Summer internships abroad

Summer internships overseas are a great way for you to gain practical work experience, immerse yourself in life in another country and develop your professional skills. 

For more information about summer internship opportunities, please contact the Work Placement team.

Global Internship Programme Summer 2022: Delivered by Pagoda Projects

The University of Leeds are delighted to be working with Pagoda Projects to offer fully supported overseas internship opportunities in summer 2022. Students will have the option of different global locations, hundreds of specific internships across a variety of sectors, and full support from the Pagoda team for these funded programmes. Regardless of what destination, internship and sector you choose, Pagoda will support you before, during and after the programme, source quality accommodation, assist with the required visa and be there in-country to ensure an amazing summer experience.

There are 8 destinations to choose to from including Vietnam, China, Mexico, Germany, Taiwan, France, Spain and Portugal. The internships will last 8 weeks and will take place during summer 2022. Choose from over 1,000 global internship opportunities across a wide variety of sectors, company sizes and roles. The Pagoda Projects team goes to great lengths to source meaningful internship opportunities for participants with extensive vetting of each company. Our internships are enjoyable, high quality and align with students’ academic and career goals.

The process of securing an internship will begin in spring 2022, when you will be able to review the full position and company outline for the huge number of opportunities. You select which to apply for, interview directly with the companies and accept an offer of an internship from whichever you’re happy to complete.

Costs and what’s included:

  • Please note the internships are unpaid
  • Cost of non-EU programme (China, Taiwan, Vietnam and Mexico) is £2,500
  • Cost of EU programme (Germany, France, Spain and Portugal) is £5,000
  • Each programme includes: 8-week full time summer internship. Choose your destination, sector & host company. Private accommodation, inclusive of all bills & Wi-Fi, on good transport links, sharing with other students on the programme. Visa processing and comprehensive travel/medical insurance as an optional extra. Airport pickup, transfer to accommodation, welcome pack & detailed orientation. Regular organised events, trips & activities throughout the programme. 24/7 on-site emergency and general support from the friendly Pagoda team. Access to Pagoda’s online Skills Courses to improve your employability, cultural fluency & digital skills. Join over 4000 previous students in the Pagoda exclusive alumni network for future employability opportunities across the globe.

The application deadline is 14 March 2022. For more information about costs, dates and how to apply, please visit the Pagoda Projects website.

Please note that you may be eligible to receive Turing funding if you take part in this programme. The amount you may be eligible to receive will vary depending on the duration of the overseas programme and the destination. You may also be eligible to receive additional funding if you come from an under-represented background or have additional needs.  

CERN: Opportunities for Students

The world’s most famous particle physics laboratory is offering internships, placements and doctoral student opportunities for students with both STEM and non-STEM related backgrounds. Several engineering, scientific and administrative roles (law, finance, logistics, etc.) are available now. For more details including eligibility and how to apply, please visit the CERN website.

Discover internships abroad on MyCareer

If you are interested in finding out about internships abroad, just head to MyCareer and in vacancies search for ‘Global Careers’ and ‘Internship – Summer’ (under vacancy type filter). We have internships available all around the world with companies such as Texas Instruments in Germany, Heinz Kraft in Europe, Nomura US and Asia, Sony in Japan and many more. 


GoinGlobal is an excellent resource to help you learn about international internships, search for jobs at home and abroad, research country and city guides and much more. To learn how to get started, visit GoinGlobal to create an account, watch videos on how to make the most of this resource, sign up to webinars about working abroad, read blogs and browse thousands of internships available on their website.