Finding an Internship Abroad

The TUHH international office offers information on how to find internships abroad.
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Finding an internship abroad requires your initiative. It is a research task first!
To find companies, contacts and offers, you'll have to organise your search.

It helps to sort out these questions first:

  • What fields, methods, technologies am I particularly interested in? Where or for which products does this field or this method finds application?
  • What kind of industries, branches or products do I find interesting?
  • What languages can I already speak? Which languages could I learn before starting an internship? In which countries are these languages spoken or in which countries will I get along with this particular language skill? (e.g English works fine in the Netherlands and all over Scandinavia but may be insufficient when interning in France.)
  • Which regions and countries of the world are particularly known for expertise in a specific field or industry?

You can start your search for companies by looking at the industries and companies of a country or a specific region or city. Wikipedia articles on the country, region or the city often have sections on economy and industry. This may be a good starting point. Often regions and cities have their own official websites with information about the local economy and industries. There may be company directories for regions or cities.
Each region or city is very likely to have its own chamber of commerce. In many cases, their websites will have a member directory that may be accessible.

If you have a bit of spare money, you may want to use the services of a placement agency. The German website of the eurodesk network has a database that lists agencies that offer internship services.