Students studying in London can take advantage of CAPA’s extensive network of internship sites, offering internship placements for any major.
Internships available include businesses of every kind, as well as nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. Our local staff visit each CAPA internship site, many of which are frequent recipients of CAPA interns. Students are placed in sites that best meet their individual interests, abilities and academic background. The internships are within commuting distance of the center.
CAPA will help you to gain professional experience in your field of study in a global environment. Below are just a few of the benefits you can expect to earn through your participation in an international internship experience.
– Demonstrate flexibility and courage in unfamiliar surroundings.
– Gain cross-cultural communications skills.
– Learn about your field from a different perspective.
– Stand out from the crowd in the competitive job market.
– Build relationships with international references.
– Find further immersion in local culture.
– Get academic credit for your work.
The internship placement is paired with a Global Internship Program seminar that meets once a week. When applying to the CAPA Program you will need to turn in a resume and cover letter for your future potential intern sights!
Service Learning in London
Students studying at the CAPA London Study Center during the fall and spring semester have the opportunity to enroll in a six-credit course, Contemporary Issues through Service-Learning: The Social Dynamics of London that includes 15 – 20 hours of service-learning each week. The course, with a sociological focus, will look at urban issues facing Londoners including multiculturalism, inequalities in social services ranging from education to healthcare, and welfare concerns. The course is coupled with group projects at community service organizations throughout London.
Service-learning allows students studying abroad the opportunity to work on a project during the semester that benefits the community while developing an understanding of community issues. Unlike an internship, which builds on professional skills for future career growth, the main focus of a community-based experience is to fulfill the needs of the community. CAPA has developed its community-based program to give students the opportunity to engage with the community while having time in the classroom each week to reflect on their experience. Each week students will have a three-hour seminar that looks at a variety of urban and community issues. They will also work in groups of 2-4 students at their assigned community center on a semester-long project.
NOTE: All interns and students participating in the service-learning program must apply for a UK Tier 4 Prior Entry Clearance Student Visa prior to arrival in the UK, costing approximately $550. Students who are not US citizens (including permanent residents) may have extra steps required to complete the visa process. Students with criminal records and outstanding convictions could face difficulty obtaining a visa. Contact CAPA at 1-800-793-0334 for more information.
While you are in London, you will have the exciting opportunity to participate in volunteer opportunities that will undoubtedly enrich your experience abroad. There are many ways to get involved that will make an impact on the local community as well as your perception of your host city. This is an excellent opportunity to engage with locals, expand your worldview, and try something new. By volunteering in London, you’ll engage in an authentic cultural exchange that will enable you to experience your study abroad program to the fullest.
Types of Opportunities (Please note these vary each semester):
- Soup Kitchen support
- Community Clean Up events
- Assisting with the London Marathon day
- Steward for charity gala
- Volunteer at CAPA Conferences (topics have included Human Rights and
- And numerous other options!