Partnering with a range of first-class companies and NGOs, our program offers comprehensive personal and professional development. We offer internships in London across all career fields.
London is a city of many faces– a hub of global business and finance, a magnet for the creative sector, and the home of many NGOs. Our London internships offer successful applicants the opportunity to develop professionally in the career field of their choice.
London is a majestic city, full of history and beauty. It is also a city of ambition, on the forefront of the globe in a variety of fields. For centuries, London has attracted the best and brightest from all over the world. An internship in London will make your resume shine.
In today’s competitive global economy, an internship in London is an invaluable addition to any resume. Working abroad shows an independent attitude, a clear drive to succeed, and an impressive cultural sensitivity.
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Why choose our internships? London offers applicants a unique opportunity to gain vital work experience and industry exposure in one of the world’s most important cities. Our internship program provides you with all of the stability and support necessary to ensure that your experience is fruitful and rewarding. Quality accommodation, all of your public transportation in London, internship mentoring, professional training resources, cultural and social events, and 24/7 local support are all included. You will develop a global network in meeting other program participants, make extensive connections in London, and later become part of our powerful alumni network.
It must be noted that our program is selective, due to the exclusivity of our partner companies and organizations.
In the 21st century London finds itself the headquarters to many of the world’s most important companies. The largest city in Europe and by far its biggest economy. A mesmerizing mix of culture, architecture, global cuisine, fashion, nightlife and business. This is a city that has it all!
Stand on Millennium Bridge at night and see the skyscrapers of the City of London, set against the backdrop of St Paul’s Cathedral. Walk the streets of Westminster where the politicians battle one another in the Houses of Parliament, just next-door from Buckingham Palace.
Explore the East End, the coolest nightlife zone in Europe, where fashion trends are set and followed the world over. This is a city where potential is realized. This is a city where individuals flourish.
“The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world” – Oscar Wilde
Visa Requirements for London
There are many visa options for international students who are selected to take part in an internship in England.
EU students can enter with no restrictions.
All other nationals can enter with an “Intern in Britain visa” (UK Border Agency Tier 5) issued by BUNAC. To enter on this visa you must:
Be 18 years of age or over.
Be currently registered as a full-time student on an undergraduate or graduate course anywhere in the world or have graduated within the last 12 months when you arrive in the UK. You will need to be able to provide an official transcript from your college/university.
If you are not from an English speaking country, you will require an IELTS test taken within the past 2 years.
If you are an international student studying at an American college, you can provide evidence of your English language capabilities in a variety of forms. This will still be assessed by our compliance team, however they will be able to accept any form of evidence around this.
Be able to support yourself financially for the duration of your internship (have a minimum $2500 for USA applicants, £945 for other applicants). You must be able to demonstrate funds above the level required for all of the 3 months prior to a visa application.
The total cost of the BUNAC sponsored Tier-5 visa is 1,100 USD
Nationals of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Monaco and overseas British territories can enter on a “Youth Mobility visa” (UK Border Agency Tier 5). To enter on this visa you must:
Be 18 years of age or over on the date that your UK visa becomes valid and under the age of 31 when you apply.
Have £1,890 in available maintenance (funds) when you apply. You must be able to demonstrate the funds above for the 3 previous months before the date of your visa application as the minimum requirement.
The total cost of the Youth Mobility visa is 208 GBP.
The above information was correct on the 22/05/2016. Please note that immigration and visa rules as well as processes, can and do change very frequently.
What is the age requirement?
If you have finished high school, you qualify for our programs. We have a number of participants that are on their gap year, although the majority are completing undergraduate university degrees. Our programs are also suitable for recent university graduates, MBA graduates, and even experienced professionals in career transition. The key point is this: every internship we arrange is customized for each individual accepted onto our program, and for their unique background/stage of career.
Do I need prior work experience?
No. As we are a customized internship program, our roles coincide with each person’s education level and professional experience. We have a range of program participants – from those doing their first internship to executives with extensive, impressive careers who wish to experience a new career field/destination.
Who do you accept onto the program?
Our program participants have included Harvard MBA graduates to a 17 year old on their first overseas trip. What our thousands of alumni have in common is more fundamental than any educational or professional qualification – it is an international mindset, combining a desire and ambition to further themselves with a keen curiosity to learn more about the world.
To read about how international internships are beneficial for all age groups, visit our blog article.
We provide you with accommodation in safe, residential areas of London that include: Canada Water, Rotherhithe and Surrey Quays. You can choose from two accommodation options if you start your program outside summer start dates (June 18th & July 2nd).
We offer private bedrooms in shared apartments.
All of the student apartments are located near to one another. The apartments are excellently located 5 minutes from Central London and are the ideal base for exploring London during your stay.
Both housing options come with bedding, WIFI and cleaning as standard. Crucially, we take great care to make sure that all our housing options are located within a reasonable commute (within 35-60 minutes is typical) to your work by bus, metro or walk.
We provide private bedrooms in family home-stays. Living with a London family is the perfect option if you wish to perfect your English and immediately be immersed in London life and culture.
All of our families have been carefully vetted by our partner accommodation provider who have been working with many of the families for over 20 years. The vast majority are experienced in receiving international participants from all corners of the world.
Halls of Residence
Please note that all 18th June & 2nd July starters stay together in upgraded accommodation (a University Halls of Residence located in zone 1 in either Farringdon or Bloomsbury. Summer starters benefit from a lively group atmosphere as they live alongside all of their peers in the heart of London.) – only available during these months.
Included in Every Program
Included in Every Program
All participants enrolled on The Intern Group programs automatically benefit from a host of unique advantages. In addition to a professional internship placement and housing, our London internship program provides you with the following:
A full array of top class professional and cultural development resources. The focus of our international internship programs is on participants’ personal and professional growth. Alongside developing the independence and cultural awareness of living and working in a new country, our program places equal emphasis on the enhancement of the skills and experience required to fulfill their career ambitions. There are 4 key components to our professional and cultural development suite.
Workplace skills workshop focusing on many areas including professional development and core communication skills required to succeed in any environment
Intercultural competence training series to prepare you for the cultural differences that you’ll face when interning in a foreign country
Self assessment HR tool typically reserved for CEOs and corporate leaders
A wide array of training materials to ensure you have the guidance and support to maximize the benefit of your internship experience.
All your public transportation in London valid in the zones of your accommodation and workplace (typically in zones 1 and 2). We provide you with a pre-loaded transportation card for the entire duration of your stay, giving you free and unlimited use of London’s metro system, buses and trains! All your transportation in London is thus taken care of when you intern in London.
A full calendar of social and cultural events! Our full-time local team in London know the city inside out and will show you the best of it! The internship program includes the following events, free of charge for all participants:
Afternoon Tea Service
Afternoon Tea in London is an institution. You will enjoy some of the finest tea in the world, along with exquisite pastries, at one of the most exclusive venues in the city of London.
London Eye and River Cruise
Spend the afternoon seeing the sights of London! First, from the famous London Eye where you will get a full 360 degree view of the city. Afterwards enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Thames with fun city facts along the way!
A West End Theater Night
London’s theater scene is ranked amongst the very best in the world. You will enjoy a first class evening at a top play or musical such as Chicago or Phantom of the Opera.
An active international community in London where gatherings are constantly planned. At all times of the year we have large numbers of talented participants on our programs from all over the world. You will immediately become part of an international community, providing you with friends and networks to last a lifetime!
Great support from our full-time local team with local expertise, from start to finish. Our full-time team in London are all experts on the city and are incredibly proud of it – they want to show you why! They will organize your airport pick-up when you arrive in London as well as your airport drop-off at the end of your internship. The team will also provide a thorough welcome orientation to help you settle into this great city and feel at ease. During the welcome orientation you will receive a welcome package with your pre-loaded London transportation card, known as an Oyster Card, inside. You will be shown how to use public transportation and how to arrive at your workplace, ready for your first day!
This is the London Experience.The Intern Group in London will make sure that you have all of the resources necessary for your professional development and cultural immersion. We want you to work hard but also have the time of your life. Your internship program in London includes a wide range of cultural and social events. Check out our participants in London:
*Note: The cost of the program is fixed in British Pounds (GBP). The approximate equivalents in other currencies are displayed here only for your convenience.*
Duration of Program
Standard Fees year-round
Summer Fees (June 17th & July 1st)
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Program fees do not include visa fees, flights, insurance or daily food & drink.
Summer fees apply to June 18th and July 2nd starters.
Program Start Dates
Programs are available all-year-round on a rolling admission schedule with the following start dates:
Alumni Discount – If you have already completed an internship program with us in the past, you are eligible for an Alumni Discount*. *10% Alumni Discount for program start dates year round excluding peak season (June and July). *5% Alumni Discount for program start dates in June and July.
Discount for Financial Aid Recipients
If you are a college student in the USA receiving a Pell Grant, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs.
If you are a college or university student in Australia receiving Youth Allowance, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs.
Please view our financing page for more information on funding your international internship program.
To see if you’re eligible for the London Program, please click here.
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