EUSA

Who is EUSA?

EUSA is a not-for-profit organization that works with universities to provide students with academically directed internship programs. EUSA's internship teams place 2000 students each year across all industry sectors. Students apply and are selected by their home institution and EUSA works with the home institution to provide internship placements, support, housing, and academic courses.

Are there any scholarships available?

There are a number of ways to fund participation in a programme. You just need to know where to look. Your home institution will have some tips, and the web is another great resource. Below you will find other possibilities to aid students in search of private scholarships and additional funding for study away and study abroad.    

Where is EUSA located?

EUSA has operations in London, Dublin, Madrid, Paris and Prague.

How Do I Contact EUSA?

Please see our Contact Page for contact information for our team.

Can I get financial aid? Can I use my financial aid?

Please contact your home institution to find out about financial aid eligibility.

What is the Placement Process?

You can expect an informal internship consultation with a member of the Placement Team, either on campus or via telephone or Skype. We'll speak about your goals, expectations, preferences, priorities, experience, language skills (where relevant), and any credit requirements. We then use this information to find the most suitable placement for you.

Then what?

1. A provisional placement will be made to you via email. Details will include sponsoring organization, website, job descriptions, hours, dress and previous student evaluations, if available. The placement is "provisional" at this point because it is contingent upon the success of the onsite interview with the sponsoring organization.

2. Upon arrival, an on-site interview will be conducted at the sponsoring organization's office.

You can read more about the placement process in the Predeparture Essentials section.

Do I have a choice of where I can intern?

You have a great deal of control in directing the placement process and ensuring that EUSA makes the right placement. It's important to keep in mind that the time for you to exercise this control is during the earlier part of the process, at your internship consultation with a EUSA placement manager and even before, as you prepare for this meeting. The best way to prepare is to think about the following questions:    

  • What previous experience do you have that makes you a suitable candidate?
  • What types of tasks & responsibilities do you expect to have in your internship?
  • What is your main goal for the internship?
  • What specific skills are you hoping to develop?
  • What are your future career goals and how does this internship relate to them?
  • What kind of credits do you need for this internship?

EUSA takes this information very seriously. We will not let you request a type of placement which we do not feel is a realistic possibility and we also expect you not to agree to a type of placement which you are not willing to undertake, but we DO expect you to have at least three internship preferences. After your consultation, your placement manager will send you an email to follow up on your discussion and confirm that they have understood your preferences, goals, and academic credit requirements. If you do not believe that the placement manager has understood these, it's essential that you notify them immediately, as once a placement has been arranged for you, you cannot change it.

How do I apply?

You must apply through your home institution or, if your home institution does not work with EUSA, another EUSA partner institution.  Please see our Next Steps  for more information.

How much does the program cost?

Students should check with their home institution. As EUSA runs programs for colleges and universities, it does not take payment from individual students or set the final program fee charged to students. Please go to the Next Steps section for information on institutions which work with EUSA.

When should I be in contact with EUSA?

Feel free to contact a member of the EUSA team with any questions you may have at any point throughout the process. However, your home institution should be your first point of contact, as they can help answer all of your questions regarding the application process, selection criteria, academic credit, financial aid, etc.

Can any major participate? Do you have to be a business major?

Study abroad and study away is encouraged for ALL majors, though you will need to check with your home institution to ensure they do not have their own restrictions. EUSA works with students from every field and can accommodate almost any degree with a suitable placement.

Do I have to study in my major field while on this program?

You will need to check with your home institution to determine this.

Do I have to do this program for credit/units?

Yes. All programs must receive academic credit so that you may enter the country on a student visa and therefore legally complete your placement.

How many credits/units do I have to take?

This will vary depending on your program. Check with your home institution for more details.

How many credits/units will I get?

You will need to check with your home institution to determine the number and type of credits you will receive for this program.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the credits/units? The course? Academics?

The program coordinator at your home institution should be able to answer any questions. The local EUSA team is also available to help.

Is there a course? Paper? Journal? Portfolio?

All students must complete an academically directed piece of work in order to be eligible to intern legally on the terms of a student visa. This will vary depending on your program, but you should speak to your home institution in order to determine your specific requirement. You will have one.

How will study be different from the United States?

The academic component of each program varies depending on your home institution; you will be given more details by your university.

In general, your academic study has been designed to meet the requirements of your home institution, so you should expect to do equivalent amounts, though different types, of work. You are participating in an American program, and will be taking classes with fellow American students. Depending on your program, you may have a faculty member from your university teaching a course, or local faculty. EUSA faculty are generally European, and may have different standards and expectations for you than a professor on your home campus. Tutors often expect their students to take a bit more initiative with readings and projects and may not provide as many guidelines as American professors.

In Europe, most students will have specialized early in their college careers and may be somewhat more knowledgeable about their major course of study than an American with the same number of years - so expect some challenging questions. Most local lecturers note that American students are more open to participate in class discussions, and once they realize that you are eager to participate, the balance of lecture to discussions will often shift.

Remember, every professor is an individual and their expectations and styles will differ.

What if I am not placed? Am I guaranteed placement?

EUSA has been placing students since 1984 and has never failed to place a student. We DO NOT intend to start with you! Once your home institution accepts you to the program, you are guaranteed a placement. If the EUSA team encounters any trouble with a particular placement request, we may speak to you further and ask you to refine your goals and/or expectations. We will attempt to find your first choice, but there is a possibility that we may need to look elsewhere. This often happens when students do not have the skills or experience necessary for their first choice placement.

Can I see a list of all possible internship placements?

Because of the large numbers of students we are working with, and the number of available placements in any given term, this is just not possible for us to do. Even if we posted a list, we cannot guarantee a particular company would take a student during your program dates - or that is would be the right placement for you if available. Therefore, we do not allow such lists to circulate.

How should I prepare for the placement process?

There are several practical ways in which you can prepare for your placement. The best way of ensuring a successful position is to adopt a POSITIVE ATTITUDE. If you are open minded, willing to listen to advice, and are enthusiastic then you'll be guaranteed a positive and beneficial experience.

What is a CV?

CV stands for Curriculum Vitae (Latin for "course of life"). This term is used interchangeably with "resume" in Europe.  A CV can be up to 2-3 pages. For an example please see our Downloads page.

When will I find out where I will be interning? Should I worry if my friends find out about their placements before I do?

The Placement Team will do their best to notify you prior to your arrival, but it is not uncommon (or cause for concern) if you have not been placed by then. Because we work with each student individually and accommodate individual requests, this process takes time and we ask that you be patient with us. We want to find the right experience for you - which could take days, weeks or sometimes months. We could place you in just any internship in a matter of minutes - finding the best possible internship can take much longer.   We will notify you of our progress but you are free to contact us at any time to enquire about your placement. It is important to remember that since this process caters to individual students, you or your fellow students may find out about your placements before one another.

Will I be paid?

All placements are unpaid. You are able to intern legally because these are unpaid placements for which you are receiving credit at your home institution. Occasionally supervisors may offer to cover the costs of your transportation and/or lunch expenses - but this is NOT required of them and should be treated with appreciation. By no means should you expect or ask for compensation.

What should I bring to wear at work?

We will answer this question once we know where you will be placed. It is tough to generalize on this one because we have placements ranging from suits and ties to sandals and jeans! Make sure you ask about this if we haven't told you by the time you leave.If in doubt you might ask us which of the examples shown here most closely resembles the most appropriate atire for your placement.In general, it is wise to bring at least one conservative work outfit (a suit if you have one) for your interview (or formal meetings and events) and see how your colleagues are dressed and adapt yourself to the general level of formality. Even if you are working in a more formal environment, do not feel pressured into buying a full wardrobe of suits if you can't afford it. You will not be a fashion pariah if your wardrobe is limited to a few outfits.

How long should I expect to commute to work?

Prague has one of the best and most efficient transportation systems in the world. And since Prague is compact, traveling around is quite easy. You can choose from subway, trams, or busses. At times, walking to your destination will be your fastest option.

What will I be doing at work

You can expect your placement to be a different experience to one in the US in various ways:


  • The experience is to give you a taste of working life. You will not necessarily have a specific project to work on but will be expected to help out with day-to-day tasks.
  • Supervisors are busy professionals and most will not work out a specific schedule for students.
  • A lot of the learning will be done through your own initiative. You will need to be proactive about making sure you are getting the experience you want. Speak up, ask for work, and make sure your team members know you are available for any and every task!
  • All placements will have an element of clerical tasks to them (the realities of any job). Be sure to handle these with a smile and you'll soon find your responsibilities increased.
  • Only so much can be achieved during a short-term placement. Be realistic about what you can expect - remember this is an international experience no matter what you're doing on any specific day. Look at the bigger picture and know that you're going to be worlds ahead of your classmates who stayed in the States for their semester or summer!
  • Sometimes you are given more responsibilities than you would expect for a work experience student. Treat this as an opportunity to try the real world.
Can I take any days off work for vacation, travel?

NO! As you are on a short-term placement, attendance is mandatory. Your supervisor will be expecting you to be at work for the ENTIRE period - just as they would any other member of staff. The only excusable reason for missing work is illness. If you have a minor illness and cannot go to your internship, you must call the EUSA office AND your internship supervisor on each day that you will be absent. If you are absent for more than two days in a calendar week due to illness, you may be required to submit a doctor’s note to EUSA.

Can I extend my internship?

This is virtually impossible because of strict visa laws. Speak to a member of the placement team directly if this is a question that concerns you. If you and your supervisor wish to make any arrangements to extend the placement, EUSA is not in a position to offer advice on visas or arrange housing or other services beyond the dates of the original program.

This is difficult to generalize, you will work whatever is asked of you, and this will be vastly different for different industries (an investment banker will work much longer hours than a school teacher, for example). These hours are non-negotiable and will be expected by the supervisor and the Placement Team.

If you have your own contacts for a placement then please bring all the details to your initial meeting or email the Placement Team with the information. We will then be able to advise you on the best way to go about making the contact. You must not seek out your own positions without consulting a member of the Placement Team. You should remember that your legal status in this country is dependent upon your position being approved by the Placement Team.

Your interview with your prospective placement should be treated as a FORMAL INTERVIEW. Please see our In-Prague section for detailed information on preparing for this interview.

What if the interview doesn't go well? What happens if I don't get the job?

Try not to worry about this too much - it rarely happens. If it does, the Placement Team will react quickly to find you another interview at a different company. This may delay the start of your placement by a day or two, but should not be a big problem. Prepare yourself by rehearsing with a friend or parent if you are worried about the interview. Your university's career service website should have examples of typical interview questions.

Contact a member of the Placement Team via email and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Do not keep problems or concerns to yourself! If things are not going well at your placement, please make an appointment to see a member of the Placement Team. We are here to help and offer advice, if for some reason you don't feel confident or able to deal with a situation that arises at work. We will probably have met and dealt with a similar situation in the past.    

Once you have agreed to a placement following your interview, you have made a COMMITMENT to that company for the duration of your placement period. Therefore, please be aware that the Placement Team will focus on addressing your placement concerns and improving your current placement, but will not simply move you unless in the case of an extenuating circumstance. Talk to the Placement Team regarding any placement concerns, as quitting or walking out of a placement is not acceptable behaviour and may affect the internship credit you receive at your home university.

NOW! NOW! NOW! Do not delay in getting or renewing your passport.

Please check the expiration date - we have had students in the past who have had to delay their departure because they have not renewed their passports on time!

Also, please check that it does not expire for at least 6 months AFTER your program ends. If it is going to expire in this time period, then renew it NOW! To find out more about renewing or applying for a passport, visit www.travel.state.gov

How can I prepare before I leave?

Read the Predeparture Essentials section before you leave! This is ESSENTIAL background reading for you about your upcoming study abroad program. It will help you to prepare for your cultural, academic, placement experiences, and contains numerous suggestions for books, films, and local newspapers and media outlets.

What should I pack?

Pack Light! Space is at a premium, and remember that you are coming for a relatively short amount of time. You do not need to have a different outfit for each and every day. Do NOT forget:

  • An umbrella
  • Adequate supplies of prescription and non-prescription medications
  • A copy of your CV
  • Copies of necessary entry documents for customs and immigration (see the Predeparture Essentials section of this site for detailed information)

Whatever you pack will probably be more than you will need. Clothing you can layer is best. Since you will hopefully bring as little as possible, you will do best to bring clothes that are easily mixed and matched. It is often said that casual wear in Europe is less casual than in the United States, and you should be prepared with some semi-dressy clothes for an occasional invitation out as well as appropriate business attire for your internship. Be sure to pack shoes you will be comfortable in - you'll do a lot of walking! Even if you are a fashionista, it's best not to pack too much as you will find European styles just a little different from the US and you may want to adapt to the local look.

Who should I contact with questions before my program starts?

You can contact the EUSA team for your site or your home institution.

Who should I contact if I have questions about customs/immigration?

Please contact the Program Team for your EUSA city.

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