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Our customized internship program will give you the unique opportunity to begin to explore and cultivate your future career through a high-quality internship experience abroad. Our internship program is comprehensive and includes all of the key services and support to enhance your experience. We will help you through every step of the process from the application stage to your return home. Your first step toward this once in a lifetime opportunity is to complete an application.
VISA FEE NOTEThe API program fee for all U.K. locations includes the mandatory BUNAC immigration visa sponsorship fee of $800. Other providers do not include this cost in their program fees, which means you would pay for this expense on top of their program fees.
FIXED DATE PROGRAMS
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8-Week Fixed Date interns participate in 2 of 3 excursions and Flex Date interns will participate in 1 excursion. Availability may vary and participants are given the full excursion schedule prior to arrival in England.
This is your chance to see one of the wonders of the world, Stonehenge. Everyone has heard of Stonehenge, but mystery still shrouds it from how the stones made it to their final resting place to the exact purpose of the site. After exploring one of the best prehistoric sites in Europe, students will be off to Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here students can travel through time, exploring what Bath may have been like during the Roman Occupation through the Roman Baths or explore the Georgian Architecture and Fashion of Jane Austen’s time.
Escape the heat of London and join us for a day at the British Seaside! Depending on the weather, activities could include water sports like surfing or kayaking or a traditional lunch of fish and chips. Students will also have some free time to explore the coastline, sun themselves on the beach, play games on the pier, or go shopping in town.
A stunning, but perhaps overlooked attraction when visiting Oxford, is Blenheim Palace. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is most notable for being the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. After exploring the beautiful Baroque architecture, students will have time to explore the City of Dreaming Spires, Oxford. Oxford dates back to the 12th century as a place for scholars and today it continues to be the home of the 38 colleges that make up the University of Oxford.
Hampton Court Palace originally began as the project of Cardinal Wolsey, but as he fell out of favour with King Henry VIII, he gifted it to the King and it soon became one of Henry’s favourite palaces. Subsequent monarchs also enjoyed the palace and made significant renovations and additions to try and rival the Palace of Versailles. Today you can see the different architectural styles, the historic tennis courts, wander the maze, and enjoy the 60 acres of well-manicured gardens.
Brighton is England’s most popular coastal resort on the English Channel. In the early 19th century, George IV made Brighton his personal “playground” when he built his summer home, the Royal Pavilion, with each room lavishly and sometimes outrageously decorated in the Oriental Style. Brighton’s most well-known attraction is Palace Pier, a collection of rides, arcade games, and other amusements. Known as a place where almost anything goes, Brighton attracts artists, musicians, jet-setters, organic farmers, hipsters, and hippies side by side.
Windsor Castle is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. The castle is notable for its long association with the British royal family and for its architecture. The original castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror. Since the time of Henry I, it has been used by succeeding monarchs and it is the longest-occupied palace in Europe. Currently, more than five hundred people live and work in Windsor Castle. The Queen has increasingly used the castle as a royal palace as well as her weekend home. It is now often used for state banquets and to entertain guests on official visits.
CREDIT OPTIONS - Up to 6 semester credits available on fixed date programs (for an additional fee)
API international internships provide unique opportunities for participants to explore and cultivate their future career path through a high-quality, customized, credit-bearing placement in several exciting fields and destinations. API internship programs encompass a number of career development and cultural resources to help participants maximize their personal and professional development.
Depending on the placement area requested, preferred country, holidays, and availability, you may need to be flexible with your program start date and program length.
Laura will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
Anna McCole will be your Student Services Coordinator in England and a resource for you while you are abroad with us!
Heather Lees will be your Resident Director in London and a resource for you on-site.
Following are a few sample placements that past participants have done in London. More information on placement options can be found in the lists below.
Fashion Merchandising Internship
This internship is with a UK-based design house, located in the heart of London’s west end and fashion district. The intern will support the team in visual merchandising, fashion buying and fashion marketing. Fashion Industry InternshipThis placement was at a major fashion and textile museum. The internship duties include serving as a gallery guide for exhibitions, fashion buying, merchandising, and trend forecasting, supporting operations at museum events including workshops, and social media marketing.
Mechanical Engineering Internship
This organization is responsible for engineering design, sustainable design, and manufacturing. In partnership with a local university, this organization is the only national trade association for companies that manufacture, supply and install associated motor and control systems. Solar shading is increasingly being used to effectively control the internal environment of buildings by helping to reduce heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter. This internship will include working with the company and faculty supervisors in a partnership of knowledge transfer, looking at energy and heating in a building, considering consumption rates in high rises in London.
Mechanical Engineering Internship - 2
The placement includes a combination of responsibilities to support the team in renewable energy, and in particular, the design of small and large composite blades for wind turbine generators. The intern will also receive exposure to the development of the crack propagation model known as the cohesive zone model (CZM), which is a modeling technique that is becoming a standard feature of many advanced commercial FEA software such as ABAQUS and ANSYS. Additional projects in composites will be assigned based on the project timeline and process understanding. Veterinary Science and Zoology InternshipThis nature park area placement is located in London. The intern will gain experience in different aspects of the veterinary field, conservation and wildlife parks, shadowing the warden with daily responsibilities, conducting surveys and doing a research project related to particular interests. The intern will also support event planning and assist in observation clinics with lab exposure and evaluation.
Didn’t see your area of interest listed? Don’t fret! Just contact us at [email protected] or 1-800-844-4124 and let us know what you are looking for and we can let you know what the options might be.
Language of Instruction: English
Accounting and finance internships abroad are a great way to gain valuable work experience in an international setting and are available in all of our destinations. There is a wide range of opportunities working with companies and organization of all sizes. Example intern duties might include accounting, accounts receivable/payable, financial analysis, auditing, tax preparation, financial reporting, administrative, and research.
Those seeking careers in advertising, communications, and journalism are well suited for global work experience. Many advertising companies work with global clients and journalism often is international in scope. Having a global perspective in these fields is an asset, so stand out with an international internship experience! Example intern duties might include client relationships, copywriting, editing, writing, creative, event management, social media management, website content development, branding, press releases, filming, and communication strategy.
Want to be inspired for your future career with an architecture, landscaping or planning internship? Whether it is seeing Gaudi’s work in Barcelona or the neoclassical architecture in Santiago, learning about urban planning projects in London or walking through the landscape architecture in the Grand Canal Square in the Dublin Docklands, you will be able to bring these concepts back with you into your future profession. Example intern duties might include project conception, design, and management, meeting with clients, honing technical skills with AutoCAD, budgeting, construction, and administration.
Create international style and skill to your portfolio through an art or design internship abroad. It will also be a unique chance to learn what inspires other designers and artists abroad in a wide variety of placement options in galleries, studios, museums, theaters, and schools. Example intern duties might include event planning, designing products, curating shows, installation, creating event signage and promotions, performing, sewing, budgeting, textile use, and administration.
In a world where borders are increasingly fluid, it is imperative that business leaders of the future recognize how to navigate global challenges through cultural understanding, market knowledge, and cross-cultural communication skills. Because many companies have international operations or clients overseas, global skills and experience are often a prerequisite. Real world international work experience such as an international business, entrepreneurship, or management internship can also open up employment opportunities in a competitive job market. Example intern duties might include administration, developing a marketing strategy, creating proposals, budgeting, analyzing data, client relationship management, research, and presentations.
Bringing global awareness and understanding into the classroom can add to the educational experience that you offer future students. That is why more and more teaching students look to complete part of their qualifying practicums abroad through an education internship. There are many international schools abroad that will host interns in their classroom or administrative offices. Example intern duties might include lesson planning, one-on-one tutoring, teaching, classroom management, meetings, and administrative support to the supervising teacher.
Teaching and education related applicants may need to be flexible with destination and program dates as school academic calendars abroad vary greatly by location. Most destinations in the northern hemisphere have a similar calendar and experience extended summer breaks during May, June, July, and August making placements limited during this time. The Southern Hemisphere locations are a great alternative during this time of year as this is their winter months.
Start building your career abroad by helping sustain, protect, and advocate for wildlife and natural resources in a wide variety of destination options through an environmental internship with API. Spending time working abroad can help uncover your passions, skills, and talents to help you stand out from other graduates. Example intern duties might include monitoring, recordkeeping, data analysis, lab work, research, specimen collecting, advocacy work, and administration.
Those looking for careers in hospitality, recreation, and tourism need to be able to work with a broad spectrum of customers from all parts of the world. What better way to prepare for your future career than participating in an international internship with a hotel, spa, resort, or restaurant in one of the world’s key international travel destinations? Example intern duties might include creating tour packages, developing marketing, strategy, hotel management, client services, sales, cooking, event planning, vendor relations, activity coordination, food and beverage management, catering and administration.
Participating in a law internship abroad can be a wonderful way to learn about the legal system in another country, advocate for rights for a certain cause or group of people, and add value to your resume! Example intern duties might include legal research, attending court sessions, reviewing court cases, meeting with clients, preparing court and legal documents, and administration.
Make a difference during your international experience through an internship with a non-governmental organization (NGO) working to support communities, solve global issues, or assist the disadvantaged while gaining valuable career skills at the same time. Example intern duties might include advocating for social justice issues, assisting with community development, educating on healthcare access, planning and facilitating fundraising events, and administration.
Learning first hand about social welfare programs and psychology practices in other parts of the world can be a very rewarding and career enriching experience. Many of these psychology and social science internships may be working with locals giving you an opportunity to give back to your host country’s local community. Example intern duties might include observing client cases, research, program development, client services, awareness campaigns, and administration.
Have a passion for sports? There are sports related internship opportunities to meet a wide variety of majors that will offer a high-quality learning experience abroad. Imagine interning with a soccer or rugby league, helping plan a sporting event, assist with corporate ticket sales, or gain experience in sports journalism writing for a local newspaper. Those are just a few of the areas that are feasible for an internship in this area. Example intern duties might include developing a marketing strategy, ticket sales, training athletes, promotional activities, event planning and management, writing, editing, coaching, and administration.
STEM majors can find it more challenging to study abroad. However, a STEM internship can provide a great alternative allowing you to gain valuable practical hands-on experience and cultural immersion at the same time. STEM grads can benefit by having international experience in this global economy. Added bonus—STEM students also have access to a number of scholarship opportunities not available to other majors as well! Example intern duties might include monitoring, research, data collection, lab work, data analysis, teaching,
Students applying for STEM-related placements are very likely to be placed in a research-based internship. Research placements are strong opportunities to learn about cutting-edge technologies before they are put into commercial practice, and are also ideal for boosting graduate school applications.
All STEM placements must be a minimum of 8 weeks, and in some cases may need to be longer.
Note that many employers will only accept interns who demonstrate at least two years of completed university-level coursework (sophomore status or higher) and a 3.0 GPA.
Imagine spending a summer or semester strengthening your resume by completing an internship with a veterinary clinic, wildlife park, or zoo abroad. You will get to learn about vet practices and animal care overseas working alongside locals. Not only can your international internship help bolster your credentials for future employment, it can also add value to future graduate school applications if continuing your studies is the goal. Example intern duties might include assisting veterinarians and technicians with animal check-ups, monitoring animals, helping maintain zoo grounds, feeding, cleaning, maintenance, and administration.
Language of Instruction: English
Language of Instruction: English
Our internship program includes safe and secure housing in the cost of the program fee. Housing types and amenities will vary by location. Participants in London will have a double share bedroom in a furnished apartment.
Internship participants should expect the accommodation to be centrally located and easily accessible to public transportation. Each participant’s commute will vary, as internship placements are located in different areas in each location. Average commute times range from 30 minutes up to an hour. Housing placements may be mixed gender (by apartment, not by bedroom). Participants will receive their confirmed housing assignment approximately three weeks prior to departure.