About the London Internships Program
The College at Brockport London Internship sites are all located in Central London or its immediate surrounding suburbs. Whether you are placed in a central London location or in one of the London suburbs you will have the opportunity to learn how the British people live and work. Every location has its own opportunities to try new things and meet new people. London internship placements vary widely and most majors can be accommodated.
The College at Brockport works with the largest independent internship provider in Europe, EUSA, which places over 1,800 young people each year in a wide-range of professional practice situations in a variety of industry sectors. Placements are arranged by an experienced team working with each student on an individual basis. The placement team makes a considerable effort to match each student to an appropriate placement and to monitor the students throughout the semester. An alternative option to a full internship is to combine a shorter internship with taking courses at the University of Westminster in London.
London is not only at the center of British politics, business, art, music, and culture, but a great city for students. There is always lots to see and do, and many opportunities for research, study, entertainment, and fun.
For a preview of the excitement of today's London, visit one of these sites on the web:
The London Internship Program offers you the opportunity to:
Live and study in one of the world's most rewarding and cosmopolitan environments,
Receive work experience in a company, organization, or agency affiliated with your area of study and interests,
Improve your writing and research skills,
Have total integration with other British counterparts.
Your experience on the London Internship Program will:
Integrate you into British society,
Make you a better student and worker,
Expand your outlook on the world,
Build your self-esteem and self-confidence,
Greatly enhance your career prospects.
On the London Internship Program you will:
Live in the city of London with other students from the London Internship Program,
Receive a comprehensive on-site orientation that will maximize the benefits of your internship,
NOTE: Students participating in the Brockport London internship program must apply for a Student Visa before arriving in the UK. After being accepted to the program, Brockport and EUSA will help guide you through the application process. For information about the process, visit our UK Visa page.
Students will be housed in EUSA Housing for the duration of their program. EUSA housing is located two attractive and central locations: South Kensington and King's Cross.
Typical English solution for economical living.
Bathrooms and kitchen are always shared. Lounges with TV and washing machines are available in most apartments. Bed linen and essential cooking utensils are provided.
Flats are simply furnished. Occasionally bunk beds are provided.
Timed central heating and hot water.
Up to 2-4 people per apartment.
Non smoking apartments.
Prior to the start of the internship placement, each intern will participate in a pre-session orientation program organized by the program's Resident Director.
Fees for the England: London Internships Program
Program Cost fo the Fall 2014 Semester:
London Intern Fall 2014 EST.pdf
Program acceptance fee,
Pre-departure orientation materials, advisement and counseling,
On-site orientation upon arrival in London,
Non-refundable housing deposit,
Airport pickup for designated flight
Visa Processing Fee,
cultural exploration activities program, and
Program management and emergency support
Brockport's Study Abroad Office Services.
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Various campus-specific fees** (Student Government, Technology Fees, etc.)
Airfare to and from London
The actual amount that you will spend depends heavily on your style of living, and will vary with each individual's personal spending habits, entertainment preferences and travel choices.
Financial aid applies towards fees.
*The SUNY International Health Insurance is mandatory and will be included on the student's Brockport invoice.
**Varies depending on the SUNY campus at which the participant pays tuition.
Participants in the Fall or Spring London Internship program will earn 15 credits.
View a list of the possible academic areas an internship could be offered through the London Internship Program as well as all of Brockport's internships programs, here: Academic Subjects- Internship Programs.pdf
Interns will spend 12 weeks in London. Participants in the program will be placed in businesses or non-profit organizations where they will be integrated into the workforce and perform tasks and projects assigned by supervisors and managers. Interns will normally work 8 hours per day for four days per week. Interns will also be required to follow the academic syllabus established for the course which will involve maintaining an attendance/activities log, submitting 1-2 page weekly journals on established topics and completing two, 5-page papers. These assignments will be submitted by email to the Instructor at Brockport.
What is the business etiquette like in London?
In the UK, businesses generally run in a slightly more casual manner, with more emphasis placed on individual initiative and motivation. It is very likely that a student will be given projects and expected to complete them using their own resourcefulness. This does not mean that a student cannot ask for help – it simply means that supervisors will assume they will ask for help if they need it.
What should students wear?
This question will be answered with much more detail once the exact internship is in place. It is difficult to generalize on this because we have placements ranging from suits and ties to jeans. However, if students are working in a business setting (i.e. an investment bank or law firm) they should bring at least one suit and several dress shirts and ties. A sports jacket will work as well. In other, more casual placements (i.e. a PR agency or magazine) khaki trousers, skirts (for women), and sweaters or dress shirts should be fine. A student will need to ask about the dress code if we haven't told them by the time they leave.
Will students have one particular supervisor at their placement?
This is usually ONE person who will be responsible for the intern for the entire duration of the placement and usually they will be the one that your student interviews with. This is the person your student will go to when they need help, have concerns, or simply need a new assignment. This person may not be the Office Manager and in fact, may be in a junior position him/herself. Students may find that they are not far off in age to their direct supervisor – this is common – London is a young city!
How far can students expect to commute?
Most placements will be centrally located and are easily accessible by tube or bus (or even by walking, if students are lucky!). A typical London commute can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes- remember this is a big city!
"Having an internship overseas is definitely a more unique job experience than the majority of people my age have, helping me stand out when applying for jobs. Being in London, there were people in my office not only from England, but Scotland, Germany, Australia, France and Ireland. It shows you how important it is to be able to work well with others, especially those from different countries."
Spring 2015: March 15th- June 6th, 2015