Apart from studying abroad via the Erasmus+ programme, you can also combine an internship in a company with a stay abroad. Whilst studying abroad is nowadays more or less “normal”, doing an internship abroad lets you stand out from the crowd: Many employers understand that such an internship is the result of a lot of thinking, good networking, considerable background research (how does a Spanish CV look, what are typical interview questions in Australia, do I need a visa etc.?) and a lot of energy. In addition, you will become even more proficient in the local language and acquire further cultural skills which look good on your CV. An internship abroad shows that you are not just dedicated to your career but are also willing to face the additional challenges which such a period abroad represents.
If you go abroad for two semesters, you could combine an internship in a company abroad with studies there. In which case it is mostly advisable to study there first then you can familiarise yourself with the local situation and make use of the careers service at your host university. Apart from gathering professional experience abroad, you will also gain an insight into university life at a foreign university.
Routes to internships abroad
Developed by the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and the European Commission, the ErasmusIntern platform gives you easier access to companies throughout the whole of Europe. On the one hand, you can present yourself and offer your skills as an Erasmus+ intern. On the other hand, organisations and firms can draw up a profile and offer internships. Search criteria such as target country, duration of stay or language skills make it easier for you to find the right internship. Once you have found something suitable, you can contact the company directly.
Discussion platforms (also on jobs and internships) Economics Ning Network
Our Career Service can help you put together your application portfolio and find a suitable internship.
Useful information can also often be found on the career service websites of universities in the country or region where you are want to do an internship.
German companies with subsidiaries and/or suppliers abroad are ideal starting points. It’s often a good idea to do an internship at home and then go abroad via a second placement with the same firm.
Internships are often also advertised in the job exchanges in your target country. We have put together for you a few links from English-speaking countries (just as information and not as recommendations): The supply curve | Economist Jobs | Prospects | Target Jobs
The publications of the National Agency “Education for Europe” (NABIBB) are also a good source of information about internships abroad.
It’s easy to google experience reports on internships abroad or let yourself be inspired by the DAAD Correspondents #ErlebeEs.