THE DEADLINE FOR SUMMER INTERNSHIPS IN EUROPE APPLICATIONS IS MARCH 1st!
Please print or type all parts of this application, and send all materials to:
- Center for Study Abroad
- Dewey 2-147, P.O. Box 270376
University of Rochester Internships in Europe
Rochester, NY 14627-0376
Phone: (585) 275-7532
Fax: (585) 473-6494
*If sending by Express Mail or Federal Express, do not include the P.O. Box in the address.
- Download the Internships in Europe Application
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- View information on how to apply for your passport and/or visa, click
Notice: The British government now requires all students who undertake internships in the U.K. to obtain a visa. Information about how to obtain this visa will be provided after you have been admitted to the program. For initial information, click here.
Applications for fall semester must be in by April 1, for the spring semester by September 15, for summer programs by March 1. Please note: Students age 21 and over must obtain an FBI background check, which can take 8 weeks or more. Click here and here for information on getting your Belgian visa. While we always try to place late applicants, it is a good idea to apply earlier if you plan a placement in the most competitive spots, such as the House of Commons.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Early applications are encouraged.
- A completed application consists of the following parts:
- Part 1: General information
- Part 2: Internship application and Essay
- Part 3: Two recommendations, one academic and one character Foreign language recommendation, for foreign-language internships only.
- Part 4: Academic Information
- Part 5: Housing form
- Part 6: Home University Authorization (Not required of University of Rochester applicants.)
- One official transcript for all colleges attended—order from your registrar's office
- CV or resume
Part 1: General Information
Do not leave any lines blank. Be sure to sign and date the form.
Part 2: Internship Application
Before completing this section and writing your essay, refer to the detailed internship descriptions at our web site. You may apply for more than one internship in more than one center, as long as your language ability qualifies you for the location. If you apply for more than one center (e.g. London and Brussels), be sure to indicate your first choice and second choice in the columns provided. You may also apply for two centers in consecutive semesters. Be aware that the student visa application process may be complicated.
Courses (all sites except Germany): Semester students take two academic courses.
One of these must be related to your internship as follows:
Politics: British Politics
Business: Business-related course
Arts: Art or studio art-related course
Health Sciences: science, health science, psychology or public health-related course
Part 2a: Essay
Your essay will be a major criterion for selection into the Internships Program. The ability to write clearly and concisely is a critical asset. Your essay is read by the University of Rochester faculty who will review your application to the program and by your prospective internship supervisors. If your internship is to be taken in a language other than English, please write the essay in that language.
In a short essay (no more than one page) explain why you would like to do an international internship. You may include information such as how previous coursework or experience relates to the internship field you have selected. Other details might include your short and/or long-term goals, or information about your career plans. View detailed guidelines on writing your essay.
Part 3: Recommendations
We ask for the names of two references, one academic and one character. Your academic recommender should be someone from whom you have taken college coursework. The character recommender can be an employer or supervisor, a member of the clergy, or someone on your campus with whom you have had close contact. Please photocopy this form and give one to each of your recommenders. If you plan to do an internship in a language other than English, you will need to make an extra copy for the foreign language evaluator. (Some students ask their foreign language professor to write both the academic recommendation and the language evaluation.) Let your recommenders know the date of your application deadline. We recommend that you provide them with a stamped and addressed envelope, or encourage them to fax the recommendation to us at (585) 461-5131. The character recommender may be an employer, a volunteer job supervisor, a member of the clergy, or someone on your campus with whom you have had close contact. Recommendations from fellow students or family members are not acceptable.
Part 4: Academic Information
Please provide any additional academic and international information.
Part 5: Housing Information
Before deciding on a homestay or apartment housing, read the following information carefully.
More detailed information about accommodation in each program center is included in the pre-program information packet. (Students who wish to make their own arrangements independent of the program may do so, but they must inform the program office in writing no less than six weeks before the arrival date. These students will receive an accommodation allowance monthly, in advance, from the program office; this allowance should cover the cost of a shared apartment.)
Apartments: In all program centers students can live in shared apartments. The advantages of apartment living include independence and easy commutes to city centers. Apartments are fully furnished and fully equipped. The program directors make all of the arrangement for students who request pre-arranged flats.
Homestays: Students can request placement with a local family as a paying guest. Many students have found living with a foreign family a rewarding and culturally enriching experience, although it is important to understand that Europeans tend to rent rooms as a means of augmenting their incomes, rather than as a cross-cultural gesture, as is usually the case when American families take in foreign students. Besides their own room, students in homestays are provided with partial board. In each center, this includes Continental breakfast each day and at least four meals per week. By definition, families with extra rooms to rent tend to live outside the city center, so students must be prepared for longer and costlier commutes than students in apartments.
Information for LONDON students: All arrangements are made in advance for students living in pre-arranged flats. Students are housed together in groups of four to six in fully furnished and fully equipped flats in popular and convenient areas in and near central London.
Deposits: There is a $300 pre-arranged flat security deposit fee that is billed by the US program office before students depart for their programs. It is refunded approximately six weeks after the end of the program, if no damage is done to the flats.
Important note regarding student visas:
If you are applying to our semester programs in Brussels or Madrid, you WILL need to apply for a student visa (U.S. citizens and some non-US citizens). Find out NOW what the requirements are, as the application process can be long and very detailed. If you are applying to our programs in Edinburgh or London, you will need to apply for Prior Entry Clearance. International students will need to meet English language requirements. Visit these web sites for introductory information:
Part 6: Home University Authorization
Home University Authorization is not required of University of Rochester applicants.
Consult your study abroad office, and the office on your campus that awards transfer credit, before filling out this section. Then give it to your academic dean or study abroad adviser to complete and mail to us.