International placements and summer internships

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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.

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

Name of companyDestinationInformationDuration
University of York with Academic Internship Council (AIC) Tokyo, Vancouver, California

The University of York has identified three locations with AIC for 2019 which cover a range of sectors.  [Locations may change in future years].

Sectors for each location are as follows:
California (San Francisco (PDF , 606kb) and Los Angeles (PDF , 657kb)): Business, Finance and Economics; Television, film and journalism; Arts and Culture; Politics, law and NGOs; Healthcare, social issues and education; and Technology, engineering and research.

Tokyo (PDF , 619kb): Business and Communication; and Technology and Computer Science

Vancouver (PDF , 586kb): Technology and research; Digital entertainment and Film/TV production; Green economy; Hospitality and Tourism; Engineering and Life Sciences; and Social enterprise

The provisional cost for each location (programme and accommodation) are:
Vancouver - $5,725 USD; Los Angeles $6,354 USD, San Francisco $6,754 USD and Tokyo $5,200 USD.

We are offering a small number of £500 bursaries to eligible students who apply for this programme through the Centre for Global Programmes.

For more detailed information see our University of York AIC international Internships information sheet (PDF , 468kb)


Applications for 2019 are now open.  The deadline is midnight on Sunday 17 February 2019. 

How to apply


8 weeks
The Intern Group Europe, Asia, Australia, the USA and Latin America The Intern Group has opportunities in 15 cities across the world in the USA and Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America.

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