WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I GET TO LONDON?
- Information about British cultural differences and the culture of work in the UK.
- Emphasis on the concept of an international internship as a learning process.
- A clear explanation of each stage of the internship process, intern responsibilities and requirements, and requirements of the intern’s home institution.
- Practical advice about transport, dress codes and conduct.
- A review of good interview techniques.
Students are notified of their placements after arrival in London and before the beginning date of the placement, barring circumstances beyond FIE’s control. Students are not informed of their placements until they are confirmed, and this can occur anytime between arrival and the beginning of the placement.
While you won’t get to select your exact placement, students benefit from FIE’s years of experience in organising internships for foreign undergraduates and guiding students to make the most of the experience. Only in exceptional circumstances will a placement be changed, and only after a thorough assessment of the situation by the FIE Experiential Education Team. If you would like to discuss your placement, please get in touch with your Internship Mentor.
Preparing for Your Interview
Site supervisors are looking for students who can make a difference and contribute to their organizations. It is up to you to show your site supervisor what skills and knowledge you have to offer. Ensure that you are familiar with the organization you will be working with; check their website before you interview and read any brochures or literature that they may provide. is crucial at your interview.
All placements are considered provisional pending a successful interview. Site supervisors can only make a final judgment on the suitability of the student for the placement upon interview. FIE students do not competitively interview for placements, meaning that only one FIE student interviews for each available role at a placement site.
If an interview is not successful, the student will be informed and will discuss with the Internship Mentor the types of opportunities likely to be available at this late stage. After consultation with the student, a different placement opportunity will be identified as soon as possible and the student will participate in another interview.
Challenges in the Workplace
Every student will face challenges in the London internship, but the challenges will be different for each student. Maybe for you the challenge will be understanding the variety of local and international accents, especially over the phone; discovering an industry works differently than you anticipated and so tasks you expected to be readily available aren’t possible, or navigating hidden cultural differences between you and your colleagues.
Whatever your challenge, your Internship Mentor is here to help you make the most of your experience and your placement. Get in touch with your Mentor to schedule a meeting or drop by the Experiential Education Office for further advice.
Participating in an internship placement can be a life-changing experience. While challenging at times, the rewards are plentiful and we hope that you will learn from this experience in many ways. You will develop new skills, increase your knowledge base and social awareness, and experience working in a new culture. This experience can help define your future goals and ambitions and provide you with a lifetime of memories.
- The Placement Agreement Form
- Weekly Timesheets
- The Mid-Point and Final Appraisals
Further details will be discussed at your Internship Orientation. Electronic copies of all forms are available in the Virtual Student Lounge on MyStudy@FIE.
Realities of Working in London
Learn more about working at your placement site on our Realities of Working in London page.