Summer London Internship through Center for Academic Programs Abroad (CAPA)

CAPA internships are designed to integrate students into a local organization in an international business and cultural context. Our research and education of each site ensures that each student is a member of the team they are working in. This means that each student will be a part of a local professional community and hopefully draw experience from this contact. The internships provide students with the opportunity to enhance their skills and career prospects while making an active contribution to the company in which they are placed.

CAPA will provide the necessary support, services and supervision to ensure that each student has the best available placement based on their interests and abilities. Further consideration will be given to the needs of the site. Each participant will be placed in a non-paying internship within Greater London or within a reasonable distance.

All internships are contingent upon a successful interview with the designated internship company which will take place right after the students arrival in the UK, and at least within the first week. CAPA will discuss alternative options if a student is not accepted at the designated internship. CAPA does not offer a second interview based on a student’s dissatisfaction with a placement unless the CAPA Assistant Director of Internships deems this appropriate. If an alternative placement is not found in the appropriate field of interest, the student’s home institution will be informed immediately and the student will be dismissed from the program. A refund of a proportional part of the program fee will be provided unless the student has violated the conditions of the Internship Agreement. If an alternative placement is found within the fields listed on the internship application, there is no refund.

Internship Program Includes:

  • Application materials and information on procedure
  • Orientations in London on Host Culture and Working in Britain
  • Placement with a local company on a professional team with designated projects and responsibilities on a six week full time basis. (The weekly schedule will be determined by the internship site.)
  • Monitoring of the students’ progress throughout the placement
  • Site supervision from on-site supervisor
  • Evaluation of intern by CAPA and the internship site supervisor at the end of the placement
  • 24-hour emergency support service, 7 days a week throughout the program

Placement Confirmation   IPS will distribute internship applications to candidates and submit applications to CAPA in the United States. A complete application must include the following items and be received by CAPA according to a deadline schedule.  

The completed CAPA internship application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Two Letters of Reference (one professional or from a volunteer position, one academic)
  • Transcript (these can be unofficial transcripts listing courses taken and grades received)
  • Two passport-sized photos

Applicants will receive their placement assignment at the intern orientation in the United Kingdom. However, it is important to understand that final confirmation depends on the applicant’s interview with the prospective site. If there are any difficulties with the field of placement, CAPA will contact IPS to discuss options prior to the applicant’s arrival in the United Kingdom.

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