Sri Lankan students in the UK

High Commission of Sri Lanka
No.13, Hyde Park Gardens
London W2 2LU,
United Kingdom.

Tel:  020 7262 1841-6
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UK - Sri Lanka Relations



A number of leading Sri Lankan companies and organizations have agreed to provide internships for work experience to the Sri Lankan students pursuing their higher studies in the UK during the summer vacation. This is sequel to an initiative of the Sri Lankan High Commission in London, considering that such facilitation would enhance the skills and opportunities for these undergraduates, which could also serve to attract them back to Sri Lanka on graduation, as the companies may find employable talent in this process. In fact many Sri Lankan companies have commended the High Commission in providing this opportunity for the corporate sector to assist and gain from young graduates with international exposure.

This programme was announced by the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, Kshenuka Senewiratne at a fellowship of the Sri Lankan students, convened for the first time at the High Commission, providing a forum with a view to establishing a mutually beneficial link between the student community and the High Commission. A large number of Sri Lankan students attended this event.

The High Commissioner further elaborated that not only Sri Lankan blue chip companies such as John Keells Holdings, Aitken Spence, Ceylinco, Brandix, Delmege, Dilmah Tea, Mas Holdings, Hemas Holdings, Jetwing Hotels, Sri Lanka Insurance, Dialog Telekom, Holcim (Lanka) had agreed to be partners in this programme, but a number of leading banks such as DFCC, Bank of Ceylon Peoples Bank, Hatton National Bank, HSBC, Commercial Bank and Sampath Bank and hospitals such as Nawaloka and Apollo had also come forward with positive and encouraging responses. In addition, government institutions such as Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Sri Lanka Telecom, Department of Commerce, Sri Lanka Tourist Board, Sri Lankan Airlines and Trade Chambers, namely the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry have also confirmed their interests in offering internships during the summer vacation.

During the well attended meeting an informal core group comprising volunteers was formed with a view to maintaining a regular dialogue with the High Commission. The High Commissioner underscored the importance of the students uniting in diversity and projecting a Sri Lankan identity and being one community abroad. She pointed out that they also represent the country in the UK and could assist in building a positive image of Sri Lanka and make it better known among the British public especially as a tourist destination.
Students seeking work experience in Sri Lanka during the forth coming summer vacation are requested to forward a brief CV indicating areas of interest for training and the preferred companies by e mail : . The participating list of companies was distributed at the meeting and is displayed as follows:


Sri Lankan Companies / Organizations which have agreed to provide work experience


Company / Organization


1 John Keells Holidngs

Agreeable to offer work experience.

2 Sri Lanka Ports Authority

Agreeable to offer work experience

3 Hemas Holdings Ltd

Agreeable to offer work experience

4 Brandix Lanka Ltd

Agreed to accommodate 6 students during the forthcoming summer.

5 Hatton National Bank

Third year and Final year students following courses in Management, Finance and Business Administration are requested to forward their CVs.

6 Department of Commerce

Once offered students are expected to spend the entire internship period.

7 HSBC - Colombo

Agreed to provide opportunities subject to availability of suitable positions.

8 DFCC Bank

Agreeable to accommodate up to 3 students during the forthcoming Summer vacation.

9 MJF Group - 'Dilmah Tea'

Agreeable to accommodate student internships.

10 MAS Holdings

Scheme already in operation. Advertise in the local press and British Council website for Summer internships.

11 Sri Lanka Tourist Board

Agreeable to accommodate a few students specializing in the areas of tourism management communication, marketing and environmental conservation.

12 Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Agreeable to accommodate Sri Lankan students in the UK in the Jetwing family of hotels.


Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Ltd

Agreeable to accommodate three students at a time. Selected students should refrain from divulging company internal information to third parties.


The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce

Profile of interested students and period available for work experience to be forwarded for referring them to member companies of the Chamber.

15 SriLankan Airlines Ltd

Agreeable to provide two/three months work experience.

16 Nawaloka Hospitals Ltd

Students are requested to forward their CVs with areas of interest.

17 Apollo Hospitals

Agreeable to provide work experience to students following courses leading to doctors, nurses, medical technicians, medical administrators etc.

18 Sri Lanka Telecom

Agreeable to offer 05 places for three months works experience for students studying in the fields of Telecommunication and ICT.

19 People's Bank

Agreeable to provide two to three months work experience.

20 Holcim (Lanka) Ltd

Agreeable to provide work experience.


The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka

Information on type of internships sought in order to keep the members companies informed.

22 Ceylinco Consolidated

Agreeable to offer work experience.

23 Commercial Bank

Agreeable to accommodate initially four students at a given time.

24 Aitken Spence Hotels

Agreeable to offer internships during the Summer vacation.

25 Delmege Forsyth & Co Ltd

Agreeable to offer internships during the Summer vacation.

26 Dialog Telekom

Agreeable to offer internships during the Summer vacation.

27 Sampath Bank

Agreeable to offer internships during the Summer vacation.

28 Bank of Ceylon

Agreeable to offer internships

29 Durdans Hospital

Agreeable to offer internships

30 Standard Chartered Bank

Agreeable to offer internships

31 KPMG Executive Search (Pvt) Ltd

Agreeable to offer internships.

Services include provision of employment opportunities in other companies for Sri Lankan expatriates returning to Sri Lanka on a long term /permanent basis.

The above is in response to a request for internships made by the High Commission to a number of selected Sri Lankan companies / organizations. Students are requested to forward a brief CV indicating area of interest for training and the preferred companies by e mail :



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