International Internships in London with The Intern Group

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About

We offer successful applicants the chance to gain invaluable work experience in London, one of the world's most important 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. Our purpose is to help you realize your potential.

Partnering with a range of companies, organizations and NGOs, our program will boost your professional development. We offer programs for candidates at all stages of their academic or professional career. We’ve previously placed interns at Quintessentially, Bell Pottinger and the London Olympic Games.

Your program includes accommodation, airport pick up, regular social and cultural events, professional development tools and workshop, 24/7 emergency assistance, a one on one career coaching session for alumni and many other great benefits. Apply now to our award-winning program 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, it's not what you know, it's 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.

Final Places Available for Spring Internships

There are only a couple of places remaining on The Intern Group's spring internship programs in the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America. Apply now to secure a space!

Questions & Answers

Hi Amina, thanks for your question. Yes we offer summer internship programs for undergrad communication engineers starting from 6 weeks!

Hi Harshita! Yes, there are computer science and IT placement opportunities, for example, interns have been previously placed at Minttwist- based in London!

Hi Alexandra, thanks for your question! Yes, we do offer electrical engineering internships. Our hubs for engineering are Hong Kong, Chile and Madrid. All of our internship placements are in English as well.

Hi Audi, thanks for your question. Yes we offer internships in London in Government & Politics, NGOs and non-profits and many other fields relating to International Relations. We've previously placed interns in UK parliament!

Reviews

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based on 65 reviews
  • Growth 8.5
  • Support 8.6
  • Fun 7.9
  • Housing 8.7
  • Safety 9.1
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Bailey
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Intern Group (5 Star Experience)

The quality of internships that The Intern Group finds for interns is outstanding. They take the time give you the best internship that suits you!

In addition, the overall experience between housing, events, and assistance throughout your stay is wonderful. The staff is very friendly and willing to assist you with anything you need.

My advice to future interns: This is your experience - make it what you want! Don't be afraid to wander alone and meet locals. You are there to make connections and advance in your career so you need to take advantage of that!

What would you improve about this program?
A little more information prior to boarding the plane. Everything felt a little up in the air. For me, it wasn't much of an issue...but to others who are a little younger and haven't been abroad before - this can make them a little anxious!
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Katie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Intern London Provides An Amazing and Unique Experience For All

Intern London provides support from the moment participants are accepted into the program! I was involved in the internship interview process, was informed about my living arrangements and the social events that were provided with the fees of the Summer Deluxe Program, and had one on one interactions with the professional staff throughout my entire time in London.

As soon as I arrived, I got a call from a staff member to ensure my arrival and airport pickup, then met with her as well as other interns later that day to get to know each other and get a welcome to the city.

I never had to worry about having something to do after work, because Intern London planned events and meet ups for all of the participants to do, which not only were great for socializing with the other interns, but were cultural experiences that really rounded out my trip. I had the option to attend any or all of the events which also allowed me to have a trip that was unique and full of the experiences I wanted.

Intern London does a fantastic job of providing a professional experience for its' participants through finding an internship, as well as allowing participants to have an incredibly unique and incredible experience through the extra events that interns can attend.

A tip I would give to participants who opt for the Bethnal Green shared flats: set aside a little extra in your budget for either kitchen supplies and/or utensils. My group that lived together were able to find utensils and small pots for cooking in the neighborhood for between 15-20 GBP, just to give an idea of how much to set aside.

That being said, I would recommend the Bethnal Green shared flats as the living option. Out of about 30 interns who were in London with the program while I was there, probably 25 lived in the Bethnal Green flats and we all were able to hang out and do things together; it really added to my experience to make friends in my building and have them to go to Intern London events with!

What would you improve about this program?
I would add a packing list for interns, as well as a list of extras that they will need to provide for themselves (ex. pots, pans, forks/knives/spoons at the Bethnal Green location)
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Lauren
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A wonderful investment, personally and professionally.

Overall, I loved the program. I was keen to have international experience on my resume (and mainly -- just really wanted to live in London!) I had a unique degree in equine management, so I was skeptical signing up for Intern Group, in fear of being set up in more of a volunteer role, completely unrelated to my degree. The Intern Group came through and set me up with the most perfect internship at The Riding Club London.

More about the company I was placed with: The Riding Club London coordinates advice, arrangements, experiences, and access to the finest horses, tuition and venues in London, the UK, and throughout the world. My experiences were invaluable. The team embraced me and I was lucky enough to be a key player in the day to day of a quintessentially British company.

My commute to work was about 30 minutes each morning, minimal compared to other friends in the program. I worked in Mayfair - Green Park - 1 block from The Ritz Hotel and minutes from Buckingham Palace. I was fortunate enough to live and work on the same tube line (the Jubilee).

Week days were busy (but I was lucky as I loved my job so much!), and weekends were free to explore. I think I saw more of London than actual Londoners. I made great friends through the program and we traveled to places such as Brighton, England and Dublin, Ireland, together. Great memories, lifelong friends!

One of the main coordinators in the program (for social events) was American, which was quite surprising! She was a great help and contact, but it would have been nice to make that connection from someone who was originally from London.

Overall, I would recommend this program. They were great to me in my internship placement. My internship has opened so many doors for me & the chance to live abroad shaped my life personally. The Intern Group can be trusted! ;)

What would you improve about this program?
Communication from the Intern Group leading up to my flight was minimal. I didn't have my housing arrangements sent to me until the morning before my departure.

My housing was the only disappointing part of the program. I was dropped off at the airport to an empty apartment and no way to get in. I waited in the driveway with my bags, until finally someone from the housing department finally arrived and let me in. This is was a bit concerning as I had no international phone and no way to reach the intern group.

Room was the size of a small closet, shared bathroom, kitchen & living area with mainly international students - mostly learning english. I was not housed with anyone from the program, which was disappointing. It was a shock at first, but I quickly adjusted. Flat was a 10 minute walk to the tube station (Canada Water), and a 15 minute walk to Tesco (grocery).

I arrived in Sept, so I believe the programs in the high part of summer have better housing.

Also, the Intern Group does not provide transportation back to the airport at the end of your program. You will be expected to arrange and pay.
Response from The Intern Group

We are pleased you enjoyed you’re internship so much! I’m sure you’ll agree that our team try to tailor each internship to every individual as much as they can for mutual benefit to the company and student. You seem to have made the most of the program by exploring and travelling, which is exactly what we encourage. We love when our interns embrace a new culture and go beyond the bare minimum to fully immerse themselves in the program. We are sorry you felt that there was a breakdown of communication and that the accommodation was not as expected. A lot has changed since last September and we are continuously working hard to improve the program. Our interns well-being is our priority and we appreciate all feedback we receive.

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Darina
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful experience with Intern London

After struggling to find the perfect summer internship, I landed on The Intern Group's website and decided to apply for the program. The process was quick and easy and I soon found myself looking forward to a promising internship in a top PR company. My overall experience was fantastic- the team at Intern London were always happy to help with any questions I had and I also managed to meet some great people at my time there. My internship was great and I had several opportunities to attend meetings, get involved in PR related research and find out more about how the company operates and practical ways to get into the industry. It was a very rewarding experience and I recommend it to everyone looking to work abroad in the field they wish to specialise in.

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Rocío
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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 :)
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Gabriella
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Anne
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.

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Mara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Gerry
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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!
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Peter
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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...
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Riquelme
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Kristina
5/10
No, I don't recommend this program

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.

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Pamela
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Ryan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!!