Semester & Summer Internships in London
Internships in London replace 1 module in your schedule. All LSBU study abroad students are required to enroll in their London: City of Change module. This means summer students intern, and take the London: City of Change course for a typical total of 8 U.S. semester credits*. Semester students will choose 2 additional modules on top of their study abroad module and internship, for a typical total of 16 U.S. semester credits*.
*All decisions regarding credit-worthiness are made by the student’s home institution. Semester students can view module offerings for their additional two classes here.
The study abroad module will teach you about your host city and include several site visits and field trips throughout your time abroad. During both the summer and semester programs, your internship hours will be scheduled around your module(s). Internship students can expect to be busy, especially during the summer session, as interns must complete 120 hours of work over your time in London.
ASA Application Process
The following items are required to complete an internship application:
Access a PDF of the LSBU Internship Program Application Checklist.
Applicants should also be aware that:
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!
LSBU Application Process
Following the completion of your ASA Program Application, with all the necessary documents, your application is submitted to London South Bank University (LSBU). LSBU issues all acceptance decisions to the internship program. You will typically be notified of their admissions decision one-two weeks after application submission.
If you are accepted by LSBU, they will formalize your acceptance by sending a Certificate of Unconditional Acceptance. When this document is received, you will owe the program down payment to ASA. This down payment is made to LSBU in order to begin your Tier 4 Student Visa application process and receive your Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). Your CAS is an identification number that will provide U.K. Visas and Immigration with much of the information they require about you in order to issue a Tier 4 Student Visa, such as: your program/institution enrollment status, accommodation fee payments (paid using your down payment), and more. It typically takes two-three weeks to receive your CAS after you submit your down payment to ASA.
During the CAS processing time, you will work on gathering your Tier 4 Student Visa application documents. Once your CAS arrives, you will schedule a Skype call with a member of LSBU’s Immigration Advice Team to make sure your visa application is in order, error-free and you are ready to submit. Upon clearance from LSBU’s Immigration Advice Team, you will submit your online Tier 4 Student Visa application and pay the necessary visa application fee.
Internship Placement Process
Once you are cleared by LSBU’s Immigration Advice Team and submit your visa application, you will move into the internship placement process. ASA will not be copied on communication regarding your internship. Communications will take place with LSBU and Anglo Education as you complete the interview and placement process. Applicants are responsible for checking emails (as well as spam folders) and being responsive throughout the placement process.
Applicants will Skype with LSBU’s Internship Coordinator, which will allow the coordinator to learn more about you and what you’re looking for in your internship. In most cases, applicants will then complete another, more formal Skype interview with the company interested in hiring you. It’s extremely important to make yourself available for these interviews. The placement process can be lengthy, and it’s not abnormal for applicants to be notified of their placements just days before their departure to London. It is your responsibility to communicate with LSBU and the Internship Coordinator with any questions you have about the status of your placement.
When you are offered a position, the internship will be customized for you and you are obligated to accept it. You will not be given a list of positions or employers to choose from. Applicants will not be given a choice between multiple positions. This is why applicants’ flexibility is imperative. When you are offered a position, you will be sent a formal offer contract for you to sign. That document will include important information about the company, address, and work hours.
Internships last the entire length of your program. To receive credit for your internship, you are required to complete 120 work hours, as well as other tasks as assigned. This can make for a busy schedule when factored in tandem with coursework, especially for semester students. Your internship must be a priority. You are not permitted to miss internship hours due to travel plans or visitors. You may also be expected to work during certain LSBU vacations or holidays when school may be closed. If you are not present for all of your work hours, or do not fulfill the academic requirements of the program (reports, etc.), it can affect your visa status and you risk being dismissed from the program.
Upon your arrival in London, you will participate in LSBU’s orientation program. 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 prior class(es).
The list below is meant to give you a general idea of the internship(s) in which students have been placed in in the past through the LSBU Internship Program. It is meant to familiarize you with the types of positions you may find yourself placed in. Placements are not limited to, nor guaranteed to be available in, the fields/job types listed below. This is the reason applicants are required to list three different fields of interest on the application.
Business: 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: 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: 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: 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: Student placements 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.
In order to intern during your time in the U.K., you will need to obtain a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa. A Tier 4 Student Visa allows you to complete up to 20 internship (work) hours per week in tandem with your studies. To view the UKVI (United Kingdom Visas and Immigration) fee, timing and application information for the Tier 4 (General) Student Visa, please click here. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain this necessary visa before departure. Students will need to read all information provided at the previous link to be knowledgable about deadlines and requirements.
Upon acceptance to the London Internship Program, a $5,000 down payment becomes due. This down payment is used to pay LSBU for your CAS (Certificate of Acceptance for Studies) Statement. This CAS Statement is necessary for you to begin the Tier 4 Student Visa application process. Your CAS will be issued to ASA, and then sent to you. Your CAS Statement is a specialized number you’re assigned, which you will enter into your online visa application.
Once you have been issued your CAS, you will schedule a Skype meeting with a member of the LSBU Immigration Advice Team. You will work to complete, but not submit, your application prior to this Skype. Your application will be reviewed with the LSBU Immigration Advice Team, as well as your evidentiary documents. Please get in touch with ASA if you have any questions regarding the evidentiary documents you must provide.
After your visa application has been reviewed by LSBU, you will submit your application and pay the application fee (students are responsible for the payment of the application fee, it is NOT included in the ASA program price). You must apply for your visa at least six weeks before your departure. You can apply as early as 90 days prior. You will need to send your passport to the UKVI, so it is VERY IMPORTANT not to book any international travel in the three months prior to your departure for the London Internship Program.
When submitting your application, you’ll be prompted to schedule a Biometrics Appointment at a Homeland Security Office (locations will be listed in the application). Applicants must attend this appointment to have their photograph and fingerprints taken. Your receipt from the Biometrics appointment, as well as your passport, must be mailed to the UKVI immediately following your appointment.
After your visa is processed, it will be mailed back to you. Upon arrival in London, you will present the visa to the Immigration Officer, it will be stamped, and you will enter the U.K..
Following your review of the UKVI’s information, please contact ASA with any further questions.