Internships in London: Courses

Internship schedule at a glance

Your first four weeks
Contemporary British Culture course for 4 days a week. Internship seminars.

The rest of the semester
Internship placement plus Contemporary British Culture on Fridays throughout the semester and review meetings with workplace supervisors and Richmond faculty.

In addition, students must select one course offered on one day per week or evenings. Check the course schedule online at to see what courses are offered in the evenings.

Contemporary British Culture SSC 323 (3 credits)

This course sets a framework which enables students to develop a greater understanding of the environment in which they will be working, and thus gain new insights into the workplace and a better understanding of their colleagues. It is designed to shed light on the multiple layers of culture in London and Britain and to encourage intercultural awareness in a global environment. The course will consider issues that have become central to political and cultural debate in Britain, including the differences between English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish identities; the role of monarchy; U.K. parliamentary democracy the business environment; multiculturalism & religious faith in Britain. We will explore the U.K. media; the major political parties; the economic divide and the politics of race. With London as its “text”, SSC 323 enables students to maximize their experience by merging both the theoretical and practical components of the experience with a continued focus on multicultural understanding.

International Internship 486 (6 credits)

Students intern in companies based in London for 10 weeks. Students taking the internship are also required to attend specially designed evening seminars throughout the semester. The Internship Program combines workplace learning with classroom- based study and regular review sessions with workplace supervisors and Richmond faculty. Credit is awarded only after successful completion of all aspects of the program. Internships are unpaid and monitored by the workplace supervisor and a Richmond faculty member. In addition to working and attending the internship seminars, students are required to submit a journal recording duties and learning, as well as an analysis of specified aspects of the work experience. They must also submit a final research paper describing and analyzing the workplace, the industry and goals achieved. Students give a presentation on their internship. Assessment is based on the above criteria. Grades of A to F, with pluses and minuses, in accordance with the University grading policy are assigned and recorded on your Richmond transcript.

The internship is offered in:
ADMArt and Design
ARHArt History
CSCComputer Science
INBInternational Business
INRInternational Relations
PLTPolitical Science

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