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Interning Abroad in London

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." A lot has changed since Samuel Johnson uttered these words, but they still ring true. London was big even in the 1700s, but now the city boasts an astoundingly large population of around eight million people, speaking more than 300 languages. London proudly has four UNESCO World Heritage Sites dotted around the city, 857 art galleries, and more than 170 museums. Internships in London, one of the world’s most storied cities, are a major step down the path to a truly well-rounded career for any young professional.

Internships in London

A London-based internship will provide you with access to not just a fantastic city, but to international work experience in one of the world’s major capitals. London has grown into a leading global hub for finance, music, business, fashion, research, medicine, and tourism. From the financial districts of the City of London and Canary Wharf (second in prominence only to New York) to the abundance of not-for-profits in London, the city is full of exciting internship opportunities with high-level, well-known, and industry-respected firms and organizations.

As with any internship abroad, placements in London will give you the chance to explore career options related to your interests, values, skills, and personality, to develop valuable workplace skills, boost your self-confidence, and gain knowledge about your chosen industry, and also form important networks and connections in London and beyond.

It is more crucial than ever that job seekers set themselves apart from their counterparts all fighting tooth and nail for every job opening created across the globe. Internships in London will give you the upper hand, distinguishing you from others in terms of skills, knowledge, and expertise. Come to intern in London and see what awaits you!

Life in London

When your working day comes to a close, the real fun begins! Spend your free time checking out London’s fantastic historic sites, museums, and art galleries. Relive history at the Tower of London, home to the Queen’s Crown Jewels, or try to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty herself from the gates of Buckingham Palace. Enjoy a panoramic view of London from Europe’s biggest Ferris wheel, the London Eye, or marvel at the entire city of London from the top of The Shard, Europe’s largest skyscraper.

London is well known for its abundance of nightlife; this includes hipster favorite bars of East London’s Shoreditch, university and tourist haunts in Old Street and Brick Lane, and glamorous nightclubs of Leicester Square, Mayfair, and Piccadilly Circus, where you will find packed dance floors.

London is also a shopper’s fantasy. Immerse yourself in London’s way of life by visiting the many outdoor markets scattered across the capital, where anything and everything is for sale. From scrumptious food and fresh fruits and veggies to vintage clothes, cutting-edge fashions, funky art, and impressive antiques, London’s got it all. Check out world famous department stores on Oxford Street, Regents Street, and Knightsbridge, home to upmarket Harrods, known as the grandest store in the world.

Salary & Costs

It was William Shenstone who said “Nothing is certain in London but expense.” The man had a point. Being an intern in London might be a stepping stone to a high-paying career, but it is not a highly-paid endeavour; in fact, you will be lucky if you are paid at all. Just remember: you might be poor in pounds by the end of your internship in London, but you will be rich in experience. 

Internships in London can be either unpaid or remunerated with a minimal salary that will offset only the most basic of living costs. This can present a challenge to interns, as London is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Since you don’t want to spend your entire internship in London closeted in your room eating two-minute noodles, it is recommended that you save up a “fun fund” before you go, so you can afford to do all those weekend trips and activities your friends will be doing (no one likes to suffer FOMO). It also helps to be in the know about cheap things to do and places to eat. There are some things that are completely free to enjoy in London; all museums and cathedrals are free to the public, for example. 

Accommodation & Visas

Typically, interns will be housed in shared apartments, either with other members of their program or with a mixture of local and international workers. Your program provider will be able to give assistance finding a place to live if housing is not included in your program fees. With a constant revolving door of people coming in and going out of the city for work, it’s not difficult to find a room in a shared flat. Networking is also an effective way to find a place to stay; ask anyone you know in London to keep an ear out for a room available. 

Anyone from outside the European Union will need to obtain a Tier 5, or Temporary Worker visa, in order to intern in London. Obtaining this visa is dependent on having a sponsor. Your sponsor will effectively take responsibility for you, confirming that you have a legitimate position with them, with the objective of professional development. The visa will cost around $400 in total, and usually takes around three weeks to be processed. To clarify the cost and your eligibility requirements, check out GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory to find your nearest British embassy. 

Benefits & Challenges

International work experience garnered in one of the world’s greatest financial, political, economic, and creative centers won’t just make you stand out from the crowd; it will put you head and shoulders above other graduates. An internship in London will be a springboard into the career of your choice. You will be able to gain valuable experience in high-quality, international organizations, develop multicultural awareness, and prove that you are capable of navigating the challenges of living in a megacity. 

Having to get up and go to work every day, and not be paid for your efforts, sounds like a nightmare for some people. Luckily, in a city as wildly exciting and diverse as London, even the prospect of working for free can’t dampen an intern’s spirits. Living in London is, to put it simply, fun, because there is always something to do. The culture is unique and even quirky at times, and delving into the world of cream teas, pints of cider, and big red buses never gets boring. Even if you do get bored, there is a total of six international airports in London, most of them offering cheap flights to sunnier shores, making it easy to get away for a weekend. 

An internship abroad should be about more than work; it’s about discovering different cultures, making new friends, and having a great time. Internships in London will tick off all of these boxes and more. Answer London’s calling and start looking for an internship today.

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Combine classroom learning with hands-on work experience through internship placements offered by Boston University Study Abroad in London, England. International participants have the opportunity to meet with internship program advisers to be matched with work placements that fit the abilities and professional goals of each intern. Interns work full-time for only four days a week.

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Intern in London through The Intern Group. Combine a professional internship with a travel adventure in one of the world's greatest cities. We offer internships across all career fields. From PR and Marketing to Information Technology and non-profits, London is filled with opportunity for young professionals.

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Fashion Week Internships is the only specialist fashion industry internship provider. Working with over 2,000 industry leading brands, retailers, designers, labels and PR/events companies, our programs give motivated students and graduates the opportunity to experience the fashion industry up close! London is a city like no other. Steeped in history and home to some of the worlds best ...


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CI was built on a very simple idea. Early in our adult lives, we make decisions that affect our entire lifetime. Just like your college education, your career should be planned and strategized with investment goals. CI’s mission is to empower young people to secure rewarding, lucrative careers that enable them to choose a lifestyle, rather than chase one. The Global Explorer Program is most p...

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At BUNAC we want you to explore the world whilst still elevating your career. Thanks to our famous Intern in Britain programme you can do exactly that! So if you’re a student or about to graduate and looking to further your career then this could be the perfect opportunity for you.


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Participants can choose from among three internship programs in the metropolitan city of London with Global Experiences. Renowned for its stunning sights and bountiful cultural heritage, the city provides a perfect location for those seeking an internship abroad in various areas including Architecture, History, and Photography. Eligibility requirements vary for each program.


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Over a dozen internship placements from Web Programming to Health Care and Administration are offered by Panrimo in London, England. Experience the city's fine architecture and culture with provided road trips and cultural immersion activities. Interested individuals must have previous work experience in their desired field of study.


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Intern-Tech offers technology related work placements in different areas like; business, marketing/pr, social media, design and front/back end development in London. The program is available to worldwide participants and open throughout the year. We offer group programs with specific dates as well as tailored program for individuals. Intern and live in one of the most dynamic cities in t...


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Intern abroad in London through CISabroad. Interns can take part in a semester or summer program and work in placements such as Pharmaceuticals, Liberal Arts, and Food Science and Nutrition. This program is open to American and Canadian participants, and includes housing and medical and accident insurance.


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When you enroll in a full-time semester or summer internship abroad in London, you will experience British culture while adding global brilliance to your résumé. Whatever your major may be, we will work with you to help find the closest match for your professional goals and interests, and you’ll be guaranteed a placement at a local business or organization.


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Participate in an internship opportunity in various fields in England with API. Interns can choose from a wide range of placements in Communications, Social Sciences, and Finance. Spend the weekends exploring the world-class city of London and visit famous attractions like the British Museum and Trafalgar Square.


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Gain professional experience through internships in London, England with the Institute for Global Studies. Get hands-on experience in Film Production or work with the community news and entertainment stations through a Television and Multimedia internship. Placements are available throughout the year and open to individuals from around the world.


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Acquire on-the-job knowledge in a city known for famed inhabitants such as Shakespeare and The Beatles. World Internships offers placements in areas like Computer Science, Museum Studies, and Accounting to international participants in London, England. Programs are open to individuals who are at least 18 years old and have an intermediate level of English.


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Work in a music company and be involved with managing record labels in recording studios. Or be part of a theatre company and get technical experience in lighting, sound, and costume design. Performing Arts Abroad in London, England offers Theatre, Drama, and Dance internship placements to individuals from around the world. Participants can get intensive classes from professionals and work for...


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Who doesn’t love London? Take part of our award-winning London Internship Program by Absolute internship. Absolute Internship is frequently featured as the leading internship program in London for students on world leading media outlets such as BBC News, The New York Times, Bloomberg and Forbes Magazine. Through the program, you spend your summer with your new crew of friends from all around th...