Discover the perfect opportunity to spend a summer completing an international internship or research abroad. We've got a range of programmes to suit your needs and give you the best experience possible.
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The aim of a work placement abroad is to develop skills you've learnt in the classroom in a practical real-world experience, combined with the added dimension of strengthening your cross-cultural competencies. An international work experience will enhance your employability and could be a valuable stepping stone as perhaps your first professional role.
The internship providers below are our "preferred providers". This means that we have checked their programmes and that we have personally built a relationship with them. Many Essex students have taken part in their programmes so we can share feedback and guide you from their experiences.
Please be aware that all international internship opportunities are unpaid internships and there is a fee to take part in the programme. This is due to visa restrictions in different countries. If you are interested in a paid internship programme, then you may like to explore Essex Interns (this is overseen by the careers service team within the University).
"My two months flew by and it was the best time of my life. Even before arriving The Intern Group were amazing at making sure I was completely prepared before arriving and absolving any concerns I had. Upon arrival, the events coordinators were brilliant, always contactable and making sure that we never at any point felt alone in what would have been an incredibly daunting environment otherwise. The internship they found in my preferred legal field was very relaxed and all very accommodating. The additional trips Tarn & First organised were always of incredible quality - allowing the greatest amount of cultural immersion that we otherwise would never have found on our own. Living and exploring Bangkok with the other interns was an amazing experience as well as having time to explore other parts of Thailand flying to places such as Chiang Mai and Phuket. Overall an amazing experience and anyone with any kind of doubts should absolutely go for it as it is such an awesome life-changing experience - my only regret is not staying longer!”
Research opportunities abroad offer excellent ways to become immersed in, and contribute to, a variety of research projects. They almost always offer generous scholarships and grants.
We run lots of different sessions throughout the year to provide you with essential information about going abroad. From first year and second year briefings to funding chats and country low-downs, we've got it covered.