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Placements and internships

The aim of a work placement abroad is to develop skills you've learnt in the classroom in a practical real-world experience, combined with the added dimension of strengthening your cross-cultural competencies. An international work experience will enhance your employability and could be a valuable stepping stone as perhaps your first professional role.

We also offer variety of short-term study programmes abroad.

  • Placement year abroad - variety of locations

    A placement year abroad will count as part of your degree where you work in an organisation for an agreed amount of time. Similar to a year abroad, there are no fees for a placement year abroad.

    • Duration: whole academic year.
    • Location: variety of locations around the world. You're responsible for finding your own placement but don’t worry, plenty of help is available.
    • Departure date: usually in September or October.
    • Deadline: contact your placement team as soon as possible.

    Eligibility

    Start by checking with your faculty placement officer as to whether a work placement could be a formally assessed and accredited part of your degree (your personal tutor will be able to put you in touch with the right person). If you’re an undergraduate student, an average first-year mark of at least 50 is normally required. You will also need to change your degree to add the placement year – to allow you to undertake your placement in your third year.

    Funding

    If you're undertaking a work placement in Europe as an accredited part of your degree, you may be able to receive an Erasmus+ funding grant.

    Further details and how to apply

    Each faculty has got a placement team to support you with finding, applying for and successfully completing your placement year. Please contact them as soon as possible once you decided to do a placement year.

    You can find out what a work placement involves.

    For more information click here

  • British Council language assistantships - variety of locations

    About the assistantship

    An assistantship is a great way to improve a foreign language, gain intercultural competencies and add an international dimension to your Essex degree.

    • Duration: whole academic year.
    • Location: variety of locations around the world.
    • Departure date: usually in September or October.
    • Deadline: 12th February 2018. Information on how to apply is available on the British Council website

    The role

    • Support the teaching of English in a classroom setting (this can be a school or a university)
    • Plan activities to facilitate and encourage English learning
    • Educate locals on British culture

    With ten countries to choose from, this is a wonderful opportunity to gain a professional experience, transferrable interpersonal and organisation skills, cultural awareness and exposure to working abroad. This could be a more financially accessible option as during this program Language Assistants may have the opportunity to earn a salary.

    If you're placed in a European country, you're also eligible for an Erasmus+ grant in addition to any remuneration provided by the host institution. (For 2016-17, this was a monthly grant of €350-€400 depending on the country).

    Essex Abroad is proud to support this program and has successfully sent students overseas to be British Council Language Assistants over the past four years.

    Eligibility

    As long as you're enrolled onto the degree variant '(Including Year Abroad)' you're eligible for this program, regardless of your discipline.

    To join this program, you'll need to have an average first year mark of 50% or above and pass all second year modules on first attempt. The British Council’s program specific website has more detailed information and further eligibility criteria.

    Further details and how to apply

    For more information click here

    Get in touch

    If you're interested in this program or have any questions about the Work Abroad programs, please feel free to contact:


  • BUNAC – Summer Camp USA

    Summer Camp USA is indisputably the happiest place on Earth. For generations of Americans, summer camp is a glorious tradition full of lake swimming and is more munching all summer long. BUNAC offers students to spend up to 10 weeks to in the USA as a camp counsellor, look after groups of children, play games and roar camp songs every day. Students can lead activities, teach children sports, water activities or even horse riding as an activity specialist.

    • Duration: up to 10 weeks
    • Location: USA
    • Departure date: Between 15 May 2018 and 20 June 2018
    • Deadline: ongoing

    Camps generally look for people who have worked with children or taught an activity in the past 12 months. Here are some great ways to boost your Summer Camp USA application:

    • Volunteer with a local organisation / school / youth club
    • Ask friends or family if they know anyone who can help you get relevant experience

    The more recent and relevant your experience is, the more Camp Directors you’ll have eyeing your application!

    • Do you love working with children?
    • Are you friendly, energetic, enthusiastic, patient and caring?
    • Are you able to commit to camp for 10 weeks, from mid May / mid June 'til the end of August?
    • Will you feel at home in an active, outdoors environment? We’re not talking Bear Grylls conditions, but at the very least it’d be awesome if you like forests and campfires and fresh air!

    Costs

    • From Non-flight package £269, or Flight package £499
      • Accommodation and food is all included and students will earn a competitive salary (up to $1, 100 USD) whist working at camp. Payment is made in three manageable chunks and starts with a £39 deposit.
    • Other costs to consider:
      • Mandatory ICPC Police Background Check £60
      • US Embassy J-1 Visa (2016 Cost) $160 USD
      • Medical (Some camps will require a medical) Charges vary
      • Visa support funds - $400

    Eligibility

    You have to be:

    • Over 18 years old
    • Committed to a whole summer of fun
    • prove recent experience working with children

    Further details and how to apply

    To Apply and for more information click here

  • Absolute internship - Beijing, Hong Kong, Madrid, Shanghai, Singapore

    About the internship

    Absolute Internship can assist you with organising an international placement. Their comprehensive services do a preliminary assessment of the things that you're seeking in an internship, and either match you with one of their existing business partners, or go and actively search a placement to match your needs.

    Absolute Internship generously offers a guaranteed discount of £100 and a priority access to University of Essex students.

    • Duration: one to three months.
    • Location: Beijing, Hong Kong, Madrid, Shanghai, Singapore.
    • Departure date: summer.
    • Deadline: ongoing application deadline.
    • For more information please read the information booklet (.pdf).
    • There will be an info session on Monday 19 March 2.00pm - 3.30pm in NTC.1.04. Book your place
    • To apply and for more information click here

  • The Intern Group - various international locations

    About the internship

    The Intern Group can assist you with organising an international placement. Their comprehensive services do a preliminary assessment of the things that you're seeking in an internship, and either match you with one of their existing business partners, or go and actively search a placement to match your needs.

    The Intern Group offer a generous 10% discount on program fees to University of Essex students.

    • Duration: 6-24 weeks.
    • Location: Chicago, Colombia, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Melbourne, New York, Shanghai, Tokyo and Toronto.
    • Departure date: all year round.
    • Deadline: ongoing application deadline.
    • For more information please read the information booklet (.pdf).
    • To apply and for more information click here

  • Experiencia Buenos Aires Internacional (EBAI) Internship – Buenos Aires, Argentina

    About the internship

    EBAI is an internship and cultural exchange programme aimed at young talents worldwide, which takes place every year for 3 months between June and August. EBAI provides outstanding students a great opportunity to enhance their own skills and academic knowledge by working at the Government of the City of Buenos Aires. EBAI targets currently enrolled BA and MA students aged between 20 to 32 years old, with working knowledge of Spanish and a strong interest in public policy.

    Students will be working at the Government of the City of Buenos Aires at an office that best fits your profile, such as investments, smart city, entrepreneurship and creative economics, strategic management and institutional quality, open government and innovation, the Environmental Protection Agency, health, urban development and transport, tourism or international trade. Students will get assigned a mentor and meet lots of government officials who are in charge of iconic policies being implemented across Buenos Aires. There will be a rich cultural programme allowing you to enjoy the city and its attractions. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate of participation, a great addition for your CV.

    • Duration: two months.
    • Location: Buenos Aires City, Argentina
    • Departure date: summer.
    • Deadline: The application deadline has passed and we expect it to reopen in December 2018
    • For more information please read the information booklet (.pdf)

    Ready to apply?

    You will need to submit the following scanned documents to stpabroad@essex.ac.uk before the published deadline 23:59pm on 12 April 2018

    • Application form (.pdf) in Spanish
    • CV in Spanish
    • 2 letters of recommendation/reference letters (ideally from your lecturers) – fully signed please – can be in English
    • Cover/motivational letter in Spanish
    • Copy of your undergraduate degree if you are a postgraduate student
    • Copy of your transcript (get this from your department)
    • Letter stating you are a current University of Essex student (get this from the Silberrad student centre)
    • Certificate proving knowledge of Spanish at a level of at least to B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (if you don’t have a certificate please make an appointment with Teresa Torres (torrmi@essex.ac.uk) who may be able to test your Spanish and confirm your level of knowledge).
    • Full copy of a valid passport front valid at least 1 year from February 2018.

    Please note these opportunities are very popular and you have to submit a strong application. Check out our ‘How to write a killer personal statement for your international experience’ leaflet for excellent tips that you may find useful when writing your cover/motivational letter!

Study and internship programme

This is an excellent opportunity that allows you to both study and complete a work placement during your year abroad. The programme consists of two semesters:

  • the first is spent studying variety of modules
  • the second is spent working in a local company or within the University
  • Konstanz-Essex programme - Germany

    The University of Konstanz and Essex are pleased to announce the launch of a new exchange / internship programme in the field of computer science. The programme will cover two semesters at the University of Konstanz in Germany, making it a full academic year programme.

    • Duration: whole academic year.
    • Location: Germany, University of Konstanz and local company in Konstanz.
    • Departure date: August - September 2017.
    • Deadline: As soon as possible.

    Eligibility

    This programme is for computer science students only. You need to be enrolled on a year abroad programme in order to take part in this opportunity.

    Funding

    If you're taking part in this programme you may be able to receive an Erasmus+ funding grant.

    Further details and how to apply

    If you're a current second year student and you haven't made an application, but would like to study abroad in your third year, you'll need to come speak to a member of the team (Essex Abroad office on square 2) or email saoadmin@essex.ac.uk.

  • THM-Essex programme - Germany

    The Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen (THM) and Essex are pleased to announce the launch of a new exchange / internship programme in the field of computer science, informatics, electronic engineering or business studies. The programme will cover two semesters at the Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen (THM) in Germany, making it a full academic year programme.

    • Duration: whole academic year.
    • Location: Germany, Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen (THM) and local company in Mittelhessen.
    • Departure date: August - September 2017.
    • Deadline: As soon as possible.

    Eligibility

    This programme is for computer science, informatics, electronic engineering or business studies students only. You need to be enrolled on a year abroad programme in order to take part in this opportunity.

    Funding

    If you're taking part in this programme you may be able to receive an Erasmus+ funding grant.

    Further details and how to apply

    If you're a current second year student and you haven't made an application, but would like to study abroad in your third year, you'll need to come speak to a member of the team (Essex Abroad office on square 2) or email saoadmin@essex.ac.uk.

Volunteering

There are no academic requirements for volunteering placements.

  • International Citizen Service – variety of countries from Bangladesh to Zimbabwe

    About the internship

    International Citizen Service (ICS) is a once-in-a-lifetime, UK government-funded programme providing volunteer placements to 18-25 year olds and Team Leader placements to 23-35 year olds. It's a development programme that brings together young people from the UK and developing countries to volunteer in some of the poorest communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    UK volunteers work side-by-side with local volunteers in developing countries, staying with host families in the local community.

    ICS isn't a holiday. It's demanding but hugely rewarding. It's a great opportunity for personal development, a stepping stone to future careers and a chance to make your world a better place.

    The programme is led by VSO in partnership with a hand-picked group of respected development organisations. They each offer structured support and training to help and guide you before, during and after your overseas placement.

    You don’t need cash, skills or qualifications to apply for ICS – just the ambition to make a difference.

    • Duration: 10-12 weeks.
    • Location: Africa, Asia and Latin America.
    • Departure date: Summer 2018 as well as throughout the year (once you graduate).
    • Deadline: ongoing but apply as soon as possible.
    • For more information please read the information booklet (.pdf).
    • To apply and for more information click here

    Funding

    • All expenses are funded by the UK Government.
    • Volunteers must fundraise £800 to support the project.

    Eligibility

    • UK resident or EEA citizens residing in UK.
    • Aged between 18 and 25.
    • Team leaders between 23 and 25.

  • SLV.Global volunteering - Sri Lanka

    About the internship

    SLV.Global provides psychology students and graduates the opportunity to gain valuable, practical experience in the mental health sector while being immersed in a unique and exciting culture.

    The placements in Sri Lanka are designed to provide maximum benefit to the communities where SLV.Global works and at the same time give you the opportunity to gain highly valuable experience in the mental health sector.

    Funding

    The volunteering placement is unpaid. You will need to pay for the following:

    • programme fee
    • return flights and travel insurance
    • entry visa
    • personal expenses

    You may be able to apply for several funding opportunities to help you cover the costs of these including our crowdfunding platform Click, International Experience Bursary and University Travel Grants.


  • UmPhafa volunteering project – South Africa

    About the volunteering project

    This is an Essex Abroad organised volunteering opportunity!

    • Duration: 2 weeks
    • Location: South Africa
    • Departure date: 19 September 2018 – 3 October 2018
    • Deadline: 24 June 2018
      Please apply as soon as possible as spaces are limited
    • For more information please read the information booklet (.pdf).
    • To apply click here

    The role

    You will play a crucial role in the operation of the reserve by helping to collect vital data necessary to make key management decisions. You will also have the satisfaction of developing the necessary skills required to make in-roads into the field of conservation, whilst working closely with large animals and knowing that your contributions is having a direct influence to the wellbeing of the fauna on the UmPhafa Reserve.

    UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve offers internships to people who have a passion and an interest to learn about African Wildlife Conservation and Reserve Management. The internships are run by the Reserve Management Team which ensures that interns are mentored by our most senior and experienced staff members. It is a fantastic and rare opportunity to work alongside a team with many years of experience and gain creditable work experience whilst knowing that the contribution is having a direct influence on the wellbeing of the flora and fauna on the reserve. Data that volunteers collect will be vital in making key management decisions.

    Eligibility

    • Able to walk during a hot day.
    • Interested in conservation, wildlife and environment.

    Costs

    • £700 for programme fee – includes accommodation, three meals per day, airport transfers, orientation, internet access
    • You will need to pay for travel insurance
    • £700-£900 – return flights to Durban
    • Any visa or vaccination costs
    • Additional spending money
    • Money for personal kit

    Funding

    Did you know that you can use the University of Essex award winning crowdfunding platform CLICK to fundraise for this experience? The best thing is you may be able to qualify for match-funding where you get an extra £1 for every £1 you fundraise for free. T&Cs apply. For more info go to our funding page.


  • Wildlife Sense volunteering project - Greece

    About the volunteering project

    Wildlife Sense is a sea turtle research and conservation organisation based on the beautiful island of Kefalonia, Greece. Its mission is to protect endangered sea turtles and their natural habitats, offer a unique learning experience to the volunteers who join its efforts, and promote public awareness.

    • Duration: 2 weeks, longer durations are also available
    • Location: Greece
    • Departure date: 9 September – 23 September 2018
    • Deadline: 24 June 2018
    • To apply: click here
    • For more information please read the information booklet (.pdf).

    The role

    As part of a team, you will survey the beaches of Kefalonia to find and protect sea turtle nests. You will cycle to the beaches in the early morning, walk along the sand looking for fresh turtle nests, then mark, measure, and protect all nests that were laid during the previous night. The primary goal is to protect sea turtle nests against accidental damage and monitor their progress throughout incubation to the hatching stage.

    Eligibility

    • 18 years of age or older.
    • Minimum stay of two weeks.
    • Comfortable riding a bicycle on hilly terrain.
    • Able to walk/bike during a hot day.
    • Interested in conservation, wildlife and environment.

    Costs

    Programme fee including the two week long programme, full training, social programme and accommodation is £410

    What is included:

    • Two-week long volunteering experience with sea turtles
    • Full training and ongoing supervision
    • Accommodation in apartments shared with the rest of the team
    • Researcher T-shirt

    You still have to pay for the following:

    • Flights – estimated to be between £150 - £350 for direct return flight from Stansted to Kefalonia
    • Food costs – ( you can opt in for a shared vegetarian food kitty at €30 per week which is paid on arrival, you cook your own meals)
    • Personal expenses- approximately £100 – £150
    • Visa fee – most nationalities including UK the countries do not need a visa to Greece.

    Funding

    Did you know that you can use the University of Essex award winning crowdfunding platform CLICK to fundraise for this experience? The best thing is you may be able to qualify for match-funding where you get an extra £1 for every £1 you fundraise for free. T&Cs apply. For more info go to our funding page.

Research opportunities

Research opportunities abroad offer excellent ways to become immersed in, and contribute to, a variety of research projects. They almost always offer generous scholarships and grants.

  • Euraxess - research portal

    Euraxess is a hub for all things related to international research. It works in three key areas: jobs, services and rights, and is completely free to researchers who are interested in working abroad. You get funding for your travels, can apply for fellowships and placements overseas, find a new job on the other side of the world, or just get useful pointers for life in a different country.

    By providing support, advice and funding for researchers, Euraxess UK can help you collaborate with other international researchers in your field and share your knowledge across the world. They also have a wealth of experience helping people relocate to other countries, so whether it's medical care or childcare, accommodation or taxation, Euraxess is the place to find the answers.

    Funding

    Available grants vary from country to country and specific fields of work. You can find current opportunities depending on your own personal skills, level of experience, and where you’re looking to go. New opportunities are constantly posted and each one will have its own individual deadline.

    Further details and how to apply

    Please visit the Euraxess website to learn more and to search through numerous international research opportunities.

Big Essex Award

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The Big Essex Award is the University's employability award and is how we accredit extra-curricular activities here at Essex. It recognises all your extra-curricular activities on your HEAR.

The Big Essex Award can also help you identify and effectively sell the skills graduate employers are really looking for.

You can get up to 50 Units for your international experience abroad.


Other resources

The following external resources may help you source a placement: