position related to art, design, advertising, etc., you may be asked to provide a portfolio of your work. Any request made by the LSBU internship coordinator for additional information is intended to help your chances of receiving a successful placement, so it is your responsibility to stay in touch during the application process and make yourself available should additional information be required from you.
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.
Internship program application deadlines are strict. This is due to the time LSBU needs to place you in an internship, as well as the time you’ll need to obtain your Tier 4 (General) Student Visa. Please make sure you refer to the Dates, Prices and Deadlines page to make sure your application is submitted on time!
In order to intern during your time in the U.K., in addition to your studies, you will need to obtain a Tier 4 (General) Student 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 (General) Student Visa before their departure to London. Please visit ASA’s Information Library for a PDF that outlines the Tier 4 (General) Student Visa application guidelines and process. Following your review of the PDF, please contact ASA with any further questions.