Although a large part of university is the experience of meeting new people and having a great time, I’m sure the best of us often forget that we actually have a degree to be working towards! As if getting graduate jobs wasn’t difficult enough, the global pandemic has not made things any easier, and so being able to add that you have experience in your chosen field of prospective career to your CV is increasingly important. Below, we have compiled a list of the best internships in London, ranging from business and marketing to journalism and publishing, so that you can start to get an idea of how to get a glimpse of your potential future first-hand.
Absolute Internship is a great company that connects you with businesses from around the world, allowing you to complete an internship in the career field of your choice. You have the option of completing a remote internship from the comfort of your own home, or to travel internationally to do so, with places available in Europe, Asia and even America! This company has partnered with brands ranging from small start-ups to internationally renowned businesses, meaning that wherever you decide to go, this internship will help you gain experience in your chosen career but also boost your employability post-graduation.
Penguin Random House is a renowned publishing company, and each summer for eight weeks, nine people get the opportunity to intern with their London-based office to gain an insight into what working in publishing is really like. The application process is pretty simple in itself, and if you get through the interviews and assessments, then you can start to have a real impact in the publishing company. Whether you want to work on the marketing side of things, or be in the forefront editorial role, the choice is completely up to you, and what’s more you get paid London living wage for doing what you love!
Dow Jones represents large-scale businesses such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial News and Barron’s just to name a few, and so although internships here are extremely competitive, they are definitely one of the best opportunities available in London. Perfect for those interested in financial news, publishing and the stock market, Dow Jones offers internships throughout the year in career-specific fields that allow you to gain thorough insight into prospective job roles, and gain experience that will be extremely impressive on your CV.
Renowned for their cars and investments, Tesla is a large-scale company owned by Elon Musk that offers incredible internships in London. As many other businesses value degrees and names, Tesla is more interested in the experience and skills that you can bring to the job role, which makes it perfect for anyone to apply. There are many opportunities available in different fields ranging from the Energy Field Operations Team to Parts Advisor, all of which are highly competitive but extremely impressive if achieved.
If you’re interested in a career in journalism, publishing, media, film or TV, then CNN is a great opportunity in London that offers internships for those wanting to take their interests further, because in this particular field, who you know is a very important factor. Offering roles in broadcast journalism, content production, and digital sports just to name a few, applications are open twice a year, with internships taking place in Autumn and Summer. With many of the current CNN journalists in the London bureau having started out as interns, it’s definitely worth applying for.
Internships at law firms are a great opportunity for those that are interested in getting their foot on the ladder in this particular career field. Whether they be large or small-scale companies, many firms will offer university students internships to gain experience in the legal world, and start to learn what day-to-day life could look like in the future. Some degrees may require experience as a legal intern, however for some it could end up costing you some money; whichever it may be, employers in this particular field value experience very highly, and so should definitely be considered.
Aimed at students from BAME communities interested in pursuing a career in PR or marketing, this Mayor of London is a great opportunity for people to gain an insight into the life of working in a fast-paced press office. This internship takes place over the course of 11 months, meaning you’ll have first-hand experience in assisting with developing content and planning campaigns for City Hall’s social media channels.