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We offer successful applicants the chance to gain invaluable work experience in London, one of the world's most important and impressive cities. During your internship abroad, you will gain hands-on professional experience and build a network for your future career. Your internship in London will make you stand out from your peers.

Partnering with a range of companies, organizations and NGOs, our program will boost your professional development. We offer programs for people of all backgrounds and experience levels. Current student or recent graduate? Take this chance to gain experience that will make your resume stand out. Not sure what you want to study yet? Take a gap year to test-drive your career. Professional in transition? Gain experience in your new field.

We’ve previously placed interns at Quintessentially, Bell Pottinger and the London Olympic Games. Apply now to our award-winning program, as featured in CNN, TIME and Forbes.

Highlights
  • Have a top-class international internship in London! Our personalized process ensures that you will be working in the industry sector of your choice, in a role that is tailored to your professional goals.
  • It makes your resume stand out! In today's society, everyone does sport, plays an instrument and is part of a society. As one of millions of young people applying for their first job, you need to find a way to jump off the page!
  • Make friends and professional networks in London and from all over the world! Whether you like it or not, its not what you know, its who you know.
  • For non native-English speakers improve your language! Learn English in the home of the English language.
  • Have an amazing life experience in London! We know that moving to a new place can be nerve-racking. Thats why our team on the ground is made up of Londoners who are there to give you support 24/7.

Questions & Answers

In order to participate, interns must be 18 years old or over. Here's the link for more FAQs: http://www.theinterngroup.com/london/#parentHorizontalTab2. I hope that helps!
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Hi Ernestine, the biggest factor here is making sure you are eligible for the appropriate visa. For example, if you are an american you must be there on the Tier-5 "Intern in Britain" visa.
Most people were in their early 20s (20-23) with several people around 25-27. Hope this helps!

Reviews

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based on 61 reviews
  • Growth 8.5
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 7.9
  • Housing 8.9
  • Safety 9.2
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Rocío
10/10

3 month London Internship - Rocío

Overall the InternLondon group was super supportive, friendly and caring and I felt somebody was there for me all the time. From the airport pick up to the social activities everything is done with great care for the interns and on their best interest, you can just tell by the smiles on the girls of the team's faces. And it's nice you can share that feeling, it doesn't feel you are just "a job" for them, on the contrary.

Also I would like to highlight the support I got previous to my travel; with VISA info, and other doubts, they were always in the best disposition, super helpful and quick in response.

I think what makes this program different and good is the people that work for it. They make you feel comfortable and at home.

How can this program be improved?
I was very satisfied. I don't know, maybe organize a few small parties through the year? Haha but I think you did when I left so that's covered :)
Yes, I recommend
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Gabriella
9/10

Great Summer Undergrad Experience

Working with the Intern Group for London, I really couldn't have had a better experience. I worked for a marketing firm in South Kensington, and happily learned the tools of the trade while exploring all that London had to offer. Some of my fondest memories are with people I just met in London while exploring the Boroughs and markets that are dispersed around the city. But the work experience was also crucial to learning not only more about my file but also working abroad, which is a crucial skill for any intern. Ultimately, going with the intern group - I very much would recommend to anyone looking for an experience that will define their year.

How can this program be improved?
One improvement I would recommend would be to adopt a more relaxed approach to events and not stress attendance so much as just suggesting to attend. Although I ended up enjoying every event I attended, there is definitely some I felt pressured to go.
Yes, I recommend
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Anne
7/10

Great company but does need improvement

The company is new and the employees quite young and often felt as though they were unprofessional in dealing with me. I had to move house twice because of mix ups between intern london and the housing company. I asked to extend my stay and was told this was confirmed but then was promptly asked to leave my house because my contact at intern london had not communicated with hosts international. I was made to feel as though this was my fault when in reality, it was not at all. My contact at intern london also never apologized for this mix up which was directly her fault and I never heard from her again.

The social aspect was fantastic; there was always something planned for us to do and was a great way to meet the other interns.

Overall it is a fantastic program but I believe the employees could have been better trained.

How can this program be improved?
Please read above
Response from The Intern Group

Hi Anne, sorry that there seemed to be a breakdown of communication during your internship, we would never want any of our interns to feel that they were put in an uncomfortable position as your well-being is a priority. We appreciate all the feedback we receive to continually strive to improve every aspect of our program. We are pleased to hear that you loved the social aspect! We like to promote social and cultural activities just as much as professional development in order for our interns to gain as much experience as possible.

Yes, I recommend
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Mara
10/10

Theatre internship

I worked in a small theatre in southeast London and instead if doing "normal" office work or running errands I got to be fully hands on. I directed 3 shows in my time there. I conducted all my own auditions and rehearsals. I also worked in tr advertising and producing aspect of the company. I would absolutely recommend it. The Intern London team was great with getting me contacts and helping make the trip smooth. The housing situation can be a little shady depending on the neighborhood and the hidden fees are a lot. Getting that visa is insanely expensive. But overall it was worth it. I met a lot if great people and I developed my craft beyond anything I had expected.

How can this program be improved?
I would work on the housing in southeast London. My neighborhood was scary at night- I lived right by the south Bermondsey station
Yes, I recommend
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Allana
9/10

Deluxe Program was a Great Deal

The Deluxe Program is the way to go. It was a little more expensive than the regular program, but included so many additional social activities and outings. I loved my day at Wimbledon and my weekend in Paris through the program. The student housing building I stayed in left a lot to be desired, but overall my summer in London was a great success.

How can this program be improved?
Find better housing and make sure participants are fully equipped with kitchen supplies during their stay. Also, expand your list of companies to intern with. The selection I had was very limited in 2013.
Yes, I recommend
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Gerry
10/10

London for Marketing = good for my future

Ive recently finished a 6 week program in London and I am so happy to have had this experience. I worked in online marketing at a US based firm with offices in Canary Wharf, London, which is the main financial and commercial hub of the city.

The accommodation was very nearby to work so I had a quick and easy commute. I was living with other people from the program, and some other foreign students from Australia and Canada. All was pretty organized and neat - the only thing was sometimes it could get a little untidy but thats not the end of the world.

Work started off with not much to do and was a problem - but I spoke with Lee the London director and he advised me to bring it up to my boss. Once I spoke with him suddenly I had too much to do! But in the end it balanced out and I really started to learn a lot.

The thing that made the program for me was the fun and events round London, organized every week by Ariana and the team. The team REALLY care about what they do - and its obvious in everything they do.

Thanks Lee and everyone for making my time in London an experience to remember.

How can this program be improved?
I think there could and should be more regular communication between confirming my place on the program and actually arriving in London. I sometimes felt a bit nervous. Everything worked out great in the end, but more communication would have been very reassuring!
Yes, I recommend
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Peter
10/10

PR job with Intern London

I participated in one of Intern London's programs during the summer of 2013, and it was just an all around great time. I was interning with a PR company that put on really cool events all over the city, really giving me the chance to see a lot of stuff that I never thought I would have in just 3 months. I even saw the Mayor :)

The staff was super nice. I didn't really have a lot of occasions to call them and ask for help with anything, but I did have to get some help once finding out how to go to the doctor (I'm originally from the USA). They ran me through everything and one of the staff even met me afterwards to make sure it all went ok.

I'd recommend this to anyone. Can't imagine an easier time settling into a city I've never been to before. It helps that they have lots of social activities for everyone. It also helps that it's London.

How can this program be improved?
I wasn't really given a lot of work towards the beginning of my internship (the main reason i was there). I emailed the Intern London office though and they must have done something to clear it up, because within a few days my boss at work started going through and planning out a lot more projects for me to contribute to.

Also, the visa cost is a bit expensive, but I guess that's not the company's fault...
Yes, I recommend
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Riquelme
10/10

London Life

I came on The Intern Group london program at the end of 2013. Was my first profesional experience outside of growing up in SouthAmerica and I think was the best time of my life.

First, I was placed in a Marketing firm which was a very good match for my studies. It was one of the most important digital agencies in UK and I learnt a lot. I did find the work intense but this was OK, as I was learning well.

Second, the program was well organised. On time and with lots of care. From the coordinators Ariana and Mona and Megan to Lee Carlin, the team really cared for my well-being and arranged everything for me. You could tell they really care and are proud of their program.

Finally, accommodation was good-quality, nice private bedroom in central London, and I lived with people from all over the world, who are now my friends and I am staying in good touch with all.

Thank you to Intern Group for a great life and work experience and one I will never forget.

How can this program be improved?
I would say please let interns know in advance more details about the BUNAC visa needed for London. While the team were helpful sometimes I found the information a lot to understand.
Yes, I recommend
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Kristina
5/10

Overall experience, stuff and organisation

Overall it wasn't that bad, but there were a lot of problems with my internship as well as with accomodation and communication with The Intern Group stuff. Would like to point out that I paid 240 pounds extra to live in en suite room and it was a big mistake as the toilet flash wasn't working properly, shower cabin was broken, shower itself wasn't ready as it was covered in hair when I arrived, water pressure in the shower was so low that it was impossible to wash and the mixer tab was broken too as water in the shower would be either very hot or cold. I informed Host international about the problems, can't say that they reacted to my request straight away, the day after I recieved an email from member of Host international stuff with the list of problems which were fixed, however after checking everything myself I realized that most of broken things remained the same. After that I contacted The Intern Group and they were very open to discuss problems with my accomodation and even tried to look for other accommodations, however it wasn't very helpful. In the end of the story The Inretn Group and I agreed that they will try to get 240 pounds refund from Host international and few weeks later The Intern Group informed me that Host international agreed to give money for the first 6 weeks back because according to Host inrenational all issues were solved (in fact they weren't). I was told that Host international will refund this money on the 20th of Jan. it's been almost a month and I am still waiting for the refund. I sent email asking The Intern Group about the refund but no reply. Would like to thank Lee Carlin, he provided a huge support to me when I was having difficulties with my internship, however I would say that it was better contacting him by phone rather than emailing him as sometimes he wasn't paying much attention to what I was writing and it was the main reason I didn't complete my intrnship and had to leave the office 2 weeks earlier and relationship with my boss are ruined also because of inadvertence of The Intern Group. The Intern Group was having difficulties with spelling my surname, I understand that my surname isn't familiar for english speakers but The Inren Group is mostly working with international students and I personatly think that misspeling your client's surname is highly unprofessional and disrespectful and shows one more time that The Intern Group can be very inattentive. Overall organisation was very poor, however I can say that as people who are there to support students emotionally The Intern Group stuff is very good even though it was sometimes hard to reach them, but once you get to speak to the stuff you get the feeling that they really care and able to give valuable advice. Moreover, they paid for the last week of my accomodation as a gesture on their side to make up for some of the troubles I have had.

Response from The Intern Group

Hi Kristina,

We are sorry that you had problems during your stay in London with us.

As you have identified though, we really care about our students´ well-being and we are glad you considered Lee Carlin a great support. We are sorry about the miss-spelling of your surname - it was certainly not meant to be disrespectful and was an innocent mistake.

The problems you faced in your housing have been raised again with the housing provider used, and we are sorry about this. We are also glad that you appreciate our gesture of good will in paying for your last week of accommodation. We also understand that the refund you were expecting has been made.

We wish you the best for your professional future and apologise again for the difficulties experienced.

No, I don't recommend
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Pamela
8/10

Menswear Internship - 10 Weeks

The overall internship experience was a positive one. I had interned at a menswear company, where I had the opportunity to be a part of the conception to execution of an entire season's collection. The process was an enriching one; however, I was tasked to tie up many loose ends of the company and didn't learn much on the role as a digital marketing/social media intern. Since the company had a staff size of only 5 full timers, I was made to count stocks individually, pack and deliver parcels daily, steam clothes etc. I would say that it wasn't the most ideal experience I had hoped for, as I paid a good sum for the intern program and was told that I wouldn't be asked to pour tea/coffee or similar things like it. Nevertheless, if you are looking for an insight of how things work in the fashion industry, this will be an eye opener for first timers who have absolutely no clue about the chaos that goes on behind the glitz and glamour of the fashion world. If you are looking into a more fulfilling role in the position you are undertaking (I was the digital marketing/social media intern), I will suggest working for bigger brands who have a more comprehensive scheme for interns.

Aside from the internship, the team at InternLondon was supportive in handling all other administrative affairs from the airport pick up to carrying out social activities for all other interns. They were responsive, easy to contact and ensured our safety/well-being at all times. However, the accommodation provided for my package (I took an off-cycle internship) wasn't great as the internet connection was extremely slow that I had to go to the library nearby to have decent access and the furnishing in the house were old (I could feel the bed springs on mine!). If you didn't sign up for the summer internship package, you're excluded in most activities and it is not the easiest experience to socialise with the other interns in the program, especially when most interns leave right after the activity is done.

In the grand scheme of things, having an overseas internship has definitely given me an edge over others when it comes to job applications. London is an amazing place to live with so much culture and things to do all the time - you will learn and gain a lot more if you mix with the locals rather than just sticking around with other interns. Although it wasn't a bummer leaving the internship, it was definitely one in leaving London.

How can this program be improved?
Filter the intern job description critically given by the companies, it is not fun when the intern finds out upon being in London that the learning curve can be so much steeper, but they're not given that opportunity to bring what they can to the table.
Yes, I recommend
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Ryan
10/10

Best experience of my life!

The program in London was great from start to finish. I did an internship in a marketing firm and I learned so much, I'm currently applying for full time jobs and they are all so impressed I have work experience from a foreign country. The best thing about the program is that they have taken care of everything to make sure I can really enjoy London, the events and activities are great, the accommodation is perfectly located, I only had to travel about 20 minutes to work! The only negative was that I wish I had more time to explore other parts of England and not just London. The best piece of advice I could give is to really push yourself both in the workplace and also to explore what London has to offer, there is so much I saw and so much I know I haven't seen yet. I must go back!!

Yes, I recommend
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Mels
8/10

London - 5 month Social media agency internship

Hello,

I have been interning at the Rabbit Agency for 5 months. The experience has been very valuable. Doing something completely different I think is always worth your while. But the company is a very interesting company, with high standards and amazing clients.
They also gave me any opportunity I wanted, and I have been involved in everything I wanted to be involved with.

I had found a place to stay, so did not make use of your offer on housing.
Eventually I have paid 1500 pounds for a 5 month intern experience.
Giving me a good place to go to (the internship) and the opportunity to meet people and go to 3 events.
The events were of high quality, perfect, I'd say.
And I think Arianna and Mona did a really good job at making us feel at home. Always enthusiastic and trying to get everyone to talk to eachother. And may I note, that the 3 events a side, they came up with a lot of idea's on the side and took part in those (I went) to as well.

Unfortunately I have not found a real connection with the people I have met, this may be because I am from the Netherlands, this may be because there were not that many guys. And a side from the events I have only met with one other intern on one other occasion.
I think the only thing you could improve is think through about what the group could do after the event is over. I found that after the event was done, most people just went home. While this might of been a good opportunity to go and talk some more in a pub maybe and really get to know each other.

The question: would you recommend this program to a friend?:
I have answered with No, I would not.
I don't think paying 1000-1200 pounds for a spot in an internship programme is the right price. The only reason I went for this program, is because I was extremely late with my preparations for internship/work, I did not feel that I could organise it myself on the short notice I had.
Certainly, most of my friends, would never pay the amount of money that I have paid.

Thanks a lot for the valuable experience though!

Cheers,
Mels

P.S the year completed button does not have a 2014 option.
P.S.2 I have rated the 'housing' question a 7, because I heard people say it was alright and close to where other interns were staying.

No, I don't recommend
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Natasha
10/10

Valuable experience

I spent summer of 2013 working for one of the leading PR companies in London. Huge thanks to Intern London for the opportunity. I was involved in the work process. I did lots of research, client approaches, helped develop PR strategies etc. I had the chance to work with major clients and it was definitely a valuable experience which helped me get a job afterwards.

Also thanks for the leisure programme. The bike tour in Paris was one of the most memorable moments of summer 2013.

Yes, I recommend
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ainsley1356
10/10

Great way to set yourself apart!

I had an incredibly fulfilling experience with the Intern Group. I learned more than I hoped for through my internship and also had a great time getting to know the people involved with the group! Many people are amazed at the fact that I have global work experience this early on and it has been a great way to set myself apart in such a competitive job market. The ability to say that I have this experience has been overwhelmingly beneficial. I would do it over again in a heart beat!

How can this program be improved?
If I had to change one thing about the program, it would be the level of communication before you leave for the trip. Although all of the necessary things were taken care of, I was kind of nervous about how things would pan out once I arrived and wished I could have had more information at the onset.
Yes, I recommend
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Yuqing
10/10

Great Experience!!

Everyday work was very fulfilling. I managed company data base, produced financial forecast for our clients and analyzed various business models. I also met a lot of amazing ppl through the program.

How can this program be improved?
Live in a homestay closer to my workplace.
Yes, I recommend

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