If you would like to work or do an internship abroad, there are several important factors to consider to ensure you have a valuable and productive experience:
- Career Goals and Objectives: Before searching for an internship, you should have a clear understanding of your career goals and what you hope to achieve through the internship.Which career path are you interested in? Do you already have work experience that you could use to find an internship?
- Learning Opportunities: Seek internships that provide opportunities for learning and skill development. Consider whether the organization offers training, workshops, or access to resources that can enhance your professional growth.
- Industry and Company: Research the industry and companies that interest you. Look for organizations that align with your values, interests, and career aspirations. Consider factors such as company culture, size, reputation, and location.
- Internship Responsibilities: Review the job description and responsibilities of the internship. Ensure that the tasks and projects you'll be working on are relevant to your field of study and provide opportunities for skill development.
- Supervisor and Mentorship: Consider the quality of supervision and mentorship you will receive during the internship. Having a supportive mentor can significantly enhance your learning and networking opportunities.
- Networking Opportunities: Evaluate the potential for networking within the organization and the industry. Building professional relationships can be as valuable as the skills you acquire during your internship.
- Compensation and Benefits: Assess the compensation package and benefits offered by the internship, if applicable. While some internships may be unpaid, others offer stipends, hourly wages, or other perks like housing assistance or travel reimbursement.
- Feedback and Evaluation: Inquire about the feedback and evaluation process. Understanding how your performance will be assessed can help you set goals and expectations for your internship.
- Diversity and Inclusion: Consider the organization's commitment to diversity and inclusion. A diverse and inclusive workplace can provide a more enriching experience.
- Long-Term Potential: Think about whether the internship could lead to future opportunities, such as a full-time job offer or connections in your industry.
- Application and Visa Requirements: Pay close attention to the application process and deadlines for the internship. Ensure that you meet all the qualifications and prepare a tailored resume and cover letter for your application. Plan ahead to find out if you need a work visa by consulting the websites of the respective governments (e.g., https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa, etc.)
- Alternative Options: Don't limit yourself to one internship opportunity. Apply to multiple positions to increase your chances of finding the right fit.
You don't know how to find an internship? Maybe you can find inspiration - or even job offers - here:
- The Erasmus Student Network: https://erasmusintern.org/
- A collection of links and ideas compiled by our International Office: https://www.uni-saarland.de/international/out/praktika/weltweit.html
- A Blog written by Eramus Alumni: https://www.youthreporter.eu/de/
- Our MS Teams group (which you can join via the following code: e0p2k1c), where you can ask your fellow students what they did during their stay abroad and whether they have any recommendations for you.
You need funding for your internship?
- Consider the Erasmus+ internship programme. There are certain requirements, such as the length and type of your prospective internship. For more detail: https://www.uni-saarland.de/global/erasmus/praktikum.html
- Have a look at other funding options here.
Perhaps volunteering might also be an option?
There are countless organisations that can help you to find volunteering opportunities. Here are some of them: UK: https://www.gov.uk/volunteering, Ireland: https://www.volunteer.ie/, worldwide: https://www.workaway.info/