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United Kingdom

The internship positions we offer in the United Kingdom are made available to Michigan students through contacts from generous and supportive U-M alumni, as well as our partnership with trusted placement agency IES Abroad. The industries and functions of the positions vary widely, yet they all offer the opportunity for an exciting and rewarding professional experience abroad!

Living Arrangements and Compensation

In the UK, there will be both paid and unpaid internship positions offered. Please note that housing in the United Kingdom can be quite expensive, especially in London, and most of the positions do not provide housing. We will provide some suggestions on the LSA program website for places to look for student housing in London, and students will need to plan to arrange for their own housing.

Internship Placement: U-M Alumni

As we are working with U-M alumni to develop these internships, it is possible that positions will continue to be added as alumni are in contact with the program. Continue to check the LSA program website for an updated list of the opportunities available in the UK.

Internship Placement: IES London

IES internships are available in a variety of fields. Once accepted, you are guaranteed an unpaid placement at a local business or organization, where you'll work at least 32 hours a week. You will also enroll in a required IES 6-credit academic internship seminar (you will receive 3 UM credits) with other IES interns, where you'll learn about a variety of local business settings and opportunities. 

Before departure, IES works with interns on their résumés, cover letters, and communication and interview skills as preparation for working in a new cultural environment.  IES also organizes cultural events and optional field trips (Stonehenge, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and Brighton).

Students applying for internships through IES must complete an M-Compass application as well as apply through IES here.

IES Payment

Internship program with 6 IES-credit course (8 weeks):

  • Tuition: $4,855
  • Housing: $2,865
  • Insurance $130
  • TOTAL COST $7,850

Check out IES funding opportunities on their website:

Timeline for Summer 2015

Goldman Sachs International applications are due December 7. This is earlier than the MCompass deadline for other internship positions. Atlantic Customer Solutions applications are still due December 15.

Visa Requirements

Students who are US citizens interning in the UK will be required to obtain a visa. We are working with several organizations that facilitate this process for students, and with their help, it could be a time consuming and expensive process that may take as long as 6 weeks and cost over $1000.

Most employers in the UK do not take care of the visa arrangements for interns and it will be the responsibility of the student to complete the necessary steps. We will provide more information about visas and the organizations as positions have been confirmed. Students who are not US or UK citizens are eligible to participate in the program and the student will need to determine the visa requirements based on the UK Home Office requirements for their country of citizenship.

Health Insurance

All U-M students traveling abroad in a U-M-affiliated program are required to purchase HTH Heath Insurance which cost $1.10/day.  You may register at:  You will also register your travel details and contact information through MCompass.