Location
  • England
    • London
Length
8 to 12 weeks
Industry
Accounting Advertising Architecture Art History Arts Business Communications Computer Science Culinary Arts Design Economics Education Engineering Fashion Design Finance Hospitality International Business International Relations Journalism Marketing Media Relations Music Performing Arts Psychology Tourism +15

Program Details

Compensation
Non-Monetary Benefits
Timeframe
Fall Spring Summer
Housing
Apartment
Language
English
Weekly Hours
40
Age Min.
18

Pricing

Starting Price
7990
Price Details
The program fee includes: Guaranteed internship, centralized housing in London, social events & excursions, medical/travel insurance, an international SIM card, and personalized support before and during the internship.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities SIM cards
What's Not Included
Airfare Meals
Feb 15, 2022
May 12, 2022
216 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

An international internship in London gives you an amazing opportunity to live and work in a fascinating global city. London is one of the most culturally, socially, and professionally diverse cities in the entire world. The booming metropolis is home to thousands of professions ranging from business, marketing, fashion, international law, and everything in-between.

London is the ideal place for young professionals and students looking to enhance their resumes with international work experience all while learning about different cultures. In London, you’ll be kept busy with your internship while also being part of social events and excursions. Global Experiences is dedicated to making your London internship an experience you’ll never forget.

Please note, the price of tuition covers a guaranteed internship, housing, social events, our career development program, 24/7 staff support, health and travel insurance, and much more. Scholarships and academic credit also available.

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Program Highlights

  • Guaranteed Internship: As part of the Global Experiences' program you are guaranteed an internship in your host city. We do our best to tailor your internship to match your background and future goals.
  • Personalized Attention: We want this experience to be as fulfilling as possible. From the first phone call, we support you and give you all the resources you need to make sure your internship is a success.
  • Centralized Housing: You’ll be living in accommodations centrally located in London with other Global Experiences' interns. Your accommodations will have access to public transportation, ensuring its easy to get to and from your internship.
  • Professional Development: Through one-on-one coaching and webinars, we assist you in improving your professional documents, prepare you for an interview with potential employers, establish internship goals, and discuss your strengths.
  • On-Site Staff and Social Events: Our Location Coordinator lives in London year-round and provides you with an insider's glimpse of the city. The LC is there to provide 24/7 emergency support and takes all interns on a range of social events.

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Scholarships

Global Experiences Generation Study Abroad Scholarship

Global Experiences offers scholarships for both summer and semester terms in any of the organization’s 11 global cities. They are currently accepting applications for summer and fall 2021 and 2022. Full scholarships are available for semester-long programs, with special consideration given to those who are underrepresented in study abroad programs. Global Experiences also contributes to those who receive a Pell Grant or Benjamin A. Gillman scholarship, for both in person and virtual programs.

Value
$500 - $3,000

Program Reviews

9.26 Rating
based on 121 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 82.64%
  • 7-8 rating 14.88%
  • 5-6 rating 0.83%
  • 3-4 rating 0.83%
  • 1-2 rating 0.83%
  • Growth 9.4
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 9
  • Housing 8.3
  • Safety 9.6
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Riley
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

London was amazing!

I chose to do an internship in London kind of last minute and I’m so grateful I did! Though my placement wasn’t applicable/initially what I thought I’d be doing, I still feel like I learned things from my internship and coworkers that I can carry forward with me. I always felt very supported in London by our Location Coordinator, Gregg. He was so consistent about checking in, planning fun weekend activities, and making sure we knew we had someone to go to for help or questions. I learned so much from him - He knows the city like no one else! London was a great place to work as a young person and I highly recommend going if you can!

Pros
  • Amazing on-site support from Location Coordinator
  • Good housing/location
Cons
  • Lack of options/specificity for internship placement
2 people found this review helpful.
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Grace
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Go to London if you can!

London was such an amazing experience that I could not recommend highly enough. The internship placement was perfect, the housing was centrally located and very safe, and the team in London could not have been nicer. Gregg in particular was constantly planning fun and unique trips for us that helped us get to know the city and feel supported throughout the program. If you’re considering studying or working abroad than definitely or this location at the top of your list. Such an amazing experience and so worth it!

4 people found this review helpful.
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Charlie
2/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Disappointing experience with the London program.

I definitely recommend interning in London, but not with Global Experiences. I did research on several providers, and I specifically chose GE because they had so many career fields to choose from. I graduated with a Communications and Media Studies degree, and I hope to go into journalism. The other providers had a general “communications” field which I worried was too broad, so I was excited that GE had a specific field for journalism. I officially applied in March, with journalism as my career field and marketing as my “second choice”.

Quickly after submitting my application, I heard from the Regional Enrollment Manager. In our initial phone conversation, she asked for more detail about what my ideal internship would look like. I told her that I would love to work with a creative publication, and ultimately, I am very flexible. The examples given on their website are “LGBT News Organization”, Independent Music & Entertainment Magazine”, and “Leading Political Magazine”. I told her that anything along those lines would be incredible. A few days later, I was officially accepted.

I asked for more detail about how the internships were selected. She said “A lot of work goes into our vetting process prior to placing any participants with a certain company in order to ensure anyone placed there will have an amazing experience.” She listed a few more examples, such as “Journalism for Prestigious Magazine” and “Editorial Intern at Leading London Publisher”. By then, I felt assured and officially made the deposit. In mid-April, she asked me to schedule a call with the Director of Internships, who would be my point of contact going forward.

Fast forward to the end of June. The director finally sent an update, saying that internship interviews are typically in late July and early August. By the beginning of August, I had not heard anything. I asked for an update, and she told me that the placement team “has your profile out to a number of employers and they anticipate hearing back shortly!” I asked if she had any timeline and she did not answer, but a couple days later, she sent a general update to all the participants. She provided the information about our housing, and said that she would “be in touch” about internships. The participants had provided all our documents needed to apply for a visa, but the internship needed to be secured first. At this point, the program was scheduled to begin on September 11th.

The next week, I finally heard about a placement. She described the company as an “online marketing agency”, but in reality, it was a marketing department for a company that installs phone systems. In fact, their website does not even mention the word “marketing”. I asked why I was not given a journalism placement, and she said that all the journalism opportunities were still fully remote. I looked at the marketing section of the GE website, and all the examples of past internships were traditional marketing agencies. I was willing to compromise on an actual agency. The next day, she presented one, and I immediately scheduled the interview. The interview was with one of the two founders, and he revealed that instead of working for the actual agency, I would be working for his separate startup, which was centered around video game betting. The main game is one centered around murdering as many people as violently as possible. Later that day, I was presented another placement, which was for a company that teaches children about creative writing. I was disappointed that all the placements were so niche, but that one was the closest to my original goal, so I agreed to it.

Nine days before the program was scheduled to begin, the director sent an email to all the participants, saying Covid was slowing down the biometrics appointments and processing time of sponsorships, which meant that we would likely be arriving late. The next day, she told me that the children’s writing company changed their mind about going back to their office. She asked: “What would you say to interning with [video game company] in person, but a remote internship component with [children’s writing company] as well?” I responded: “I would need to know what my week would look like. If it would be balanced, that would work, but I’m not particularly interested in doing a majority with [video game company].” She said that she will “see what we can do”, and that my Certificate of Sponsorship was delayed because they needed a clear photo of my transcript, and I had to remind her that I sent it to her back in July.

On September 7th, four days before the program was scheduled to begin, I got my Certificate of Sponsorship and I was able to schedule my biometrics appointment. The next available one was not for a few more days, so I had to reschedule my flight. She attached a PowerPoint filled with requirements and fees that had never been mentioned before, such as mailing my passport to New York to have the visa added. On the 13th, I had the biometrics appointment and mailed my passport. On the 20th, it came back, because I paid for priority mail. Eventually, GE refunded the fees (because they were already included in our tuition) and the difference for changing the flight.

On September 23rd, I finally flew to London. At this point, I did not even know my work schedule. In an attempt to set everything straight, I emailed the Director of Internships, the London Placement Coordinator, and my boss at the video game company. Unfortunately, everyone was on a completely different page. My boss was never told that I was planning on working with two companies, and I was embarrassed by GE’s lack of communication. The director told me that she was “waiting to hear” my schedule with the video game company before reaching out to the children’s writing company. Then, the coordinator told me that I was required to work full-time with the video game company. She said I had the option to do additional work for the children’s writing company, but as you can imagine, I was not interested in doing more unpaid work outside of a 40-hour work week.

Finally, I got a schedule from the video game company. It was scheduled to be remote for three days a week, and in-person for two days a week. The work was with the one boss, at a rented table in an office space. He was extremely nice, and the other employees that I met virtually were too, but the startup was not equipped to take on a full-time intern. For the first few weeks, my boss did not come to many of the in-person days. Then, he was dealing with an injury, so the internship became fully remote for the rest of the program. I was essentially an on-call intern. My boss was rarely online, but I had to be, on the off chance that I would get an assignment. Every single morning, I asked him what I needed to get started on. Most days, I either didn’t hear anything until the afternoon, or I didn’t hear anything at all.

The coordinator threatened me, saying that if I did not follow this schedule, immigration services would quickly find me and kick me out of the country. However, the director had previously told me that participants have switched internships in the past, so I asked her to clarify. I brought up a marketing/PR firm that two of the other participants were assigned to, which was clearly a much better fit. I heard that they were looking for extra help, and ironically, their office was right across from my office.

I felt like the director was not understanding my concerns, so I asked my mother to call her. In that call, the director became much more apologetic. She emphasized that she would do whatever she could to make it right, and that she would speak to their staff member in London who is three levels above the coordinator. A week later, she told me that she had the meeting and that the “most recent guidance” is that “visas cannot be adjusted once they are issued”. I know that Covid can change things, but ultimately, a company dedicated to sending people abroad should be on top of understanding the official government rules. The email was practically all corporate speak. I sent a thorough response, accepting that the circumstances couldn’t be made better, but asking her to at least own up to her mistakes. She never answered it, and never contacted me again.

She had previously mentioned that she would be visiting London in the middle of the program. She even told me that she was looking forward to taking me out for a coffee. The participants officially found out about her visit through an email that the coordinator sent to all of our bosses, cc’ing us. It said that we needed to be able to leave early for a “mandatory networking event”. The “networking event” was literally just a pizza party. The participants were all eating together upstairs. At this point, we had all known each other for a month. The director was chatting with other staff members downstairs. She never bothered to come up and introduce herself to all of us. If we wanted to meet her, we would have to approach her and interrupt her conversations. The co-founder/CEO of GE was also there, and she behaved the exact same way.

While I ultimately made the most of the experience, GE did not give me what I paid for and I know that the other participants feel the same way. My hope is that they learn to respect their customers and to take responsibility for their actions.

11 people found this review helpful.
Response from Global Experiences

Hi Charlie,

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Your feedback is important, and we rely on hearing from students to ensure we’re doing a great job.

As you shared in your review, this was not the case for you and for this, we do apologize. We take all reviews seriously and will use this as an opportunity to improve our services in the future. If you’d like to chat further, please contact info@globalexperiences.com.

Thank you, again, for taking the time to share your experience with us.

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Tayler
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a Lifetime

The summer I spent in London was easily the best summer of my life. The program advisor Carmen was so hopeful and always there when we needed anything, big or small. I met the most amazing people and got to work in a field I'm really passionate about. The city itself is filled with things to do, I didn't even have time to do it all and I was there for two months. There is so much opportunity in London since it is such a huge city. Their public transit (the tube and the bus) are super easy to navigate and fairly always clean. I traveled while I was there a few of the weekends since its so easy to fly or train to other major cities in Western Europe. I wish I could go back because nothing will compare to the friends and memories I made along the way.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make friends with the people you are working with
34 people found this review helpful.
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Bella
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Global Experiences Internship London

I am super thankful that I was able to join the Global Experiences London internship program this summer and I would highly recommend it to anyone! The GE staff are amazing, especially our on-site coordinator Carmen who always went the extra mile to make us feel at home. She organized fantastic social activities and provided us with all the support and information that we needed to make our experience in London memorable! I was really nervous because I had signed up for the program very close to the deadline but the GE team did a great job at finding an internship that I would enjoy and that was related to my field. The living situation wasn't the best but the location was amazing and thanks to the roommate questionnaire that we had to take, prior to the start of the program, I ended up having the best roommates ever! Overall, I had an amazing summer and I am so glad for all the friends I made along the way!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would tell them to pack light because there are going to be so many opportunities to shop abroad. Before they arrive they should email their company and ask about the dress code because the business culture in London is more relaxed than you would expect. Otherwise, I would just say be open to new experiences and take every opportunity that is presented!
28 people found this review helpful.
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Brooke
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

LO've'NDON

This past summer was one of the best of my life! Global Experiences' program gave me the opportunity to explore new countries, create lifelong friends, and build my CV (resume) all in 8 amazing weeks! I l couldn't have loved the program more; Global Experiences (and their AMAZING staff) provides you with everything you need to be successful in your new country while still providing you the freedom to really make it your own. As a recent college graduate (April 2019) I was looking for an international internship that would give me real-life work experience to put on my CV while also giving me the ability to travel. This program gave me everything I could've wanted and more! I learned so much and had one of the most incredible summers of my life doing so. To anyone who are interesting in an international internship experience, make Global Experiences your first choice, I promise you'll LO've'NDON it!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
One of the things I learned while on the trip is that London is just an incredibly interesting, creative, and diverse place. This will lead you to see some things that you may not normally see in your day to day life back home. I realized this when one day, while on lunch break, I was at a local market with my co-workers and I see a group of fully dressed Storm Troopers (Star Wars Characters) just walking through the market. The funniest thing to me was no one got out their phones to take a photo/video or even turned to take a second look (at what appeared to me to as a very strange sight). I had to laugh and just love the culture that is London (while also taking a sneaky snapchat for memories sake of course!)
30 people found this review helpful.
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Alicia
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Worth it

It was a really great experience! I was able to meet lifelong friends and explore London! Especially if you are a young student, it's fun to be able to go to bars and clubs and experience life at its finest. Even though you have to work, work only takes up half of the day, and for the other half, you are able to explore and go venture into the city. Would recommend for all students looking to get some work experience abroad and also get travel experience in Europe. Also, because the internship is in London, you are able to travel to other countries. Personally, I loved Amsterdam and Prague because they were such unique cities and were a lot of fun! I think the most annoying part was the visa, but once you arrive in the city, everything is all set and good to go.

33 people found this review helpful.
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Zachary
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Location Coordinator Ever

I would have to say that this was an incredible experience in both my love of adventure and in a professional aspect. This internship helped my resume stand out to employers and I gained an amazing experience living abroad. This provided me with the confidence that I can handle my respected field and that I can survive on my own in a new country. One thing that I would have to point out, in particular, is the Location Coordinator Carmen Chamorro. She was a crucial reason for why I enjoyed London so much. Besides her ability to light up a room and make everyone feel incredibly included, she was there when I needed advice and someone to talk with. The activities she organized were very fun, especially the trips! I would recommend this trip, and if you can, to have Carmen as your Location Coordinator. I promise you won't be disappointed!

What would you improve about this program?
I would increase the number of social activities throughout the city to both create a more inclusive group and help participants see different areas of the city
28 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Hi Elena! You have to pay for global experiences and the cost varies for each location. However, you pay the flat rate and they take care of finding your accommodation and you will not have to pay again for it. You do have to pay for your own transportation after the first week though, your plane tickets, and all of your other living expenses. Despite that, Global experiences was also really...