IES Abroad: London


Name of Position: IES  London (On the M-Compass Application, where you select your top five internship position choices, please just write IES London.  Specific placements will be made after you apply and are accepted to IES.)

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: Various internships are available in a variety of fields.

Dates of Internship: May 27 – July 25

Housing: Included in the program cost, interns will be in Nidos King's Cross Residence Hall

Pay: These positions are unpaid.

Internship placement: Internships are available in the following fields:

  • Arts & Museums 
  • Business 
  • Education 
  • IT 
  • Marketing 
  • Media/Communications 
  • Music 
  • Politics 
  • Social Organizations 
  • Theater

An IES internship develops your professional skills, your ability to communicate across cultures, and provides substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market.

While working in London, you will enroll in a required 1- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns. You'll learn about and discuss:

  • Business culture
  • Improving communication
  • Strengthening work attitude and aptitude
  • Conflict resolution
  • Navigating issues, challenges, and opportunities so you can succeed on the job in London and when you return home

Important note: UK visa is not provided by employer.

For more information, visit the IES London website.

Royal African Society, United Kingdom

Royal African Society

Name of Position: Royal African Society Events and Communications Assistant, United Kingdom

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: Royal African Society

Dates of Internship: Approximately May – July 

Housing: Not provided by the employer

Pay: Stipend provided by LSA sponsor  


  • Assist the Office & Membership Managers with general administrative work
  • Assist with researching RAS contacts, speakers, topics and contributors
  • Assist with the organisation and logistics of RAS meetings and events
  • Assist with general information emails sent to the RAS, as well as contribute to the overall RAS communications output on website
  • Assist with producing a report providing an overall analysis on RAS content from based on Google Analytics data and social media sources
  • Assist in maintaining RAS social media channels
  • Maintain an organised and professional working environment, ensuring confidentiality at all times.

Interns should have excellent communication skills, a strong interest in Africa, the ability to undertake research, be computer literate with good IT skills, excellent organizational and project management skills, and the ability to work as part of a small team.

Important note: UK visa information is not provided by employer.

Downright Excellent, United Kingdom


Name of Position: Special Education Program Assistant, United Kingdom  

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: Downright Excellent

Dates of Internship: Approximately May – July 

Housing: May be provided from a family affiliated with the Downright Excellent organization

Pay: This position is unpaid.

Responsibilities: Work directly with children with Down’s syndrome and their families two days a week at a day-long activities session.  Additional duties throughout the week will include planning activities for sessions with children, providing program support, assisting organizational staff with administrative tasks and assisting fundraising and communications efforts for the Downright Excellent. There will be opportunities to connect with professionals from a variety of industries and be involved with community events.  The intern will need to be an independent worker with significant interest in working with children with special needs and their families.  

Important note: UK visa information is not provided by employer.

Ollema, United Kingdom


Name of Position: Ollema Fair Trade: Investment Research & Economic Development Internship, United Kingdom  

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: Ollema

Dates of Internship: 6-8 weeks; approximately May – July 

Housing: not provided by employer

Pay: £500 / month honorarium (two month maximum)


The goals of the internship will be:  

  • Help define the value added or Ollema niche in the social investor field: draft a briefing paper for internal audiences
  • Work through the content of our website to (re)position Ollema correctly and strongly in the social finance community for external audiences 

To accomplish these goals, the intern will engage in the following activities:

  • investigate social finance partnership opportunities for Ollema by researching and contacting a wide range of social investors, trusts and others
  • consider what are or should be emphasised as Ollema's best attributes and 'value added' in the sector compared to other institutions
  • Understand the current loans and producers being supported by Ollema and the 2013-2015 Ollema strategy
  • Become familiar with the vocabulary and different types of services offered by the wide range of social finance institutions that exist
  • Attend some Social Finance events, online blogs and debates to learn and to network on behalf of Ollema

Information about the internship position: 

While banking or finance is not a necessary base for the successful candidate, a demonstrated interest and passion for Fair Trade and/or social development, Trade not Aid approaches to human and economic development would be desirable. Marketing, business, economics and related fields could be helpful.

The intern should be comfortable working independently as the majority of the work performed will not be in a traditional office setting.  There will be initial introductions,  briefings, and discussions to get to know each other and communicate the goals and vision for Ollema.  After that, there will be weekly meetings with at least one of the directors for discussions, progress tracking, problem solving and joint target setting. Liaison, Skype, teleconf opportunities daily as needed.

Important note: UK visa information is not provided by employer.

Goldman Sachs, United Kingdom

Bank London

Please note the application deadline for this position is 7 December 2014

Name of Position: Goldman Sachs Summer Analyst, United Kingdom

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: Goldman Sachs International

Dates of Internship: Approximately May – August 

Housing: Not provided by the employer

Pay: Paid position

Responsibilities: Ten-week immersion in the finance industry. Students participate in the day-to-day activities in one of the divisions of the firm. Position begins with a general firm-wide orientation and is followed by division-specific training. Interns are then given real responsibilities and work alongside regular employees of the firm. Successful Summer Analyst may be considered for a full-time position after graduation.

Important Notes:

  • Students must be on course to graduate from U-M by May 2015 to be eligible for this internship position in summer 2014.
  • To be considered, students must submit application materials to Goldman Sachs and the LSA International Internship Program.
    • The Goldman Sachs application can be found on the company website.
    • The LSA International Internship Program application can be found on MCompass.
  • All application materials must be submitted to Goldman Sachs and LSA by 1 December 2013
  • Assistance with visa is provided by employer


Atlantic Customer Solutions, United Kingdom

London Street

Name of Position: Summer Consultant Intern, United Kingdom

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: Atlantic Customer Solutions

Dates of Internship: Approximately May – August – start date may be flexible

Housing: Not provided by the employer

Pay: Paid position - £10/hr – 25-40 hours/week

Responsibilities: Intern will be involved with wide range of tasks to support consulting engagement including web research on industry and/or topic, designing and delivering events that provide innovative approaches to organizational challenges, creating presentations, constructing and delivering surveys, and conducting basic quantitative analysis .

UK visa information is not provided by employer.

Admiral Insurance, Cardiff, Wales


Name of Position: Admiral Insurance Human Resources Internship, Wales

Location: Cardiff, Wales

Company: Admiral Insurance

Dates of Internship: Approximately May 15 – July 15 

Housing: Not provided by the employer

Pay: This position is paid

Responsibilities: Interns will support the human resources department of a major insurance company to gather and analyze data on the satisfaction of its employees.

Fair and Sustainable Supply Chains, United Kingdom

Neal's Yard London

Name of Position: Fair and Sustainable Supply Chains from Africa to Europe: Research, Writing, and Marketing Position, United Kingdom

Location: London or Brighton, United Kingdom

Company: Major European retailer

Dates of Internship: 4-6 weeks, Approximately May – July 

Housing: Not provided by the employer

Pay: £200 per week will be paid to put towards subsistence  accommodation and travel for each full week participating in the project up to a total of 6 weeks. Where required and agreed, additional direct expenses - for example train or travel to events, the company offices etc - will be reimbursed in full.  

Responsibilities: Interns will be expected to become familiar with the full range of interventions and activities in the Rwenzori Sustainable Trade Programme which has been ongoing since 2012 and is supported by a major European Retailer. Also, interns are expected to become familiar with coffee, cocoa, cotton and craft supply chains from Western Uganda to Europe and the geography and history of this region.

Interns will use the information available in the Program's Information Management System to create a number of marketing and information 'products' about sustainable trade and fair trade impacts of trading with communities in the Rwenzori Mountains, Western Uganda.  Product details will be determined and they may include:

  • internal and external website copy
  • profiles of cooperatives and crafts women groups
  • picture-illustrated 'stories' of the communities where the products are being sourced and the kinds of impacts recorded (from evaluations, testimonies etc)
  • internal 'intranet' content on products, production and producers for Company Associates (workers)
  • outlines and ideas of possible Point of Sale, tags and other marketing materials with content from the source documents
  • powerpoint presentations, articles and abstracts for a variety of venues, events and publications (to be discussed)

Prospective interns should have an interest in sustainable trade, development and production, marketing and fair trade products; creative communication and marketing.  

Required skills include strong and demonstrated communication (written) skills in English, familiarity with information management, design and editorial/newsletter programs/software.

Proficiency in German or Polish would be an advantage.

Once accepted, the intern will spend 1-2 days at an orientation, planning and discussing approaches and deliverables with both project leaders. These project leaders will be available for consultation at agreed-upon times, daily. The intern will be expected to work independently and will set progress and times for reporting each week.

Genus plc, United Kingdom


Name of Position: Genus plc Project Office Assistant, United Kingdom

Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Company: Genus plc

Dates of Internship: 8 weeks, May – August 

Housing: Not provided by the employer, although Genus is happy to advise interns about where best to live.

Pay: This position is unpaid, but Genus will pay for local expenses incurred.  


  • Maintain Project Library, including:

    • Update project plans

    • Maintain risk and issue lists

    • Maintain business processes maps

    • Contact lists

  • Create monthly Project Update reports

  • Organize project meetings

Desired skills:

  • Organized
  • Computer literate
  • Understanding of project management

Important note: UK visa information is not provided by employer.

For more information, visit their website.

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