International opportunities

Finding an internship in a country which is not your home country can take longer to organise than it would in the UK so start planning early. Some of your options are outlined below:

So why should you consider spending time abroad?  Well, firstly it’s a great opportunity to experience a different culture and to challenge yourself.  Furthermore, future employers will really be impressed by your experience and that you have done much more with your time at university than just get your degree. 

It’s really important to show how you have made the most of the opportunity.  Employers don’t really want to know about your two weeks in Tenerife with your parents, but if you have planned and funded a trip, or spent time working in a different country, or volunteered your time abroad, they will want to know more – a lot more!  

Think about your skills.  What were your experiences abroad?  How did you adapt to the new culture?  How did you cope with not knowing anyone?  What challenges did you overcome? 

lightbulbRead our leaflets on work experience and volunteering and Study Abroad


Going Global

Going Global is an international resource which advertises job and internship vacancies. It has 32 country profiles with details of online job sites and CV advice plus 400,000 company profile and information on financial considerations and cultural advice. 

We subscribe to this resource so it is free to The University of Stirling Students and Alumni

Initially, you will need to be on campus to access this site but can set up a username and password to access it from of campus. 

If you are a graduate of the University of Stirling please contact the Careers and Employability Service on 01786 466022 or email us to gain access to Going Global. Please be ready to provide your name, country of residence, email and student number, or details of your study so we can confirm you as a Stirling alumni. 

Some useful links

  • AIESEC  ─ a global exchange programme advertising internship vacancies
  • Bunac - recognised as a specialist in overseas work, travel and volunteer programme with opportunities available in every continent
  • EuroBrussels - links to jobs available and vacancy information pages in most organisations and corporations located in Brussels including European institutions, international organisations, law firms, NGOs and political consultancies
  • focuses on non-political expert jobs in the international environment in Brussels. Lists IT jobs, business jobs, office/secretarial jobs, finance jobs and other specialist jobs in Brussels, for the expat professional
  •  one-stop shop for the recruitment of  multi-lingual professionals in Brussels
  •  advertises worldwide internship opportunities
  • Go Abroad - a source for overseas internships, international volunteer positions, teaching abroad and jobs abroad
  • IAESTE - International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience. Provides Science and engineering students with paid technical training abroad during their vacations.
  • Prospects - provides information on work experience and internships abroad
  • Raleigh International
  • RISE  ─ a summer internship programme in Germany for undergraduates studying biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering.  Length of placements are one to five months
  • Twin Work Experience ─ provide the Leonardo da Vinci programmes of free work experience opportunities in Europe funded by the European Union
  • Work and Volunteer Abroad (WAVA) ─ offer internship programmes in France, Germany, India, Canada, Australia and Ghana
  • World Service Enquiry - provides information and career advice to people who want to volunteer or work in international development.
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