Grinnell in London Internships
Grinnell-in-London currently offers a maximum of 15 slots for internships:
- up to 3 in the British parliament and
- up to 12 at-large.
Selection of students for internship slots is usually competitive because the number of students in our program who can serve as interns is regulated by the UK Border Agency. 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 suit 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. At-large interns register for SST 295: Internship.
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. Because of the schedule that the British parliament follows, parliamentary internships tend to start later than other internships. While at-large internships end the week before the last week of classes, parliamentary internships continue into the last week of classes
London offers a wide range of possible internships, and there is no fixed list of what students can do. To gain some specific ideas of what past Grinnell students have done and what kinds of internships tend to be possible, please search the Pioneer Internship Database, maintained by the Office of Careers, Life, and Service.
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.
Tier 4 Student Visas
Students interested in an internship on Grinnell-in-London do need to be prepared for a more intensive process of applying for a “Tier 4” student visa.
Students in the Queen Mary track do not need this visa.
For the Tier 4 student visas:
- Interns must have a passport valid until 6 months after the end of the program and must be able to supply this passport information to the program by May 15, if not earlier. For some students this could mean applying for a passport by spring break to receive it in time.
- Interns must be prepared to be without their passport for 4-6 weeks during the visa application process that takes place sometime from late May to mid-July.
- Students interested in parliamentary internships or internships involving children or community outreach should plan to request a background check from their home police precinct during the internship search process in the spring before the program begins. Further instruction will follow at that time.