FAQ about the AIU Study Abroad Program

London Internships FAQ

Here are some answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about London Internships, part of the AIU Study Abroad Program.

If you have a question that is not addressed here, we invite you to contact us or call 1.800.255.6839.

Questions about London Internships through the AIU Study Abroad Program

What types of internships are available?
When will I find out about my placement?
Where have interns been placed in the past?
Are paid internships available?
Is my internship placement guaranteed?
What is required for entry into the UK?
What are the deadlines for my application?
Do I need a portfolio?
Why do I have to go to an interview?
My school requires that I work 20 hours per week. Is this possible?
Is it possible to be hired by the company where I intern?
What are the differences between a full-time and part-time internship?
I really just want to come to London for work experience. Is AIU London the right place for me?
If the credit doesn't transfer back to my home institution can I just do the work experience and audit the academic aspect of the program?
I have already graduated so I will not receive credit for the internship. Do I have to do the academic work?
How does auditing or withdrawing from the class affect my eligibility to stay in student housing?
If I apply for a part time internship and class then decide I would rather do a full time internship when I get to London can I just switch?
Do I have to take a class with my internship?
How much tutor contact will I have?

What types of internships are available?
Part-time and full time internships are available during the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer I and II terms. Media Production internships will only be available in the Winter and Summer II terms. Visual Communication internships will only be available in the Fall and Spring terms.
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When will I find out about my placement?
Placement is not known until the interview process is complete. An internship coordinator will be in contact with you before the start of term to advise you on placement.
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Where have interns been placed in the past?
Your admissions advisor in Chicago can provide a list of prior internship placements.
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Are paid internships available?
No - but some employers offer extras like travel or lunch expenses, while others offer attendance to conferences and free products. These extras vary by employer.
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Is my internship placement guaranteed?
No, we can only guarantee that we will do our best to place you in an internship. Ultimately, the employer makes the decision to take you on as an intern. AIU-London's internship placement success rate is very high.
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What is required for entry into the UK?
To participate in the internship program you must apply direct to BUNAC for a Blue Card. Log on to www.bunac.org for up to date eligibility requirements and application guidance.
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What are the deadlines for my application?
  • Winter October 19, 2007
  • Spring December 31, 2007
  • Summer I March 31, 2008
  • Summer II May 1, 2008
  • Fall July 31, 2008
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Do I need a portfolio?
If you are a design major who wishes to intern in-field, a prospective employer will want to see a preview of your work. If you have an e-portfolio, make your advisor aware, so that you can email it to London. This will improve your chances of gaining a design internship.
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Why do I have to go to an interview?
Employers are not willing to offer an internship without an interview. You may be asked to undertake some challenging work assignments during your internship. An employer wants to have the opportunity to find out whether you are capable to undertaking the challenging assignments.
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My school requires that I work 20 hours per week. Is this possible?
Yes, the 20 hour work week may vary, but remember that all preparation work for the 3 assignments counts toward your internship work week.
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Is it possible to be hired by the company where I intern?
It has happened on the rare occasion. It's likely you would need a permanent UK work permit to stay and work in the UK. Most employers will not consider hiring you unless you have this permit. The burden is on the employer to start Home Office proceedings, which is costly and very time consuming. You should not expect to receive a job offer.
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What are the differences between a full-time and part-time internship?
A full time internship requires you to work four full days a week and a part time internship requires you to work two full days a week. Both internships require you to keep a journal, do an oral presentation and submit a report. Full time interns will need to submit a 5000 word report and part time interns will need to submit a 3000 word report.
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I really just want to come to London for work experience. Is AIU London the right place for me?
It could be. We have developed fantastic links with employers and we will do our best to place you with a company where you can grow personally and professionally. However, the internship is very demanding and the academic component of the program should be taken very seriously. You will need to submit a written report, a journal and we will expect you to do an oral presentation. You need to devote hours of research time to ensure that the work you submit is of the highest standard. You gain academic credit for the program by producing good academic work. We will help you to produce work that will be useful for your future career but we will expect you to work as hard on your academic work as you do in the office.
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If the credit doesn't transfer back to my home institution can I just do the work experience and audit the academic aspect of the program?
Technically this is possible but we do not encourage it. You will get a more, well rounded experience, if you complete the academic work. By researching the company and the industry you will be more valuable to the employer and return home an expert in your field. If you intend to audit the class you will need to have written permission from your home institution before you arrive at AIU London.
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I have already graduated so I will not receive credit for the internship. Do I have to do the academic work?
Unless you have informed us before you arrive at AIU London that you plan to audit the class, you will be expected to complete all academic assignments.
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How does auditing or withdrawing from the class affect my eligibility to stay in student housing?
In order to live in student housing you need to be enrolled in a class. Auditing or withdrawing from the class means you are no longer considered a student in the full sense. Therefore it will not be possible for full time interns to audit or withdraw from the program without losing their place in student housing. No refunds for housing will be given as a result of changes in student status related to the internship program.
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If I apply for a part time internship and class then decide I would rather do a full time internship when I get to London can I just switch?
No. Once you have had your schedule finalized you will be expected to remain a part time intern. You are advised to discuss your options with your advisor carefully before you finalize your schedule.
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Do I have to take a class with my internship?
Part time interns must take at least one class in addition to the internship.
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How much tutor contact will I have?
You will be required to attend a weekly two and a quarter hour class.
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