Gaining a work placement in another country provides opportunities to:
Seeking work in a different country can be challenging, but there are plenty of resources available. We have highlighted some useful starting points below.
Internship Abroad Programs- if you’re a student who is drawn to sharpen your soft skills, but also wouldn’t mind coming home with some new professional skills in your repertoire too, then interning abroad is the international experience for you.
Rate my placement - it's important to stand out from the crowd when applying for a placement or internship. One of the best ways to ensure you do is to have international work experience.
Placement Year International - they arrange work placements abroad for undergraduates, graduates and those already working in related jobs.
Gap Year- taking on some work experience abroad can comfortably fit into a longer backpacking adventure or tour, with placements lasting anything from a few weeks to a whole gap year.
GradConnection - for graduate jobs and internships in China, Hong Kong and Singapore.
TARGETjobs: Working Abroad - options for finding jobs and internships abroad. For each country there is information on language requirements, major industries, shortage occupations, recent growth areas and job hunting tips.
Prospects - includes information on the job market, immigration, vacancy sources, application advice and much more.
AGCAS 'Starting your career in....' series - aimed at returning international students who have studied in the UK. These contain lots of useful information on the economy, routes to employment and vacancy sources which would be equally useful for any graduate considering a career in a particular country.
EURES- from the EC, has lots of information, advice and job listings for countries throughout Europe. It also has a section aimed specifically at graduates.
ERASMUS - work placement programme enabling you to complete a work placement in another European country.
If you plan to live and work outside the UK there may be additional things to consider, for example:
If you intend to travel and work overseas, you should note that protections that are available by law in the UK (for example, protection of certain employee rights, and compliance with workplace health and safety requirements) may not be the same in the country that you are travelling to. Try and find this out before you go.
It is required by French/Spanish law that any student completing an internship in France/Spain must complete a Convention de Stage/Convencio de Colaboracion.
This is a form required in French/Spanish (but for USW it is required to be in both French/Spanish and English) and outlines the tripartite agreement between the USW, the student and the organisation where the placement/internship will take place.
The Convention will detail:
The form must be completed well in advance of commencing any placement, and students are expected to have met all requirements, in addition to following the procedures as outlined below.
Should you wish to undertake an internship it is your responsibility to identify and secure the placement/internship opportunity. You are further responsible for coordinating all necessary arrangements incumbent to the opportunity which, in France/Spain, includes arrangements for a Convention de Stage/Convencio de Colaborcion.
Should you ask USW to sign a Convention de Stage/Convencio de Colaboracion (an agreement between you, USW and the company), you must:
If you are lacking any of the above, then they will need to arrange this before completing the Convention and/or get in touch with the Work Placement Team email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further, they may be able to direct you regarding further assistance with specific administrative issues.
However it must be stressed that it is your responsibility to ensure that you arrange adequate insurance during the internship.
All these requirements should be completed well in advance of the due commencement date for the internship. The University of South Wales, as much as the firm or company in question, operate on very busy schedules, and so may not have the capacity to process Conventions as quickly as sometimes anticipated by students. Please bear this in mind when arranging and completing your Convention.