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Internship UK – Level 3

Paid Internship UK Level 3

Duration: Min 16 weeks
Season: Year round
Program Start: Any Monday
Program Fee: £825 (see Financial Guide in “How it works”)
Age: 21 – 30
Student Status: Graduates
Participants from: EU, EEA and Tier-4/5 Visa holders,  YMS countries, British national overseas (others email us)
When to apply: Min 8 weeks before start, 10 weeks in high season
Paid: Internship £250/mo, second paid job allowed


Considering an international career? Show in your CV that you already have the experience of working internationally! And that the fluency of your general and business English is solid.

And what’s a better place to get this experience than London –  the home of some of the largest international companies and for centuries an intersection of global trade and finance.

Working in London gives you the opportunity to get in personal contact with with British and international companies and professionals! No amount of Googling for jobs abroad from home can match that.

See “How it works” for examples of host companies! Internships are available in fields, such as:

Marketing & Sales PR & Advertising Media
Hotel & Catering Travel & Tourism International Relations
Finance & Accounting Law Insurance
General Administration Administration & Secretarial International Trade
Art & Design Fashion Architecture
IT Engineering  Teacher Assistants
and more..

The program itself offers allowance of £250 per month towards travel and lunch expenses to get you started. Additional paid work is permitted too, whether to initially just improve your income or later to begin in your career job.


Looking for a simple work-abroad program? Check Hospitality Employment UK or Work and Travel USA.

Law Firm Placement

Chemical Lab Placement

Office Placement

Images of actual program participants – click on the images to see them in full.

How it works


All Internship UK Level 3 participants are placed in London.


This program liaises with thousands of British companies every year to ensure that it has internships and work experience placements which match the individual career objectives of about 5,000 participants per year. See a small selection of the companies the program is proud to work with below. Internship UK Level 3 places applicants in: Marketing & Sales, Engineering, IT, Travel & Tourism, Hotel & Catering, Finance & Accounting, General Administration Insurance, PR & Advertising, Law, International Trade, International Relations, Human Resources, Media, Administration & Secretarial, Architecture, Art & Design and Education, Fashion, Teacher Assistants.

A selection of companies that the Work Experience UK Level 1 program works with

Sample host companies

Preparatory Course

The Internship UK Level 3 program does not include any Preparatory English Language course. If you would feel more comfortable entering the work placement after a bit of an English refresher, you can order an English course of your choosing separately. Please inquire.

Institute of Leadership & Management Certificate (optional)

This unique certificate can be gained alongside the participant’s chosen work experience programme. It includes induction and self-study totalling 35 hours. See the prices section below for the fee. We highly recommend this optional course to hotel management students! Topics include:

  • How Organisations Work
  • How to Access Help
  • Customer Service
  • Company Procedures & Codes of Practice
  • Data Protection Act
  • Safety & Security in the Workplace
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Standards for Appearance & Behaviour
  • Diversity
  • Communication
  • Anger Management
  • Feedback
Students showing their Work Experience UK Certificate

Get Certificate by Institute of Leadership & Management for your CV

Anyone studying for the certificate receives one year free Studying Membership of Institute of Leadership and Management, giving access to a range of resources and services designed to support their learning and development.


This program offers two choices of optional accommodation. The sponsor’s student residencies and homestay with local families. Students are  free to  arrange their own accommodation, for example with friends or relatives living in London, if they do not wish to book accommodation arranged by the program sponsor.

Students who wish to minimize their living expenses can book two or three initial weeks of the accommodation arranged by the sponsor, and then find inexpensive roomsharing accommodation on their own.

Homestay accommodation is an important part of a student’s integration into the British way of life. Student residencies, on the other hand allow more some independence.

Homestay Single Room Single Room Twin Room Twin Room
Board B&B HB B&B HB
£ per week 135 155 120 140


Residential Single Room Single Room Single Room
Location Nothwick Park Oval Belmont Hill, Lewisham
£ per week 155 190 140

£100 refundable damage deposit required with booking.
Cancellation/Refund: Cancellations received more than 2 weeks prior to the planned arrival receive full refund of paid accommodation fees. Cancellations received fewer than 2 weeks prior to the planned arrival receive refund of paid accommodation fees less one week of the accommodation fee.

Financial Guide

This is a shared experience, not a promise! The purpose is to give you an idea what you can expect, if you decide to minimize your costs.

You participate for: 6 months
Accommodation: £110 per week in the cheapest student residence
Accommodation: £40 very cheap roomshare
Allowance: £250 per month
Salary: £6.08 per hour UK Minimum wage per hour

If you find yourself a paid job outside your internship, and work full-time during weekends and 3 hours every weekday, you can make about £190 per week, or about £850 per month. Combined with your £250 monthly allowance, this would make for £1,098 monthly disposable income. That’s £6,588 over the course of the 6 months.

If you stay for initial 3 weeks at Forest Gate, while looking for a cheap roomshare, and pay £40/week for the roomshare for the rest of the program, you are looking at 3 weeks times £110 = £330, plus 23 weeks times £40 = £920. That would be £1,250 for the accommodation for 6 months.

£6,450 of income – £1,250 for accommodation = £5,338  Currency Converter

That’s a healthy amount to cover your initial program fees, food, fun and maybe another internship in Australia or in another dream location of yours :-)

Key Points


  • Min. 16 weeks

Start dates:

  • The programme starts any Monday and runs all year round.


  • All Internship UK Level 3 participants are placed in London.


  • From small companies to international corporations and UK government institutions.


  • You will receive a £250/month allowance to help cover your living costs.


  • In one of the student residences operated by the sponsor.
  • Homestay with a local family.
  • Your own accommodation.

Change of Arrival Date

  • Not allowed. The reason is that your employer makes plans for tasks such as initial orientation, safety training, shift scheduling, etc. based on your arrival date.

Note: Depending on the seriousness of the reasons why you can’t start the program on the date you requested in your application form, and the time when you announce that, the program provider may try to renegotiate the beginning of your program with your employer. If this is not possible, your cancellation from the program will result. See Cancellations & Refunds above.


This program does not include insurance! You are required to arrange your own:

  • European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
  • Travel insurance

Why both? The EHIC is NOT an alternative to travel insurance! For instance it will not cover any private medical healthcare if a public hospital wasn’t nearby! Or if you didn’t realize that the clinic you walked into wasn’t public. Nor will it cover the cost of things such as repatriation to your home country if you are seriously injured. You will not be allowed to start the program without adequate insurance. Click on the example below to see what travel insurance usually includes.

Travel Insurance Example

Insurance Example

Important: Many insurance policies do not cover work. This program involves working. Make absolutely sure that your insurance covers any injuries suffered while working!


Age: 21 – 30
Student status: Any, but must be at least BA graduate
Experience: Not necessary but previous experience in the field would be an advantage
Required languages: English
Required level: Advanced and above, IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent)*
Nationality: EEA and EU nationals, and Tier-4 Visa holders (others please email us)
Type of visa: n/a

*All participants will be tested upon arrival and before going to their placement to ensure they have the level of English required for the programme. If they do not have the required level, they will need to purchase additional weeks of General English.


Application Processing Fee (non-refundable): $50 Application Processing Fee includes:

  • Processing your program application
  • Processing your payment to the program sponsor
  • Transferring materials and communication between you and your program sponsor until your departure for the UK
  • Responding to your email questions until your departure for the UK
  • Check APEX Foundation Terms & Conditions for more details

Program Fee: £825 Program Fee includes:

  • enrolment on the programme
  • internship placement
  • monitoring and support throughout the placement (24-hour emergency student support)

Registration Fee: (non-refundable) £50

  • Charged by the Admissions Department

Arrival Transfer*(optional): £71-160

  • The price is simply the cost of a taxi ride from one of the four London airports at which you will arrive to the student residence. Your price will depend on how far is that particular airport from the place of your accommodation.

*It is your responsibility to inform us of your arrival details minimum 14 working days prior to the transfer! Failing this, the transfer may not be provided as requested/paid. Arrival details include: arrival date, arrival airport, the airline, flight number and arrival time.

ILM Certificate (optional, see details above): £95

  • Includes Professional Development Program by Institute of Leadership and Management.
Cancellations & Refunds
  • More than 2 weeks prior to the planned arrival: All fees are refunded, less Cancellation Fee £280.
  • Less than 2 weeks prior to the planned arrival: No fees paid are refunded. Besides, 1 week of accommodation payment is not refunded.


  • Cancellations are only accepted on a Cancellation Form supplied by the program sponsor. The date considered as the date of the cancellation is the date when this form, completed and signed by the program participant was delivered.
  • In the event a refund sent according to the applicant’s instructions is returned by a bank or the postal service as undeliverable or unclaimed, £15 administrative fee plus expenses are charged for each subsequent refund attempt.

How to Apply

To get started

The sooner the better. At least:

  • 8 weeks prior to you planned arrival in the UK
  • 10 weeks prior to you planned arrival in the UK when applying for the summer season

The procedure:

  1. We email you a computer-fillable PDF application form with instructions.
  2. Fill it out, save and email back to us, we will check that it’s done correctly.
  3. Prepare your UK-style CV and Motivation Letter and email to us.
  4. If requesting a higher-level position, enclose suitable references from your previous jobs and other credentials you may have obtained. In English, or accompanied by translation.
  5. If everything is done correctly, we will ask you to print all the materials and sign them.
  6. Get a $50 check (Traveler’s Check) for the Application Processing Fee and send the entire package to us.
  7. You will be interviewed over Skype.
  8. Once accepted you will get instructions for payment of the Program Fee.
  9. We send your materials and payment over to the program sponsor.
  10. In several days you will receive a phone call from the sponsor to verify your English.
  11. Once accepted, you will receive your Certificate of Acceptance with Arrival Instructions.
  12. Shortly before your arrival you receive your job Placement Confirmation.
  13. You arrive on Saturday or Sunday.
  14. On Monday morning, you go to the school and will be interviewed in the afternoon.
  15. On Tuesday, you will start your internship.
  16. After you come back, we hope you will apply for another program we can offer you.
  17. You can become our student cooperator and make money helping future applicants.
  18. After the New Year, you will do your UK Tax Return.

Complete Application
The complete application must include:

  1. Correctly completed and signed application form
  2. Signed Program Provider’s Terms & Conditions
  3. One (1) passport photographs (self-printed digital images are not acceptable)
  4. British-style Curriculum Vitae
  5. Motivation Letter
  6. Letters of Reference in English (optional, but may help getting placed at a better establishment)
  7. $50 Application Processing Fee (by banker’s check, traveler’s check, or money order)
  8. Signed APEX Foundation’s Terms & Conditions (print them out and put a date and signature to the lower right corner of every page)

Contact us before mailing the application packet to make sure that nothing is missing!


  • Every applicant must be interviewed to verify his/her level of English and having correct understanding of the rules of the program as well as correct expectations of it.
  • The interview takes place after the complete application packet has been delivered to APEX Foundation.
  • The interview may be conducted by an experienced previous participant of a work-involving international exchange program, or when unavailable, by APEX Foundation’s staff over Skype or phone*.

*Impersonation during Skype/phone interview: If your level of English is found to be much lower upon arrival in the UK than it appeared during the Skype/phone interview, you will be offered to pay for the necessary number of weeks of General English to bring your English up to the required level, or you will be cancelled without any refund.


Can I take an English course alongside this program?

Probably not. Your host company will expect you to be at your workplace full-time, so you probably won’t have enough time. But you can take it before or after this program.

I’m not from the EU or EEA but I’m studying at a university in the UK, can I participate?

Yes. So long as you have Tier-4 Visa. There’s a special procedure for this. Email us. IMPORTANT: Remember that this program requires that you are available to work full-time for a minimum of 16 weeks, so check FIRST with your school if they’ll allow it AND will let you keep your Tier-4 visa at the same time, before asking for the application.

Will I get assistance applying for the National Insurance Number?

Yes. You will apply for it during the week-long Preparatory Course in London.

Can I start working before my National Insurance Number arrives?

Yes. You can start working as soon as you applied for it.

Will I have to pay taxes in the UK?

Yes. You will get all necessary information during the week-long Preparatory Course in London.

Can I select where in the UK I will be placed?

No. All Internship UK Level 3 participants are placed in London.

Will I be able to select from several job placements?

No. The program makes the placement for you.

What affects what position I will be given?

Your level of English, previous experience and your attitude shown during the interview. You can’t choose your exact position.

When will I receive my placement confirmation?

You will be given information about the location and type of placement before leaving your country.

When will I get instructions for my arrival?

Approximately one week before the beginning of your program. You will receive a very detailed information file, including all addresses, a map, emergency phone number, etc.

Can I change my placement, if I don’t like it?

No. But if you are having a problem, you are welcome to contact your program sponsor and consult your situation. In some cases, you may be asked to fill out a Complaint Form and wait for evaluation of your complaint and decision how to proceed.

I am from Romania/Bulgaria, can I participate?

Yes. From January 1, 2014 Bulgarian and Romanian citizens can participate in work-only programs in the UK like all other EU/EEA citizens.

I am from Croatia, can I participate?

No. Croatian citizens can’t participate in work-only work experience programs in the UK. It has to be a work & study combination, such as the Career Development Program (available from January 2014).

I am from Croatia, is there a program where I can just work?
Where can I find the rules of this program?

Check your program sponsor’s Terms and Conditions, especially the section “Terms and Conditions – Specific to Work Experience Programmes”. This document is enclosed with the program application form.



35 Responses to “Internship UK – Level 3”
  1. Elixabete De Brito says:

    Hi! I am interesting in doing my intership in UK. I am studing the final semester of Hospitality Management in Caracas, Venezuela, in the Simon Bolivar University.

    If you have openings for interns, I would like to know the steps I should take to be in the selection process.
    PS: I have European Community Passport.

    Expecting your answer as soon as possible.

    Sincerely yours,

    Elixabete De Brito



  3. Vignesh says:

    Hi I am a French national. I am looking for an internship in International trade from May to July 2012. If any internships available please let me know. Thanks

    • admin says:

      Dear Vignesh, you will be placed in an internship based on your application. As for your proposed start in May, note that the program description shows right at the beginning that the time to apply is 10 weeks before your proposed start, i.e. about 3 months. So you need to plan on arriving in London in July. Please let us know if you’d like to start your application.

  4. Sarah says:

    I’m wondering about the accommodation. I’m guessing that it is not included in the £825 fee, so how much should one expect to pay on top of that (per week), and how much help will one get in locating an appropriate place? (if this help is included; what living options do you have?)
    Thank you!

    • admin says:

      Dear Sarah, go to the “How it works” tab. When you scroll all the way down, there’s “Financial Guide”. That’s for the case you want to arrange your own accommodation, as most students do. If you want your accommodation being arranged for you, say in a family or at a student dorm, expect prices from £150 up now before the Olympics in London.

  5. jack says:

    I’m non-Eu citizen. But I’m living in Ireland for last 6 years. I’m interested in IT internship. Am I eligible for this program. thanks

  6. Alma Vasquez says:

    Comment removed. Please, use English for commenting.

  7. Amar thapa says:

    hy ds is me amar from nepal cureently persuing BHM ans as part of syllabus i need a 6months internship from 5star hotel

  8. Ryan says:

    How do i begin with the application process? and will i get a permanent job after doing an internship with you’ll??? please do let me know thanks . I’m a Portuguese citizen.

    Ryan Da Veiga

    • admin says:

      Hello Ryan, you start simply by emailing us at [email protected]. Improving your chances of finding a permanent job abroad is the very purpose of an international internship. It helps you in four ways: You get to meet people in your field in your destination country, and they will know other people in the industry. You can visit local employers and be interviewed, as opposed to just emailing from home – this also shows that you are serious about your relocation and aren’t just thinking about it. You get a reference from the previous employer in the country, which carries a greater weight than references from your home. And it shows prospective employers that your English skills are apparently good enough to be used in professional capacity. Arranging subsequent permanent job, however is not a part of the program, see the “Prices” panel for what’s included.

  9. Princess says:

    I am a Global Business student in London currently studying an MBA. i am a citizen of Nigeria with a student visa. i wish to apply for a 3 Months internship starting in April 2013. please advise me on the steps to take. thank you

    • admin says:

      Hello Princess, you didn’t forget to mention what country you are from, which is unusual :-) Still, more information is needed to asses your eligibility. Please reply by email:

      1. Do you have Tier 4 visa?
      2. What are the dates it’s valid (from/to)?
      3. The internship requires that you work full-time. Tier-4 students are only allowed to work full-time when the school is not in session. Please, check with your school between which dates you’d be legal to work full time.

  10. debinah says:

    hi,i am from nepal and i would like to do a 6 mth internship at uk.are there any 5*or 4*hotels taking non eu nationals?and is it possible if i hold a visit visa?

  11. Tejas Mehta says:


    My name is Tejas Mehta, I am from India and would like to apply for an Internship in UK more than 1+ years in IT. I have done my Bachelor’s of Engg and I have 3.5 Years of exp in Software Development.

    I am Interested in applying the Internship where I can a full time job in London in IT. Kindly Suggest.

    Tejas Mehta.

    • admin says:

      Hello Tejas Mehta. Let me make sure. Are you a citizen of the EU? European Union? If not, you can’t apply. Please always check the “Eligibility” panel before inquiring. The Internship Mauritius program could be the best for you if you’re not an EU citizen.

  12. Marsha says:

    I am from Jamaica. Does this program apply to me?

  13. Dave says:

    I wanted to ask if there is any internship as a translator i can apply for? The duration would be 20 weeks!

    • admin says:

      Hi Dave, what languages do you translate between? And do you have any specialty knowledge? Such as medical translations, logistics/shipping/customs processing, etc.?

  14. F.Melville says:

    I am a national of Trinidad and Tobago. I was searching for internship opportunities via google and I stumbled upon your website. I have recently completed a B.A in Linguistics and a Human Resource Management Certificate programme however I am struggling to find an appropriate job opportunity. I have 3 yrs work experience in a financial institution and I am open to new experiences and learning new skills. I am specifically interested in educational psychology, speech and language pathology and social justice. Can I inform of any opportunities that are available for me? Also, is the transitioning to the Uk lifestyle a challenging one for Caribbean nationals? How profitable are these internship oppotunities?

    • admin says:

      Hello F.Melville, let me start from the end of your comment, because that probably makes the rest of your questions irrelevant. Internships are not profitable. At all. Most are even completely unpaid. Being profitable is not the purpose of an internship.

  15. gurpreet sandhu says:

    hello sir
    im a student of BCA. Im from india. Am i eligible for internship in uk ?

  16. Aisha Jahangeer says:

    Hello am Aisha, I have an indefinite leave to remain the UK, am I qualified for an internship in the UK. Also, do I have to pay £825 in order to get a placement. Your response will be much appreciated.

  17. Prem Menaria says:

    I am an Indian national residing in Ireland.
    Can I apply for it

    • admin says:

      Hi Prem, the eligibility conditions say “EU citizen”, so if you are not a citizen, if you just reside in Ireland, you do not meet the conditions.

  18. ilkin says:

    Hi there. I am an international recent graduate from one of the top UK Universities. I want to get enrolled with your program and gaini an internsip somewhere around UK. But i do need a visa since im outside the EU> How do you operate? Do you extend an internship offer and then candidates apply for Tier 4/5 visa to be eligible to work in the UK? Or do you also require a valid visa permit from the UK embassies and then involve people in the program?

    • admin says:

      Hi Ilkin, unfortunately, this is a program for people who already have the right to work in the UK. If you do not meet this requirement, than you can’t participate. This is the exact opposite than the US program, which arranges the visa sponsorship, but doesn’t arrange the placement. Every country is different..

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