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Fall & Spring Internships in London

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Fall internship in London

I took the plunge and decided to intern abroad in London, a place I'd always wanted go to! I decided almost a year in advance because I wanted to be sure on the program administration and all of the small details involved. I would say overall that I'm quite happy with everyone involved in the Global Experiences process! It was all exciting, and I appreciated the coaching calls and resume assistance.

Our living accommodations were also excellent; this was the first time I have ever lived on my own and it was extremely fun getting to know the other interns in such a close location to everything. Our location coordinator was extremely friendly, nice and always available to chat.

I got placed at a cool fashion forecasting agency where I took on a marketing role involved in a lot of brand and client research. I also got to participate in the creative writing for trend descriptions which was fun! Attending a press event and photographing designer clothes was also a highlight. I had lovely team members who I will greatly miss.

Stonehenge was a blast, along with Windsor Castle, seeing Wicked and other awesome adventures. Winter Wonderland is also gorgeous near Christmas! I'm glad I chose Global Experiences to help me along; I definitely think London is amazing but also an easy place to feel isolated as there are so many people! Starting out with a small community of friends and mentors really made London feel like a place I could call home.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

My Time In London!

Hi there, I was an attendee of the Summer 2012 London Internship Experience studying Graphic Design. There are so many highlights from my experience that I have no idea where to start. My internship position was working for a company in Teddington, England which was one of the furthest internships away. The company was called Tru SportsWear. I stayed in the Notting Hill Nido building and met some wondering new friends who were also with Global Experiences. There were about twenty of us all together. Some of my highlights was being a part of Project Moda Season 2 in going to Italy which I have never been to. Probably the hottest day of my life it about 110 degrees I would say. Other place I went to was Oxford with a friend my internship where I worked. Me and three others who I met from another internship company also asked if I would like to get a ticket to see the USA vs France first soccer match of the Olympic Games up in Glascow, Scotland. It was so much fun! Throughout my time in London, I went on the trips that GE had for us. We went to Brighton, and to the White Cliffs of Dover. I saw three other Olympic Games which were also amazing. Eight weeks wasn't long enough I wish I could have stayed a whole year and do study abroad and travel more, but my time spent in England was well worth it and thanks to GE and our representative Melissa I felt I have grown more to know who I am as a person then when I first got there.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Changed My Life

I have interned with GE in London twice, once during undergrad and again during grad school. Both experiences were different but equally rewarding. My internship placements were beyond my expectation. I still keep in contact with both of them and they are always willing to write me a recommendation. The accommodations are in a phenomenal location and are also a great place to meet other student outside of the GE program. I never had any issues with any of my internships but GE staff was always prompt in answering any questions I had; even ones as simple as where I could go for great Indian food. The location rep that I had is one of the best people that I have ever met and I have been fortunate enough to still stay in touch with her. Not only have I made lasting friendships with other interns in the GE program but I have also made several close relationships with others that I met while interning which has been great for traveling and always having a free place to stay!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

I Had An AMAZING Time With GE!

I had a great time with GE (My second internship with them).

If you're coming from abroad GE takes your application, gets you hired, helps get your visa, and sets up your housing for you. Most of the fee goes to housing (London is CRAZY expensive) and the little that does go to administration is well spent.

The staff is knowledgeable and makes an active effort to make sure that you are satisfied, safe, and having fun. I've been with GE before and their program is very easy to go through.

Although I wanted something very specific and had to wait for it, I always knew where I was in hiring process. GE doesn't waste its time with cruddy placements so it was nice to just let them take care of all the details. Having someone help me through the British visa process is a necessity. YOU ARE GOING TO NEED IT.

The GE events are thoughtful and well planned. Melissa took us all around London and to Dover and Brighton. When you arrive Melissa gives a funny little speech about the differences of British and American speech and culture. Having a Scottish father, I thought I wouldn't need any of her advice... So wrong. Having Melissa to advise you is great when you have that first gut-check reaction. She's also there when you arrive and it's great to have someone help you find the grocery or hot food.

Living in central London is VERY expensive. While you can find a cheap little apartment in central; it will be absolutely ghastly (I stayed in London after my program finished). You save a ton of money living close to your job, but you do have to fork over the cash to live in a nice place. This was my second time with GE and the buildings they choose are always safe, new, and comfortable. I wish housing was cheaper, but any quick search online will yield that the accommodations are well priced for the market.

The only academics that GE provides on site is from Melissa, the onsite coordinator. From her, you can learn skills and tips to get you hired later on in life. I found her knowledge and advice to be absolutely AMAZING. If you need help with your initial employer interview, the GE staff are great at prepping you aren't use to interviewing.

If you come with GE and are in the King's Cross accommodations, go to Camino on a Friday or Saturday night. Ice Creamists in Covent Garden is my favourite shop; I didn't sample their breast-milk flavoured ice cream but everything else is LUSH. Camden Pub Crawl; since you live in central you can always stumble home. Come with friends, leave with more. Go to the GE events; Melissa picks nice cultural events which are always a great time.

Food in the building is on par with typical British food. Anyone who doesn't like an oily heavy meal should go ethnic for any dining.

There's always something to do in the building. So safe it's almost annoying.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Loving the London hustle & bustle

My Fall interning in London was more than I could have asked for. I was lucky to have such an incredible internship with Jungle Creations, and make terrific friends in my program. If you're looking for a great way to live abroad, gain unmatched work experience, and have the time of your life, this program is for you.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    8

Fall internship in London

I spent Fall of 2014 in London at an amazing internship with a charity/non-profit. Although the internship wasn't originally what I thought it might be, as it didn't directly fit with my educational/work experience background (something that might happen depending on your field), it was the most fantastic and rewarding experience.

The reason I didn't rate the Global Experiences program a full 10/10 is due to a few different reasons, mostly regarding pre-departure and housing. Although the staff at the Global Experiences offices were willing to help whenever I had questions, I definitely had to keep calling them. This might have been because of how early I signed up for the program, but it was something to keep note of. Hopefully they've fixed this communication issue but if you haven't heard from them in a while, it would be best to just call them to talk about the progress of your internship placement. However, I will say that the on-the-ground staff members in London (Sarah and Amanda) were FANTASTIC. They were so friendly, fun, and helpful, and I really appreciated their time helping the intern cohort with personal and professional development.

And in terms of the housing, it was definitely an older accommodation than most other student housing in London (and different that what GE previously has used). That said, the size of the rooms are comparable to the other types of student housing. The only real problem I found with the housing was that the management was rarely of any help and only there when most interns were at work. I think that it would be better to have more lines of communication between GE and the housing office (hopefully something that they are also working on).

Overall, the experience was fantastic. The growth I experienced from my internship was more that I could have hoped for, and I met so many amazing people in London who I plan to keep in touch with for the rest of my life.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    8

Great Experience!

Overall I had an amazing summer, I had a great internship and made some great friends. However, I know that a couple of my good friends were not as fortunate as me, they had struggles with Visas and placements. But I had a great internship this summer, loved every minute of it and was able to experience the city. My friends and I took advantage of the location and tried to make the most of our experience. When I was applying I dealt with Chrissy who was very nice and helpful. She is probably the person who sold me on the London program. When the paperwork started coming in and we had questions, we were asked to contact Jodi. While Jodi is quite knowledgable in the area of international travel, she is nearly impossible to get a hold of and does not respond to emails..or if she does they are too late and are not helpful at that point. I emailed several times and never got a response until I called in and had to talk to her. But Melissa was great throughout our whole time in London. We had a Facebook group which informed us of activities and if anyone had a question another person had an answer. When I signed up for the program I was not expecting to be babied through the process and I wasn't, we were given directions to where we worked but we had to navigate the Tube and figure out the city and I think that is what made the experience better for me. We were truly on our own, but had people to fall back on if we needed help. I would recommend the program, if you are like me and had everything work out well then it's a great opportunity and a once in a lifetime experience.

Overall Rating

7/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    1

  • Living Situation

    4

  • Cultural Immersion

    6

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    4

Your Experience Is More Than Your Program.

My time with Global Experiences was generally very good. I applied late in the game, and they were very accommodating and made sure my first steps were completed in time so that I could be enrolled. From there, communication took a long dive off a cliff, however. Because I'd applied so late, I was concerned about getting my paperwork done for both the program and my visa, but when I would call with a question, it would often be days or weeks before I heard an answer. I was also talking to several different people at once, and I had no clear idea of who was doing what and who should be receiving which materials. Once I was in London, Melissa was excellent. She answered questions and had tips and pointers for everything from transportation to work to entertainment.

Placement was a bit difficult. I didn't receive my placement until about two and a half weeks before I left for London, so there was some serious concern about whether or not I would have a visa in time to travel. I had to rush order my visa and send my passport express mail just to have a prayer of getting it back in time. This was both incredibly stressful and an additional expense.

In preparing to go, I would say ask your employer what is expected of you instead of GE. I had almost a whole suitcase of business casual clothes that I never wore and did nothing but take room and weight, because I was told I would need them for my internship. As it turned out, my workplace was very laid back, and I was one of several people in this situation. The only time I needed to dress up at all was for a launch event for our summer project. What I'm saying is, ASK YOUR EMPLOYER ABOUT ATTIRE BEFORE YOU PACK. It is very possible that you will be able to wear your regular clothes for work. There will be souvenirs and food and whatever else you find to bring home that will be much more important than that extra pair of khakis.

The program itself, I enjoyed a lot. My placement was wonderful. I worked at a non-profit called the Ministry of Stories, which does writing workshops and community events for children in the surrounding neighborhood. It includes Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, whose proceeds help to fund the workshops and draw attention to the organization. It was not directly in my field, but because of the environment in which I was working, I was able to develop many professional skills which I had used only minimally in the past. Teamwork was the most important, because we were a small group of people taking on huge projects. Because of that, I was able to gain experience in several areas including public relations, marketing, data entry, event planning and some retail work. My last project was co-heading a social media takeover with the Ministry's PR coordinator. It was a lot of responsibility and the learning curve was huge, but it was ended up being brilliant and it was fun to do! Everything I did was important to the organization as a whole, and that was both educational and fulfilling.

While participating in the program, we lived at NIDO Student Center. NIDO itself was kind of dreadful, but it served its purpose well. It is better than most freshman dorm rooms, and you aren't there that much anyway. My tips would be to bring your own ethernet cable (the one they provide, which you have to purchase, is short and there is only wifi in the common areas) and don't eat there unless you have to, the exception being good coffee.

GE did a very good job pairing us with roommates. My roommate and I, while very different, were great living together. Because of the dorm style of NIDO, we quickly made friends with the people living in the rooms next to us. It was a way that made a huge new place feel a bit smaller and more manageable, and it helped to have a friend right off the bat.

I did not participate in many social aspects of the program. The welcome bus tour was excellent, despite the rain, especially since we did it the first day. It gave us a good feeling of where things generally were in the city as well as making us aware that we were really in London. There were three weekend day trips, one each to Dover, Brighton and Greenwich. I went to Greenwich, and we had a tour and then were given a couple hours to enjoy the area. There were also pub nights, a welcome and farewell dinner, and a couple of other things along the way. I enjoyed what I participated in, but I generally felt as though I'd rather be doing something else. There were a lot of cultural activities, both British and otherwise, that GE could have exposed us to, but I had more luck discovering on my own. For instance, NIDO was within 15 minutes walking of a whole street of amazing ethnic restaurants, everything from British pub food to Mexican to Turkish to Thai, and the only place we went as a group was a pub and a chain Indian restaurant that wasn't very good.

In many ways, Global Experiences is what got me to London more than what made the trip for me. I fell in love with the city and the people, and the most memorable parts of the experience were the things I did on my own or with friends: I was able to take two weekend trips and several day trips, and though I spent as many days as possible sightseeing in London, I only scratched the surface of what the city had to offer. I was also lucky enough to be there during the Olympics, so I went to the opening ceremony concert at Hyde Park and two football matches in Manchester. I made friends with program participants, as I mentioned before, and with locals I met at the pubs or at work, many of whom I'm still in contact with.

Overall, I had a wonderful summer, but it had very little to do with Global Experiences. Your internship experience will be what you make of it. Take advantage of the city and surrounding area and be the best employee you can be, and it will be worth every once of stress and every penny spent it took to get you there.

Program Administration: Abysmal. Unanswered emails, late questions, stress over placements and visas. It was a disaster. They either need more staff or they need to find a way to delegate tasks better or both. My suggestion would be assign people to certain students instead of trying to push participants between four or five employees. It was confusing and poorly executed. That being said, once in London, it improved exponentially. Melissa is the person on the ground there, and she was excellent.

We were exposed to a lot of London, but Global Experiences didn't play much of a role in the immersion process. We were left to our own devices, and I think they were right on in handling it that way.

NIDO was not a great place to stay, but it was everything it needed to be for this kind of experience.

I was not participating in an academic program, but my internship placement was excellent.

-B@1 has BOGO drinks on Monday nights, and is right around the corner from NIDO. -Spend some time exploring Islington and Camden. They are right there, and both have a lot of interesting things to do, good restaurants, people to meet, etc. -Invest in the month long Oyster pass. It will be MUCH cheaper in the end, even though it costs more upfront.

Eat elsewhere, but drink the coffee. I would also avoid the Italian restaurant immediately outside the front door.

Overall Rating

4/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    5

  • Program Administration

    1

  • Living Situation

    3

  • Cultural Immersion

    3

  • Health and Safety

    6

  • Social Life

    6

Rip Off

I chose GE because I wanted to Intern abroad rather than study. Their Student Affairs guy, Alex, was the first person I talked to. He was incredibly nice and very helpful. He made me feel like that's how the whole process would go. There would be webinars to prepare me, yadda yadda yadda. I signed up for the program in July of 2011 to travel summer 2012. I didn't hear from anyone at GE again after the payments started rolling in. I thought "well it's still a long way away. Maybe there's not much I can do right now." They made me feel like I had to secure my spot in the London program NOW or I wouldn't get to go (because of the Olympics). So that's what I did.

After a whole semester of basically nothing happening (not hearing from anyone at GE, not knowing WHEN I would be placed in an internship, nothing), I emailed Alex and asked him what I should be doing right now. He directed me to this portal where there was a million bajillion things of paperwork for me to do. Cool... so I did the paperwork. It's now Spring and I still don't have an internship. This is important because I can't apply for my UK Visa until I have an employer to list on the application...so after waiting and waiting, I FINALLY get my first interview in LATE APRIL. I leave June 8th... this is really pushing it, but it's still doable. I interviewed with this employer and one other employer before being placed in my internship on May 12th...3 weeks before I should be on a plane to London.

I scramble to get all of the ridiculous Visa requirements done, while also taking finals and finishing out my school year, and get everything mailed off to the UK Border Agency 5 days before I'm supposed to leave. I had to pay extra to have it overnighted (GE didn't cover that) and pay to have the Visa rush processed (GE didn't cover that either). I'm not sure why I was made to feel like I needed to jump on signing up for this program LAST JULY if I wasn't going to be able to move forward with anything until the last possible minute. In case you wondering...no I didn't get to London on my originally scheduled flight. I had to pay US Airways another $300 to change my flight, I lost an entire week in London and at my Internship (I asked if I could be moved to second session so I didn't lose any time and they said no). I was not offered to be reimbursed for my flight change or offered to stay an extra week (even though I paid for it) and other people were offered both of those things.

My time in London was fine. I had fun, but I worked a lot. To anyone out there considering interning abroad...think really hard. I prefer working to going to school, but it really doesn't leave a lot of time for just relaxing and enjoying the country you're in. My company was nice enough to give me a week off at the end of my internship so I got to see everything I wanted to see before I left.

Once I got to London, Melissa, my GE coordinator, was pretty good. She was helpful whenever she could be, etc. But most of the time, we were all on our own figuring everything out by ourselves.

If I were you (assuming "you" are a college student seeking an internship for school credit or just wanting to study abroad for school credit) I would go through my study abroad office at my university and do whatever they recommend. I did this all on my own and it was an epic fail.

  • Global Experiences responded to this review September 26, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Dear Sydney, I am so sorry to hear about your unfortunate experience. That was truly not our intention. As we discussed during our phone call, we appreciate your comments and you can be assured that we have reviewed your feedback and shared it with the team. We have made changes to our placement process as well as our enrollment process as a direct result. I understand the placement process was lengthy for you and the visa was tedious. Unfortunately the visa process is tedious due to regulations however our goal is to minimize the time as much as possible. Since the visa and placement process are intertwined, it makes it challenging. Although we cannot control certain aspects of the visa process, we certainly are working towards improving the aspects of the process that are under our control. These changes include an earlier priority placement process as well as increased staff that has been hired to work with all participants. This enables a better response time to all interns and visa partners during the process. We have also implemented live informative webinars every two weeks for all enrolled interns. During this webinar, led by an enrollment coordinator, a specific topic is addressed to help in preparation for the program and each webinar concludes with a live question and answer session. In addition we have streamlined our portal documents to be more user friendly, and added information that was requested to help demystify the visa process. I know Melissa really enjoyed having you as a part of the group and I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your time once in London. Thanks for bringing this to our attention and for helping us improve our service. Jessica Burns Global Experiences

Overall Rating

4/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    6

  • Program Administration

    1

  • Living Situation

    2

  • Cultural Immersion

    5

  • Health and Safety

    6

  • Social Life

    6

Awful

I have never felt like I was dropped off in a foreign country with 8000 less dollars in my pocket until now. I have been here for 7 weeks with 2 left to go, and have had little contact from Global.

I love my internship, but it could have been acquired on my own. Global pocketed 6000 of the 8000 dollars I paid them.

  • Global Experiences responded to this review July 12, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    Dear Amanda, Thank you for your feedback. We’re sorry your expectations were not met with the program. Due to visa restrictions in 2011, we were obligated to have our interns participate on a Tier 4 study visa which entails coursework and the part time internship. Since we are not a visa granting institution, we had to work with a partner that was recognized by the UKBA as a visa sponsor which restricted our control over some of the processes. I am thankful to say that following your program in 2012, another visa process has been approved by the UKBA and although systematic and thorough, it allows our interns to participate full time in their internship and Global Experiences has primary control over the placement process. We take all reviews seriously and are grateful for your information because this helps us improve. Global Experiences