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Internships abroad

This page is only for Modern Languages students (French, SPLAS and German departments only) who are looking to complete a semester-long internship abroad as a part of their compulsory third year abraod. Non-Modern Languages students (including European Studies students) that are looking to complete an internship outside of their degree programme should seek the advice of the Careers & Employability team.

Modern Languages students may be able to do an internship for a semester in a French, Spanish, Portuguese or German speaking environment during their compulsory year abroad. This includes French/German/Spanish and Management students. For joint honours students that are completing their degree in two languages e.g. French and German with a year abroad BA, may complete one semester at a university/ELA and then the other completing an internship. 

Students undertaking full-time studies as part of an integrated year abroad are not advised to undertake full-time internships parallel to their studies.

Key information for internships during your year abroad

Internships must:

1. Be in an environment where the language of the workplace is the target language

2. Be guaranteed a secure working environment, so that the employer has requisite local accreditations

3. Be completed on a full-time basis. Semester-long internships must last a minimum of three months

4. Be approved by the relevant Study Abroad Tutor as soon as the internship is confirmed

5. Be supported by a training agreement which should be uploaded to KEATS at the start of the appropriate semester

6. Not mean that the student is given so much work that they are not able to complete the departmental assessment

Please note: 

  • Overseas internships often require an internship host agreement (often known as a Convention de Stage in France), which is a signed agreement to certain parameters between the student, host organisation and King's. Careers & Employability have a standard agreement template that you can access on their internal page.

  • If your internship will take place in Europe, you may be entitled to Erasmus+ mobility grant under the Erasmus+ traineeship scheme provided the funding criteria are met.

Internship approval process

Once students have found and a relevant work placement for, they should:

1. Discuss their year abroad plans with their Study Abroad Tutor

2. Complete their internal year abroad application by the stated deadline, selecting "work placement" as their first choice institution, then three further institutions as backup choices

3. Students will need to seek approval from their Study Abroad Tutors for their proposed work placement. In order for the Study Abroad Tutor to assess the work placement, students must complete this Work Placement Approval Form by the following deadlines:

  • Students completing a work placement abroad for the first semester must complete the Work Placement Approval Form by by 21st July

  • Students completing a work placement abroad for the second semester must complete the Work Placement Approval Form by 20th November (to be approved by 30th November)

Each of the Work Placement Approval Forms are below:

In addition to getting approval from your Study Abroad Tutor, the Work Placement Approval Form will be used for the following purposes: 

  • To calculate your entitlement for an Erasmus+ grant, if applicable 

4. Where appropriate, contact the Careers & Employability team for assistance with a Convention de Stage/ an internship agreement

Resources for finding and applying for internships during your year abroad

On top of your independent research you may find the following useful:

Careers & Employability for application support and their internship opportunities pages 

German speaking resources - UK German ConnectionZeit Online and German work-placement search engines; Meinpraktikum, UNICUM and Stepstone

French speaking resources - L'Etudiant

Global Graduates - Internships Abroad pages

Past opportunities

Some of the organisations King's languages students have completed work placements at are listed below. It is the student's responsibility to independently reserach and apply to the work opportunities they are interested in.

German:

  • Berlin Collective, Artist Network, Berlin

  • BMW, Automotive Industry, Munich

  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Higher Education, Germany (please email studyabroad@kcl.ac.uk for further information)

  • Hugo Boss, Fashion Design, Tübingen

  • Norbert Zaenker und Kollegen, Translation and Interpreting Agency, Berlin

  • PV magazine Photovoltaik, Media, Germany 

  • Red Arrow International Broadcast (ProSiebenSat.1), Media Company, Munich

  • Universitätsbibliothek, Librarianship, Ingolstadt

  • White Clarke Group, Consultancy and software services, Vienna

  • Mirabaud & Cie SA, Wealth & Asset Management, Switzerland

  • Designers Guild, Textiles and Home Furnishings, Germany

  • LKW Walter, Transport & Logistics, Austria

  • Deloitte AG, Finance & Consultancy, Switzerland

  • Heuking Kuehn Lueer Wojtek, Legal Sector, Germany

  • Auticon, IT, Germany

  • Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing (SAP), Technology, Germany

  • DevilDuck Records & Booking, Music Business, Germany

  • KPMG, Professional Services, Germany

  • Misr Bank - Europe GmbH, Finance, Germany

French:

  • Credit Agricole Corporate Investment Bank, Finance, France

  • Daoust Lestage, Architecture, France 

  • FleishmanHillard, Communications, France and Belgium

  • Mediacom, Marketing, France

  • Moonwalk Films, Media, France

  • SA Eurogroup Madame Vacances, Tourism, France

  • Vivendi Universal SA, Media, France 

  • Evo Montréal, Real Estate, Canada

  • Morgan Philips Executive Search, HR & Recruitment, France

  • Mirabaud & Cie SA, Wealth & Asset Management, Switzerland

  • LoungeUp SAS, Hospitality & Tourism, France

  • Deloitte AG, Finance & Consultancy, Switzerland

  • HSBC France, Financial Services, France

  • Centre Scolaire Saint-Pierre, Education, France

  • IPSOS, Research, France

  • Danone, Marketing, France

Spanish:

  • Nest Hostel Granada, Tourism, Spain

  • Savills Consultores Inmobiliarios, Real Estate, Spain

  • Universitat Autòma de Barcelona, Higher Education, Spain

  • Erasmus Life Valencia, Arts, Entertainment and Recreation, Spain

  • Asociación Mujeres Unidas en Salud y Desarrollo (MUSADE), NGO, Costa Rica 

  • Confesión Juventud Con Una Misión "JUCUM," Charity, Colombia

  • Intiwawa Niños Del Sol, Charity, Peru

  • Supergroup PLC, Retail, Spain

  • Consulado General de Hungría, Foreign Trade, Spain

  • Asociación Pro Personas con Parálisis Cerebral, Health Services, Mexico

  • Escuela Entrelenguas, Education & Tourism, Spain

  • Erasmus Club Sevilla, Tourism, Spain

  • H10 Hotels Andalucía Plaza, Tourism, Spain

  • Promora, Real Estate, Spain

  • Teach Argentina

Portuguese:

  • Mais Caminhos, Charity, Brazil 

  • Associação Discover Lisbon, Tourism, Portugal

 

 


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