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.
Here in Konstanz, the International Office and the Career Service are on hand to help you find a placement. Erasmus+ also offers financial assistance.
Routes to internships abroad
The DAAD is also a source of information about finding and financing internships abroad. What’s life like for interns abroad? Let the correspondents of the #ErlebeEscampaign inspire you!
The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) is an international, non-political, independent organization sending students on internships to over 80 countries worldwide.
The IAESTE Local Committee Konstanz provides technical internships abroad for students in the region of Constance in all technical and scientific disciplines. Students must be enrolled at their home institution during the time of the internship. There are places in both the industry and at research institutes. Most IAESTE internships last 2-3 months, and often take place in the summer months. Internships for up to 12 months are less frequent but possible. The internships are usually paid, the credit is calculated according to the typical cost of living. The IAESTE local committee of the host country is responsible for the trainees to find accommodation and carry out all necessary formalities. This service is free for enrolled students in Germany. This is made possible by the inclusion of the IAESTE program in the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Interested in working abroad? More information at www.iaeste.uni.kn
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.
There are various organisations which can help you to find an internship. Here are some ideas which should not, however, be considered as recommendations by the department: AIESEC | PractiGo | ISPO (internships in Great Britain) | Praktikawelten (overseas too) | intrax
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.