Social Services Internships in London
There are broad responsibilities related to social service organizations. While many are primarily focused on safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable community members, other organizations may be concerned with specific targets for health and wellbeing. For example, environmental campaigning, addressing mental health concerns, or conducting research to better understand specific health issues. At their heart, social service organizations and agencies serve to strengthen families, groups and communities, using different approaches and resources. Internships in this field offer an excellent opportunity for students and recent graduates to gain real-world, practical experience, into both the challenges and rewards of this career field.
- Gain insight into the complex challenges of social service organizations and how solutions are strategized.
- Enhance your understanding of social service operations and management.
- Learn about how social service organizations connect with communities to provide resources for improved health and wellbeing.
- Connect with diverse and experienced professionals who can help to develop your real-world experience.
- Develop your cultural intelligence, communication skills and confidence, through engagement with a professional environment.
Type of host organizations:
- Environmental NGOs
- Medical research institutes
- Mental health care clinics
- Social service organizations
If you’re interested in providing support to diverse community and social issues, then a career in Social Services may be right for you. Social Services internships in London provide broad opportunities to learn about how diverse organizations advocate and work toward life improvement for all members of society. The need to gain “job-ready” skills is a crucial step for all young professionals seeking to enhance their employability within this field. Especially as it relates to the acquisition of cultural intelligence, communication skills, critical thinking and problem solving. Come prepared to be open minded and learn from professionals, who will guide interns to progress!
This is an in-country internship which includes accommodation. Click here to view remote Psychology & Social Work internships, which you can undertake from home.
Social Services internships in London provide an excellent opportunity to learn how to work with others, while broadening your cultural and professional horizons. As the largest urban economy in Europe, London is a cultural melting pot - diverse cultures and ethnicities contribute to more than 300 languages being spoken throughout. For Social Services, this means that different organizations tasked with strengthening families, groups and communities have a large responsibility to consider diversity, equity and inclusion - especially when it comes to different perspectives of health and socio-economic challenges. Aside from this, environmental agencies also have a large role to play in the improvement of societal health, so advocacy agencies and NGOs may also host internships within this field.
To receive your customized Social Services internship placement in London - once you have confirmed your participation - you’ll be asked to provide a copy of your resume and a cover letter. All interns are matched to a suitable placement, in consideration of your interests, skills, study background, and previous experience level. If there is a particular focus area that you’re especially interested in, just let us know. We do our utmost to accommodate preferences, subject to availability.
Interns contribute under the guidance of a supervisor but may often collaborate within a team, so departmental team leaders may also provide mentorship. Particular activities and tasks will vary, depending on your internship placement and its dynamic priorities. Generally speaking, projects are related (but not necessarily limited to) environmental, social, advocacy and human rights work. Your internship placement will be looking at what work is needed to safeguard and promote social and/or environmental welfare. Such projects may be actioned and managed locally, or there may be an international approach. Interns learn about the multifaceted strategies used by various professionals within this field and can gain particular insight into the complex challenges of social service organizations.
Interns must come prepared to develop initiative, cultural intelligence, time management and organizational skills. Come prepared to be challenged, open-minded and adaptive, to maximize this resume building experience!
Approximately Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.
Social Services interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
Cooperate with senior team members to progress day-to-day operations.
Contribute additional support to projects which need prioritization.
Assist with planning and organization for community events, as needed.
Assisting with the development of fundraising and awareness campaigns.
Development of outreach strategies for seeking grants, funding, and other support.
Assisting with content creation and digital communications for social media platforms and newsletters.
Professional development opportunities:
Build your confidence, maturity and comfort, to engage and contribute within a professional environment.
Gain awareness of the complexities involved in dealing with diverse communities and societal/environmental challenges.
Develop broad office skills using various software platforms for professional tasks.
Connect with diverse professionals who can provide industry insights and mentorship.
Advance cultural intelligence, critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills.
Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
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It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$499 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$499 deposit payment) will be due no less than 4 months before your internship start date.
Program Fee (USD)
|8 weeks||$6,623 Equivalent to $118/day|
|10 weeks||$7,417 Equivalent to $105/day|
|12 weeks||$8,161 Equivalent to $97/day|
|16 weeks||$9,674 Equivalent to $86/day|
|20 weeks||$11,187 Equivalent to $79/day|
|24 weeks||$12,725 Equivalent to $75/day|
- 24/7 in-country support
- Program orientation
- Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
- In-country guidance for social and tourist activities
- Sourcing and securing your internship placement
- Personalization of your internship plan
- Coaching from your supervisor
- Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
- Academic credit facilitation
- International reference letter
- Certificate of Internship Completion
- Airport pick-up
- All meals
- All in-country transportation
- Return transportation to the airport at program conclusion
- Visa (if required), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check
- Transfer back to the airport at the end of your internship program
- Personal spending money for snacks, drinks, public transport, laundry, and leisure activities during your free time.
- A deposit of $499 USD is required to secure your internship
- Balance of your Program Fee is due 4 months before your internship start date.
- All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
- Terms and Conditions apply.
Arrival and Orientation
Internships in London begin every Monday of each month. Exceptions may be made to this when start dates are shifted to avoid public holiday disruptions or closed when the program has already reached capacity. Interns may choose to spend a minimum of 8 weeks, up to a maximum of 24 weeks.
It is important to note that while accommodation is included in the Program Fee, airport pick-up is not.
- The major international airport in London, England, is Heathrow Airport (LHR). This is the main port of many of the longer-haul international flights.
- If you are arriving into London from elsewhere in Europe, you may alternatively fly into one of the other international airports serving London. For example, Gatwick (LGW), City (LCY), Luton (LYN), Stansted (STN) and Southend (SEN).
- Please note that all participants are advised not to book flights until they have first registered to confirm their internship placement.
- Once you have confirmed your participation, you’ll receive more guidance on arrival and departure logistics, including advice on how to arrange transport from the airport to your accommodation.
- Accommodation is included in the internship program fee. The accommodation is covered from the Sunday night before the Monday start date. (Interns are required to arrive no later than the Sunday before their Monday start date).The last night of the accommodation is the Saturday night of the final week, leaving interns free to depart on Sunday.
- Extra nights of accommodation can be arranged in advance, if requested, and are subject to availability.
Internship orientations are conducted shortly after your arrival. They cover important details for your internship, including introductions, information about rules, expectations, safety, excursions, and more. Your specific internship orientation may follow a more general orientation. Therefore, after a welcome, you’ll be shown how to travel to and from your internship placement and you’ll be introduced to the team you’ll be interning with.
Visa requirements for internships in London
Bear in mind that all interns are required to obtain a Tier 5 visa in order to intern in London. For this reason, our eligibility requirements for this internship are clear:
- All interns must be proficient in English (equivalent to IELTS level 6 or CEFR B2). If English is not your native language, you will be required to undertake an English language test to understand your current skill level.
- Interns may be currently studying (within a field which is relevant to the chosen internship) or recently graduated (within the past 24 months).
Interns are supported with this process by our team of experts in London - you’ll be connected with a professional visa sponsor and assisted to ensure that your application is compliant.
- Visas are issued at the discretion of the British Government.
- The cost of the visa is not included in the internship program fee, so you must budget for this independently. Expect to budget up to US$995, to cover your visa.
- A minimum lead-in time of 4 months is required for internships in London, so please submit your application in advance (for free) and start getting the process for your internship in London underway!
Accommodation and WiFi
The program fee for internships in London includes your accommodation. Also included in your program fee is an accommodation security deposit of US$1,612. If no damage has been caused during your internship, this security deposit will be refunded directly to you by the local accommodation coordinator at the end of your stay. This is handled at the discretion of accommodation coordinator, who will assess facilities upon your check-out to ensure that no damage has been incurred to the apartment and its property.
Interns are accommodated in clean and comfortable, self-contained and fully furnished apartments. Bedding and furnishings are provided, as well as common areas such as lounge, kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities. Standard amenities include whiteware (i.e. washing machine, stovetop, fridge, microwave) and clean linen (i.e. bed sheets and pillows). Accommodation includes WiFi access. All apartments are cleaned at least once weekly, maintained by in-house staff, and have a 24-hour emergency line. (Cleaners will not enter bedrooms).
In most cases, between two to six guests can be accommodated per apartment. The majority of apartment buildings used for the program accommodation do not have the facilities for single rooms. Therefore, all interns should expect to share a bedroom. All bedrooms will be shared with other program participants of the same gender (in twin or triple bedrooms). However, the apartment itself may share common areas / living arrangements with the opposite sex.
When it comes to getting around, London is divided into “zones” which are numbered from 1 through 9. “Zone 1” is the city center and “Zone 9” refers to the further outskirts of the city. The internship accommodation is located throughout Zones 1 and 2, so you can be assured easy access to transport links, tourist attractions, various universities and businesses. In fact, most visitors to London are inclined to stay within Zones 1 and 2, as this is where the main attractions of the city center are located.
All apartments are within an approx. 10-minute walk of an Underground station, with many being within just five minutes. All apartments are also within a few minutes’ walk of a bus stop. The city is relatively flat and there are plenty of public bicycles available for rent in different docking points throughout the city. Interns may also opt to simply walk during the daytime and enjoy the sights of the city! The commute times between accommodation and internship placements vary and it depends on your chosen mode of transportation as well. The travel time on public transportation may usually be approx. 30 to 40 minutes.
For private accommodation, alternative living arrangements can be requested and arranged in advance, for an additional upgrade fee. This is subject to availability, so please enquire in advance.
Please note that the accommodation pictured in the photo gallery of this webpage is provided as an example. Since we work with more than one apartment, the exact accommodation that you’re assigned may differ from the photos. However, you can expect a similar standard and similar amenities, to what is shown here.
Internships on this program do not include meals, as affordable supermarkets are easily accessible. With its incredibly multicultural population, London has cuisines available from all corners of the globe! Visit the hoards of restaurants, cafes and bars, or historic Borough Market, Camden Market or Broadway Market for homemade produce and street food stalls. If you are looking for some traditional pub grub, you can’t beat a plate of fish and chips, bangers and mash or a Sunday Roast at your local!
Dining out can be expensive in London, so you will need to budget carefully and consider which establishments you’re going to spend money in. An average restaurant meal could set you back approximately £10 to £30 and a pint of beer about £8. As the accommodation has kitchen facilities, it’s more economical to purchase your own groceries. An average weekly grocery bill may cost you approx. £65. Typically a coffee from a local shop will set you back about £3 - £4.
Activities and tourism
Most internship placements in London have a full-time schedule, which commence in the morning. This requires a commitment of between 30-40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. However, interns have the weekends and evenings free and there is no shortage of wonderful things to see and do. As one of the most visited cities in Europe, you could spend hours exploring London and still barely feel like you’ve scratched its surface!. You’ll find museums, theaters, parks, festivals, art galleries, cafes, pubs and secret spots with various happenings, year-round.
Enjoy a good book and a packed lunch in sunny Hyde Park, take a photo with Big Ben, ride the London Eye, shop til you drop on Oxford Street, visit the Natural History Museum, or try your luck at spotting the Queen outside Buckingham Palace! The list is endless! Be sure to utilize your travel around the city with an Oyster Card, which can be purchased on your arrival at the airport and used on just about every form of transport within London including public buses, trams, and trains.
Looking to get out of the city for an afternoon, day or weekend? Why not visit the deer at Richmond Park, swim in the ponds at Hampstead Heath, or enjoy a picnic at Primrose Hill. Eager to go further afield? Visit the seaside town of Brighton and get lost in the fairground rides and arcades of Palace Pier. Uncover the story of Stonehenge, the best known prehistoric monument in Europe, or explore the Roman city of Bath, all within just 2 hours of London by train.
For guidance on things to see and do, ensure you speak with the coordinators in-country. They will be full of local advice, do’s and don’ts, and will make sure you maximize your time to have the best experience possible. They may also have discounted rates available for popular activities, such as West End theater productions, as well as travel and tour related excursions. Check with them for more information - either in advance of your arrival, or once you’re in-country.
Essential country information
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Weather and climate:
The country of England covers most of the island, referred to as Great Britain. The land borders of England are shared with Wales, to the west, and Scotland, to the north. However, the rest of England is bordered by the Irish Sea, the Celtic Sea, the North Sea, and the English Channel. All of this sits within the North Atlantic Ocean, so Great Britain - the largest European island - has a maritime climate and there isn’t much temperature difference between the seasons!
In London - where this internship program is based - the warmest months of the year are from late June to early September. The summer months are generally mild and pleasant, but not without the occasional rain shower. Days are long with an average high of around 70°F (21°C). Winters in London are cold and rainy. The winter season lasts from late November through till late March, with an average high of 52°F (11°C). The coldest month of the year is usually February. Snow and freezing temperatures are not unheard of, so be sure to pack your winter woolies! It can rain year-round but the drier months of the year are considered to be February through May.
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