Go Abroad

Finding a traineeship

It is your responsibility to find a traineeship, but we can provide information and guidance on how to find work abroad.

How can I find a traineeship abroad?

The Erasmus+ Traineeship scheme offers a great degree of flexibility – you can claim funding to work in a wide range of organisations, from schools to charities and public or private companies.

You can only apply for Erasmus+ funding once you have secured a placement abroad with a suitable organisation.

You can find more details on eligible organisations by visiting:

What is an Erasmus+ Traineship?

It is your responsibility to find a placement, but there are many resources available to help you find the perfect traineeship.

The Careers Service

The Careers Service

The University’s Careers Service offers resources and specialist advice on finding employment and opportunities abroad:

MyCareerHub

International volunteering

Online resources for opportunities in Europe

Online resources for international opportunities

They offer advice on applying for a job:

Effective CVs and covering letters Application advice Interview advice

They also provide access to Going Global.

The Going Global database has information for 40 countries including many in Europe. It offers job search sites, career fairs, overviews on how to look for work, advice on CVs and interviews. Going Global also has a number of country career guides as well as some global city guides.

Access it via the Careers Resources channel on MyEd:

MyEd

Using your network

If you’re looking for a traineeship within your specific field, it is a good idea to speak to your supervisor or school exchange coordinator. They might be able to recommend overseas organisations that are relevant for your degree.

Look for academic publications in your subject – which institutions or private companies are involved? Can you contact them directly?

Don’t underestimate the importance of networking with fellow students. Meet international students with EUSA Global, join student societies in your subject and connect with University of Edinburgh students who are already on exchange via our Go Abroad Facebook group.

EUSA Global Europeers UK
Go Abroad Facebook Group Go Abroad Facebook Page

Other useful links

Not sure where to find your perfect placement? The resources below are a great starting point to look for positions in Europe, from volunteering to teaching and technical placements.

Erasmus Intern

The official Erasmus platform with hundreds of opportunities across Europe in a wide range of industries, updated daily.

British Council Language Assistant

Teach English abroad for a full year in the following Erasmus countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

IAESTE

Find technical placements in Europe in the fields of Science, Engineering, Technology or Applied Arts with the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE).

Solidarity Corps  Get involved in meaningful volunteering and work projects that benefit communities and people around Europe, or create your own solidarity project.
GaragErasmus A platform to help students with a previous international or Erasmus experience find jobs online and through recruitment events across Europe.
European Youth Portal A resource for information on opportunities to young people across Europe.
Eurodesk

Find paid internships to work for major EU organisations and agencies.

Please note: EU institutions listed on this page of EU website are not eligible for Erasmus funding  - EU Institutions

EURES The European Mobility job portal to access thousands of job offers across Europe.

Digital skills

Did you know that in today’s job market, at least 90% of jobs require digital skills? Doing an Erasmus+ Traineeship in digital skills is an excellent way to boost your CV and your employment prospects.

Who can apply?

You don’t need a background in computing to learn digital skills. Digital skills are increasingly in demand across all sectors, and can be an excellent addition to your existing skills.

What are digital skills?

Digital skills may include:

  • digital marketing, such as social media management or web analytics
  • digital graphical, mechanical or architectural design
  • development of apps, software, scripts, or websites
  • installation, maintenance and management of IT systems and networks
  • cybersecurity
  • data analytics, mining and visualisation
  • programming and training of robots and artificial intelligence applications

How do I find opportunities connected to digital skills?

Visit the Digital Skills section of Erasmus Intern to find the latest job offers in Europe.

Digital Skills - Erasmus Intern 

Once you have found a suitable position, simply apply for Erasmus+ funding online:

Work Abroad - Application Process