A pretty popular program at UK last year was the London summer internship program through Arcadia University. There were about 6 of us from UK, which was about the most from any other school around the U.S. that had students participate in the program. Arcadia did a really good job finding internships for students based on what they were studying back in the U.S., and everybody’s experience in the workplace was different.
This is a rough daily timeline of what a student interning in London during the summer can expect…
6:45a.m.—Wake up. The sun has already been up for a couple of hours in London. You may or may not be covered in sweat because most flats won’t have AC. Depending on the time you need to be at work, usually 8 or 9, the time you wake up may vary.
7:30a.m.—Get on the tube (the underground subway system in London). Depending on where you live and which district you work in, the amount of time will vary. Don’t be surprised if you have to ride it for 30 or 45 minutes every day. And it will be hot. Maybe you will be lucky and find a newspaper on one of the seats. Or maybe you will be even luckier and actually GET a seat.
8:00a.m.—Arrive at the office. It’s usually better to be the first one there. Make the Tea.
Look busy until about 9:30am until your boss gets there…..
10:00a.m.—Work on whatever task your boss gives you for the day. Many times he/she will give you a project for the week that he expects you to have completed, or he will have a new project for you that takes precedence. Try not to mess it up.
12:00p.m.—Lunch. Make SURE you find somewhere nearby that has Wi-Fi, because otherwise you probably won’t be able to use your phone. AKA, find a Pret. Take as long as you can during this time.
1:30p.m.—drink your 1000th coffee of the day, and try not to fall asleep.
3:30p.m.—Crunch time before your boss leaves for the day and he asks about the progress you’ve made.
4:30p.m.—Everybody basically stops working. For me, the World Cup was going on so the office TV would be playing whatever match started at 5 o’clock.
Enjoy London nightlife, and look forward to doing it all again tomorrow.
Eric Marinello is a Junior at the University of Kentucky majoring in Finance.