The United Kingdom (England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland) attracts more and more students looking for an internship abroad. More and more students give up on doing an internship in Spain or Italy to move to England, whether it be to practice English or to have your first international experience. The concept is interesting but the competition is very hard.
Pay a visit to the national relations office
The first thing that should come to mind when looking for for an internship in the UK, is to find out more from your school’s international relations office as they usually manage lists on the past internships undertaken by previous students. They should be able to give you a great head start on the search for UK based internship.
Spot different kinds of internships
Internship, graduate position, placement – All these different names might just confuse you, so we explain each single one below;
An internship’s duration is usually 3 to 6 months. It is usually compulsory and undertaken within a company.
A placement is a longer type of an internship that can last up to 12 months and is often remunerated.
A graduate position is meant for a recent graduate.
The Erasmus+ program allows students to do an internship within a European company. In order to apply for it, you have to be aged from 18 to 30, and your internship/placement has to be compulsory. It is possible to apply for an Erasmus internship starting from your first year of studies, and the internship duration can be from 3 to 12 months.
Students can also benefit from an Erasmus + scholarship to help them with the travel costs. Its amount depends on the destination and the duration of the stay and can vary.
The UK being a very popular destination these past few years, we recommend preparing your application and documents at least 6 months prior to the start date of your internship.
Aim for the sectors that are most demanding
Businesses are booming at the moment and the demand for interns is getting greater and greater. This is the case with the hospitality field, as well as in commerce, IT and marketing. The Sunday Times has a “business” section on its online website where you can find a list of the best UK companies judging on its management, atmosphere and working conditions. This could be a good source of information to start sending spontaneous applications.
Don’t forget foreign companies
In order to find an internship in the UK, it might be a good idea to apply for companies from your home country that have branches in the UK. Career opportunities are available to check on their websites.
The Chamber of Commerce in London also offers internship positions you can check out on their website in the About Us-Internship. The consulate of your country might also be looking for interns in the UK, you can figure that out online or by sending an email to the consulate ambassadors.
There are many sources of information for students looking for a first experience in the UK, which when used wisely, can truly fasten the internship search. Thanks to our advice, you’re one step closer to finding your ideal internship/placement/graduate position in the UK.