Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start searching for graduate internships. Most international students will have a 4 month period at the end of their studies where you can work full time for any employer on their Tier 4 visa – without needing any additional immigration permission. This could be a great chance for you to get some UK work experience before you go home. Useful sites to search include:
You could also use job search engines such as Indeed.co.uk or CareerJet.co.uk to identify possible opportunities.
What you are NOT looking for:
- A large graduate recruiter’s summer internship programme, targeted at penultimate year undergraduates.
- Roles that suggest it’s a trial for a permanent position – so look out for phrases like “temp to permanent” – it’s less likely that an employer will consider you if they know your Tier 4 visa expires in a few months
- Internships that are advertised to last longer than 4 months – unless you are considering getting a Tier 5 visa
- Where the vacancy specifies that you should be a graduate from a specific university
You might also be able to create your own opportunity – do you have experience, knowledge or skills that could convince an employer to recruit you short term for a project to support their business? Check out our Tier 5 Toolkit (see the useful links box) for ideas and suggestions on how to do this.