Internships in London: International Internship Program (IIP)

In a competitive world, practical experience is an invaluable addition to classroom learning. Richmondís Internship Program provides vital insight into a career field, experience in the global workplace, practical exposure to demands of specific jobs and development of professional and personal skills. International work experience helps students test a potential career path while exploring interests and abilities in new ways.

Working side by side with Londoners is the best way to gain insight into another culture, to understand different approaches and to prepare for the realities of working in a multicultural and interdependent world. Richmond has specifically designed the International Internship Program to combine an academic program and individual attention with a unique opportunity to study working life in Britain first hand with placements in London-based organizations.

The program benefits students by enabling them to:

  • apply academic training to practical situations in business and other organizations
  • work alongside professionals and managers to observe different work-styles and techniques
  • relate work experience to classroom situations
  • enrich employment opportunities and establish a work record for their CV (resumť)
  • acquire skills and strengths essential to the development of personal confidence
  • gain contacts and insight into a career area

Students earn 12 credits for the semester. It consists of intensive study of Contemporary British Culture, internship seminars and an unpaid internship. In addition, students must choose one semester-long, 3-credit course taught weekday evenings or on Fridays. Check online at www.richmond.ac.uk to see what courses are offered in the evening/on Friday.

The ideal internship placement is a coordination between the skills and personality that an organization is seeking and those which a student presents. Each student should approach the program with cultural awareness and flexibility. This will enable the Internship Office to identify suitable organizations at which the student may intern. Placements are made with both small and large organizations, and selection is based on a number of criteria.

Please note: Students must attend interviews with suitable organizations and understand that this is a competitive process. Final selection is always at the discretion of the organization and the Internship Program is not able to honor specific requests to join a particular organization or guarantee that students will be successful at interviewing. Interns use public transportation to get to work. Londonís extensive bus and subway network allows easy and quick travel throughout the city and students should budget around $190 per month for this.

Admissions Guidelines

Students must complete the internship application (to request an application call 800.727.2437, ext. 5163 or download it from www.aifsabroad.com). Quality and depth of the answers can contribute to internship possibilities. Students must meet all the normal criteria for admission to Richmond, The American International University in London and have:

  • enrolled at least 75 semester credits (105 quarter credits) by time of admission and enrolled in a full-time degree program
  • 2.75 minimum GPA (3.0 for students seeking a placement in Finance and Policy, 3.2 for Psychology)
  • a thoroughly and thoughtfully completed internship application which forms part of their portfolio and a completed academic year and semester application
  • paid or unpaid work experience during the last two years
  • letter of reference from a former employer
  • one letter of academic reference

Completed applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. AIFS will notify applicants of their acceptance.

If a student plans to apply for an internship that is not related to his or her major, the student must contact the internship office before submitting the application to discuss whether or not this is an option. Due to the competitive nature of the internship placement process, in many sectors, organisations will only accept students with relevant educational experience.

Course load

In addition to the required internship and Contemporary British Culture course, students must choose one 3-credit course which meets in the evenings or on Fridays. See the Richmond web site at www.richmond.ac.uk for a full list of available courses and course schedule.

Student advising

In addition to the internship staff who support students on an individual basis throughout the program in the seminars, internship faculty advisors are assigned from Richmond faculty to monitor the internship. They are in regular contact with the student and the workplace supervisor and contribute to the academic component of the Internship Program grade.

If you are traveling on an AIFS Partnerships faculty-led program through your home institution, see the AIFS Partnerships website.

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