An international internship is an excellent way to gain practical career experience, grow your network, immerse yourself in a different culture, and maybe learn a new language. The cost of interning overseas may be less than you expect – and if you live in Europe, it’s worth looking at whether you are eligible to apply for funding from the Erasmus+ program.
What is Erasmus+?
The Erasmus+ program gives students in higher education in EU Member States the opportunity to take part in an internship in another European destination. These internships are also referred to as “traineeships” and need to be between two and twelve months duration and give you experience in your chosen academic field. These opportunities are also open to recent graduates.
Interning in a different country through an Erasmus+ internship or traineeship allows you to improve your communication, language and intercultural skills, as well as soft skills highly valued by future employers.
How to find the best Erasmus internship programs
To be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant, you can intern at any organization in an EU country. When selecting your Erasmus+ traineeship or internship program, the key things you should consider are:
Find an internship that meets Erasmus+ requirements:
- To be eligible for Erasmus+ funding, your internship must be relevant for your degree-related learning and personal development needs and, wherever possible, be integrated into your study programme.
- To find an internship program that fits your career ambitions and is eligible for Erasmus+ funding, you can browse 200+ internships spanning diverse career fields available through Intern Abroad HQ. To make this process easier, the Intern Abroad HQ team can advise you on how to select the right internship program for you and support you with the paperwork required for your Erasmus+ funding application.
Consider the total cost of your internship alongside the Erasmus+ grant:
- The total cost of your internship will vary depending on the destination you choose.
- Intern Abroad HQ’s internships are among the most affordable options, with two month programs starting at just $1,919. This fee includes the arrangement of your internship placement as well as your accommodation and some meals.
- Your Erasmus+ grant will be a huge help, but may not cover the expenses for your entire internship or your independent travel on the weekends. Therefore, it is worth considering the cost of living in each destination to ensure you choose one that will fit your budget.
How to apply for an Erasmus scholarship or grant
Once you have selected your internship or traineeship, you will need to apply for an Erasmus+ grant through the international or Erasmus+ office at your university. The staff in this office will be knowledgeable about the Erasmus+ program and will be able to guide you through the application process for funding. The Intern Abroad HQ team is always on hand to help provide any supporting documentation needed.
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Read about how Intern Abroad HQ’s local teams are supporting Erasmus+ internships
Internships in Spain
Our Spanish Internships - both remote and in-country - provide Erasmus students with the chance to step into the world of business, being guided by Spanish companies offering mentorship and internship experience. Internship options span a variety of career fields for any pre- or post-graduate students looking for international experience in their field.
Our local team is able to support Erasmus students wishing to intern in Spain by providing official agreements with local businesses who seek international students for their internship positions and through the guidance offered during the internship.
Gain the international work experience you need to stand out in today’s job market and choose from a diverse range of Spanish internship programs in Business, Health, Psychology, Marketing & Communications, Legal Practice, Engineering, Architecture, and more! Our Spanish internships offer a fantastic opportunity to European students who want to explore the professional world.
Internships in Ireland
We have many years’ experience welcoming Erasmus students to Ireland.
Choose from a wide range of affordable internships in Ireland across fields such as Tourism Operations, Sales & Marketing, Hospitality & Hotel Management, and Education Administration in the vibrant city of Dublin.
Working with some of Ireland’s leading companies means we can offer tailor-made, rewarding internships and can support you to ensure paperwork is completed in accordance with Eramus requirements. During your stay in Ireland, the local team is with you from the moment you arrive until your last day to guarantee a memorable and rewarding Erasmus experience in Ireland!
Internships in Greece
Our local team in Greece has over 18 years of experience participating in EU funded research projects. Their range of international internships share industry know-how and initiate new ways of thinking among young entrepreneurs.
Cutting edge internships in Athens include positions in Medical, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Physician’s Assistant, and Viticulture, Engineering and IT. We also offer a special Marine Science & Island Conservation internship based in the stunning Aegean region. Our team can assist with all paperwork required to secure Erasmus + funding.
Internships in Bali
Supporting international mobility and maximizing cross-border opportunities is a goal of the Erasmus program. Erasmus+ funding for internships is possible in EU partner countries, which includes Indonesia.
An internship in Bali will allow you to live the tropical life and experience authentic Balinese culture while exploring your talents, skills and passion. Intern in a location renowned for its stunning beaches, lush rice terraces, ancient temples and volcanoes.
Gain invaluable experience in a range of career fields, including Event Management, Marketing & Sales, Media & Communications, Tourism & Hospitality Management, Fashion & Textiles, Food Science & Technology, Finance & Trade, Architecture, and Civil Engineering while enjoying one of the world’s top tourist destinations.
The support of our local team throughout your internship will ensure you gain the most from this experience and increase your chance of direct employability after graduation.
How can I get started?
Our step-by-step guide on how it works provides you with more information on how to get started. The process is user friendly and there are two options you can take to get the ball rolling.
If you’re unsure of which internship program is right for you, you can simply check availability to submit an enquiry which will help us to point you in the right direction. If you want to chat over the phone, you can also find our full contact information here.
If you already have an idea of what you want to do, and when you want to do it, you can submit your application. It doesn’t cost anything and won’t take more than 5 minutes. However, your formal expression of interest provides the foundation for us to help you take the next steps.