Summer Internship Program in London: FAQs
Which majors are eligible to apply?
This program is open to all majors, but will not fulfill degree and licensing requirements for music therapy and music education students.
How many Berklee credits is this program worth?
Students will be required to intern at the internship site for approximately 20 hours week and attend a British Life and Culture class two days per week. Participants will enroll in IN-498 and earn six credits upon successful completion of the program.
What semester do I need to be to participate in this program?
You must have a minimum of fifth-semester standing and/or completion of 50 Berklee credits.
Can Berklee alumni participate in this program?
Yes, but if there are more applications than space available in the program, priority will be given to currently enrolled students.
Am I eligible for financial aid if I participate in this program?
Students interested in obtaining financial aid for this program must apply specifically for financial aid for the summer term. Check with your financial aid advisor for details. If you attend Berklee on a scholarship, please check with the Office of Scholarships and Student Employment to determine whether your scholarship will cover any or all of your participation in the London Internship Program.
Will I need to obtain a student visa to intern in London?
Yes. The U.K. requires students from most countries to obtain a Tier 4 General Student Visa. Upon acceptance into the program, more information is provided about the visa application process. To learn more, visit http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/. The cost is approximately $200. Residents of the European Union (i.e. if you hold an E.U. passport) are exempt from this requirement.
Are any of the internships in London paid positions?
No, all internships through the London Internship Program are unpaid.
What types of internships are available in London?
London is one of Europe's largest cities, as well as one of the world's leading cultural and artistic centers. Internship placements will be based on your area of interest, as it relates to your major. Some possible areas include record labels, radio, music venues, advertising/public relations, recording studios, etc. Ask the OEL for a brochure outlining some of the sites that have hosted interns in the past. If you are accepted into the London Internship Program, you will be guaranteed an internship placement.
Can I do this internship in addition to XX-495 and IN-103?
Yes, you may only participate in the Summer Internship Program in London once, but may complete it in addition to a Major Specific Internship (XX-495) and the Internship Certificate Program (IN-103).
Will any student employment (work-study) positions be available in London?
No, there will be no student employment positions available.
If I am a music business major, will an internship through the London Internship Program fulfill my internship requirement?
Yes, an internship taken for credit through the Summer Internship Program in London that closely relates to your major may fulfill the music business internship requirement by means of Credit by Exam (CBX). CBX is subject to approval from the chair of Music Business. For more details, ask the OEL or your department chair.
My parents live in London. Can I waive the assigned Berklee housing?
The Summer Internship Program in London integrates academics and experiential learning through internship participation and the Berklee community through living in student housing in order to promote career development and personal growth. Living together as a cohort of students provides a safe and comfortable living/learning community that supports educational, emotional, and social development/growth. We require all students that participate in this program to live in the apartment assigned by Berklee College of Music in London.
The housing is centrally located and all apartments are within a short walk to tube stations. The apartments are furnished and come equipped with a full Housewares Package.
Are meals included in the housing cost?
No, you are responsible for your own meals. All apartments have full kitchens.
Will I need a car while in London?
No, London has an exceptional public transportation system, which includes both subway and bus routes. You are responsible for the cost of all transportation while living in London, as well as the cost of airfare to and from London.
Do programs like this exist in other cities?
Berklee's Summer Internship Program in Los Angeles and Summer Internship Program in New York are also residential internship programs. Additionally, you may participate in a Major Specific internship (XX-495) or the Internship Certificate Program (IN-103) in any city of your choice, any semester. See the Office of Experiential Learning for more details.
If you have more questions, please contact the Office of Experiential Learning.
Berklee College of Music
Office of Experiential Learning
1140 Boylston Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617 747-2180
Fax: 617 747-8726