Grinnell-in-London currently offers up to fifteen slots for internships, up to three in the British parliament and up to twelve at-large. Because the number of students in our program who can serve as interns is regulated by the UK Border Agency, selection of students for internship slots is usually competitive. Selection is based on students' academic records, the viability of matching a student's interests with the kinds of internships available in London, and the suitability of a student's background for a proposed internship. An intern must have something to offer a prospective host.
Students articulate their interest in serving as interns as well as how internships suits their backgrounds and goals in their application to GIL. Upon being accepted into the program and awarded one of the internship slots, students work with our London internship coordinator to secure a position.
All internships are 4 credits, which includes a seminar that structures reflections and analysis on the experience and provides the basis for earning academic credit. Parliamentary interns register for SST 195: Parliament Internship, and are required to also register for the four-credit course, POL 295: Governing Britain and its Regions. They are also provided with access to the Senate House Library at University College London. At-large interns register for SST 295: Internship.
For a list of some past internships done in London by Grinnell students, please search the Pioneer Internship Database. Gain access by logging into PioneerWeb, clicking on the Community tab, and clicking on "Pioneer Internship Database" under Resources.
By May students submit professional documents to our London-based internship coordinator, and begin the placement process. Placements may not happen until the summer or early fall, given the timelines in which many London organizations function.
Beginning in April, you can get help with preparing your resume and other professional documents through events sponsored by Grinnell's Center for Careers, Life, and Service.
Students not holding U.S. passports are cautioned that they may be required by UK immigration officials to take a language exam in April before beginning the application process in May for a Tier 4 visa.