A Guide to Interning in Europe

Applying for an internship abroad in Europe is an incredible opportunity to experience new cultures, meet new people and gain practical hands on experience which will boost a future career. With so many countries and internship programs to choose from it is easy to see why this is one of the hottest intern destinations in the world. The EU is one of the largest and strongest economies in the world and there are so many different industries available to work in.

Summer internship programs in Europe are very popular and you will need to apply early to get a place. You will get to make new professional connections, experience world famous cities and locations steeping in history and enjoy a work placement like no other. Although Europe is currently going through a bit of an economic crisis, most countries are not affected and even the countries which are, still have intern positions available for internationals in a range of industries.

So whether you already live in Europe, or are applying from outside you can find the best internships from reputable companies in Europe. View more information about interning in Europe, top tips on how and where to apply, popular destinations and recommended companies offering paid internships.


Top Reasons to Gain Work Experience in Europe

This is why you should apply:

  • This is one of the most advanced continents with various internship placements available giving you lots of choice
  • You can choose from so many different locations all providing a different experience
  • Gain experience and experience a new working environment
  • You'll get lots of time to explore and see new places on cultural programs experiencing a new culture
  • Learn a new language and improve your CV / resume 
  • Live abroad and meet new people
  • Learn new skills



Find placements by country:

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Types of Placements

  • Administration, Business, Accounting, Finance
  • Arts, Advertising, Journalism, Marketing, Media, Photography, Publishing, PR, Sales
  • Architecture 
  • Biology, Medical & Healthcare, Vetinerary 
  • Engineering 
  • Education, Social Work
  • Environmental 
  • Hotel & hospitality, human resources
  • IT, Creative, Graphic & Interior Design, Fashion 
  • Law & Human Rights 
  • Linguistics, Translation
  • Sports 
  • Sustainable Development, Tourism 


Popular Cities

There is so much choice including places like London, Paris, Istanbul, Rome, Munich, Madrid, Milan, Barcelona, Brussels and Vienna. You can apply for internships in most European cities, these are usually the most appealing places to go.



We have internship programs available for European, American, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens. Some other nationalities can also apply depending on if you are eligible for a tourist visa. If you need any help arranging an internship in Europe please get in touch.


Paid Internships in Europe

If you are looking to get a paid intern placement in Europe you are not alone, these placements are very popular and so you will need to research and apply well in advance of your preferred start date. There are companies throughout Europe which offer paid internships or financial help e.g. assistance with accommodation, a stipend salary, free meals or covering the cost of your commute. You will need to check to see if need a visa and if you meet the requirements. Every company and destination is different and so you will need to see what location or industry appeals.

As well as all expensies paid internships in Europe, you might also find some companies might charge an application fee to apply, this is sometimes the case when going through an agency and applying from outside of Europe. Although the idea of paying a fee to intern might be off-putting, check the benefits which sometimes include guaranteed placements with world famous companies.


Summer Internships in Europe

Most of the intern programs featured on our directory are available to join during summer which are perfect if you are on a break from your studies and are keen to use your summer break productively. Be sure to get your application in early as spaces can fill up quick.


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