How to Intern in London
Interning is a great way to gain work experience and get a foot in the door in the industry you want a career in. And London in particular has been attributed as the best city in the world for work, beating other popular cities such as New York, Berlin and Barcelona.
But when it comes to interning in London, knowing where to start can be difficult. Where do you look first? Where are you going to live? Do you need a Visa? These are all valid questions that can overwhelm anyone. But don’t worry, we’ve created the ultimate guide to interning in London, whether you’re a recent graduate, still studying, or a young professional wanting a new start.
Where to find internships in London
If you’re still at university, take a visit to the career centre and see what opportunities they can find you, or if they can point you in the direction of any job fairs and networking events. If you’re not studying, it’s worth having a look if your local Job Centre has details of any internships. Other useful resources are StudentJobUK, Mediargh and Indeed. If you’re looking to work for a specific company, make sure to check out their website and social media channels, such as Twitter and LinkedIn, to see if they are advertising any internships or contract roles.
Prepare your CV
Ensure that your CV is up to date and relevant for the internships you’re applying to. Make sure you list your experience, and if you don’t have any, be sure to emphasise any skills that will be relevant to the role you’re applying for. A quick Google search will offer you plenty of resources to help you enhance your CV so that it stands out. And don’t just send out one blanket CV, especially if you’re applying to different areas of work – tailor your CV to suit each job you’re applying for.
Do you need a Visa to intern in London?
If you’re from outside of the UK, you may need a Visa or sponsorship to be able to work in the UK for a period of time. The most common Visa for 18 – 30 year olds from places outside of Europe, such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada or Japan, is the Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme). It is worth looking at the Government website to check what Visa you need.
Where to stay while you intern in London
Finding cheap accommodation in London can be tricky – but this is where we can help! Here at LHA, we have 13 hostels across London to make your stay as comfortable as possible. From single to shared rooms, catered to self-catered properties, and amenities such as laundry rooms, gyms, TV and study rooms, you’re bound to find something to suit your needs. And with bills, Wi-Fi and contents insurance included in your rent, you can be left to focus on work and getting to know London.
If you need some guidance on where to start, Davies Court is popular with our residents working in Canary Wharf, and Friendship House is ideal for those of you interning in The City. With only a 7-day notice period and deposits up to £300, you can’t go wrong with us when it comes to affordable accommodation in London.