Micro Internship
International Business in London

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Program Overview

This opportunity is your three-week industry immersion crash course in international business. Get direct experience with global companies, working with three clients in various stages of international development. Each week, meet with a new client, then work in peer teams to create and deliver an effective international development strategy. You won’t go it alone, either: get guidance and mentorship from an industry professional each step of the way. In three weeks, learn the key skills a business needs to go global, engage in coaching sessions and client meetings, go behind-the-scenes in some of Europe’s most successful businesses, and develop and deliver formal business pitches.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 120 contact hours
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5

Highlights:

  • Work in real time with real clients, alongside your peers and an industry-savvy coach
  • Develop your personal brand while building your international network
  • Sharpen employable skills that you can immediately leverage
  • Gain exclusive access to both established multinationals and innovative incubators
  • Professional growth in a supportive cohort with on-site support

Internship Placements

International Business internships available in England

Below are a few sample International Business placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with International Business internships
<h4>Project One: Market Discovery</h4>

Project One: Market Discovery

During your first industry immersive project, you’ll work with a company in the early stages of internationalization. Through client discovery and market research, you’ll identify and propose the best market for their product or service. In addition to determining the total available market vs. the serviceable available market, you’ll develop a short list of potential markets and present your findings to the client.

<h4>Project Two: New Market Fit</h4>

Project Two: New Market Fit

In this second challenge, you’ll work with a company that has already chosen their international target market. You’ll help them define strengths within the desired international market – and the cultural values, social protocol and innate preferences that vary country to country. You’ll assess the market opportunity and fit, determine what product modifications are needed, and provide a comprehensive report on their recommended go-to market strategy.

<h4>Project Three: International Marketing</h4>

Project Three: International Marketing

During the third project, you’ll help create the best possible marketing campaign for a company that’s already working in a target country. This includes defining target audiences and producing customer profiles, identifying the best channels, and generating example materials for the campaign that accurately reflect the company’s brand. After generating a recommended marketing strategy for the target country, you’ll pitch your campaign to the client.

Program Details

Your Micro-Internship

Micro-Internship Experience: International Business in London

The Experience

Gain firsthand experience working directly with businesses in various stages of international development. Each week is dedicated to a new client, and you’ll work in teams to create and deliver an effective international development strategy, with guidance and mentorship every step of the way. In addition to learning the key skills needed to go into a global market, you’ll also hone your professionality through coaching sessions, client meetings, business visits and formal pitches.

To round out this immersive experience, get an insider’s look by going behind the scenes and meeting industry professionals in international businesses across London, such as: Google Campus in London, BP, Social Chain, London Legacy Development Corporation (Olympic Park), British Council, Crowdcube, STA Travel, and The Telegraph.

About Our Partner

This micro internship program was developed in collaboration with CorkScrew Thinking, who developed the program projects and curriculum. Corkscrew Thinking is all about deconstructing, reconfiguring, and implementing alternatives to a linear approach, to embrace the pioneers and adventurers taking responsibility and ownership of their own decisions and, ultimately, their own life.

Itinerary

Pre-Program Workshop

This workshop offers you an opportunity to work on your personal brand and understand what is important to you. Each day, there will be challenges to practically solve, and you’ll begin to use some of the communication tools you’ve learned during the online sessions. The outcome? A clear in-depth understanding of the importance of self-brand, modern workplace environments and an introduction to different sectors and industries. Learn how to nail first impressions and build a stunning professional online profile ready to blow your employers and recruitment managers away! As soon as you’re granted access to the online workshop, you can complete it at any time before the program begins.

Week 1: Market Discovery

Get acquainted with your group in your first host city of London!

Check in to housing and meet the rest of the group at the first London Orientation. Your site director will be covering culture, health and safety before all heading out for a welcome dinner together.

Learn all you need to know to be set up for success for all professional encounters to come during the program. We will cover topics including how to be professional in meetings, how to engage with clients and how to make and deliver a pitch.

The Week Ahead:

  • Get introduced to the first international business concept for your first client project- market discovery! With your group, you’ll create a plan and understand all you need to know to make the most of your first client meeting.
  • Head to your home-base co-working office, where you’ll work with your group for the rest of the week through both guided and collaborative working sessions, focused on competitors and positioning.
  • Visit a large and innovative international company based in London.
  • Enjoy London via the iconic double-decker bus on a city tour to get you oriented with the city.
  • Pitch your market discovery idea and implementation plan to your client.
  • WEEKENDS FREE!

Week 2: Market Fit

Make progress with your cohort by diving into market fit, while also getting more time to connect with other young professionals and learning more about London’s international business community.

The Week Ahead:

  • Get introduced to the second international business concept for your second client project – market fit! With your group, create a plan and understand all you need to know to make the most of your second client meeting.
  • Spend the rest of the week at your home-base co-working office with your group for your guided market fit project working sessions and learn about empathy and understanding cultural differences from a business perspective.
  • BEHIND-THE-SCENES VISIT: Past visits have included London’s Google Campus for an exclusive look at this international giant.
  • Meet-up for Young Professionals: Test your networking skills and grow your network.
  • Visit Social Chain, an innovative social media agency with high profile clients and creative work environment.
  • Pitch to the client your go-to market strategy based on your assessment of market fit.
  • WEEKENDS FREE!

Week 3: International Marketing

Wrap up meaningful projects with your cohort by presenting marketing campaign pitches, while making the most of your last days in London – visiting two London staples, the Daily Telegraph and the London Eye.

The Week Ahead:

  • Get introduced to the third and final international business concept for your third client project- international marketing! During your final week, you’ll work with a company that is already working in a target country to help them create the best possible marketing campaign. You’ll develop an understanding of the latest growth marketing tactics, learn how to generate example materials for a campaign, and how to identify the best channels for the target country and customer.
  • View the city via the iconic London Eye!
  • Spend the week at your home-base co-working office with your group for your international marketing guided project working session, where you will learn how to understand the customer.
  • Visit to the Daily Telegraph for exclusive access to this publication that is distributed across the UK and internationally.
  • With your group, pitch to the client your international marketing strategy and implementation plan.
  • WEEKENDS FREE!

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!

  • Afternoon Tea

    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

Location

During your three-week program, you’ll live in shared rooms in a hostel with other program participants. Housing will be a 30-60 minute commute to the program activities on the Tube.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • 24-hour security
  • BathroomShared
  • Cleaning Service
  • CommutePublic Transportation
  • Double Room
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Single RoomOptional
  • Wi-Fi

Upgrade to get a Single Room

For an additional cost, you can secure a single room for the course of the program.

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance (just in case!)
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • LIVE! Pre-departure Orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • CIS Abroad orientation
  • On-site support
  • On-campus wi-fi
  • La Vida Local cultural program
  • Oyster card
  • Co-working space membership

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.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Double Decker Bus Tour

Double Decker Bus Tour

Enjoy London via the iconic double-decker bus on a city tour to get you oriented with the city.

London Eye

London Eye

View the city via the iconic London Eye!

Dinner Cruise on the Thames

Dinner Cruise on the Thames

End your incredible experience with a farewell dinner and cruise on the Thames.

Site Director

Travel Tip:

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!

Travel Tip:

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!

About:

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

Global Advising Team
Travel Tip:

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.

Michelle Everard
Travel Tip:

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.

Linda Hallbäck
Travel Tip:

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: Apr 1
  • Arrival: June 28
  • Departure: July 19
  • Price: $4,690
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 28 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 19 (Estimated)
  • Price: $4,690 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

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.