A cultural and corporate superpower, the UK attracts leading talent from all over the world. Learn from the best in the business and put your career on the map with a 1-6 month professional internship in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you’re a full-time student or recent graduate, BUNAC provides the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), Temporary Work Government Authorised Exchange (GAE) visa help, and all the accommodation and in-country support you need to do a 1-6 month paid or unpaid internship in the UK. You can either find your own professional internship, or we can connect you with our 20+ placement partners to help secure a placement for you.
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Congratulations! If you already have an internship lined up in the UK and need BUNAC to sponsor you, check your visa eligibility and apply now for our Intern in Britain program.
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If you’re a full-time student or recent graduate and still need convincing why you need world-class job experience on your CV and Yorkshire Puddings in your life every Sunday, read on.
A truly multicultural society with a unique work and play culture and unhealthy obsession with the weather? Britain is everyone’s cup of tea.
Let’s get down to business. Britain is a powerhouse. And a UK internship can give your CV serious gravitas. From science and technology to media and the arts, Britain houses the most ambitious talent from around the globe. It's innovative, influential and creative – and more importantly, it’s international. You'll learn from professionals in your field, while growing your connections and living in one of the most exciting countries in the world.
The British workplace is known for being diverse and inclusive, and so is a great place to grow personally as well as professionally. The British work-play ethic is also world-renowned. Which means you’ll work your socks off (British phrase, don’t worry if you’re sockless or wearing tights that day) but you’ll also have a laugh doing it – meeting people from every county, culture and background and making lifelong friends along the way.
Britain is small and imperfectly formed. There are mountains, cliffs and jaggedly bits poking out everywhere, which means a) it has some of the most dramatic national parks and coastlines in Europe, and b) it doesn’t take long to get anywhere. Well connected by train, you can be hiking in Scotland, surfing in Wales or visiting a different English town or city every weekend. And if that doesn’t float your boat, Europe is just over the water.
Most countries are blessed with a couple of iconic cities. Not Britain. London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Belfast... UK cities are known throughout the world for their progressive attitude, arts scene and street culture. While each city is distinct in personality, one thing we can guarantee of UK cities – they're built on rock and roll. Oh, and you won’t understand the regional accent. (You’re not alone, most Brits don’t either).
5,000-year-old neolithic stone circles, 1,500-year-old pubs, 900-year-old castles and palaces... you don’t need a history lesson to know that Britain is full of heritage. There’s quite literally a museum or exhibition for everything. Or at the very least a statue of an old white dude on a horse missing a leg. And if museums aren’t your thing, just look up. That converted office block is probably older than your country’s constitution.
Hear us out. Unlike many countries, Britain has proper seasons. Which means Sunday roast dinners in front of roaring fires in winter, blooming parks in spring, hot days laid out in fields or beaches (or beer gardens) in summer, and crisp country walks in autumn. Plus, at all those points in the year, you get to moan about it being either too cold, not cold enough, too hot, or not hot enough. Because that’s just what British people do.
“It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what makes Great Britain such a great place to do an internship. Of course, it looks great. The fields really are that green, the villages really are that pretty and the cities really are that cool. But it’s not just about looks, the UK has serious personality. There’s a humour and humility that makes it an incredible place to live. And to grow. It’s a place where you’ll discover the kind of person you want to be – as well as discovering the kind of career you want.”
“In September 2019, I did an internship at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) in London. I wanted to do an internship abroad because I wanted to acquire a resourceful background on practical and conceptual aspects of design, which would broaden my knowledge in architecture. The internship allowed me to collaborate with professionals from all over the world exposing me to different values and cultures. If I have the chance, I would do it again. It was one of the most valuable experiences of my life.”
“The reason I wanted to do an internship abroad vs at home was due to the fact I have a love for travelling, plus doing an internship overseas looks really good on a resume so it was basically a win-win situation. The connections and networks you make with people overseas is something incomparable and more energetic and intimate since you are having to put yourself out there. I just knew this experience would help not only in my career but in my personal life as well.”
Career goals + travel goals. Get professional experience in your chosen field, grow your skillset and build your network – all while experiencing life living in a new country.