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SECTORS

We work in over 50 sectors and this page provides details of some of the most common industries that we work in. Please refer to the Sector list below to see the English level, experience and minimum duration requirements for each sector.

 

Click on the sector list below to find out more.

 

We are always open to enquiries for new sectors so please ask. We may require up to ten days to research the sector before deciding whether we can find something appropriate.

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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Administration placements are available in many sectors and can be very interesting. Good computer skills are useful and most importantly candidates should have a flexible attitude as they will be doing a variety of tasks.

Duration: 1-4 months
English level: Intermediate

EVENTS

On a Events Management placement, communication is key, so students should be confident English speakers and ideally have some previous experience.
Duration: 1-4 months
English level: Intermediate

TOURISM

This is a popular sector for international interns. It is a good opportunity for students to develop their English in a variety of roles within the tourism industry. Previous placements have included guest services, cruise line bookings, travel advice and more.
Duration: 1-4 months
English level: Intermediate

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DESIGN

ARCHITECTURE

Students need good CAD skills to get involved in the preparation needed by companies for architectural proposals and projects. Two previous students had their building designs sent to Channel 4’s TV “Grand Designs” competition. Students must send an electronic portfolio of their work together with their CV.

Duration: 3-6 months
English level: Intermediate

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Graphic Design placements are available in many fields for a candidate with the right training. Examples have included re-branding for a client company. Another student did a whole presentation for the city of Milton Keynes. This sector requires good creative skills, knowledge of appropriate design software and the student must have an electronic portfolio of previous work to send with their CV.

Duration: 1-4 months
English level: Intermediate

FASHION DESIGN

Candidates should have some experience or training already and ideally a portfolio of their designs to present to the company electronically with their CV. Companies expect students to be fashion/trend aware with a good knowledge of the fashion scene. Technical skills such as pattern-cutting and sketching are preferred. CAD skills would be beneficial, but are not essential.

Duration: 1-4 months
English level: Intermediate

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ENGINEERING

ELECTRICAL, MECHANICAL, RENEWABLE AND OTHERS

There are opportunities across most of the fields of engineering. Examples have included:

  • HYDRO-ENGINEERS WORKING ON A FLOOD PLAINS PROJECT
  • LONDON BASED ENGINEERING PROJECT FOR SHELL FOR WEST AFRICA
  • RENEWABLE ENERGY AND CAD DRAWINGS FOR STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS.
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Duration: 3-6 months
English level: Intermediate

SOFTWARE PROGRAMMING

Students should specify their skills, the computer languages they can use and level of experience within them (eg ‘C++: Intermediate’).

Duration: 3 to 6 Months
English level: Intermediate

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LAW

LAW

This is a competitive sector but it is possible for appropriate law students with experience. Placements are either in a law firm or within the legal department of a company.

As the students will not be familiar with UK law, most tasks will be quite administrative but it allows the student to work in an environment where legal language is being used. Previous placements have included receiving and making telephone calls to clients, taking witness statements and researching cases, drafting office memos, delivery of legal documents to clients and court, visiting the courts with solicitors and visiting clients when preparing cases and archiving.

Duration: 3-6 months
English level: Intermediate

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IT

WEB PROGRAMMING

Students need knowledge of HTML 4, useful languages include HTML 5, PHP, C++, Flash. Blogging and CMS experience can be useful. Students should specify their level within the field e.g. advanced, basic, minimal.

Duration: 2-4 months
English level: Intermediate

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BUSINESS SERVICES

FINANCE

Finance placements are limited by FSA laws (Financial Services Authority) and are not possible in banking and high finance sectors. Placements are available in financial research companies.

Duration: 3-6 months
English level: Intermediate

ACCOUNTANCY

Accountancy placements may be for example, in the finance department of companies in the fashion industry; international colleges or in an accountancy firm dealing with clients from around the world. Candidates need relevant qualifications and, ideally, previous experience.

Duration: 2 to 4 months
English level: Intermediate

TRADE / LOGISTICS

Students applying to this popular and competitive sector should be aware that in the UK it may be structured very differently from their own country Typical placements are available in companies importing a range of products, from fair trade clothing to beer.

Duration: 2-4 months
English level: Intermediate

HUMAN RESOURCES

Placements are predominantly in the recruitment sector of this field. Students will need good IT and language skills. HR can be very competitive and so previous experience is useful. Duties within HR have included:

  • GENERAL ADMINISTRATION INCLUDING DATABASE MANAGEMENT
  • DEALING WITH LOCAL BUSINESS RECRUITMENT INCLUDING ASSESSMENT OF CANDIDATES’ SUITABILITY
  • INVOLVEMENT IN ADMINISTERING PAYROLL

Duration: 2-4 months
English level: Intermediate

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MEDIA MARKETING SERVICES

MARKETING

This is a very popular sector. Examples have included marketing chocolate gifts on the internet, video marketing, international property and social media.

Duration: 2-4 months
English level: Intermediate

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Students need excellent written and spoken English for this sector. Previous students have been involved in promotion and marketing campaigns.

Duration: 1-4 months
English level: Advanced

ADVERTISING

This is a very competitive area and students need strong English skills. London is famous for its unusual style of advertising and a candidate with a strong creative sense and the right skills can have an excellent experience.

Duration: 2-4 months
English level: Intermediate

MEDIA

Media placements are available within various disciplines to students with relevant education and skills. Previous students have worked for online magazines, international film distribution, sound production companies and media research companies.

Duration: 1-4 months
English level: Intermediate

FASHION

Fashion placements can be in marketing and sales, in retail including department stores and boutiques, or in design. Fashion students may be involved in all aspects, from the stock room to the showrooms. See also fashion design.

Duration: 1-4 months
English level: Intermediate

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ARTS & SERVICES

ARTS / MUSEUMS

Placements are available in museums, galleries and theatres and can offer an interesting cultural insight and opportunities for interaction with the public.

Duration: 1-4 months
English level: Intermediate

CUSTOMER SERVICES

Customer Service placements may be with national or international businesses and depend on the level of English. One recent placement had the following duties:

  • ASSISTING THE BUSINESS CENTRE INCLUDING RECEPTION
  • ACTING AS A POINT OF CONTACT FOR ALL INTERNAL CLIENT REQUESTS
  • SETTING UP AND SUPPORTING MEETING ROOM AND VIDEO CONFERENCING FACILITIES,
  • PROVIDING PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT TO CLIENTS

Duration: 1-4 months
English level: Lower intermediate

HOSPITALITY

Hospitality placements are available in quality 3 – 5 star hotels and restaurants Placements may include:

  • FOOD AND BEVERAGE – KITCHEN STAFF, BARPERSONS, WAITING STAFF
  • RECEPTION – FOR ADVANCED SPEAKERS ONLY WITH PREVIOUS HOTEL TRAINING
  • DINING – AS A SILVER SERVICE WAITER OR LEARNING HOW TO ORDER SUPPLIES
  • ROOM SERVICE – LOOKING AFTER THE GUESTS’ COMFORT

Duration: 1-4 months
English level: Intermediate

NGO / CHARITY

NGO (Non Governmental Organisations)/Charity placements are available across the country. Roles can involve administration, events, IT and/or finance tasks.

Duration: 1-4 months
English level: Intermediate

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TECHNICAL & VOCATIONAL

TECHNICAL / VOCATIONAL PLACEMENTS

Placements are available to students studying or training as: chefs, electricians and mechanics. Please enquire for further details.

Duration: 2-4 months
English level: Intermediate