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England: London Summer Internship
London, United Kingdom
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|Restrictions:||AU- applicants only|
|Housing:||Dormitory, Shared Apt.||Language Pre-requisite:||none|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Language Courses Offered:||No|
|Non-AU Students Accepted:||No||Internship:||Yes|
|Advisor:||Kelly Jo Bahry||Minimum GPA:||2.5|
|Class Level Required for Admission:||Sophomore standing||Program Type:||Not Direct Enrollment|
Is this Program Right for You?Students can experience first-hand the culture and professional world of England during a summer interning in London. The internship itself will allow you to explore career interests, enhance existing skills, and acquire international expertise. The London Summer Internship is an eight-week program composed of a three-credit internship placement based on student interests and a three-credit course entitled "British Life and Cultures." AU Abroad works with the organization Foundation for International Education (FIE) to manage the program on-site.
Internship and Course
This is a six-credit program consisting of a 3-credit internship and a 3-credit course.
The Internship provides students an excellent opportunity to obtain work experience in a student's area of interest and explore the professional aspect of another culture. Upon acceptance to the program, students provide information on their background, experience and areas of interest for an internship placement. With this information, on-site staff work to provide an internship placement that fits as closely as possible to the student's stated interests and background. Although an internship is a guaranteed element of the program, students must have some flexibility in the type of internship placement; no guarantees can be provided for a specific kind of internship.
The required course of the program which supplements the Internship experience is described below:
British Life & Cultures
(3 credit hours; required)
The aim of the course is to take students beyond the initial aspects of cultural difference and to offer insights as to what makes British culture distinct. The course will cover the historical processes that have shaped British society and that govern the social attitudes and outlook of modern Britons. In addition, the course will offer some practical assistance in enabling students to adapt to the context of living & studying in London, including several field trips to re-enforce the material taught in class. The course aims to facilitate student orientation in the context of British society and the workplace, and to offer an important socio-historical framework.
Details on a student's potential internship placement are provided upon the students arrival in London. The first two weeks students will have an orientation, internship interviews, and meet for intensive course work. Upon finalizing the internship placement after the interview, students will then intern four days a week during normal working hours. The British Life and Cultures course continues as a weekly seminar. This weekly seminar will also function as a space for reflection on the internship experience.
Life in LondonLondon
is an especially attractive location to live, study, and work for a
semester. The cultural life in London is one of the richest and most
diverse in the world. The city is home to Britain's top theatres,
cinemas, national museums and art galleries. London also offers every
possible kind of music venue, pub, bar, restaurant, shop and club,
together with a wealth of leisure and sporting opportunities.
Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London may be
places you've always heard about and now have the chance to visit.
Simply getting ready to cross the street for the first time in London
makes you realize that you've embarked on an exciting journey in a
Housing and MealsDuring their stay in London, students live in program housing in
Kensington, a renowned charming and cultural section of the city where the program is based. This
central and safe location is ideal for getting around and experiencing
London. A shared standard kitchenette, with utensils and cutlery, is
available for student use. Once a week, a housekeeping staff cleans
student rooms and clean linens are supplied. Students should be aware
that, compared to the U.S., housing facilities are older with rooms
that are smaller and not standard in size or layout. This is common
All student housing facilities are within a few blocks of Foundation House, the main program facility where classes are taught. At Foundation House, there are also staff offices and a student life office.
No meal plan is available. Students can cook their meals in the student housing kitchenette or take advantage of London's restaurant scene.
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Summer||2014||03/06/2014**||Varies by program||TBA||TBA|
** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.