This program offers unpaid summer internships in London in a wide variety of areas (recent placements have included internships in art, art history, humanities, business, marketing, accounting, community service, international cooperation, development, international relations, political science, media, journalism, chemistry, biology, and education). This is an internship-focused program that allows students to earn varying numbers of credits. During the application process, you will define your academic and professional ambitions for the internship. IES Abroad will then arrange a placement that best reflects your goals, work experience, knowledge, and your host site's needs. Students are expected to work an average of 32 hours a week.
Applicants will need to submit a resume and cover letter directly to IES Abroad as a part of the application process. IES Abroad will provide some instructions to assist students in preparing their materials. Penn State students can utilize the Penn State Undergraduate Writing Center, university Career Services, or professional career services in their academic college for resources and guidance in résumé and cover letter writing. Take a virtual tour of the IES: London study center to learn more about where you will be studying!
The internship can be worth 3 or 6 credits. You will take Leading Across Cultures for 3 or 6 credits depending on your academic needs and the requirements of your major or college. You will work for at least 32 hours at your internship placement and then participate in the internship seminar once a week for 3 credits or twice week for 6 credits.
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Not all Penn State departments treat the academic accreditation of internships in the same way. Before applying for this program, please check with your academic adviser to see if/how the internship courses will count toward your degree. Each internship is unique, the appropriate course accreditation will be reviewed following the end of the internship program. The appropriate department will review your academic project and will assign a Penn State course number that closely matches the material learned in the internship. Students may choose the amount of internship credits earned based on their academic needs and the requirements of their major or college. The internship can be worth three or six credits.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
Students will be responsible for completing the course equivalency process to obtain a Penn State course number for the internship and other courses taken on the program (if applicable). To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
- 2.5 minimum grade point average
- Sophomore class standing at time of study
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Students live in apartments arranged by IES Abroad, and are responsible for providing their own meals. Students will live in the Nido King's Cross Residence Hall in Central London and share a room with another student. Students will have access to a common kitchen area and 24- hour internet access. There are laundry facilities on site and bed linens are provided. You are responsible for your own towels. Again, please note there are no dining hall services provided, meaning you will be responsible for providing your own meals.
More information is available on Nido King's Cross website.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Summer budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
IES Public School Grant
As a Penn State student you will automatically be awarded a $2,000 Public School Grant. IES has created this award to make their programs affordable to you. This award has already been calculated into the Budget Sheet.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
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- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- One academic recommendation
- Signature Documents
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with IES as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
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