The London Internship Program

Every student’s experience abroad will include elements of professional development: a multitude of studies and employers say that foreign experiences – and the skills that come with living and studying in unfamiliar settings – enhance job prospects. We also know that engaging with their host communities helps students widen their perspectives. Our co-curricular learning, global citizenship programming, and volunteering opportunities are designed to maximise the benefits of study abroad for our students, actively adding to the learning they’re able to do and share in the classroom. The Syracuse London Internship Program is designed for those who wish to invest even more in their employability skillsets during their time in Britain.


Why intern?

Internships offer an excellent way of experiencing the professional, working life of London from the inside. Placements provide interaction and hands-on experience with the host culture, as well as direct experience related to students’ academic portfolios and long-term career goals.

The Syracuse London Internship Program places students into local, national, and international organizations in a wide variety of sectors. Students work part-time in exchange for professional mentorship and academic credit. Our class on “The Global Workplace” provides a custom framework for work experience students to reflect on their learning and actively engage with social and ethical issues they may encounter during their professional lives.


Applying for the Internship Program

Choosing to do an internship is a commitment, and the process for securing an internship is complex. If you are a Fall 2020 student interested in the program, you should:

  1. Complete the Internship Request Form (London) available as a questionnaire in their OrangeAbroad portal, after which you will receive an email from International Program Advisor, Joelle Orecki, confirming your request has been received and providing access to online resources.
  2. Sign up for an appointment with Dr Maggie Scull, Internship Program Manager, for early July to discuss the program (you must have completed the Request Form on Orange Abroad and use your Syracuse Google account to access).
  3. Browse our database of potential placements to consider who you might want to work with, and research other options for discussion with Maggie during your appointment. If you want to use personal contacts or independent research to source your placement, the contract template lays out a few more details about what hosts need to be prepared to do in order to participate.
  4. Hold your appointment in early July, and then complete the Commitment Form.
  5. Apply for and receive your Tier 4 Student (General) visa – guidance will be provided after Dr Scull receives the commitment form.

If you are accepted into the Syracuse London Internship Program, you will need to:

  • apply for and receive a Tier 4 visa (if a non-European citizen). The cost of this is approximately $500, which is your financial responsibility. You will receive specific details about how to apply for this visa once you have had your appointment with Dr Scull and committed to the Program.
  • be enrolled full-time, taking at least 4 classes in the UK through the Syracuse University London Program. One of these classes must be the academic component of the program, “The Global Workplace”, a 3-credit class (inclusive of credits for the internship). You will enroll in a course code depending on your academic major/interests, as laid out in the Academic Packet, which will come from the Syracuse Abroad Office in mid-summer. It is your responsibility to confirm with your home campus academic advisor whether the internship program and related class can fulfill any of your major/minor degree requirements.
  • arrange a class schedule with at least 1.5 working days (9am-5pm) available for work each week. The Fall 2020 London class timetable leaves Wednesday and Friday afternoons free; these time blocks should be used for your internship.


Meet the Internship Program Manager

photo of Dr Maggie Scull

Dr Maggie Scull is a modern historian whose work explores religious institutions, secularisation, political violence, sectarianism, and peace. Previously, Maggie held an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at NUI Galway. After graduating from Boston University, Dr Scull earned a Master’s and PhD at King’s College London while beginning her teaching career, which has included work with American students abroad. Her interdisciplinary research explores the relationship religion and politics in the contemporary period. Maggie’s current work examines the role of funerals throughout the conflict in Northern Ireland. Oxford University Press published her first book, The Catholic Church and the Northern Ireland Troubles, 1968-98, in 2019. She has been a regular contributor to the international press including The BBC, The Irish Times, and RTÉ Brainstorm. In addition to managing our internship program and teaching “The Global Workplace”, Maggie leads our Signature Seminar on “Borders in Flux: Identities and Conflict in Ireland.”


Internship Hosts

Prospective students can browse a database of potential placements online, using the password provided in their email.

Previous students have interned for London Live creating TV programs, Wasserman managing sports talent and events, Matter of Form rebranding for major firms and tech giants, Hyve marketing for international trade shows, KMI Brands innovating beauty products, the LXM Group exploring financial investment, and Dawbell running communications for the music and entertainment industry.

The Global Workplace course also regularly involves site visits to and guest speakers from companies like CNN, the US Embassy, and Abbey Road Studios.

If you are a company, charity, or start-up interested in hosting a Syracuse intern, please be in touch with our Internship Program Manager, Dr Maggie Scull. We have students available each spring, summer, and autumn.


Current interns: Remember that your Placement Timesheets are due each Friday by 5pm for that week’s work.