City Internships

City Internships

About

City Internships (CI) is an accelerated learning provider offering private post-secondary, non-degree granting, full-time immersive in-person courses that combine intensive classroom-based workshops and seminars, practical work experience-based training and a link to potential employers.

For students and recent graduates, CI’s programs provide the skills, experience and links to employers necessary to launch successful careers in today’s competitive and rapidly evolving employment landscape.

Founded
2011
Headquarters

929 Colorado Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
United States

Applications for 2019/2020 now open to Go Overseas users!

Applications to City Internships 2019/2020 programs are open 2 weeks early to Go Overseas users. Apply now to be considered for a place on an internship program in your choice of 20 leading cities around the world. Intern, travel, learn and kick-start your career.

Reviews

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Emily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My friends and my younger sister will be going on this program next year because I can't recommend it enough! I had an amazing time interning in New York, made so many friends and was even offered a full-time job by my company (unfortunately I had to return to university). The staff were great with me and really helped the transition to New York. I can't wait to return to the Big Apple!
I interned with a marketing company in a really cool office. I was able to meet lots of clients, go to meetings, work on creative projects and overall learn a lot from the senior team.
The CI events were an added bonus where I could meet up with friends and explore the city some more. We also had one on one sessions for things like resume building and interview preparation

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
New York is a huge, scary city but from day one I felt very comfortable in the CI accommodation. The staff met me and my parents on my first day and were really helpful. Then we had our Welcome Orientation on the second day and after I met everyone else on the program I was completely at home in the city!
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James
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was really struggling to find a position after graduating from college but City Internships helped me out so much. They set up interviews for me and I had a few companies to choose from in the end. I chose a medium sized company and had a great experience which resulted in a full-time job.
The summer internship was awesome. I learnt a lot, very quickly and met some great people. I have no doubt that it will help me moving forward in my career.
New York is a really fast-paced city but the staff at CI helped us settle in and were always there for us. The accommodation was pretty nice and an easy enough commute. I made good friends with my roommate and we explored the city a lot together.
I have a lot to thank CI for - keep helping students and graduates!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I was surprised at how cool my internship was to be honest. I was happy to get an offer but really didn't think that it would go so well. Other people on the program thought the same and it was definitely a nice surprise
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Paige
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved my time on the summer program with City Internships! My internship experience has caught the eye of many employers in my city and helped me to land a lot more opportunities. I'm much better prepared for my career as a result of my placement and know what to expect for future jobs. It's been really beneficial to pick up international experience, and I feel far more employable thanks to the workshops and events during the program. It was my first time going abroad and I was nervous to be in a new and intimidating city. The City Internships staff was helpful when I had questions and were always available. They were great at giving advice on things to do and see when I had time away from my internship. The orientation and events were a great added bonus. I even got help with my resume and elevator pitch! It was a very informative and exciting summer. Everyone asks me about my time in London!

What would you improve about this program?
I was also lucky enough to make lots of friends - I just wish that I had stayed a little longer and gone travelling with them after the program as I know that a group went around Europe together. But I've stayed in touch and I can't wait for them to come and visit me next year.
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Stephanie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I joined City Internships with the intention to try something different and get international exposure. Everything about the program was helpful, from the internship experience to the social events! My experience in the program, especially the internship, will really help me in my career. Before the program, I was limited in my experience. The internship CI helped me acquire will definitely make my resume much more attractive to future employers. There are skills that you can only learn in a hands-on environment, like in an internship. But, don't just focus on your internship, explore ALL the opportunities that CI offers you and attend the seminars! I met many established professionals who could answer my questions. Overall, it was a well-rounded experience with resume workshops and career-orientated seminars!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Network! Relationships really do matter. Pay attention to networking sessions; networking is key! You must focus on relationship-building throughout your internship.
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Josh
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

City Internships were able to match me with an awesome internship in London which far exceeded my expectations. The team were so helpful and the process was great for someone like me who isn't as confident going into interviews. They set-up all of the interviews, prepared me for them and then we went over feedback until I had found the company that was right for me.
The summer itself was great. I met lots of great people on the program, made tons of friends and did lots of travelling.
I couldn't make it to every CI event but the ones I went to such as the CV sessions and interview workshops were very helpful. ANd of course the social nights were great fun.
Overall I would recommend CI to anyone who is looking for internship experience in a helpful, fun, rewarding setting!

What would you improve about this program?
A guaranteed job at the end would be nice, but I realise that it's something you have to work for earn.
Maybe include flights for international students, but again I realise that it would be difficult

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Jason Larkin

Jason was born in India, but grew up in the UK. He's a Business Administration graduate from San Jose State University, who likes to travel and read strange books on obscure modelling theories.

Why did you choose this program?

I had a few different options for a summer abroad, but none totally delivered what I wanted. I was struggling to find an internship, but I also had a desire to spend some time away from home. Originally, combining both of them seemed totally out of reach, but then I found City Internships and was quickly convinced that it was a good route to do both of the things I wanted.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

City Internships were pretty great, actually. There are limits that they can't help with, but they were pretty reasonable - lots of the other interns were from all around the world so we had to sort our own flights. They do accommodation though, which I did take up as I'd never been to London before, and was really glad I did.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

City Internships were really good about the internship placement process, and I learned loads during that, but I think I could have made my life a bit easier if I'd thought more clearly about what I wanted.

Overall I probably had really high expectations but I quickly found in my internship that getting the chance to trade options wasn't going to happen, so that was a steep learning curve that I realize now, had to happen. That's definitely one thing the program gave me, a much more mature perspective.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The internship was pretty much normal working hours. My host company was pretty flexible but I think it'd vary on who you're with.

Every week there was either a social or a career type seminar, sometimes both. They weren't mandatory, but I quickly made friends by attending them, and loads of the seminar content was new to me.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I've always enjoyed traveling, so I don't think the prospect of leaving home really bothered me. The scariest part was leaving a structured environment that I was used to from school - essentially being told exactly what to do and where to be, but in reality, the program had enough of that to get help if I needed it, which I rarely did. "Overcoming" that was really just a matter of getting on with things - by the time my first week in my internship ended, I knew the independence in another country was the least of my worries, and focusing on what I was learning was more important.

Any other tips for other prospective travelers?

I would encourage everyone to push themselves into the unexpected! Coming into the program with a really rigid idea of what I wanted to intern in and what skills I need as a result was probably unnecessary. City Internships encouraged flexibility and openness, and I wish I'd listened to that earlier. I loved my internship, and I don't think I would swap it or have any regrets, but at like 21 years old when I did the program, it's clear now that I did not know how to conquer the world, as much as I thought I did - maybe I would have explored a different career or something and City Internships would have been a great way to do that.

So yeah, my lesson learned is to be open-minded and consider everything!

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Paul Quinn

Job Title
London Team
A law graduate from the University of Liverpool, Paul has been an important part of the City Internships team in London since early 2014. As well as sourcing amazing internship placements for participants, he brings a wealth of international experience and is an invaluable resource for interns in need of career advice. As with everyone at City Internships, Paul also plays a big part in running the social side of the program, putting on events and helping out at careers workshops.
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Did YOU intern abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?

Paul: I spent a summer at Disney World, Orlando, Florida on an International College Program whilst at university. It provided me with a unique perspective on international working life and I made many long-lasting friends. The most important thing I took away is that all businesses are built on having solid relationships with both your colleagues and your customers/clients – even for a business as a large as Disney!

What unique qualities does your company possess?

Paul: City Internships is uniquely placed when it comes to graduate internships. With an international team helping students from all around the world to land their dream internships, in many cases their dream jobs, we feel we are in a position to make a very positive contribution to the careers and prospects of those involved.

With City Internships it’s about so much more than just an internship; we run weekly educational workshops and seminars, weekend excursions, day trips and social events. Our team provides an amazing support network, ensuring that every intern benefits as much as possible from the experience. Uluru Australia

Describe a time when you felt especially proud to be part of the City Internships team.

Paul: My proudest moment at City Internships recurs annually at the end-of-program party. It’s a genuinely fulfilling experience to be able to look around a crowded room and see the friendships that have developed between interns, some of which I know from personal experience will be longstanding.

Delve a little deeper and you will hear stories of challenges met, skills gained, and people talking about an experience they’ll remember forever. It’s nice to know that all the hard work we do pays off and that we’ve made a difference to people’s lives.

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