Published on November 21, 2014

International Business in London

London is one of the world’s most international cities, not only because of the sheer amount of multinational corporations with either their headquarters or large offices in the city, but also because of its cosmopolitan working population. It has a unique professional culture and has a central importance in international markets.

Gaining experience in this fast-paced and exciting environment is extremely important for anyone who wants to pursue a career in the world of international business.

Experience London first hand

The best way to understand how London works is to spend time living and working there. Researching the UK’s demographics and the market will benefit you, but there is nothing better than experiencing it first hand.

The type of company you intern in can give you completely different experiences of London. Whether you're in a huge multinational or a boutique start-up, work experience in London will take you further in your career.


London has a unique working culture. London is truly a cultural melting pot and this is noticeable after spending only a day in London. As you walk down the street you are likely to hear more than three different languages being spoken at any one time.

London is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities with people from 270 different countries choosing to make it their home. You can find classic Georgian houses alongside cutting edge modern architecture and stepping from one borough to another can be like entering a different world.


Business internships in London


A Competitive City

London is also an extremely competitive city. Despite the questionable climate, it’s attractive skyline, international reputation and high level of opportunity attracts the best and brightest to the city. This makes the job market an international hot-spot.

During the recent economic recovery, 80% of all new jobs in the UK were created in an around London. Good work experience is a must if you are looking for a placement in this competitive market.

Obtaining an internship in London will show future employers that you’ve got what it takes to be successful. Employers in other cities around the world will be impressed by your international experience, especially if it's in one of the most business orientated cities in the world.

Your Internship

Nowadays, many businesses aspire to operate on an international level. Gaining experience in international business will prepare you for an employment market that is hungry for people with international experience. Companies’ global expansion and the natural international accessibility of online businesses means that new graduates should all be prepared to do business on the larger, global scale.

Hands-on experience is the best way to show that you are committed to learning about international business and gives you a greater advantage in the increasingly competitive job market.

More Info

International Business can be a broad title. For more information on specific sectors within London, you should read some of our other blog posts such as Finance in London, Marketing in London, Law in London.

Apply now to boost your career!


Photo 1. based on, by Verne Ho, CC0 1.0

Photo 2. based on London Underground, by Nikos Koutoulas, CC-by-2.0

The author
John Monahan
Before joining The Intern Group in 2014, John held senior positions in the investment operations field, including Senior Manager for Investment Application Services at Liberty Mutual (one of the USA’s largest insurance companies), and AVP at Bank of New York-Mellon. John holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Harvard University with a field of study in Economics, which he earned while working full-time. A travel enthusiast, John has visited over 30 countries, and believes deeply in the value of international experiences as a lever for educational, professional, and personal growth.

8 comments on “International Business in London

  • Im a student at Linneaus university where I study International sales and marketing. For my 5th semester I’m going to do a project work based internship.

    • Hi Anna, thanks for getting in touch!
      We have sales and marketing internships across all of our destinations. My colleague Kaylea will send you an email shortly with more information about these internships and how to apply.
      Best wishes,

  • I graduated in Spring from University of South Florida & looking for a opportunity to work in these megacities. So do we have any chance to get full time employment offer after our internship.

    • Hi Yash,
      Thanks for your message.
      It has happened in the past where some of our interns have been offered full-time roles after their internship. However, we can’t guarantee it as it really depends on your performance and the company’s needs. Here’s a great blog about one of our previous interns, Alex, who was offered a full-time role after his internship and helped his company expand into the US:
      My colleague, Kaylea, will send you some more information later today about our business internships in London.

  • Hi I’m just wondering if there are any intern opportunities with any kind of wholesale business? I’m interested in doing buying or involved in product sourcing and didn’t know if there was anything that relates to either of those. Thank you!

    • Hi Francesca,
      Thanks for your message, I already sent you an email today. Feel free to reply to it if you have any more questions.

  • Hello,

    I’m currently a 2nd year Business student at Paris Dauphine University and i’m looking for either a business or marketing internship in London or New York City. Would it be possible?
    Thank you,


    • Hi Cecile,
      Thanks for your message. Yes, we offer both business and marketing internships in all 9 of our destinations, with New York and London being particularly great locations for those fields. I’ll send you some more information to your email regarding our program and how it works.

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