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 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:
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!
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.