International Internships & Work Experience in the United Kingdom

There are a range of paid internships available in the United Kingdom, these placements are highly competative so make sure you put together a strong applciation. Popular internships available to apply for include media, IT, business, telecommunications, fashion, art and architecture. Internships can be found throughout the country, we recommend large cities like London.

Placements are open to UK citizens and international participants from countries like America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. There are paid internships and also un-paid positions available to join during summer and all year round for students, graduates and anyone seeking work experience for a future career. 


Summer Internships in the UK

Summer intern placements are very popular, apply well in advance to secure a spot. Both UK and overseas students usually apply for these positions which generally run during May, June, July and August.


Top Reasons to Intern in the UK

  • Gain experience for a future career
  • You'll get lots of time to explore and see new places on cultural programs experiencing a new culture
  • Learn a new language and improve your CV / resume 
  • Live abroad and meet new people - both personal and professional
  • Learn new skills
  • Get ahead on the career ladder


Types of Internships Available

You could find internship placements from a few weeks to over a year in areas like:

  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Media
  • Art & Design
  • Fashion Internships
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Engineering
  • Advertising & PR
  • Computer & IT
  • Law Internships
  • Hotel, Hospitality & Catering
  • Translation & Creative Industries


Eligibility & Requirements

UK & EU Citizens
You can search our internships and apply today.

Internships in the UK for People from Outside of the EU
If you are applying to intern in the United Kingdom from outside of an EU country you will need to apply for a tier 5 intern visa. You can find out more information on the UKBA website. We have internship programs where they will help you arrange your visa.


Interships in the UK for Americans

On One World 365 you can find companies offering intern programs for US citizens, to be eligible you usually need to be:

  • Aged 18 or over
  • Hold a valid US passport or Green Card
  • Currently be resident in the USA
  • Currently be a full-time degree level student, or a graduate intending to begin the internship no more than 12 months beyond the end of study
  • Hold an acceptable internship offer in the UK for up to 6 months
  • Have sufficient support funds


Top Tips for Passing an Internship Interview in the United Kingdom

If you are applying to intern from within the UK, or from outside you will usually need to have an interview for an internship program. It is vital you make a good impression as competition for places can be highly competative even if it is an unpaid position. If you currently reside overseas most interviews will be held over Skype and you will need to prepare to stand a good chance of getting a placement.

Here are some recommendations for passing an internship interview:

  • Make sure you get the right time and date (e.g. from outside the UK check the time zone)
  • Dress smartly - first impressions are everything
  • If you are being interviewed over Skype make sure your surrounds are quiet and professional 
  • Research the positions and company thorougly before 
  • Keep calm and think before you speak
  • Relax, ask questions and be friendly


How to Apply

Whether you live in the UK, or outside, you have the option to either apply independently, or go through an agency. If you are going to do everything solo you will need to be able to fund flights, accommodation and everything yourself. A lot of internship programs are unpaid or you might be required to pay a fee to participate on some programs. There are a lot of scholarships available to overseas students and participants - this is perfect if you are worried you lack the funds to progress your career.

Prices for US citizens can range from around US$700 - $10,000 depending on the placement. The price usually includes the placement, accommodation, airport pickups, insurance, in-country support and excursions. You can search our featured internships in the United Kingdom above and apply today. You might also like to view all of our intern abroad programs or if you need any help arranging an internship in the UK please get in touch.


UK Internship Reviews

If you have ever joined an internship in the UK and would like to write about your experience, review a company or share any recommendations please contact us.

“I arrived at the Sheraton hotel and there are no words to describe how amazing this place is and how well they treat me. I hope my work here makes up for the good treatment I get!” - Alexander Smarsch, Oxford Brookes University participant with Placement Year International


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