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London Internship Program with FIE - Summer

Location: London, England
Total Enrollment: 1,300 (400 per Session)
# of International: 1,300 (mostly American study abroad students)
Required GPA: 2.75/4.0
Minimum IELTS: 5.5 (with no subscore below a 5.5)
Terms of Study: May 19th to July 17th 2016 (8 weeks) or
June 16th to August 14th 2016 (8 weeks)
Application Deadlines: March 1st
Internship Website: www.fie.org.uk
In addition to being one of the world's leading business and financial centers, London is one of the most cosmopolitan, hip cities in the world, with an atmosphere of excitement and sophistication. As a major global city, London offers remarkable cultural, historic, artistic, political and intellectual offerings, and has a diverse population with more than 300 languages spoken within the city. Come see the sites where the excitement of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games were held. From London, it is very easy to explore what the rest of Europe has to offer. Use London’s excellent transportation links to explore continental Europe. Take advantage of Britain's extensive rail system to visit other areas of the UK. Take a break from the constant bustle of London and experience the beautiful and historic regions of England. The travel options are endless and convenient.

The Foundation for International Education (FIE) is a London-based non-profit educational organisation established in 1998 that specialises in the design and management of study abroad and internship programmes in Europe. Each semester approximately 400 students enroll in FIE’s London programmes. Most of the participants are university students from the United States earning transfer credit. The range of London internship placements reflects the diversity and internationality of social, cultural, political, scientific and economic activity in London. To complement the internship experience, FIE academic courses use the city of London as a classroom providing direct access to British life and culture through site visits, field trips, and guest lecturers. FIE students have membership to the student union of Imperial College London, which is located close to the FIE Foundation House.

Transcripts for the programme are issued by Drexel University, the FIE School of Record (SoR). Drexel is a prestigious private research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is best known for its innovative co-op programmes (a method of combining classroom-based education and real life work experience) that are mandatory for their students to participate in during their college career.

Program Structure:

Students begin their eight-week program with the British Life and Cultures class and the internship placement begins week two of the program, splitting each week there-on-out evenly between academic coursework and internship placement time.

British Life and Cultures Course

How do the British people define themselves in relation to their European neighbors, the US and the rest of the world?  How have historical, political, and artistic developments shaped the identity of this small island nation?  This course serves as the anchor of a FIE study program in London, offering students an opportunity to place what they are learning and encountering in their internship placement into a larger, contemporary context.Students will be empowered to appreciate more of what they observe during their stay in Britain.  Students enrolled in this course will develop an appreciation for the issues of this rapidly changing nation and the exciting effects this has on British identity, its relationship with Europe and the rest of the world. In addition to the traditional classroom experience, learning will be supplemented with guest speakers, and guided visits to places of both historical and contemporary significance (i.e. co-curricular activities).

Sample Co-curricular activities

  • Touring the Houses of Parliament
  • The Tate Modern
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • A Brick Lane Meal

International Internship Course (IIC)

FIE’s internship placements, together with classroom seminars and written reflection, form the International Internship Course, or IIC.

The Internship Placement

FIE strongly believes that careful monitoring and individual support are crucial in arranging suitable and rewarding internships.  FIE’s Experiential Education Team works with students individually upon admission to the program to match participant skills and background with an appropriate organization. The Experiential Education Team provides pre-departure and on-site support during the placement and internship process.  The IIC seminars allow for discussion, analysis and academic reflection throughout the student’s experience.  Please note that all student internships are unpaid and are for academic credit only.

Internships are available in the following fields:  Accountancy & Finance; Arts & Humanities; Business & Economics; Communications; Design; Education; Environment & Sustainability; Fashion; Film & Television; Information Technology & Multimedia; Journalism & Media; Legal & Justice Organizations; Music; Politics; Psychology; Social Welfare & Non-Profit Organizations

The Seminars

In order to enhance and contextualize the internship experience, there is an important academic component that runs in conjunction with the internship placement. The IIC classes (called seminars) aim to provide students with support in order to allow them to develop their understanding of the UK workplace and enable to them to make the most of their experience. The seminars will enable students to work with a faculty member and their peers to reflect upon the experience and exchange ideas.

Students will be assessed on their ability to engage analytically with the internship experience. Students will be required to submit written assignments, deliver a presentation and write a final report that will provide structured expression of student development throughout the process.

By the end of the IIC students should be in a position to:

  • Understand general aspects of the UK workplace.
  • Have a high degree of understanding of the organization in which they have been interning as well as the sector in which that organization operates.
  • Look back and describe and reflect on their internship experience and the ways in which they have developed during the program.
  • Reflect on their own performance in the workplace.
  • Engage with intercultural issues which have emerged during that experience.

Example Weekly Timetable (subject to change):

Academic coursework equal 50% of the total program and the internship the other 50%.
 
Week 1

Key Course: British Life and Cultures (6 hours per week throughout including co-curricular activities and excursions)
International Internship Course (3 hours week one; 1 hour per week subsequently)

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

10.00am – 12.00pm

9.00am – 12.00pm

10.00am – 12.00pm

9.00am – 12.00pm

9.00am – 12.00pm

International Internship Course

British Life

and Cultures (BLC)

International Internship Course

British Life

and Cultures (BLC)

 

1.00pm – 4.00pm

1.00pm – 4.00pm

1.00pm – 4.00pm

1.00pm – 4.00pm

1.00pm – 4.00pm

 

BLC Co-curricular Activities and Excursions

 

BLC Co-curricular Activities and Excursions

 

Weeks 2-8

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

11.00am – 12.00pm

9.00am – 12.00pm

1.00pm – 4.00pm

AM/PM

AM/PM

AM/PM

International Internship Course

British Life and Cultures (BLC) and

BLC Co-curricular Activities and Excursions

INTERNSHIP

INTERNSHIP

INTERNSHIP


Evaluation System:

International Internship Course (IIC) (Sample)

  • 20%
  • 5%
  • 25%
  • 15%
  • 15%
  • 20%

 Student Experience Blog
 Internship Agreement Forms
 Internship Report (Academic Report)
 Presentation
 Seminar Participation
 Evaluation from Internship (Performance, Attitude, Participation, etc.)

Students earn three credits for successful completion of the British Life and Cultures course and three credits for the International Internship Course.

Housing:

Students live in furnished flats In London, Zone 1 or 2 in multi-occupancy bedrooms. In most cases, students will share flats with American students also studying at FIE. All flats have 24-hour security, Wi-Fi. Students will share kitchen facilities and must purchase and prepare their own meals.

Life in London:

Students will also receive a London Underground Travel card (Zone 1 and 2) for the duration of the program to allow easy and free access to internship placements and all of the extracurricular activities the City of London has to offer.

Participants also have full access to a subsidized, extracurricular calendar of social and cultural events offered by FIE and each week students receive Cheap London - an invaluable What’s On Guide.

Cost for 2016 will be announced shortly. 

Includes:

  • Program administration and internship placement and supervision
  • Courses taught by FIE faculty (Drexel approved)
  • Drexel Transcript
  • Tier 4 student visa sponsorship
  • Travel/health insurance
  • London Underground card (Zones 1 & 2)

  Housing:

  • Self-catered student housing (multi occupancy)
  • Access to metrogate 24/7 pc lab
  • 24 hour reception/emergency contact
  • Resident life staff support
  • Wi-fi connection throughout the building
  • Shared kitchen facility on each floor/or flat

  Orientation

  • Airport pick (as long as there are 8 students or more traveling on same flight)
  • Co- and extra-curricular activities typically include: Walking tour of South Kensington; welcome reception; Blue Badge (BB) Guide tour of local area; BB Guide coach tour of London; Student Life introduction to London; theatre and/or live performance 

Student Life Office and Extracurricular program:

  • Full access to and support from the Student Life Office, its staff and resources
  • Full access to the subsidized extracurricular calendar of social and cultural events
  • Weekly Cheap London ( a what’s on guide) email bulletin
  • Free access to FIE’s student psychotherapist counselor
  • Imperial College Student Union Membership allowing access to join Imperial College clubs and societies

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Last Updated: 11/10/15