Mountbatten Institute - A Year in New York


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  • United States of America
New York, NY


The Mountbatten Institute is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to develop the careers of young professionals through international business programmes in New York and London.


Mountbatten participants live in New York, not as tourists, but as young professionals pursuing a postgraduate qualification. No other programme can provide such an experience; the Mountbatten Institute is unique.

We facilitate a carefully designed training programme that provides an opportunity to learn about both American and International business practices and to experience the rich cultural diversity of America's most populous region, in America's most cosmopolitan city. We provide everything needed to succeed as a professional New Yorker from the moment of arrival:

  • Professional work placement
  • Living expense allowance
  • Accommodation
  • Health insurance
  • Visa assistance
  • On-going personal guidance and support
  • Special events, excursions and volunteer opportunities

A typical week for a trainee in New York includes full-time professional training, one or two evenings per week of classes and the occasional weekend session. In each cohort a core group of active and dedicated participants will devote their free time to the activities of the Intern Management Committee, while others plan a weekend trip to Montreal or the White House. Some stay local and explore one of New York City's five Boroughs, a visit to Coney Island in Brooklyn, for example. Still others take a class, play football, explore a museum, shop or volunteer with a local charity.

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Description of Ideal Candidate:

Mountbatten programmes are designed for recent university graduates with only a few years of professional experience. For details on specific areas of eligibility, please see the sections below. Please contact your admissions office with any questions or concerns you may have.


A degree from a post-secondary academic institution outside the United States is required. Applications from current students are accepted provided the applicant is scheduled to graduate before beginning a Mountbatten programme. The Mountbatten Admissions team takes a holistic approach to each application, reviewing all aspects of a candidate's experience, education, references and personal achievements. Most applicants, however, have an undergraduate degree classified at 2.2 or above.

Work Experience

Applicants must demonstrate a minimum of 12 months full-time professional (office/administrative) work experience to fulfill eligibility requirements.

  • This work experience can be accumulated in several positions, and may have been acquired before, during, and/or after relevant academic studies.
  • Work experience must be related to one of the areas we offer placements in: Finance, Event Management, HR, IT, Law, Marketing/Communications or Non-Profit.
  • Voluntary/unpaid work can count towards the required 12 months.
  • Retail, restaurant, bar/pub work cannot be counted.
  • Work experience must be acquired outside of the US.

This is a non-negotiable requirement of the US State Department for the specific Trainee J-1 Visa offered to Mountbatten participants.

Language Requirements

The Mountbatten Institute provides no English language training. Highly proficient verbal and written English language skills are required for both the classroom and the workplace. The ability to communicate clearly using professional English plays a significant role when interviewing for placement in London or New York. For candidates whose first language is not English, any of the following certificates or scores may be provided to serve as a guideline for proficiency to begin the application process:

  1. IELTS (academic) 6.5 overall with not less than 5.5 in any section
  2. TOEFL minimum 575 on paper-based and 90 on internet-based
  3. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  4. Cambridge Certificate Proficiency (CPE)
  5. Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP)
  6. GCSE English grade C or above
  7. Pearson Test score of 58 for English Academic or Level 5 General
  8. International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

Nationality Requirements

New York programmes are open to all non-US citizens. Holders of dual nationality where one country is the US are not eligible to participate. While many Mountbatten candidates are UK or EU nationals, others will be from outside of Europe (e.g. Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Australia). If you are a non-UK or non-EU national, you should contact your local US embassy to find out more about immigration requirements and how J-1 visas are awarded and processed in your home country. You are also advised to contact the Admissions Team relevant to your location in London, New York or Bangkok.





Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

Applicants through our London admissions office

Application Fee: GBP £55 *

Initial Deposit: GBP £600 **

Participation Fee: GBP £7,745 ***

Total fees: GBP £8,400

Applicants through other admissions offices

Application Fee: USD $100 *

Initial Deposit: USD $1,000 **

Participation Fee: USD $11,900 ***

Total fees: USD $13,000

*Payable at Application. Non-refundable.

** Payable on Acceptance onto the Programme.

*** Payable when placement with a Host Organisation is confirmed.

Training Allowance: USD $1,083 gross, paid monthly in arrears. A small amount is deducted each month for New York State and disability taxes. The allowance is paid from the first day of training with your host organisation.

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