London is one of the largest and most dynamic cities in the world with an increasingly international character and population. A great cultural, economic, and political center, London offers an ideal location for students interested in gaining professional experience in virtually any field.
Cultural offerings abound in London, as the city is home to Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the British Museum, and much more. Red double-decker buses, the River Thames, Chaucer's grave, touristy Piccadilly Circus, the Soho labyrinth, chic Covent Garden, and the expansive Hyde Park exemplify the contrasts that make London one of Europe's most exciting and vibrant destinations.
Bentley works together with EUSA to ensure that students are placed in internships that directly reflect or relate to their courses of study to maximize quality and academic relevance of the placement. The eight-week program consists of a four-week course entitled "How Britain Works", followed by a four-week work placement at a leading British/International company or organization in the student's field of interest.
Possible industry sectors for interns include:
|Private Capital Groups
||Motion Picture Studios
|Venture Capital Firms
The first four weeks of the program are spent enrolled in How Britain Works which aims to provide students with an academic understanding of the main political, economic, social and cultural issues in Britain today, as well as how they arose. The course is a combination of lectures and field trips that are relevant to the central themes of the course. The final grade is based on one 1500-word essay and one in-class quiz. As the How Britain Works course makes up one half of the program, students should be prepared for a rigorous and challenging academic experience.
The second four weeks of the program are spent in the full-time internship placement which is completed alongside a course entitled Understanding the London Experience. Students are required to attend an introductory lecture along with one seminar facilitated by their academic advisor. Students will write a scholarly research paper that draws extensively upon the experiential learning gained in the work placement, while also testing these reflections against a range of other reputable and verifiable sources. The 2500-word research paper is due at the end of the program and is worth 100% of the final grade. Satisfactory completion of the internship placement is required in order for students to earn credit for the program. The internship and Understanding the London Experience course combined transfer back as either AS 421 (Arts & Sciences credit) or BE 421 (Business credit) depending on the nature of the placement.
Students will live in shared flats, centrally located in Russell Square, with a tube stop located just around the corner. The housing is fully furnished, complete with common areas, internet connections, phone lines, a basic weekly housekeeping service, and a kitchen with basic cooking supplies (there is no meal plan – most students enjoy sharing the cooking with a few friends on a regular basis). All bedrooms are single sex (they are a mix of singles and doubles), but apartments and buildings are co-ed. There are pay laundry facilities in the buildings or “laundrettes” nearby.
In order to apply to the London Internship Program students must have a 3.0 GPA. If students wish to seek out departmental credit, the student must be of junior or senior level class standing and have approval of their departmental internship coordinator prior to acceptance of the internship.