Industry Immersion Program – London, England
Become industry ready in 3 weeks! Gain first-hand international business experience, work directly with global companies and hone your professional qualities through coaching sessions, client meetings, business visits and formal pitches. Go behind the scenes and explore all that this dynamic European city has to offer!
Our Industry Immersion Program (IIP) in London is a unique opportunity for a limited group of students to engage in an intensive industry immersion internship over three weeks in July. This program will focus on and expose students to key academic business topics in international business and marketing while combining practical skill-building, peer to peer learning, personal mentorship, and a lot of fun!
Students will gain first-hand international business experience working directly with global companies in various stages of international development. The program is designed for professional and personal development that combines academic and practical life with business skills. Each week will be dedicated to a new client and students will work in teams to create and deliver an effective international development strategy. Not only will students learn the key skills needed to participate in a global market, they will also hone their professional qualities through coaching sessions, client meetings, business visits and formal pitches.
To round out the experience, students will get an insider’s look at international business in action in London by going behind the scenes and meeting industry professionals in businesses across the city. Past program participants have visited companies such as the Google Campus in London, BP, Social Chain, London Legacy Development Corporation (Olympic Park), British Council, Crowdcube, STA Travel and The Telegraph, among many more.
“Creativity – Confidence – Leadership” – Personal skills that you should acquire by the end of the program:
CREATIVITY AND PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS:
Develop your free thinking and tap into your creative thinking abilities. You will learn how to solve problems creatively, generate innovative ideas, present with confidence, lead and facilitate group discussions, work in a team and learn to professionally manage client relationships. Equipped with the latest online resources and technologies, you will learn to trust your instincts to make quick and effective decisions.
SELF-BRAND: ONLINE AND IN PERSON:
“Tell me about yourself.” Do you find yourself struggling with this question during a job interview? This program includes a pre-program workshop where you will be given an opportunity to work on your self-brand and understand what is important to you. There will be challenges each day that you will need to practically solve and begin to use some of the communication tools you have learned during the online sessions. The outcome? A clear in-depth understanding of the importance of self-brand, modern workplace environments and an introduction to different sectors and industries. Learn how to nail first impressions and build a stunning professional online profile ready to blow your employers and recruitment managers away!
Develop your emotional intelligence and improve your awareness, control and expression of your own emotions, as well as the ability to handle interpersonal relationships diplomatically. Be able to adapt your communication to different environments and situations. Manage workloads, deadlines, international time zones and work/life balance. The international business aspects involve a lot of teamwork – heightened emotional intelligence is not only key to becoming a great team player but also being recognised as a key trait/aspect of great leadership.
CONFIDENCE AND LEADERSHIP:
This program involves client pitch opportunities with creative learning exercises. You will learn how to present with confidence and improve your public speaking and leadership skills. Say goodbye once and for all to stage fright and unlock your potential to conquer the world!
‘Innovative Experiences’: We are kicking internships into the 21st century! Accelerated and challenge-based learning in creative environments combines practical training with impactful work experience to make you industry ready in three weeks. Over the course of the program, you are sure to develop key employability skills, business ideas and build your professional portfolio. Whether you are headed for further education, employment or international business, this program is designed to benefit individuals from all backgrounds and interests.
Unique and Limited Opportunity: Our IIP-London program is designed with senior undergraduate students, postgraduate students and recent graduates in mind. The program offers exposure to new ideas, networks, friends, concepts and culture, and the benefit of combining the practical with the theory. This program is also filled with exciting day and evening excursions, plus weekends off to explore on your own. Experience all that this innovative European hub has to offer!
Accelerated: Who knew impatience could actually be a good thing? We believe students and young professionals deserve the best career accelerators possible, so we have fast tracked the traditional 12-week internship program into a 3-week intensive immersion experience. Engage with some of the biggest and most well-known brands from Europe and around the world, network with top executives and high flyers from London, get an insight into how big (and small) business is done, understand the value of branding yourself, learn valuable presentation skills, and boost your problem-solving skills as you develop creative solutions to real-world international business challenges. Become industry ready in just three weeks!
Industry Immersion: Work with real clients as you practice customer discovery, engage in customer validation and develop growth strategies, with three different European businesses, each at a different stage of globalisation. Work with real-world companies to tackle challenges they face as they plan to go international and roadblocks they’ve encountered along the way. You’ll be part of a cohort of like-minded individuals led by an industry-savvy coach.
Real International Business Experience: From market opportunity assessment and competitor analysis to international go-to-market strategy, these projects are designed to give you key employable skills for entering the competitive world of global business.
Go Behind the Scenes: Not sure where you want to go in the wide world of international business? Get exclusive access to both established multinational companies and innovative incubators for an in-depth look at different parts of the industry. Past participants on the program have visited The Telegraph, Google and STA Travel with more companies added yearly.
Networking: Practice your networking skills and be inspired by industry mentors. This program is sure to have you leaving with some great contacts and a professional experience sure to stand out on your resume!
Academic Credit: With 120+ contact hours, clear learning objectives and a final project, this program is specifically designed to fit practical and ‘work integrated learning’ (WIL) courses to suit your academic needs. CISaustralia will work with you, your University Careers Office and academic staff within your faculty to try and secure academic credit for this program towards your degree.
Note: The below schedule is a sample only. You will receive a copy of the final itinerary during the program orientation.
This program includes a total of 120 contact hours, including the Self-Brand pre-program workshop and the 3 weeks in London.
PRE-PROGRAM WORKSHOPS: SELF BRAND (20 hours)
Develop (or improve) your self-brand and better understand what is important to you as you enter the workforce as a young professional. There will be a challenge each day that you will need to practically solve and put into practice the communication tools you have learned during the online sessions. At the end of the modules, you will understand the importance of self-brand, modern workplace environments and an introduction into different industries.
WEEK 1: MARKET DISCOVERY
Get acquainted with your group! Spend the first week working with a client who is in their early stage of internationalisation to help them identify the best-suited market for their product or service. You will learn best practices around employing market discovery processes so that you and your group can deliver an insightful pitch to your first client.
- Sunday: Arrival in London; Welcome dinner
- Monday: Program Orientation; Professional development; City walking tour
- Tuesday: Meet First Client; Project work
- Wednesday: Business visit; Project work; Excursion
- Thursday: Business visit; Project work; Networking event
- Friday: First Pitch Day
- Saturday: Free day
WEEK 2: MARKET FIT
Work with a company that has already chosen their international target market to help them analyse the market fit and provide a report on their recommended go-to market strategy. Throughout the week, develop qualitative research skills to define the strengths and weaknesses within a target international market, as well as increase critical thinking and analytical skills by assessing competition and market opportunity within a target international market.
- Sunday: Free day
- Monday: Project Two Introduction; Business visit; Excursion
- Tuesday: Business visit; Project work
- Wednesday: Project work; Westminster Abbey
- Thursday: Business visit; Project work; Networking event
- Friday: Second Pitch Day
- Saturday: Free day
- Sunday: Free day
WEEK 3: INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
During the final week, work with a company that is already operating in a target country to help them create the best possible marketing campaign. Throughout the week, develop an understanding of the latest growth marketing tactics, learn how to generate example materials for a campaign and how to identify the best channels for the target country and customer.
- Monday: Project Three Introduction; Business visit; London Eye
- Tuesday: Project work; Networking event
- Wednesday: Business visit; Project work
- Thursday: Project work
- Friday: Final Pitch Day; Farewell dinner
- Saturday: Free day
- Sunday: Program departure
In true digital-age fashion, you will be joined remotely by an industry mentor who will provide in-depth coaching on the 3 core concepts. The program’s On-site Program Coordinator (OPC) will also be with you throughout your program to ensure that you have a successful experience. The OPC will help facilitate workshops and project time, and will guide you through the daily itineraries in your new host city. The OPC will be with you every step of the way!
Each week you will have an introductory session to explain the challenge and learn best practices, industry insights and techniques to prepare you for the client meeting and project. Then you and your group will have a meeting each day for guided workshops and project facilitation to ensure that your pitch deck and presentation is ready to go!
Neil Finnie, Course Facilitator
An experienced entrepreneur currently working in the area of training and start-ups. Neil has launched businesses in a range of diverse industries from construction to tourism in the UK, France and Japan. As founder of Corkscrew, a training provider with a twist, Neil has been creating unique environments and programs to develop key professional skills in students for more than six years, including running workshops for MBA and MSc students. He has extensive experience in developing early stage businesses with strengths ranging from Brand Storytelling to Social Media strategy. Neil also works closely with the business school at Exeter University in the UK and IHM Business School in Stockholm Sweden.
Kailee Moszynski, On-site Program Coordinator
Kailee’s background and continued passion is in Business Administration and Marketing in addition to years of experience working in international education and delivering programs around the world. As the Director of World Internships, she is involved in every stage of running a business and, on any given day, has her hands in sales, marketing, HR, finance, customer service, management, and much more. In her years in international education, Kailee has been an integral part of all stages of international placement: from initial advising to admissions, enrollment to in-country program delivery. Kailee believes the best way to experience a new city is to live like a local and is excited to help you find your way in London.
The program includes cultural excursions and visits to a number of sights in London, including a city tour, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye and a Thames River cruise.
There is an endless number of other activities students can explore on their own (at own expense), in London and surrounding areas:
- Big Ben
- Buckingham Palace
- British Museum
- Tower of London
- London Bridge
- Piccadilly Circus
- St. Paul’s Cathedral
…and much more!
London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. With an estimated 8.7 million residents, London is the most populous region, urban zone and metropolitan area in the UK, and is the third most populous city in Europe. Standing on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its founding by the Romans who named it Londinium.
England is renowned for its rich history, art and culture. During your time in London, you’ll be living among icons such as Buckingham Palace, the Globe Theatre, Notting Hill, Big Ben, the West End theater district and so much more!
The London Underground (subway) makes navigating this big city easy and manageable. It is the oldest underground railway in the world, and combined with London’s train and bus systems, it makes everything accessible in minutes.
Participants will stay in hostel accommodation and can choose between:
- Shared Room: Shared room with another program participant and shared bathroom.
- Single Room: Single room (subject to availability) with either single or shared bathroom.
Each room comes equipped with bed linen, towels, a small desk and WiFi. Participants have access to laundry facilities and a communal area. Front desk security and a cleaning service are also included.
An added bonus to your CISaustralia internship is that many universities in Australia will recognise your internship and grant you academic credit. Many progressive universities recognise high-quality internships as part of an elective course, a practical experience element of your degree studies and/or a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course.
If you are interested in gaining academic credit for your internship towards your degree at your university in Australia, you should apply for pre-approved academic credit at your home university. Contact your International Office, Academic Advisor/Head of Department or Careers Office to see if this option is available.
CISaustralia will work with you, your university’s Careers Office and academic staff within your faculty to try and secure academic credit for this program towards your degree.
CISaustralia can provide a certificate of participation for every placement. Please contact us for more information.
Program Fee & Dates
|Application Deadline||01 April 2020|
|Arrival Date||28 June 2020|
|Departure Date||19 July 2020|
|Program Fee||A$ 6,499 - 8,499|
Program fees include the following:
- Industry Immersion Internship placement and supervision (120 hours)
- Pre-Program Online Workshops (20 hours)
- CISaustralia support services before, during and after the program
- Financial advice
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Pre-departure guide and session
- Airport pick-up (on specified program arrival date within designated arrival times)
- Accommodation – shared or single room
- On-site orientation and city tour
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- Cultural excursions – London walking tour, London bus tour, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, Thames River cruise
- Oyster Card (£5) + credit (£40) (value $60)
- Membership to co-work space
- Business visits
- Networking events and professional development workshops
- LinkedIn endorsement and professional letter of recommendation
- Re-entry Workshop with career coaching resources
- CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
- CISaustralia Certificate of Participation (available on request)
What is not included:
- Medical insurance
- Travel insurance
- Public Liability insurance
- Visa fees
- Vaccinations (if required)
- Meals (unless mentioned above)
- Extra travel/excursions (other than those mentioned above)
Dates are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.
CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partners.
Is this an Internship?
This program is not a traditional internship where you work with one company for your whole experience; this is a new cutting edge approach to work integrated learning. CISaustralia Industry Immersion Programs are multi-faceted, more intensive internship experiences that includes a range of different company visits, significant networking opportunities, has key academic themes, includes a range of training workshops and students work within exciting cooperative work spaces. In this internship experience, you will also be exposed to and will work with 3 different companies (one per week) with your program cohort. You will engage in strategic planning for these 3 companies as you go through different learning objectives and will be exposed to invaluable real-world experiences.
Can I get academic credit for this program?
With 120+ contact hours, clear learning objectives and weekly pitches, this program is designed to fit your academic needs. An added bonus to your CISaustralia internship is that many universities in Australia will recognise your internship and grant you academic credit. Many progressive universities recognise high-quality internships as part of an elective course, a practical experience element of your degree studies and/or a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course. See the Academic Credit section for more information.
Can I put this on my resume?
Yes, this is an impactful work experience. Unlike a traditional internship where you are working with one company for a longer period of time, Industry Immersion provides you with the opportunity to engage with 3 real-world companies on 3 different challenges. Through each challenge you will work with industry leaders and peers to develop real solutions.
Will this help me get a job?
Absolutely! Read more about the significant benefits of engaging in an internship abroad.
Is there a maximum capacity of participants on this program?
Yes, there is a cap on this program. This is an exclusive program built for senior undergraduates, recent graduates and postgraduate students in mind. Places are secured on a first-come, first-served basis – so get your application in early to secure your spot on this innovative and exciting program!
Will all participants be from Australia?
Participants attending this program will come from diverse backgrounds across Australia. You may also be learning alongside US and other international students. (US and international student enrolments vary year to year). This offers a great opportunity to engage in cross-cultural experiences, meet other students from around the world and expand your network!
How do I apply?
You can submit an application online. The application is easy, takes less than 5 minutes and IIP participants are exempt from the $95 intern application fee.
Do I need a visa?
Depending on your citizenship and program location, you may require a visa or a visa waiver. Upon application, your Program Advisor will counsel you on your visa requirements and application process.
How much is the program?
See the Program Fee & Dates section for program cost and inclusions.
Can I get funding for this program?
Many students participating in Industry Immersion Programs will be eligible to receive funding. CISaustralia encourages all Australian university students to learn more about OS-HELP. You can also check with the Study Abroad or Mobility office at your university to discuss university specific scholarships or funding options.
When does the program start?
See the Program Fee & Dates section on this page to identify potential program dates.
How do I prepare for the program?
CISaustralia will be with you every step of the way and will ensure that you are prepared for your exciting experience abroad. Preparation materials include:
- Are you Prepared to Intern Abroad Document
- Program Essentials Document
- Pre-program Workshop Modules
- Pre-departure Guide and Webinar
What excursions are included? Do I get free time to explore on my own?
See the Excursions section for more information on what activities are included in the program. You will be free to explore your surroundings most evenings and weekends.
Can I continue my travels after my program?
Yes, many students take advantage of their time abroad and plan additional travel before or after their program. Ensure that you discuss with your Program Advisor any additional travel plans, so they can counsel you on visa implications.
When is the schedule finalised?
See the Sample Itinerary section for a draft schedule. This Industry Immersion Program will provide invaluable experience working with real-world businesses that are facing real-world challenges. You will receive itinerary updates as the program progresses and nears departure. A final itinerary will be provided just prior to departure, but note that due to the nature of this program, some itinerary elements such as business visits are subject to last-minute changes. Business visits may change year on year and are subject to availability and a range of other factors.