Internship Opportunities in London, England
Semester & Summer Internships in London
As all internships are taken in tandem with coursework at London South Bank University, students participating on the semester internship program will enroll in their choice of either London: City of Change or Made in London, which are LSBU’s mandatory study abroad modules (courses). In addition to their internship and study abroad module, semester internship students will enroll in two additional modules during their semester at LSBU, for a total of 3 modules and 1 internship. Semester students typically receive 16 U.S. semester credits for the completion of this program. To view the modules offered for your semester of interest, click here.
Summer internship program students are enrolled in London: City of Change in addition to their internship, for a total of 1 module and 1 internship. Summer students typically receive 8 U.S. semester credits for the completion of this program. Summer internship program students should expect to be busy, as you’ll complete coursework as well as 120 internship hours over the six-week period you are in London.
Your mandatory study abroad module teaches 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).
What to Expect from an Internship Program
Internships last the entire length of your chosen program (semester or summer). In order to receive credit for your internship from LSBU at the conclusion of your program, you must complete 120 working hours, as well as all other tasks as assigned. This can create a busy schedule when in tandem with other coursework – which is important for all internship program applicants to consider! You are not permitted to miss internship hours due to travel plans or visitors. You may also be expected to work during certain university 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, you risk being dismissed from the program.
There is an interview process required for all internship program applicants. The first Skype interview you’ll have is with a member of LSBU’s Immigration Advice team, in order to get your paperwork prepared for your Tier-4 Student Visa application. The Tier-4 Student Visa has certain financial requirements, which are the intern applicants responsibility (they are not included in ASA’s program fees). Once that application is complete, you’ll Skype with LSBU’s Internship Coordinator. Then, interviews will be conducted with the company/companies that the Internship Coordinator matches you with. This process can be lengthy. It is not out of the ordinary for students to receive their internship offer (placement) just a few days prior to their departure for London.
Once you are offered a position by a company, you are required to accept the position offered to you. ASA nor LSBU can guarantee a placement in any particular firm or organization. This is why ASA stresses it is important to be flexible when considering the internship program. You will not be given a selection of internship offers to choose from. It is a formal process where an offer will be issued, and you formally accept the offer – signing a contract with your future employer. While every effort is made to place you in your first-choice field, 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.
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 class.
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. In order for your placement to be successful, you need to be knowledgable about the fields you list. If you have specific questions regarding the internship programs or possible placements, please contact ASA.
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.
Once ASA receives your completed application, ASA sends all of your documents to London South Bank University. From there, they will issue you a program admissions decision. If you are accepted, you will be issued a Certificate of Unconditional Acceptance, at which point you will owe your program deposit to ASA. Once your program deposit is received, ASA will make the down payment to LSBU for your CAS (Certificate of Acceptance for Studies) Statement. This is an identification number that you need to apply for your Tier 4 Student Visa. Your CAS Statement is typically received two to three weeks after you’ve submitted the program down payment.
Once your CAS is received, you will Skype with a member of LSBU’s Immigration Advice Team to make sure your Tier 4 Visa application is in order. Once you are cleared by the Immigration Advice Team, you can go ahead and submit your online visa application. You will also Skype with LSBU’s Internship Coordinator, which will allow the coordinator to find out more about you and what you’re looking for in an internship. In most cases, another formal Skype interview will be required with the company that is interested in hiring you. It’s very important to make yourself available for these interviews. The placement process can be lengthy, and it is not completely abnormal for students to be notified of their placements shortly before their 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. You are required to accept the position offered to you.
Internship Program Application
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.
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., 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.