Published on June 26, 2015

Human Resources Internships in London

Challenged with the task of enhancing the professional development and satisfaction of its employees, human resources is a vital part of any business. The career requires adept interpersonal skills and a high comfort level with people from a variety of backgrounds. A human resources internship abroad in London is a great way to prepare a budding human resources professional for their career as they will be working in a running human resources department in one of the world’s leading cities.

 

Human Resources internships in London

 

HR internships in London involve active participation in the recruitment process and management of company staff. Along with preparing an intern to take on professional tasks, working in an office abroad will give a human resources intern the opportunity to interact with people from different cultures and develop other abilities. An internship in human resources fosters an intern’s communication skills, ability to relate to others regardless of background and will improve their teamwork and conflict resolution skills.

 

Roles

The Intern Group offers many challenging human resources internships for eager young professionals. Previous interns have worked in headhunting, recruitment and in-house HR. Many previous internships have focused on administration, operations and business areas.

 

Life in London

Though the weather may be occasionally grey and rainy, London is a vibrant, beautiful and historic city. The Intern Group provides pleasant accommodations in safe, residential areas of London including Canada Water, Rotherhithe and Surrey Quays. Interns have the option to live in private bedrooms in high quality shared apartment accommodations or stay with a local family. Living with a local family is best for interns wanting to live the full immersion experience.

 

A city of culture

More languages are spoken in London than any other city in the world, giving interns the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. In addition to its cultural diversity, London is bursting with artistic and historical treasures. Art fans will have more than enough to see in London as the city is home to 857 art galleries. When it comes to live music, performances and festivals, London hosts 17,000 music performances a year and over 250 festivals. Among these festivals is Europe's biggest street festival, Notting Hill Carnival. Interns in London also have access to some of the best comedy acts in the world as the city is also a world capital for live comedy.

 

Human Resources internships in London

 

The sites

London is full of beautiful architecture with deep historical significance. The city is home to four UNESCO world heritage sites including the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich, Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens and the Westminster Palace. The clock tower at Westminster, also known as Big Ben, is perhaps the city's most iconic structure and a must-see for interns abroad.

 

On a tour of London's Buckingham Palace, an intern abroad will learn to fully appreciate the building's historical and modern significance. The palace is now home to much of the royal family though it originated as a townhouse for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703. The giant palace is among the city's architectural treasures and has 830,000 square feet of floor space.

 

The Palace of Westminster is another historic structure that continues in use today. Both houses of the UK Parliament, the House of Commons and the House of Lords, debate over current legislation in the famous palace. Westminster was first built in the eleventh century and was home to the Kings of England up until 1512, when a fire caused severe damage to the structure. Interns abroad are welcome to visit the palace by arranging a tour.

 

St. Paul’s Cathedral is yet another cherished London structure. The original church dates back to AD 604 as the Anglican cathedral is the mother church of the London Diocese. Sitting high on London's highest point at Ludgate Hill, the cathedral standing today was built in the late 17th century. Interns can check out the structure's English Baroque style and iconic dome by booking a guided tour.

 

Human Resources internships in London

 

Evenings out

London’s West End is internationally-famous area located in the central part of the city. It includes many tourist attractions, including iconic public squares and circuses, notable streets and districts. However, the West End is most well-known for its fabulous theatre scene. Whether it be Shakespeare or large-scale musicals, interns abroad can see mainstream professional shows in “Theatreland”. Some of the West End’s longest-running shows include The Mousetrap, Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera. The Intern Group human resources internship program actually includes an evening out at the West End for a night of top-notch live theatre.

 

London has a lot to offer its foodies, with over 65 Michelin-starred restaurants. The city also boasts a diverse dining scene, so interns can find just about any type of cuisine on any given night. For some classic English food, interns can try the London dining establishment Rules. It's the oldest restaurant in London and was established in 1798. They serve classic British food like game, pies and puddings. Offering a similar classic English meal, the restaurant Dinner offers plates that were created as a modern reflection of traditional British recipes.

 

Boost your career!

Work alongside established human resources professionals in London to learn what working in the HR sector is really like. See the importance of a successful human resources department in a London business firsthand. The experience will teach real-world professional skills and make it that much easier for young professionals to find their first job.

 

Apply now and boost your career!

 

 

Sources: Wikipedia, www.frommers.com, www.visitlondon.com, www.london.gov.uk, Rules.co.uk

 

Photo 1. based on London, by barnyz, CC-by-2.0

Photo 2. based on London, by Pug Girl, CC-by-2.0

Photo 3. based on London afternoon, by, CC-by-2.0

The author
Elizabeth Trovall
After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her fourth year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.

20 comments on “Human Resources Internships in London

  • Hey!
    I’m from Malaysia & am extremely interested in the ‘HR internship in London’ program. Would really like to know more about the internship details ( requirements, expectations & task structure).
    Thanks so much.

    • Hi Veena,
      Thanks for reaching out to us. My colleague Kaylea will send you an email shortly with some more information about the program.
      Best wishes,
      Fiona

    • Hi Ruth,
      Thanks for getting in touch!
      My colleague Kaylea will send you an email with some more information.
      Best wishes,
      Fiona

    • Hi Romarie,
      Thanks for your message. I see that you are interested in HR internships in many of our destinations, I’ll send you an email with information about our HR program in all locations. Keep an eye out for an email from me today!
      Regards,
      Kaylea

  • I’m from the US but I spent a year abroad in England and am very interested in returning for an internship. I don’t have an academic background in HR, but I do have a year and a half of work experience in the field. What are the requirements for the internship?

    • Hi Marie,
      Thanks for your message. You don’t need to have experience in the HR field to be considered for our London program, however you do need to be either a university student or have graduated within 12 months to qualify for the London visa. I’ll send you some more information via email, keep an eye out for it!
      Regards,
      Kaylea

  • Hello I’m Lerato from South Africa. I’m currently in my third year of Organisational Psychology at Wits University. I would like to find out more about the application requirements for the London Internship. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated

    • Hi Lerato,
      Thanks for your message. International HR internships are a great way to expand your knowledge in the field and get unique experience to add to your CV. I will send you an email today with more information on past placements, requirements and how to apply. Keep an eye out for it!
      Regards,
      Kaylea

  • Hello,
    My name is Florence and I’m a business student from Belgium. I am very interested in HR and in London.
    Your HR internship in London really seems like an amazing opportunity. Would it be possible to get some more information on the internship?
    Kind regards,
    Florence

    • Hi Florence,
      Thanks so much for your message and your interest in our program in London. HR is a growing field and London is a top destination for our HR interns, I’ll send you some more information today regarding our program.
      Regards,
      Kaylea

  • Hello, my name is Amelie, and I am from Canada. I am a soon to be graduated student with a major in psychology and a minor in business. As I have no experience in HR, I would be interested in gaining as much knowledge and practical experience as I can, but have to admit that I have a particular interest in the field of Training and Development. Any chances there are internships in London where I might at least come in contact with that field? Or even an internship dedicated to Training and Development? Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Amelie,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our HR program in London. Each candidate who is accepted into our program and pursues their internship goes through an extensive placement process to find a role in their field that fits their background and interests. It’s definitely possible for placements in training and development within HR. Past interns have had roles with HR consultancy, recruitment, business development and more. I’ll send you an email with more information today.
      Regards,
      Kaylea

  • Hello, my name is Kate and I am a student from South Korea studying at Solay Business School in Brussels. I had worked for a long time in Finance area but now I am a professional coach having licences in Business coaching, especially Strengths Based Performance Coaching as well as life coaching. So I am really interested in HRD(Training and Development) part. It would be amazing if I could have an apportunity to work in HRD with real office workers in London during this summer vacation . Is there any change? Please let me know! Best regards, Kate

    • Hi Kate,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our programs. There are still a few spots left for our summer programs in London at the end of July or beginning of August. When are you hoping to start? I’ll send you an email with some more information about our HR internships in London and how you can apply.
      Best,
      Kaylea

  • Hello,

    I am MBA in HR and planning to have a short course in london next summers, meanwhile i would also like to so HR internship. I will be there on a short study visa. can I get internship on that visa?

    Awaiting your reply.

    • Hi Sana,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our London program. If the visa that you will be issued while studying in the UK is a Tier-4 visa, you are able to participate in an internship with that visa. If not, you would have to apply for a Tier-5 visa in order to be able to participate in the program. I’ll send you an email today with more information.
      Best,
      Kaylea

  • Dear Madam,

    My name is Trung. I obtained my Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management at the University of Northampton, UK. Currently, I live in Hanoi, Vietnam. I am very interested in HR and would like to know more information about the internship.

    Thank you very much for your time. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Yours faithfully,
    Trung Nguyen

    • Hi Trung,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our program in London. I’ll send you some more information today regarding the requirements and how you can get started with an application.
      Best,
      Kaylea

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