Get out of the classroom and into the community! Internships help students immerse in British culture, make life-long connections, and gain invaluable hands-on professional experience.
Note: Students are not permitted to intern or work (paid or unpaid) in the UK without a Student route visa (approximately $600USD), or unless students already had prior UK immigration permission that allows them to work (i.e. through the 'EU Settlement Scheme'). Please be aware that UK visa guidelines have changed beginning January 1, 2021. If you are unsure of your status, please contact OGS.
Students in the NYU London Academic Internship Program learn about British culture and professional life through internship placements in a wide range of industries. This for-credit program includes two components:
- Guaranteed (minimum 16hr/week) internship placement
- Participation in the Internship Seminar and Fieldwork course
In order to enroll in this program, students must participate in a competitive application process. Successful applicants are typically adaptable, flexible, goal-oriented, and open-minded. Students accepted to the NYU London Academic Internship Program must be available for (2) full days between Monday and Thursday for their internship.
While there is no cost to participate in the Academic Internship Program, students that participate are subject to a financial penalty should they withdraw from the program.
All questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply to the NYU London Academic Internship Program, you must first submit a study application. Visit the NYU Study Abroad "Apply" page for more information. You will be prompted to upload a personal statement, resume, and other documents as part of your online internship application.
You will be prompted to upload a personal statement, resume, and other documents as part of your online application.
NYU has partnered with EUSA, a non-profit organization, to identify custom placements for students in the academic internship program. Unlike a traditional internship search, where students as job seekers are applying directly to organizations and weighing opportunities, EUSA conducts this entire process on participants' behalf. EUSA weighs opportunities based on students' academic and professional goals, resulting in one placement.
Please watch this short video to better understand the placement process:
Internship opportunities vary semester by semester; therefore, no specific placement list is available. Placement opportunities reflect trends in the context of the UK job market. Some sample placement industries include: Accounting, Advertising, Arts and Museums, Communications, Corporate Finance, Education, Fashion Marketing and PR, Hospitality, Journalism, Law, Marketing, Politics, Public Health, Theater Production, and more. If you do not see your industry of interest or have questions, email email@example.com.
Experiential Learning Seminar - NODEP-UA 9XXX or INDIV-UG 9XXX - 4 Credits
Enrollment by permission only. Application required.
The seminar portion of the course explores many different aspects of your internship site. The goal is to finish the semester with an in-depth understanding of the company or organization, including its approach, its policies, and the context in which it operates. We will also discuss more generally the state of the contemporary workplace and ourselves as workers. Finally, you will use the seminar to reflect critically and analytically on the internship experience and as a way to refine your own personal and professional goals.
Detailed Application Instructions
To apply, students must complete the following steps:
- Have your resume reviewed by a career coach at the Wasserman Center using this Resume Review Form. Please note: Completion of this form is a required part of the application process. Review the form carefully for further instructions.
- Visit the NYU Study Away Apply page for instructions on submitting an NYU Study Away Application. Following submission of your study away application, you will be prompted to complete an Internship application. The internship application requires you to answer a series of questions designed to help you think systematically about what you would like to learn and accomplish from an internship experience in London, and to indicate what type of internship placements you would be most interested in. You will also be required to upload a personal statement and a resume in .pdf or .doc format.
Students intending to participate in a London internship must apply for a Student route (formerly Tier-IV) visa.
Students are not permitted to intern (paid or unpaid) in the UK without a Student route visa. Contact the Office of Global Services for more information on your eligibility for the Student route visa before applying to the program.
All NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai students from non-majority English speaking countries (as defined by the British government) must demonstrate a B2 level of English by taking the UKVI version of an IELTS exam that has been approved by the British government unless they are applying for the Student route visa in the US and will be studying in the UK for a period of less than 6 months. No other exams (including standard, non-UKVI IELTS exams) are accepted as an indication of language proficiency.
Students must dedicate two full weekdays to intern, not including Fridays. If you plan to participate in the internship program, please keep this in mind as you begin scheduling your courses.
Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-Credit Internship Opportunities
In the UK, internship placements are considered for-credit opportunities that are accompanied by academic coursework. That said, part-time work, which can often resemble a traditional US internship, is permissible for students with a Student Route Visa up to 20 hours per week under certain circumstances.
Types of permitted part-time work include:
- Paid opportunities for up to 20 hours per week
- Unpaid opportunities for up to 20 hours per week at:
- a charity or voluntary organization - Visit the UK Charity Commision webpage to determine if an organization is a registered charity in the UK.
- an associated fundraising body - an organization that raises money for a charity or voluntary organization
- a statutory body - an organization set up by government legislation
No other unpaid work opportunities are permitted.
UK employment law distinguishes between unpaid part-time work, which requires a Student Route visa, and volunteering, which does not. Some indicators of engaging in unpaid part-time work include:
- Whether the student must personally perform the work or permitted to send a substitute
- Filling an official role as an employee where the organization depends on your work
- Repercussions for absence
- Possible employment contract
NYU London does not offer support for identifying non-academic work opportunities, but students may utilize Wasserman career resources to assist with their job search. NYU London does, however, offer an extensive volunteer program that is open to all students irrespective of visa status. Learn more about this program by visiting the NYU London Community Service webpage.
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Wasserman Center Global Internship Grant - Fall 2021
Apply for a $1,000 grant!
DEADLINE: Wednesday, Novermber 10, 2021 at 11:59PM EST, Job ID 5117971
Pursuing an unpaid internship at a not-for-profit organization or within an industry that does not traditionally pay interns (arts, entertainment, media, nonprofit, education, etc.) this fall? Apply now for the Internship Grant! Check out our website for more information.