FIE Internship Industry Areas

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FIE London offers internships in 13 areas, catering to almost every major and providing students with a wide variety of opportunities.

It is important to take the time to read about the areas which interest you so that you can understand what is – and is not – available. Each student should choose three of the areas from the list below and understand they may be placed in any of their three choices (though we always start with a student’s first choice!)

Ultimately, is the companies and organizations who choose which student they will offer a position to, but the three choices you select will be the basis of your Internship Mentor’s search for your placement. As the internship is coordinated on your behalf, it is important that you understand the reality of what you should expect from your placement.


6 Things You Need to Know About your Internship!

The best piece of advice we can give you at this stage is to read these materials carefully. One of the most important indicators of success in the international internship is your preparation beforehand and your complete understanding of the reality of the journey you are embarking on.

Before selecting your industry choices on MyInternship, take the time to fully digest our Realities of Working in London page, including industry differences, education vs professional practice, company size and “brand name” companies, and learning objectives.

To summarize the key points on the pages above:

  • Internships require flexibility, an open mind, a positive attitude, and a professional hardworking approach. You will be challenged in your London internship!
  • Industries in the UK can be very different than in your home country and you should prepare for the fact that internship opportunities may be limited.
  • You will most likely be placed with a small or medium sized organization. Most large companies do not offer internships for the short period of time you are in London.
  • All positions are unpaid and entry level. You will be expected to complete a wide variety of tasks, from basic and administrative to more specialized and project-based.
  • This is first and foremost a cultural experience. Interning in an international environment is an excellent learning opportunity to expand your cross-cultural skills.
  • The success of your internship placement is what you make of it!

Selecting Your Three Industry Choices

First Second Third Industry ChoicesYou should select three industry areas of interest which coincide with:

  •           your major (and/or minor, if applicable)
  •           your previous work/internship experience(s)
  •           your desired future career path

Keep in mind you MUST select three different main industry choices. Sub-areas are not required, but if selected must come from the options presented here. Provided that you have the relevant skills and experience, we endeavor to place you in an internship that is as close to your original requests as possible. However, please keep in mind that while we will try to place you within your first choice area, we will utilize second and third choices if and when necessary, and will often use a combination of all three. Click here to see the instructions for selecting your three industry choices.

Additional requirements for certain choices

Certain industries require additional documentation:

  •           Students selecting Education, Public Health, Not-for-profits or the Legal and Justice areas must bring a valid police check with them to London
  •           Students selecting Politics must submit a political paragraph
  •           Students selecting Communications & Journalism must submit writing samples
  •           Students selecting Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Web Design or Creative Arts must submit a portfolio

See our guide to Preparing Your Application for more information.

Internship Industry Areas

London Internship students can select from the following industries:

XX = Most Competitive Areas    XX = Areas Where Significant Relevant Experience Is Required   XX = Most Popular Areas

 Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Business Management & Administration XX
  • Start-ups & Entrepreneurial Companies XX
  • Human Resources
  • Real Estate & Property Management
  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • Trade & Policy Organizations
  Historical & Cultural Organizations
  • Community Arts Organizations
  • Visual Arts & Galleries
  • Museums
  • Ethnic, Racial & Religious Diversity Organizations
 Communications & Journalism
  • Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations XX
  • Writing & Content Development
  • Events Planning
  • Specialized Publications
 Technology & Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Information Management & Support
  • Product development & Testing 
  • Community Education Organizations
  • Educational Programs
  • Adult & Higher Education
  • Schools XX
  Legal & Justice Organizations
  • Justice & Human Rights Organizations
  • Legal Organizations XX
  Environment & Sustainability
  • Government, Non-Profit & Grassroots Organizations
  • Sustainable & Ethical Businesses
  • Members of Parliament & Constituencies
  • Political Parties & Campaigning
  • Pressure Groups & Lobbying Organizations
 Entertainment & Performing Arts
  • Promotion & Communication
  • Talent & Venue Management
  • Community Arts Organizations
  • Film, TV & Production XX XX
  • Music Agencies & Record Labels XX XX
  • Theatre, Dance & Performing Arts
 Public Health & Wellbeing
  • Disease & Research Charities
  • Health & Wellbeing Programs
  • Mental Health Organizations XX
  • Research & Data Collection 
 Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle
  • Fashion Labels & Boutiques
  • Beauty & Cosmetics
  • Interiors
  • Lifestyle
  • Fashion Design XX
  Social Welfare & Non-Profit Organizations
  • Public & Social Charities
  • Children’s & Youth Initiatives
  • Poverty & Homelessness Initiatives
  • Special Interest Organizations
 Finance & Accountancy
  • Finance & Accounting Departments XX XX
  • Financial Companies XX XX
  • Ethical and Community Finance Organizations
  • Economic Policy Organizations


Please note that there are no internships available in science, math, engineering or the medical industries. However, students in these fields can still have valuable experiences in a London internship. Students in the medical field, for example, should consider Public Health & Wellbeing or Environment and Sustainability. 

The general industry areas listed above are the industries in which we have successfully been able to place students. However, if you wish to intern within an area that is not listed, please email us. We are happy to let you know if your chosen option may be possible.

If you have any other questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact either your study abroad office or the FIE Experiential Education Team.