Study Abroad in London, England - Internship

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Intern Abroad in London: Academics

AIFS Global Education Center

You will study in Kensington, one of the most picturesque and safest areas of central London. Within walking distance of half a dozen museums and three Royal parks, Kensington provides easy access to shopping, sports and entertainment. Running, horseback riding and boating are available in Hyde Park.

Academic credit for the AIFS London program is awarded by Fairfield University. Fairfield University is a private Jesuit university founded in 1942 in Fairfield, Connecticut, well known for their commitment to international education. Fairfield is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

In 2020 Fairfield and AIFS partnered to develop a school of record relationship that will allow academic credit to be available for both Fairfield and non-Fairfield students. The London faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University.

Program Options

This 12-week internship program provides an integrated academic experience, combining 6 weeks of classroom study and 6 weeks in a full-time internship placement for a total of 12 credits. In the first 6 weeks of the program students will take two 3-credit courses of their choice from those listed in the following pages. For the remaining 6 weeks they will participate in a substantive career development experience arranged and delivered by Global Experiences, a member of the AIFS family.

Students will engage in a work experience with organizations in a wide variety of fields. The experience is designed to be relevant to the student’s academic pursuits, personal development, and professional preparation. 

The internship provides students with the opportunity to gain experience in workplace settings and to translate classroom learning into practice. The intent is for the student to be exposed to business ideas and concepts while being mentored. Doing analysis, contributing to decisions, and communicating meaningful ideas should form the bulk of the work, although some low skill work (for example, data entry and making phone calls) can be a part of the assignment. At the end of the internship experience, students will be able to reflect on their personal and professional growth and begin seeing themselves on their career path.

While every internship is different, Global Experiences (GE) has adopted the internship definition recommended by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE.) The criteria are as follows:

  • The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  • The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  • The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  • There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework. 
  • There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  • The experienced supervisor will provide routine feedback. 
  • There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals. Students are expected to dress and behave professionally throughout their internship assignment and adhere to the agreed-upon internship standards and requirements as described by GE and the host organizations.

Academic Overview and Policies

Attendance is required to receive full credit. Students exceeding the permitted number of absences may lose all or partial credit. Classes are normally scheduled Monday through Friday. Students are not permitted to take final exams early.

Courses run providing there is sufficient enrollment (a minimum of 8 students is required). Provisional confirmation of courses to be taught can be obtained in April from the AIFS Stamford office. Limited changes may be necessary before a session starts.

Grades No AIFS student is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/ Fail options are not available.

Registration The earlier you apply, the better the chances of getting the courses you want. If your first choices are not available or already full, you are automatically registered for your second choices.

Transcripts are issued by Fairfield University. One official copy of the transcript will be mailed to the student’s home college or university.

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