Sign on for personal and professional growth in lively London.
Want to work at a fast-paced marketing firm, a well-established non-profit organization, or a cutting-edge graphic design team? Our Intern in London program combines incredible, hands-on work experience and professional development with cultural excursions. Intern in London offers 8- or 12- week internships in England’s fascinating capital. A hotspot for art, fashion, film, history, music, theater, and nightlife, London is an experience in itself. Explore the many diverse markets across the city, including the punk-rock-inspired Camden market and colorful Portobello Road.
What to Expect:
Average Courseload: U.S. credit may be available
GPA Requirement: 2.5
- Secure professional job references
- Explore England, the UK, and Europe on the weekends
- Professional development seminar to complement work experience
- Support staff on-site throughout your internship in London
- Ample time to discover the best that London has to offer
Art and Design internships available in England
Below are a few sample Art and Design placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!Other countries with Art and Design internships
Artist Support Intern at Local Art Studio
In a city full of impressive art museums, you’ll go to work every day in a vibrant local art studio. Your work will be hands on as you assist your supervisor and help artists as they create their art—all of which are happy to teach while working. Previous fine art interns have found this position inspired their own work and process.
Artist Assistant at a Fine Arts Studio
At this local studio, your work will be very hands on; helping in the studio with your supervisor. Previous fine art interns have found this studio assistance position to be very inspiring to their own work as they are involved with the actual creative work alongside the artist who is happy to teach whilst working.
Business & Economics internships available in England
Below are a few sample Business & Economics placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!Other countries with Business & Economics internships
International Business Intern at Business Research Firm
This internship has two main focuses: administration and research. You’ll working with the operations director in planning systems, workflow, and resource allocation systems to enable growth of the business. You’ll work with the associate director of consultancy to conduct market research. This consists of logging into mobile banking sites, assessing the tools that banks use, and recording them with commentary.
Business Intern at Global Business Development Firm
Driven to infiltrate new markets, this is you chance to be a part of an exciting up-and-coming team. You’ll work in supporting the global business development and markets team. Your role includes assisting the team with day-to-day tasks related to new work acquisition, global proposals, key account management, and intranet maintenance.
Support Team Intern at Nonprofit Charity
This nonprofit focuses on helping the local community through fundraisers. You’ll support the chief operating officer in implementing and maintaining effective processes and systems for the management of the organization. You’ll also have a range of financial administration tasks, including reconciling records, writing checks, and maintaining and improving systems.
Entrepreneurship internships available in England
Below are a few sample Entrepreneurship placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!Other countries with Entrepreneurship internships
Assistant at Upscale Jewelry Enterprise
As an intern, you’ll explore your entrepreneurial interest for a well-known and very well-respected high-end fashion brand. You’ll learn how a small company works on an international scale. Past interns have attended company and client meetings and performed hands-on work with the product and merchandising side of the business.
Support Intern for Admin and Marketing Teams
There is a lot to do at this international consulting company. They are small, and new in the field, but growing rapidly into new markets. You will work on both the business administration and marketing teams. On the administration team, you’ll work with the operations director, managing systems and supporting the rest of the staff. On the marketing team, you’ll do research, communications strategy, and newsletter production.
Marketing/Finance Intern at Small Entrepreneurial Health and Nutrition Company
Working for this young health and nutrition company, you’ll help with a variety of tasks. From crowdfunding campaigns to reporting on customer purchasing behavior, it will be fast paced and varied. You’ll also be involved with financial tasks regarding revenue models, and with assisting the company managers.
Fashion internships available in England
Below are a few sample Fashion placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!Other countries with Fashion internships
Web Development and Marketing Intern for Online Beauty Company
This company sells beauty products through a subscription based, monthly delivery service. You’ll work on the marketing team, promoting the brand and creating content, as well as the e-commerce and design teams, to help design new websites. You’ll look at customer experience, content, and more, as you help the team develop their website and customer journey.
Marketing Intern for Jewelry Company
Focus on marketing and business development at this upscale jewelry boutique. In addition to marketing projects, you will work hands on with products and merchandising, attend company meetings in the office and with new clients, work on the website, and develop press releases.
Fashion Intern at Public Relations Company
As an intern, you’ll experience the public relations side of the fashion industry. You may meet and greet visitors to the showroom, answer questions, manage the displays, coordinate the guest lists, or even assist in the preparation for catwalk shows.
Finance internships available in England
Below are a few sample Finance placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!Other countries with Finance internships
Finance Intern at Youth Business Counselling Agency
You’ll provide support to the finance manager as you demonstrate an understanding of the financial systems and controls in place across the organization. Customer invoices and queries are your domain as well. You’ll need to communicate effectively and respond to queries from staff and external stakeholders, as well as maintain accounting records, filing systems, and computer files.
Finance Intern at Sports Management Firm
As you communicate across teams, you’ll be very integral to this host company. You can expect to participate in providing financial advice and support, helping clients make sound business decisions, and aiding in creating a budgeting plan to ensure the success of the organization. As you move through your placement, you’ll gain exposure to all aspects of the business.
Finance Intern at Risk Management Company
At this company, you’ll work with your supervisors on client cases in the field of global financial investigations. Your tasks will include deciphering emails, looking for fraud in accounts (forensic accounting) and figures, creating spreadsheets of data to examine bank accounts, and taking notes during meetings.
Government & Politics internships available in England
Below are a few sample Government & Politics placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!Other countries with Government & Politics internships
Political Assistant to House of Parliament
Learn the ins and outs of politics in London when you intern as a political assistant within the House of Parliament. You’ll help answer constituent correspondence, research special focus topics pertinent to the political climate, and assist in the daily needs of a member of Parliament.
Intern at Family Law Firm
Get a glimpse into the life of a lawyer in bustling London. Your days will be filled with tasks such as preparing court bundles, clerking at court, and gaining real judicial experience as an intern to a family law firm.
Hospitality Tourism & Event Planning internships available in England
Below are a few sample Hospitality Tourism & Event Planning placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!Other countries with Hospitality Tourism & Event Planning internships
Business Development Intern for Travel Agency
This boutique travel company works with clients from all over the world. You’ll assist with many tasks, including the provision of excellent customer service, helping clients to book tours, assisting on the ground, attending excursions and other events, and helping to market the trips and tours.
Event Coordinator for Children's Charity
The events team organizes and promotes all fundraising events for this children’s charity. You will support them in their work, help recruit sign ups for the events, and assist with logistics in preparing for the events. On the day of any event, you’ll be ‘on site’ assisting with whatever tasks come up, and representing the brand to their clients.
Event Management and Planning Intern for Charity
Work with the fundraising officer on strategies to recruit new participants to this charity’s annual event. The charity supports teens and young adults through events and advising. The annual event is their biggest event every year, and needs support with logistics, raising money, recruitment, sponsors, and more.
IT and Computer Systems internships available in England
Below are a few sample IT and Computer Systems placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!Other countries with IT and Computer Systems internships
Graphic Design Intern for Psychological Technologies Start-Up
Test your graphic design skills in a bustling international metropolis. You’ll gain experience as a graphic designer in London by supporting the in-house designer with different projects. And you’ll help with app development and in-house designer work on the website.
Graphic Design Intern for SIDS Awareness Organization
Work in London as an intern for a Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) awareness organization, aiding in their graphic design needs. You can gain experience and knowledge by helping in the studio with a small team, preparing images for agencies.
Journalism and Media internships available in England
Below are a few sample Journalism and Media placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!Other countries with Journalism and Media internships
Intern at Iconic Newspaper
Intern at an iconic newspaper company and gain exposure to the journalism field in London. You may take on an array of different tasks typical in the newspaper industry, including conducting interviews, researching topics, and developing story ideas.
Journalism Intern at Health & Fitness Magazine
Work for a health and fitness magazine in London and gain professional skills in a dynamic location. As a journalism intern, you’ll have a range of duties—from attending press events to organizing photo shoots. You’ll also be a liaison with PR companies to supply press information and images.
Journalist Assistant at Female Fitness Publication
Gain real journalism experience in a fast-paced environment by interning as a journalist assistant in London for a female fitness publication. You may assist with research, as well as writing news stories, product pages, letters, and offers pages. You may also take on light editing duties, fact checking, and proof reading, and you’ll help with the day-to-day tasks involved with running an editorial office.
Marketing Advertising & PR internships available in England
Below are a few sample Marketing Advertising & PR placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!Other countries with Marketing Advertising & PR internships
PR Intern for Sports Management Firm
Interested in sports and want to gain experience in the marketing field? You can expect to help elevate the company’s brand through marketing, social media, and press releases, and to chart the company’s progress and values for new and current stakeholders. You’ll be a vital member of the team.
PR Intern for Children's Clothing Line
As an intern, you’ll assist a children’s clothing line with their public relations initiatives. Past interns helped to create public relations and social media plans that included online and offline marketing strategies. You might also promote events, write press releases, and meet with key press contacts.
Intern for Fashion PR Firm
As an intern, you can combine your passion for fashion and your love for communications. While working with this well-respected boutique fashion agency based in one of the hippest neighborhoods in London, you’ll gain hands-on experience and strengthen your public relations skills.
Social Media Intern at Image Generation Website
This is a fantastic opportunity to become a social media expert in London, helping to grow the company’s brand through strategic social media planning. You’ll also help with general marketing projects, including online marketing, market research, and new product development.
NGOs and Non-Profit internships available in England
Below are a few sample NGOs and Non-Profit placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!Other countries with NGOs and Non-Profit internships
Public Relations Intern for Literacy Charity
Combine your study of public relations with a desire to help others by working in London at a well-respected literacy NGO. You’ll manage events and source prize donations to support fundraising activities and grassroots marketing of participation events.
Event Planning Intern for Children's Charity Organization
Experience a new side of NGOs in the international city of London. Your work will focus on event planning and fundraising, with the purpose of bringing in new donors and patrons. You’ll work with an array of teams and departments to ensure events are well attended and well executed.
Psychology Intern for Cystic Fibrosis Charity Organization
You’ll work in the field of psychology for a NGO focused on cystic fibrosis awareness. You’ll provide support to a helpline team by answering calls, completing administrative tasks, and offering confidential advice on a wide range of topics.
Performing Arts internships available in England
Below are a few sample Performing Arts placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!Other countries with Performing Arts internships
Intern at Local Theater Company
Gain real theater experience as you live and work in one of the most theatrical cities in the world: London. Past interns have been instrumental backstage by helping with transitions between scenes, including set preparation, costume assistance, and general direction.
Intern for Theater Production Company
See a new side to the performing arts field by assisting in behind-the-scenes orchestration. You’ll increase your skills by learning about the administrative responsibilities required to pull off a successful production. Responsibilities may include venue coordination, contract writing, and event management.
Assistant for Fine Artists
Prepare to live and breathe art as you help artists create their work. Many of the artists are happy to teach as they work, and past interns have found this experience inspiring. Your responsibilities may include mixing paint, cleaning brushes and palettes, and stretching canvas, as well as helping with printing, cutting, trimming, and pasting prints onto the canvas.
University of Westminster
At the University of Westminster, you’ll experience high-quality education on a 165-year-old historic campus in the heart of bustling London. The University is one of the largest in the United Kingdom. Situated in the center of London, you’ll have easy access to explore the city and beyond. Plus, Westminster is famed for its international community of nearly 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries. The University recently received the Times Higher Education Award for “Outstanding Support for International Students.” With the largest and longest-running U.S. study abroad programs, you’ll be making the right choice.
The academic calendar follows the U.S. university calendar, so you can easily find a term that fits with your study abroad schedule. Three of the university’s four campuses are superbly located in the center of London, near the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the BBC, and the British Museum. The fourth campus enjoys a tranquil, scenic location just 20 minutes away by public transportation, or the “Tube.” Student services will help you transition to life in the big city. At the same time, you’ll have all the freedom to explore London and make it your home.
The 2013 QS World University Rankings ranked the University’s programs in media, communications, and journalism 1st (UK), 2nd (EU), and 19th (World). The Complete University Guide (CUG) ranked the university’s art and design program within the top ten in the UK (6th) for 2014. Besides being a top 100 international university, three graduates have Oscar nominations for films!
Accreditation(s): Privy Council of the United Kingdom and Ministry of State for Universities, Science and Cities
Why Life in London
A hotspot for art, fashion, film, history, music, theater, and nightlife, London is an experience in itself. Explore the many diverse markets across the city, including the punk-rock-inspired Camden market and colorful Portobello Road. Visit the Globe Theatre to see some of Shakespeare’s most famous works performed live. Many of London’s museums are free and house some of the most renowned works of art and artifacts. Cruise down the River Thames or find a rooftop with a sweeping view of the spectacular city below. As the saying goes, coined by famous author Samuel Johnson, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”
The London Underground makes navigating this big city easy. Also called “the Tube,” it’s the oldest underground railway in the world. Combined with London’s train and bus systems, the entire city is well connected and accessible. Walking is also a great way to see the sights. You’ll glimpse contrasts between beautiful Victorian architecture situated next to some of the most modern buildings in the world. Stroll to one of the nearby well-preserved parks to enjoy green surroundings in the midst of a bustling city.
Feel like taking a weekend trip to the Beatles’ hometown of Liverpool? Or checking out a Manchester United football match? Or taking a quick jaunt to a traditional seaside town? Thanks to England’s rail system, the whole country is easily accessible by train. And if you want to travel farther afield, London’s international rail and air links make European excursions both easy and affordable!
Live La Vida Local
Picnic in the Park
Londoners love their green spaces and are avid picnickers. Bring a blanket, we’ll bring the food!
Victoria & Albert Museum
This incredible museum houses over 4.5 million objects and spans over 5,000 years of art. No wonder it’s one of the world’s largest museums!
Indulge in this fancy British tradition first introduced in 1840.
Portobello Road Market Walking Tour
Let your on-site staff take you on a tour of one of London’s most famous neighborhoods and markets! (It’s also where the movie Notting Hill was filmed.)
Evensong at Westminster Abbey
Hear the angelic voices of the Westminster Abbey choir during the traditional afternoon service that takes place every day in this famous UNESCO World Heritage site.
Housing in London
On the CIS Abroad Intern in London program you will live in a student residence or apartment building located in central London with other CIS Abroad and international students. The housing varies slightly depending on the term you are abroad, but you will be in central London. Both of these setups are a great way to get to know your fellow interns and immerse yourself in local culture while in London.
Watch Maria’s video tour of her apartment to get a sense of what your housing might be like!
The apartments come with fully-equipped kitchens so you can cook your own meals. Put your skills to the test and try cooking some local British dishes!
Inclusions and Amenities
- CommutePublic Transportation
- Double Room
- Kitchen Equipment
- Single RoomOptional
- Triple Room
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Internship placement and supervision
- Housing in apartment or dorm
- Medical and accident insurance
- Pre-departure and onsite orientation
- Re-Entry Workshop
- Financial aid counseling
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Airport pickup service
- On-site support
- La Vida Local cultural program
Welcome & Orientation
Upon arrival you’ll take part in a comprehensive orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in London. We’ll cover everything from how to get around by public transportation, how to stay safe, what to do in case of an emergency and who to contact if you have any questions. We’ll also give you tips on how to budget in a city that is renowned to be one of the most expensive in Europe, if not the world. We’ll also tell you all about our favorite places in town (restaurants, museums, markets etc). Oh, and you’ll join in on a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy (ever had fish and chips or a Sunday roast?) so that you can start to taste the local flavors.
Farewell & Re-Entry Program
Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to London and England.
Hampton Court Palace
Visit Henry VIII’s elaborate Tudor palace on the banks of the River Thames. See the Great Hall where he entertained hundreds of guests with sumptuous banquets and entertainment. Listen out for the cries of Catherine Howard’s ghost as we tour the Haunted Gallery. Then tour William and Mary’s apartments, designed by the great architect Christopher Wren before exploring the gardens and getting lost in Hampton Court’s world famous maze.
Windsor Castle and Eton
Windsor Castle has been the royal home and fortress for over 900 years, and along with the surrounding town demonstrates the essence if British life. The castle is the Queen’s official residence and is also used for state visits and other formal duties. In addition to the Castle, Windsor is home to St. Georges Chapel which has been used for hundreds of Royal weddings, christenings, and funerals. Eton College lies just across the peaceful River Thames, and the city is also a perfect place for nature lovers who can explore Windsor Great Park and weave their way around the castle.
Join us for a daytrip to one of England’s most famous seaside towns. With its iconic pier and beautiful pavilion built by King George IV, Brighton is a popular, easy to reach destination for those looking to escape London’s bustle. Spend time walking along the rocky shore or playing in one of the many arcades. And complete the trip with a bit of fresh fish and chips!
Save money on your Oyster Card and walk everywhere. There are so many different neighbourhoods that await to be explored and hidden treasures to be discovered. Get lost in the city and take time to enjoy the experience!
Save money on your Oyster Card and walk everywhere. There are so many different neighbourhoods that await to be explored and hidden treasures to be discovered. Get lost in the city and take time to enjoy the experience!
Anna holds a B.A. in English and German from Ca’Foscari University of Venice. The Italian village where she was born was never enough for her, and from a young age she decided she wanted to see the world and meet a lot of people from different cultures. Fascinated by foreign languages and traveling, she first studied abroad in London when she was in high school and then at Humboldt Universität in Berlin a few years after. New York City holds a special place in her heart, ever since he was an intern at the Italian Cultural Institute there. After volunteering and working for the not-for-profit association AFS Intercultural Program, helping hundreds of high school students enroll and prepare for their experience abroad, she moved to London and focused on working with university students. She has been part of the CIS Abroad on-site team in London for almost five years now and has extensive knowledge about all our London programs. She loves musicals, fashion, playing tennis, hiking, drinking green tea and matcha, and is an intrepid backpacker.
Your Support Staff
We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us—be it through a text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.
Journal, journal, journal! Write down the little things, the strange details & whatever made you laugh. It’s the little things that make a trip amazing and are easily the most forgotten.
Be patient with yourself and kind to those you meet along the way. Show gratitude daily, laugh often, and give thanks for the journey you are on. There will be hard days, but remember, the magic is in the journey and each day makes that journey complete. Smile!
Dates & Prices
ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.
- Application Deadline: Jan 15
- Arrival: June 11
- Departure: August 7
- Price: $7,990 (Estimated)
- Application Deadline: May 1
- Arrival: September 17
- Departure: November 13 | December 11
- Price: $7,990 - $9,990 (Estimated)
- Application Deadline: Sep 1 (Estimated)
- Arrival: January 14 (Estimated)
- Departure: March 12 | April 9 (Estimated)
- Price: $8,490 - $10,490 (Estimated)
- Application Deadline: Jan 15 (Estimated)
- Arrival: June 11 (Estimated)
- Departure: August 7 (Estimated)
- Price: $7,990 (Estimated)
Spring: 8 week internship: $8,490, 12 week internship: $10,490
Fall: 8 week internship: $7,990, 12 week internship: $9,990
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.