Where better to discover business culture than the Nordic nation of Sweden, known for its strong business climate? You’ll be placed with a respected organization and mentored by professionals in your workplace, where you'll perform a range of business-related tasks that contribute to and support the success of a vibrant international enterprise.
During your internship, you'll begin to build your global network, discover new interests, and develop transferrable soft skills, returning home feeling ready to take on whatever comes next.
We understand that interning abroad can come with a lot of questions, and we’re here to help: here are answers to some of the questions our Gap Year Consultants are asked most often.
Good question! Here’s the breakdown:
EF Gap Year students finalize their internship assignments before they return home to the U.S. for winter break, while EF Gap Semester students get their internship assignment prior to departure.
It varies; in the past, EF Gap Year students have worked in the business, education, entrepreneurship, tourism, and non-profit sectors.
The focus of an EF internship is to build fundamental business skills by immersing yourself in the key activities of an international company or non-profit organization; how much responsibility you’re given will depend on your skillset and how invested you are in your own growth.
Your day-to-day will likely include completing independent projects, or assignments and performing entry-level support tasks. Once complete, you can ask for a recommendation from your host organization.
You’ll live in a vibrant neighborhood with easy access to public transportation, located less than an hour from your internship. Your accommodation is a single room in an apartment or residence that you share with other interns in your host city; the residence will be a typical student apartment for your host city, so the size of your room will depend on that.
There is no meal plan during the internship module, so you will be buying and preparing your own meals as part of the independent living experience.
Throughout your stay, we will organize occasional events, excursions, and outings for all the EF interns in your host city so that you can connect and network with like-minded peers.
Annabel H., EF Gap Year Class of 2019 Boston University Class of 2023
During my internship in Madrid, I learned a ton of new programs. I was working with virtual reality, so I learned different ways to manipulate different software, draw in virtual reality—stuff that I thought I’d ever be able to do. I also learned more about team bonding and communication, met new people, and learned how to communicate in a new language.
Sara S. EF Gap Semester Class of Fall 2019
For my internship, I chose to work in Sydney, Australia, for 8 weeks as a marketing and design intern; about a month in, I was offered a full-time job and accepted! I gained a better sense of what will be expected of me when I graduate, as well as knowledge of the business world and the inner workings of a small company.
Diego O., EF Gap Year Class of 2020 Parsons School of Design
Although Berlin is cold, I’ve warmed up to it! Every corner has something different for me to explore, and working out of a co-working space with other young professionals for my internship has been super inspiring; it’s made me feel excited and prepared about my future in the business world.