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Finding a global internship

Students

Finding an internship can take a lot of work, and this is often more so for overseas opportunities. To help you with sourcing a global internship, think about the following resources to get started.

However you plan to source your internship, you should book an Applications Advice appointment at UCL Careers so that you can ensure your application is the best it can be! Alternatively, if you are a bit unsure about things and are not yet at the stage of applying, you may like to book a Short guidance appointment with us. We can help you clarify ideas about your future and discuss options you want to explore, even if you are unsure about what path you want to take.

Using myUCLCareers, our Online Library and other online resources

Use your myUCLCareers account to find internships with employers that are keen to recruit from UCL. Some of these will be internships where you will apply directly to the employer, whereas others will be managed by UCL Careers via the Global Internships Programme.

Click on 'Search Vacancies' in the Vacancies tab and use the filters on the left to search for opportunities. The following filters will help to narrow down your search results - you don't need to use all of these at the same time:

Scheme - selecting 'Global Internships Programme' will show you opportunities that are being shortlisted by UCL Careers on behalf of the employer. These are added in the spring term, usually in February, and will be promoted in various UCL communications. Alternatively, please go to the Managed Opportunities section of the Global Internships Programme webpage. Vacancy type - selecting 'summer internship' will show internships taking place during the summer period Locations and/or countries - select the regions and/or countries you are interested in to see roles in those areas. If selecting more than one option, make sure you click on 'match any' to get more results. For example, if interested in France OR Spain, tick both of those countries and then select 'match any' so that opportunities in both countries will come up. Some companies select more than one if the internship is available in multiple locations so check on the advert before proceeding.


GoinGlobal and the UCL Online Careers Library are also free for UCL Students to use - advice on using these specifically for working abroad can be found on our Work Outside the UK page.

TargetJobs and Prospects - both of these are linked in the UCL Online Careers Library and offer country profiles, which includes things like sector, visa and cultural information as well as suggested job sites.

However you choose to filter the results, you can also use the sort by function to choose 'Published (Descending)' to see the newest opportunities first.

You may also check out the information on the Sourcing an internship info page.

Utilising your network

For advice on how to utilise your networks such as LinkedIn, the UCL Alumni Online Community and your personal contacts see our information on sourcing and making the most of internships and scroll down to the Resources section.

Third-party internship providers

Some organisations charge a fee to help you find an internship overseas. These organisations may offer a variety of support, such as providing accommodation, pre-departure guidance and cultural activities during your time in the country.

You can search for third-party internship providers using the GoAbroad.com or GoOverseas.com websites and find one that suits your needs and budget.

Things to think about when applying for paid-for internship programmes are:

  • What is the payment policy and how much is it? 
  • What do you get included for the fee?
  • Is travel insurance included? 
  • What support is in place whilst you are there? 
  • What is the accommodation like?
  • Will it be shared?
  • How close will it be to the internship? 
  • What is their refund policy if the internship does not happen?
  • What are the reviews? Try and speak to other students who have used the same organisation if possible.