You will enroll in two and three courses in addition to the Internship Seminar and placement. All courses offered in London are recognized and approved for academic credit by various GEO partner institutions. Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information, in particular how many contact hours are required for internship credit.
In your internship placement, you will work side by side with British nationals, allowing you a unique insight into the professional life of Londoners. You will be expected to dress and conduct yourself appropriately to the standards of the placement organization. In placing students, GEO will try to ensure that you will have a variety of challenging tasks throughout your term; however, you should also expect to help in menial office tasks as well.
London will serve as a classroom as much as the center itself, with visits to London’s exceptional museums, galleries, and the House of Commons. In addition, you will enjoy theater and concert productions often complemented by private talks with directors or prominent actors. Courses are taught by British faculty who have experience teaching US students as well as considerable practical experience in the related field they are teaching—including professional actors, artists and the founder of the European Policy Information Centre. Courses make use of a variety of materials and texts, all of which are included in the program fee.
Please click here to see a sample weekly schedule for the program - please note most internships take 2-3 of the listed courses and all courses/times are subject to change.
London internships are available in a variety of professional fields.
Opportunities are available in many fields, such as the Arts, Business, Start-ups, Marketing/PR, Financial Services, Hospitality & Tourism, HR, Politics, NGOs, Education, Technology and more!
The internship placement requires additional application steps, please click here to learn more about the process. Students participating in an internship can expect the following support during their program:
- Individualized pre-departure consultation meeting
- Pre-Departure Webinar
- On-site Orientation
- Skills-based workshops and networking events
- Mid-term review (student and internship supervisor)
- Final Evaluation (student and internship supervisor)
Due to the competitive nature of internships, it is recommended to work with a study abroad and/or career center advisor to review your resume and prepare for an interview in advance. Some examples of past placements have included:
- Politics: Members of Parliament in Westminster, NGOs, campaigning, research, media
- NGOs and Charities: International and domestic focus, human rights, environmental, marginalised populations (homeless, refugee women, children/youth, former prisoners)
- Health Services: Policy, health clinics, children’s care, medical device sales
- Media: Film festival, production studios, international channel
- Public Relations: Fashion PR, media PR
- Publishing, Literature and Journalism: Publishers, magazines, webzines
- Museums and Galleries: History, art, music, archives
- Performing Arts: House management, stage management, arts management, costuming, lighting, children, orchestra management
- Entrepreneurial Business: Start-up companies in sport, hospitality, technology, graphic design, PR
- Fashion: Clothing designers, bridal, couture, millinery, fancy dress