Foreign internships–when and where to apply

This post is the second in our series about foreign internships. Ashish Goel from IIT Roorkee, who interned with TU Darmstadt in Germany in 2005, shares tips about where and when to apply for a foreign internship.

Where to apply:

The entire world is an option. However, if trends are anything to go by, not too many internships are offered in USA or Canada as compared to Europe. So your best option is Europe. Getting an internship in Germany, UK, Switzerland, France, Italy and Netherlands has the highest probability. Some universities, institutes and research labs have annual official internship programs. You have to find out about such programs from their websites.

Here’s an indicative list of the places which offer internships:

  • Austria: TU Graz; Joanneum research labs, Graz; Boku University, Vienna.
  • Belgium: Catholic University of Leuven, Leuven; VUB, Brussels.
  • Finland: University of Joensuu, Joensuu; University of Turku, Salo, Turku.
  • France: INP Grenoble; Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Nantes; INLN, CNRS, Nice.
  • Germany: Fraunhofer Institutes, Germany; Max Planck Society Institutes; RWTH-Aachen; Kiel University, Kiel.
  • Greece: AUTH, Thessaloniki.
  • Italy: University of Trieste, Trieste; CNR, Pisa; University of Trento, Trento.
  • Netherlands: NIKHEF Amsterdam; Delft University, Delft.
  • Scotland: University of Edinburgh, University of Leeds.
  • Singapore: NTU and NUS
  • Sweden: KTH Stockholm
  • Switzerland: EPFL, Lausanne; ETH, Zurich; University of Zurich; Amadeus Software, Lausanne; University Of Basel, Basel.
  • UK: University of Sheffield; Kent University.

When to apply:

Applying too early is not much use because your potential employers themselves don’t know what their situation is going to be at the time when you want to start your internship. They have to look for available projects, research work required at that time, and most importantly their financial situation. But for people aspiring for internships during summers, the peak time for applying is during September and October of the previous year. So the best time to start e-mailing would be August end, or the beginning of September. And keep trying till you start with any internship next year: even if there is a late offer, you can make it. And even if you do get an offer in time, don’t stop trying because you may get a better offer, and you never know what problems might crop up in your existing offer.

This article is an abridged version of the detailed guide that Ashish had written back in 2006. Although we have done our best to keep this information relevant, some of it may not be updated. Check out the first article in this series, about the application process. We hope you found this helpful.

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16 thoughts on “Foreign internships–when and where to apply

  • December 7, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    I am a student pursuing my M.Sc. in statistics. Most of the internships i see here are for graduates or student pursuing their graduation. So, are there no options from people from masters?

  • January 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Sir, i am a third year student, pursuing my B.Tech from Agricultural engineering. I was looking for a best option to do an internship from a foreign land, where this field is much advanced & sophisticated. Please can you suggest possible avenues? Thank you!

  • May 1, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Hi Harsh
    I am a 2 nd year mechanical engineering student pursuing my from NIT Hamirpur.
    I really want to know how I can apply for foreign internships in my field and what are the best options available for me. Will that trip be self funded or scholarship will be given by the institute…????

  • May 17, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Hii.I am Kushagra.I am persuing my BE in computer science and i am in 3rd year.I am looking for internship,it can be in india or in foreign universities.So plz suggest me some top universities.

  • September 2, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    hi, i am currently in my 3rd year of engineering and want to apply for internship in NUS. when should i start applying? please provide me with relevant information.

  • September 6, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    i am a student of NITK and i want to know what is the pointer (cgpa) criteria required to apply for different universities? Can 7 pointers apply and stand a chance to get in anywhere?

  • September 6, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    @tanya pandey
    Hi Tanya,

    The NUS internship has not yet been announced for this year. I recommend you to stay tuned on Internshala; we’d publish it the moment it opens for year 2014.


  • July 22, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    I am a student of IITD and searching for a winter internship(national or foreign).. can u please help me?


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