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Internships in London, England
London, United Kingdom
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: KU applicants only
Program Cost: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 02/03/2014 
02/14/2014 05/27/2014 07/19/2014

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Internship Housing Options: Off-campus housing
Study Abroad Program Coordinator: Kate Gerken
 Language of Instruction:
English
 Minimum GPA Eligibility:
2.75 GPA Academic Discipline: Accounting, Aerospace Engineering, African/African Area Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Applied Behavioral Science, Arabic, Archaeology, Architectural Engineering, Architecture, Art, Astrobiology, Astronomy, Atmospheric Science, Behavioral Neuroscience, Bioengineering, Biology, Business, Business Administration, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Chinese, Civil Engineering, Classics, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Curriculum & Teaching, Dance, Design, Developmental Psychology, East Asian Language & Culture, Economics, Education, Education Leadership & Policy Studies, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Management, Engineering Physics, English, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Film & Media Studies, Finance, French, Geography, Geology, German, Germanic Languages & Literatures, Global & International Studies, Health Policy & Management, Health, Sport & Exercise Science, Hindi, History, History of Art, Honors, Human Sexuality, Humanities & Western Civilization, Indigenous Studies, Information Systems, Information Technology, International Business, Italian, Japanese, Jewish Studies, Journalism, Korean, Latin American Studies, Law, Leadership Studies, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Linguistics, Management & Leadership, Marine Science, Marketing, Math, Mechanical Engineering, Museum Studies, Music, Nursing, Open to all majors, Peace & Conflict Studies, Petroleum Engineering, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Portuguese, Psychology, Psychology & Research in Education, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Special Education, Speech-Language-Hearing, Strategic Communication, Supply Chain Management, Swedish, Theatre, Urban Planning, Visual Art, Women Studies
Open to Non-KU students: No Open to graduate students: No
 Fulfills KU Core Advanced Education Goal 4.2 - Culture and Diversity:
Yes
Program Description:
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Program Overview
Eligibility
Academic Credit
London
Accommodations
New in 2014
Application Timeline & Program Dates
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Application Process
Internship Credit Options

Program Overview

Participation in an international internship allows students to experience the benefits of studying abroad while also gaining real-world professional work experience.  Only a small percentage of students study abroad – and even fewer intern abroad - so participation in an internship overseas can give you the professional advantage you need to succeed by giving you in demand global skills. The University of Kansas (KU) has partnered with CAPA, an internship and study abroad program provider, to offer high-quality placements in London, England.  The internships, for which you earn academic credit from KU, are unpaid.   They are available in a wide-range of fields including the arts, business, communication, economics, journalism, politics, healthcare, social policy, and hospitality.  Other fields are available on a more limited basis so if your field is not listed, please inquire with the Office of Study Abroad (OSA).
 
CAPA strives to place students in internships that directly relate to their course of study, thus ensuring the quality and academic relevance.  Placements are based on student skills, interests, and professional goals as well as the project needs and work cycles of internship sponsors.  The companies and organizations selected as internship sites are carefully monitored by site visits and student assessment.



Examples of internship placement sites may include:

Arts & Culture

Art galleries, dance companies, film festivals, museums, and theaters

Business

Accounting, consultancies, financial services, hotels and tourism, human resources

Communication

Advertising agencies, marketing agencies, online marketing, public relations agencies

Heathcare & Education

Educational policy organizations, homeless shelters, hospitals, occupational and physical therapy, psychology, refugee information services, rehabilitation clinics, research organizations

Media

Broadcast news (radio and TV), digital media, literary journals, newspapers and magazines, publishers, television production and development

Politics, Law & NGOs

Advocacy groups, criminal and civil law, members of parliament, non-profit organizations, political parties, think tanks

Learn more about the placement process in the London Internship Handbook.

Eligibility

Preference will be given to juniors and seniors advanced in their fields of studies and in good academic standing.  A minimum 2.75 GPA is required (exceptions considered with the submission of a GPA petition). 

In addition to completing an application through the Office of Study Abroad, applicants will complete an on-line registration through the program provider, where they will answer questions pertaining to their areas of interest for the internships as well as upload their resume and cover letter.

Academic Credit2

Students will earn academic credit for their internship through the University Career Center (UCC) or their academic department.  Your course instructor will be a KU faculty member in the UCC or the academic department from which you receive internship credit.  He or she will define the requirements for academic credit (work samples, papers, assignments, etc.).  Your internship supervisor will complete an evaluation at the conclusion of the program that will be shared with your course instructor.  Upon completion of your internship and submission of all required projects/ papers and the supervisor evaluation, your course instructor will assign a grade for your internship. 

Internship course offerings typically have variable credit hours (i.e. 1-5 credits), which means that you can decide how many credits you would like to earn. Please note, however, that the maximum number of internship credits that a student can earn in London is 3 credits due to UK visa regulations.

Due to UK visa requirements, the London program structure differs from that of other internship programs.  Students will intern part-time and earn 1-3 credits of KU internship credit while also taking HIST 450 - Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: Modern London, a 3-credit course about the city of London.  The course will complement the internship experience and give students greater insight in London’s geography, history, and culture.  The course will mix classroom work and field trips to sites such as the 2012 Olympic sites, Soho, Whitehall, South Kensington, Spitalfields and Docklands in London’s East End to give students the opportunity to experience its varied urban geographies first hand and interact with these sites in an informed and analytical way.  The internship itself will be part-time for a 7-week period.  Students will work 20 hours per week for a total of 140 contact hours.

*See Internship Credit Options section for specific eligibility requirements by School/Department.






London

The London Program is 8 weeks in length.  Orientation will take place during the first week and will include a welcome reception, a neighborhood walking tour, a half-day city tour, and confirmation interview.  Students will also participate in a full-day Saturday excursion to Stonehenge and Bath.
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All internship hours and class time will take place Monday-Friday leaving students with the weekends to explore London or travel on their own.  The program also includes CAPA’s My-Education Program, a rich and varied calendar of free or low-cost optional activities, events, lectures, walking tours, and film showings intended to help students make the most of their time in London. 

London is one of the most cosmopolitan cites in the world.  Thousands of world cultures mingle with British tradition in this metropolis, creating an air of excitement and sophistication.  London is the cultural capital of the United Kingdom and offers endless attractions: art, theatre, music, and plenty of British politics and history.  The sheer diversity of London life and culture ensures that internships can be obtained in almost any field.

Accommodations

Students will be housed in apartment s with shared bedrooms.  Apartments will include a kitchen, bathroom, television, wireless Internet connection, and weekly cleaning service (all utilities and linens are included).  Students will be housed with other students from the program and/or with students from other CAPA programs.

New in 2014

The program now includes a travel card for use on the London Underground mainline trains and buses within zones 1-2, which is usually sufficient to cover the majority of the student’s expenses to get to and from their internship site.

Application Timeline & Program Dates

February 3 Application Deadline
February 10 Acceptance Notification
February 24 Contract due
March 1 Summer Office of Study Abroad scholarship application deadline
April 15 Acceptance forms due
May 15  Balance of program fee due
Mid-May Notification of placements
May 26  Depart US
May 27  On-site arrival
May 27-30  Orientation activities, confirmation interviews, & internships begin
July 18 Internships and course end
July 19 Program ends/move out of program housing
 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

KU students, who qualify for summer financial aid in the form of Stafford and/or other loans, Pell or SEOG Grants and scholarships, may apply the aid to the cost of a study abroad program.

KU Study Abroad supplemental scholarships are available to KU degree seeking students. Applications are available online. The scholarship application deadline is March 1 for summer programs.

Application Procedures

All applicants will be required to complete several documents for each study abroad application.  Below is a list of documents that will need to be completed for an application.

        a.  Statement of Purpose
        b.  Verification of Minimum GPA Requirement
        c.  Unofficial Transcript or Advising Report
        d.  2 Recommendations - 1 academic and 1 professional
        e.  Authorization to Release Student Information
        f.   Student Conduct Verification
        g.  Internship Plan and Approval Form
        h. Financial Aid Questionnaire
      
Upon acceptance, additional documents such as a background check will be required.  Students who are not native English speakers must also provide TOEFL or IELTS scores not more than 2 years old as part of the UK visa application process.
  Applicants will receive instructions for completing an on-line registration with CAPA after acceptance by KU where they will upload their resume and a general cover letter and complete CAPA’s Internship Application.  A sample resume and cover letter as well as more information about the placement process can be viewed in the London Internship HandbookKU Career Services is also an excellent resource for assistance with creating a resume and cover letter.

Internship Credit Options

When seeking credit for an internship, you will first want to check with your academic department to see if a course is available in which you can receive departmental credit.  Below is a list of common internship courses that past participants have enrolled in.  Please contact the course instructor/departmental contact for more information regarding the course. 

 

Internship Courses

Eligibility

Instructor/Dept. Contact

PRE 575/LA&S 490: Internship Exploration (1-5 credits)

Offered by the University Career Center, this course is open to students of all levels and majors; therefore, it is perfect for anyone who cannot receive academic credit for an internship through his or her academic department. It is taught online via email and Blackboard so that students can intern anywhere in the world and take the course. Internships must be approved by the course instructor.

Erin Wolfram, University Career Center, 110 Burge Union, 864-7676, ewolfram@ku.edu

ACCT 599: Internship in Accounting (1-3 credits)

Completion of at least two of the following business courses: FIN 310, MGMT 310, MKTG 310, or SCM 310. Internship must be approved by instructor.

Kelvie Krabb, Director of Accounting Internship Program, 864-5109, Kacrabb@ku.edu

BUS 300: Internship in Business (1-3 credit)

Completion of at least 30 hours of college credit.

Completion or currently enrolled in at least one pre-business course (ACCT 200, ACCT 201, DSCI 310, IST 301).

Admission to the School of Business or a Pre-Business student who expects to complete a business major.

Internship must relate to the student’s business major or long-term career goals and provide substantial, professional-level experience and be approved by course instructor.

 

Jolene Phillips, Director of Internship Program and Assistant Director, Business Career Center, 125 Summerfield Hall, 864-4581, jphil@ku.edu.

COMS 530: Internship in Communication Studies (1-3 credits)

Prior admission to COMS major, completion of 15 hours of COMS credit (not including COMS 130), GPA of 3.0 or above in COMS coursework, and approval from instructor.

Dr. Tom Beisecker, Professor and Internship Coordinator, 102 Bailey Hall, 864-9882, south40@ku.edu

JOUR 507: Practicum in Journalism (1-3 credits)

Prior completion of JOUR 435 Message Development or JOUR 415 Multimedia Reporting. All students must register with the Journalism Career Center and placement must be approved by instructor.

Patty Noland, Professor & Internship Coordinator, Journalism Career Center, 210 Stauffer-Flint Hall, 864-7630, pnoland@ku.edu

PSYC 483: Undergraduate Internship in Psychology (1-3 credits)

Prior admission to the Psychology major. All students must develop an internship plan with their academic advisor and obtain approval from instructor.

Dr. Raymond Higgins, Chair for Undergraduate Studies, Department  of Psychology, 426 Fraser Hall, 864-4131, rhiggins@ku.edu


Please Note: If your department is not listed here, you may want to check with your department to see if a course is available in which you can receive departmental credit.  Alternatively, you may be able to find a professor who will support you in an independent study course.  It is your responsibility to contact your advisor or specific professor to find out if an independent study is an option.  Together you can decide the expectations and requirements for the course.




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Christopher Martin Quandt, Summer 2012 Participant
Take advantage of being in Europe and being able to travel to different countries. If you are going to London in particular be sure to bring a couple rain coats because you will need one on most days.
Summer 2012 Participant
My favorite part of the program was my internship, specifically getting to know all of my employees and learning what I am passionate about from a different point of view.
Summer 2012 Participant
It's important to be open to new experiences, people and opportunities. Take advantage of the awesome chances you get while studying abroad.
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