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Get In Touch With IAESTE United Kingdom

If you are a student or employer, we suggest getting in touch with your closest local committee. They will guide you on your next steps in the IAESTE journey.

How It Works

Check how it will be to be an intern in this country, apply for an internship as a student from this country or you would like to host interns.

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The IAESTE programme in the UK is managed by the British Council with the help of our Local Committee of student volunteers. We host students and recent graduates from all countries, with any nationality. IAESTE is considered work, since you receive a salary. Depending on the passport you hold, you may need a visa. You can check here if you need a visa https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa. .If you need a visa, it will be a Tier 5 temporary work visa and we, in the British Council, can provide you with a Certificate of Sponsorship, for you to apply for your visa. You can find more information about the visa, including costs here https://www.gov.uk/tier-5-government-authorised-exchange.

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FOR NORTHERN IRELAND We have a survival booklet - which you can obtain by contacting our Local Committee through their Facebook and Instagram accounts - https://www.facebook.com/iaeste.uk.belfast; https://www.instagram.com/iaesteni/?hl=en; During most summer internships we advise students to stay at the university accommodation here https://www.qub.ac.uk/accommodation/ ;The cost includes all your bills, including Wi-Fi. It also has the advantage that you can meet many of the other IAESTE interns and QUB students here. We can help arrange the accommodation for you at QUB.

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FOR NORTHERN IRELAND We have two main airports - Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport - Both of which have a direct bus link to the main bus station in Belfast. We will do our best to meet you at the bus station and accompany you to your accommodation if your internship is in Belfast.

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IAESTE supports the intern during the internship by organising social events. In case of any problems they can always reach us for some tips or in case of emergency. After the internship they'll be asked to complete a feedback form to help us to evaluate their internship as we are always trying to improve our performance and reach the highest standards. The report should be submitted within 1 month after the end of the internship. Afterwards, they will be issued with a certificate that confirms their participation in the programme. FOR NORTHERN IRELAND We have an active LC who arrange weekend activities in the summer. These are mostly day trips to the beautiful places in NI - some of which are showcased here https://www.instagram.com/discoverNI/

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You can find full details about the IAESTE programme in the UK here https://www.britishcouncil.org/study-work-abroad/outside-uk/iaeste To apply for an IAESTE placement, you must be:*Aged 19 or over*Enrolled at any higher education institution in Northern Ireland or Scotland*Studying science, engineering, technology, applied arts, or business, marketing, management*In the second year of your undergraduate degree or above, including any year of your MSc or PhD.Students of any nationality are welcome to apply.

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Students can register for the IAESTE program using this link -https://www.britishcouncil.org/study.../outside-uk/iaeste. To register you will need 3 documents and pay a £12 fee (non-refundable).

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We nominate one student for each offer, so this increases your chance of acceptance. We encourage you to email us about any offers you are interested in and we can advise you further. It is important to note - you can only apply for one internship at a time, unless the periods of the internships do not overlap. Also, when we nominate you, it is important for you to be committed to undertake the internship, should you be selected. Remember there were likely many other students interested who did not get offered the placement as it was reserved for you.

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You will need the following documents:*CV - Resume style with photo preferred - one page - only include work experience that is RELEVANT to the internship offer - do NOT include any retail or hospitality part-time jobs.*Cover Letter - we have guidance notes for what to include - one page maximum.*Letter of Enrolment from your university.*University Transcripts - downloaded and stamped by your university.*Tutor recommendation - using our template.

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The IAESTE Association aims to provide a response on whether your application has been successful within 4 weeks. This can depend on the employer. Once you have been accepted, your £200+vat placement fee is payable. We are available to answer any questions you may have prior to departure and encourage you to keep in contact with us so that we can answer any questions you may have.

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IAESTE supports the intern during the internship by organising social events. In case of any problems they can always reach us for some tips or in case of emergency. During the internship we encourage students to send us photos of their experience and tag us on your social media posts #iaesteni. When you return, we hope that you will attend our Welcome Back event, join our alumni group and participate in our Local Committee led events. After the internship they'll be asked to complete a feedback form to help us to evaluate their internship as we are always trying to improve our performance and reach the highest standards. The report should be submitted within 1 month after the end of the internship. Afterwards, they will be issued with a certificate that confirms their participation in the programme.

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The IAESTE Programme is funded by the Department for the Economy in NI and the Scottish Government and managed by the British Council. Through the IAESTE programme you can recruit an international student or graduate according the needs of your company. All you need to do is identify a project, pay a stipend for the intern, which must adhere to the national minimum wage, and we’ll take care of the rest. The British Council will sponsor the student under our Tier 5 sponsorship licence and guide the student through their online visa application. You can find out more information and read about past employer’s experience herehttps://www.britishcouncil.org/study-work-abroad/outside-uk/iaeste/for-employers

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You create your ‘job advert’ according to the needs of your company – outlining the job description, eligibility criteria, requirements and salary offered. IAESTE will share the offer via the IAESTE Online Exchange Platform with partners across the world or a specific country that you are targeting to recruit from.

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You will receive an electronic nomination pack for each student – this will include a cover letter, CV, verified transcript of university course with grades, and tutor recommendation. You will then be invited to review the applicants and provide feedback within 2 weeks. We encourage you to set up e-Interviews with suitable candidates. Should you find a suitable candidate – just let us know and we will take care of the rest, including visas.

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We will handle all pre-arrival logistics with the student, including advising them on accommodation and travel. Our Local Committee of student volunteers will meet and greet them on arrival, assist them as they settle in, and arrange social activities. We will assist the student with instructions on how to open a bank account and how to get a national insurance number on arrival in the UK. At the end of the internship we ask you to fill in a short questionnaire.

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Your next step is to get in touch with us at iaeste@britishcouncil.org and we can arrange a follow up phone call to answer any questions you may have.

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