International internships and placements

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Having the opportunity to work abroad is great for your personal development and your CV. Employers will be impressed with the fact that you have managed to live in a different culture, use your initiative, develop your independence and enhance your communication skills.

International Internship Checklist


Most Strathclyde students will be looking for an internship between July and September.  It is essential to check the timing of an internship - it may not fit in your summer vacation period.


The internship may not be paid. Unpaid internships are common in some countries.

Whether you have a paid or unpaid internship, you must consider other costs eg flights, travel insurance, health insurance, visa costs, living costs - it is likely that you as the intern will have to pay most or all of these.

It is common for agencies/organisations offering to set up an international internship to charge programme fees.  It is essential to calculate all costs and charges before deciding on whether to accept an international internship.

Also consider

Eligibility. Do you need a visa? Is there enough time to organise the visa?

Do you need to speak the language of the country? Can you work in English?

When are internships likely to be advertised? It may not be the same as in the UK.

What is the application method? Does your application need to be in the home language of the country.  What does a CV or resume look like for this country?

You’ll need a work permit to work in most EU countries if you’re a UK citizen. The GOV UK website has advice about Work in an EU country with links to UK-based embassies, and guides for living there, for every EU country.


Saltire Scholar Undergraduate Programme prepares university students in their penultimate year of study by undertaking commercially valuable projects in Scotland and all over the world.  These internships are fully funded.

A wide range of summer internships in Europe are available along with funding, which the university is able to draw on until May 2023, for you to work or train in Europe during or immediately after your degree.

Eurodesk Opportunity Finder: Internships Traineeships and internships (duration varies depending on programme) for both student and graduates.  Some may be unpaid.

IAESTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) This programme offering Internships for science, engineering, technology or applied arts students is currently open for applications - the closing date is 25th February 2021.

RISE RISE stands for Research Internships in Science and Engineering. RISE Germany offers undergraduate students from North American, British and Irish universities the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions. RISE Germany is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

British Council: Internships in China

Vulcanus in Japan  The programme consists of industrial placements for EU students. It starts in September and ends in August of the following year in order to accommodate the academic year in EU Member States.

British Council  Teach Abroad as an English Language Student  (Language Teaching placements are for either 6 months or 1 year)

Eurodesk Opportunity Finder: Internships Traineeships and internships (duration varies depending on programme) for both student and graduates.  Some may be unpaid.

The Careers Service can help you at all stages of your job search:

Learn how to carry out Effective Career Research in the PLAN section of the Careers Module; prepare for recruitment processes using the APPLY section.

Use our Making Applications section to find out about CVs, applications, interviews, assessement centres etc

Check the Events calendar regularly (access also via the University App)

The Careers Service subscribes to GoinGlobal an online international jobs and internships database which gives Strathclyde students access to the latest vacancies (DS login required).

It is a great resource for those thinking about a global career and includes worldwide country guides covering:

  • job search resources, job hunting tips and local job search links
  • CV guidelines and tips, with examples for each country
  • visa information
  • cultural advice

GoinGlobal is free for all Strathclyde University students and graduates of the last five years.

Login to MyCareerHub Strathclyde to find current vacancies (DS login required)

targetjobs: International internships - your options explained

targetjobs: Working Abroad (features country profiles)

targetjobs: Graduate Job Search (filter on Type of Job and on Region)

Prospects Working Abroad: Country profiles information and links for finding jobs plus visa information

INDIA: refer to websites like internshala, stuMagz PlatformLetsintern. Insights on salary bands for various roles are available at Naukri.comPayscale and Glassdoor.

Council of international programs USA - offers short term exchange programmes in areas such as social work and law

ELSA (The European Law Students' Association UK) has a Student Trainee Exchange Programme (STEP) which enables members to spend a period of time working abroad in a law related area. Traineeships are between 2 weeks and 18 months long. For Law students, or anyone with a genuine interest in Law. 

Engineers Without Borders UK is an international development charity that aims to remove barriers to development through engineering. It is a student run organisation, with branches in over 30 universities across the UK as well as a national executive. Every year they send engineering students and graduates from the UK to work with development organisations across the world as well as in the UK, these can last between 3-12 months.

Euro Brussels provides information and advice on finding a job in Brussels in the European Affairs job market and information on EU institutions recruitment. The job search platform advertises internships of varying lengths, which may be suitable for Languages, IBML and Politics students.

Login to the Careers Online Toolkit for international CV advice:



By undertaking research you may find useful links and information:

Some employers may put internship information directly on their website

Some internships will be advertised to students via jobsearch websites

Other internships will be advertised via internship providers - it is likely you will have to pay to access these opportunities

Use LinkedIn and the Strathclyde Alumni network to research alumni in either the country or employer you are interested in

The UK Government's Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) website gives up to date travel advice for British travellers.

The UK Government Travel Aware campaign aims to help British people to stay safe and healthy abroad.

When you return from your international internship/placement you will want to update your CV so that you can market your international experience to employers.  Check out our International Returners Handout (DS login).