The FIE Experiential Education team welcomes enquiries from London-based companies and organizations interested in hosting undergraduate students in unpaid work placements in the spring, autumn, and/or summer.
We collaborate with a variety of institutions, predominantly American, in bringing hundreds of students to London each year. Our specialized academic and internship programs allow our visiting students to maximize the value of their stay, gaining theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and life experience with an international perspective. FIE offers all the services required to support students during their time abroad, including orientation, housing, academic courses, and extracurricular activities.
Based on students’ academic and experiential backgrounds, we individually match students with businesses, government agencies, schools, social enterprise organizations, and charities throughout London. In return, companies will benefit from hardworking, enthusiastic students who have a keen interest within the particular field. Students receive academic credit for their work and they do not expect to be paid. We do require that all students have a designated site supervisor for the duration of their placement and are engaged in meaningful tasks. Students will typically intern for three days per week for a period of seven weeks. We begin matching students with organizations prior to their arrival in London. However, all placements are considered provisional pending a successful interview with the site placement.
FIE readily acknowledges the changing landscape of the work environment and the variety of workplace arrangements that exist across London. As a main goal for the placement is to facilitate student immersion in the working culture and interaction with colleagues, it is important for students to have a physical workspace. We routinely have students work in traditional offices large and small, as well as hubs, incubators, and co-working spaces. FIE will send students to work in carefully vetted home offices provided there is a clearly defined and professional work space. We visit each potential new placement to assess its suitability for an intern. Telecommuting is typically not ideal and generally should not be a regular feature of a student’s placement. Exceptions will be determined on a case-by-case basis, and may be permissible for periods of less than one placement week to accommodate a supervisor’s schedule (staff holidays, business trips, etc.)
Based on students’ academic and experiential backgrounds, we individually match students within these sectors in London:
- Government Agencies
- Social enterprise organizations
We have a number of student intakes each year, with most students starting their internships at the following times:
- End of October
- End of February
- Beginning of June
- End of June/beginning of July
Further details about working with FIE can be found in our Site Supervisor Handbook and the complementary Checklist for Employers.
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To initiate a relationship with FIE, please fill in the Interested Organization Enquiry Form and an FIE team member will respond with further information on how we might work together to provide quality learning experiences for our students in London.
We are always looking for new organizations to collaborate with us, so if you know of any colleagues who would benefit from hosting an FIE intern, do please pass on our details.