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Browse opportunities available to you as part of your programme.

Please note that some departments may have subject-related work placement arrangements with international organisations through specific Year in Industry programme routes. Alternatively, there may be other opportunities available through the With Placement Year or independent internship providers. 


These are the departments who offer a Year in Industry programme through which you may be able to undertake an international placement. Speak to your supervisor or departmental coordinator for information on options available to you.

If you are a Language and Linguistic Science student, speak to your department about International work placements as part of your Year Abroad programme.

Placement Year

A placement year is a structured 9-12 month work experience opportunity that can be integrated into your University of York studies, giving you a substantial amount of work experience that is recognised within your degree title. You may take your placement year in the UK or overseas.

Find out more about the placement year supported by Careers and Placements.


Independent internship providers offer opportunities to work with companies in specified cities across the world to match you in a role relating to your degree and/or professional aspirations. The providers charge for the service, which includes internship matching, pre-departure training, visa support, accommodation, 24/7 on-location support, possible language classes and social, business and networking events. Programme fees and start dates will vary depending on the destination and programme providers.

Using an internship provider can help you find a job in a destination in which you would not normally be able to organise your own opportunity.

You can apply for a Travel Award to help towards the costs of your Internship.

The University of York has been working with the following providers to offer you work experience opportunities in a global setting:

Name of companyDestinationInformationDuration
The Intern Group Europe, Asia, Australia, the USA and Latin America

The Intern Group has opportunities across the world in the USA and Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America. Cities for 2021 to be confirmed.

They have 25 career fields, including Entrepreneurship, Government and Politics, IT and Computer Science, Journalism and Media,  PR and Marketing, Psychology and Science.

The cost is dependant on the duration of the programme. You can find details here. There is a discount of $500 USD for current UoY students.

4 weeks to 6 months
British Council Generation UK: China China The British Council is offering financial support for Internships through CCRC Asia or InternChina. Based in six chinese cities: Beijing, Chengdu, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Zhuhai.

The bursary covers all placement fees, your accommodation, comprehensive travel insurance, pick-up from the airport and
dedicated support throughout your placement.

For details of eligibility criteria, deadlines and how to apply, see their website.
2 months
CRCC Asia South Korea, Japan, China, Vietnam and the UK CRCC Asia offers internships in 8 cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tokyo, Osaka, Ho Chi Minh City, Seoul and Manchester.

They have 14 internship sectors including Business, Engineering, Finance, Green Technology, Legal, Logistics and NGOs, Charities and Not-for-profits

Fees depend on the location and duration of the Programme. You can find them all listed here.
1, 2 or 3 months


Virtual Internships

Virtual internships can allow you to work in an international context without leaving your home. The below providers help you source the internships, offer pre-internships training, support throughout the internship, and help you with your skills and career development.

You can apply for a York Futures Scholarship to help towards the costs of your Internship.


Name of companyDestinationInformationDuration
Virtual Internships (with CRCC Asia)

USA, China, Vietnam and other countries worldwide

Virtual Internships allows students wanting to gain global work experience an internship from the comfort of their own homes, working between 15-37 hours per week for 1-3 months with organisations across the global.  With 18 career sectors to choose from, they also have online preparation and skills development tracking throughout the internship.

Applications are required 4-6 weeks before the start date, with many start times through out summer (and year).  

For more information visit the Virtual Internships website. 

Variable hours per week 
The Virtual Mojo


Each of the organisations offering placements through The Virtual Mojo are unique start-ups or non profits operating in different sectors. The one thing that they all have in common, is their focus on social impact. Be it mental healthcare, women empowerment, environment protection or animal protection our interns can gain valuable international work experience whilst also supporting social impact.

Placements cost from $500 and can be started at any point during the year.

20 hours per week
Think Pacific


Think Pacific is a registered Fijian Charity and UK social enterprise with over 10 years’ experience supporting Fijian Government Ministries, NGOs, local enterprises and business partners to achieve ethical, responsible and sustainable development, whilst allowing students to have a self-developing and rewarding experience.

Our virtual programme allows students to contribute to the Fiji National Development Plan & UN Sustainable Development goals across a range of different careers fields. Working on behalf of a Fijian organisation, students complete a social action project that tackles real problems in the South Pacific, whilst learning about the fascinating Fijian culture and developing global citizenship.

Fully-funded scholarships available. Plus, exclusive UoYork discounts available.

Variable Hours Per Week