How to find an internship in the UK
If you already have
Our team will review your internship, and if it meets all the UK Government requirements, we can start with the sponsorship process.
Tips for finding a UK internship
Focus on your field
Widen your net when it comes to the number of UK companies you target, but stay focused on the role you want. You’ll stand a better chance of getting through the door when you can show a genuine passion for your chosen career, rather than just a willingness to take any internship. Employers ultimately want to see that they can grow your skills in an area you’re truly committed to learning about and want to work in in the future.
Leverage your contacts
By this, we mean get on the dog and bone (that’s a phone to non-Brits) and talk to everyone. Your parent’s friends, friends of your parent’s friends, the pets of your parent’s friends. In all seriousness, you’ll have more connections than you think. And if you’re studying or have recently graduated, reach out to tutors and your college career services and international education office to utilise their resources and connections.
Get online and get creative
Get on Google and shortlist companies in your chosen industry – both in the UK and the brands you know at home in case they have a UK office. And then sell yourself. Contact them to tell them why you’d be an asset to their team, connect with their leaders on LinkedIn, and be proactive with testimonials from your tutors. And be creative. Make your CV stand out or switch up the format and send them a video pitch.
Tell them about BUNAC
The sponsorship cost and visa red tape can be a barrier for companies taking on international staff, so tell them from the outset that you’re applying to be sponsored by BUNAC. As one of the largest A-Rated sponsors for the Temporary Work GAE program, we can provide your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) and step-by-step help with your visa application. All you need from them is the internship offer!
Check out these websites
Here are some websites that list intern positions in the UK. Note that UK organisations may use the terms work experience or work placement as well as internship.
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"I would do an internship abroad again. The experience you get of travelling on your own, seeing another part of the country and meeting other individuals, creating friendships and connections, is unbeaten."
"Interning abroad doesn’t just add value to your CV but also to your personality. The opportunity to meet and work alongside people from different backgrounds, getting exposure to different methods of working at an international level is something that one can find only when they are outside their comfort zone. Also, I believe stepping out of my comfort zone always brings out the best in me."
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