10 Best and Finest Places in Europe for the year 2018-2019

1. Rock the catwalk in Paris with Fashion Week Internships

Get hands-on, behind the scenes fashion experience interning in Paris—one of the fashion capitals of the world. This internship will teach you the ropes while encouraging you to draw inspiration from up-and-coming designers and the OG fashion icons. It’s even possible that some of their greatness is miraculously transferred unto you when you brush up against the hems of their garments.

Pros: Vous ne parlez pas français? Pas de problème! You don’t need to be able to speak a lick of French to qualify for one of these internships in Europe.

Cons: Actual fashion week in Paris is cray and internship spots fly away as fast as a model in a strong breeze. So, if you want to get in on the action, you need to apply suuuper early. However, programs begin every month and run throughout the year, because if Lauren Conrad taught us anything—it’s always a fashion show.

2. Get down to business in Berlin with The Intern Group

Gain highly sought after work experience in one the world’s business powerhouses. Business is a broad field; so being able to choose from a range of companies and organizations supported by this internship in Germany will help boost professional development in your specific area of interest.

Pros: Berlin’s politically and economically stable condition makes the cost of living quite reasonable. If you play your cards right, your groceries will consist of much more sustenance than ramen noodles.

 Cons: Formalities and bureaucratic paperwork in Germany can make workplace culture seem uptight and tense. Settling in to the office life may take some time, but sticking it out is always worth it!

3. Hone your computer whiz-ardry in Barcelona with Intern-Tech

Innovation is the name of the game in Barcelona. As one of the biggest and best tech hubs to find internships in Europe, a meaningful tech work placement will provide you with more than just a new bullet point on your resume.

Pros: Barcelona is known for it’s sunny climate, world-class beaches, and vibrant social scene. Interning here will allow you to enjoy a lifestyle few cities in the world can match.

Cons: If you took Spanish in high school, you probably know that Spanish in Spain is a little different than what your profesor was teaching. The Barcelona dialect and accent might throw you at first, but you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

4. History buffs unite in Krakow with ELI Abroad

The Jewish Museum in Krakow showcases and runs exhibits that present past and present Jewish culture through lectures, exhibitions, concerts, classes, and publications. Interning at the museum is an extraordinary opportunity for anyone pursuing a career in history and museum studies.

Pros: Poland is a great place to intern abroad due to its tolerant and hospitable culture. Coworkers will welcome you with open arms and make sure you don’t feel like a fish out of water.

Cons: Accommodation and meals are not included in the program fees for this internship. However, a program advisor will help you organize a reasonably priced room that matches your needs.

5. Pre-Med shadowing in Budapest with the Atlantis Project

Intensive shadowing for pre-med students in the U.S. is difficult to arrange and simultaneously essential. If med school application due dates are looming, hopping over the pond to shadow doctors during internships in Europe is what will make your application shine.

Pros: Pre-med students need to understand health care in a global context to expand their perspective as a physician. This internship runs during university breaks, so pre-med students can this global experience without missing a beat and kill two birds with one stone.

Cons: Taking the road less-traveled is no easy feat, and interning in Hungary is definitely a road less traveled. But, at the end of the day, the benefits far outweigh the challenges.

6. Save the dolphins in Funtana with GoEco

Work closely with bottlenose dolphins in effort to help conserve the declining species. Interns will not only gain extensive knowledge on the species, but also participate in conducting research, observations, and data analysis, as well as educating locals on the dolphins and their role in the marine ecosystem.

Pros: Live and work on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Go ahead and Google image search “Funtana.” You’re welcome.

Cons: While it would be great if your internship could seamlessly turn into the fabulous expat life abroad, it’s more than likely that you’ll have to return home at some point.

7. Break a leg in London with Performing Arts Abroad

Pop over and intern in London’s musical theater scene with some of the most accomplished actors, dancers, and directors in the world. This internship includes classes, workshops, backstage tours, and attendance to all the hottest shows in London’s most famous studios.

Pros: Cross-cultural collaboration is invaluable for performing artists. Also, working side-by-side with the Brits will be like a free language course in British slang and leave you dead chuffed.

Cons: The inflated tourist prices coupled with an overall more expensive currency make London a bit pricier than what an unpaid intern might can live off of— start saving those pounds!

8. Crunch numbers in Dublin with Stint Ireland

Dublin is home to hundreds of accountancy firms and financial consultancies. An accounting and finance internship in Dublin will see you applying your accounting skills in multiple industries in the public sector to help maximize their profitability and your productivity.

Pros: Make sure you don’t forget to add included social events, weekend trips, and other excursions to your balance sheet.

Cons: Pubs and social drinking are tightly woven into the cultural fabric of Ireland. Those opposed to alcohol might have trouble finding “dry” alternatives for meeting and connecting with Irish coworkers and friends. But, it’s still not impossible!

9. Find your rhythm in Amsterdam with Music Industry Internships

Ambitious interns can get a taste of the music industry behind-the-scenes with some of the best-known labels, studios, festivals, radio stations, and management agencies in Amsterdam. These internships in Europe will get your creative juices flowing and help you focus on developing skills specific to the music industry.

Pros: Two words: Backstage. Passes.

Cons: Musicians have a reputation for being pretty lax, but if you’re hoping to work in a place running on the same agenda, Amsterdam might not be the place for you. The Dutch place a great deal of importance on sticking to schedule and tardiness is considered very rude.

10. Get your journalism juices flowing in Kiev with NovaMova

If Lois Lane is your alter ego, Kiev is looking for interns like you to work as editors, copywriters, and researchers. Hone your journalism skills at top communication companies, such as the Institute of World Policy, Internews Ukraine, the Independent Association of Broadcasters, and many other well-respected organizations.

Pros: Pack stretchy pants because Eastern Europeans don’t mess around when it comes to food. Subbing your usual stale break-room donut for an array of homemade pick-me-ups, such as cookies, strudels, pancakes, and dumplings will get your over that mid-morning hump.

Cons: Russian is required for this internship in Europe. You don’t have to be 100% fluent, but having a solid grasp on the basics is necessary.