Global Challenge

A unique scheme to give ambitious students once-in-a-lifetime opportunities as interns in top global companies.

What do we offer?

The Global Challenge scheme will give ambitious students the opportunity, funding and training to spend a summer as an intern in a top global company. We are offering:

  • opportunities during summer vacation, sourced for you by the University
  • bursaries to cover flights, accommodation and living costs
  • pre-departure training and information from the International Office

Global Challenge Internships Programme is now open to University of Birmingham undergraduate students from all years of study.   

Applications closed for 2014

Applications have now closed for the Global Challenge programme for summer 2014. The application deadline for opportunities for summer 2014 was 9 February 2014.

Applications are being shortlisted and interviews arranged at present. All applicants who submitted an application for a Global Challenge opportunity will receive notification in due course to indicate whether or not they will be invited to attend an interview.

If you would like to apply for an opportunity for summer 2015, details of the programme will be available through these pages next academic year. In the meantime, we would encourage you to consult the guidance linked below:

Opportunities for 2014

What do the employers think?

The museum has participated in the Global Challenge Internship Programme now for 2 years and we have found it to be an experience which has been of genuine reciprocal benefit to the students and the institution. The students have been of high quality and their contributions have resulted in real outcomes for the Museum. We are enjoying the partnership with an international university. - Moya McFadzean, Senior Curator Migration & Cultural Diversity, Museum Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Sophia has done some really good work; she is already involved in political reporting, getting the tone and pitch right. She has done some really useful work for me as Consular General. - Steve Bridges, Consular General Chicago

What do the students think?

"I felt very proud as I could see in some areas I had brought a completely new perspective on some issues which will help them in the future. This internship has showed me that there are many positions available for graduates in different countries and that employers are happy to consider hiring someone from abroad because of the fresh new perspective that they could bring as well as different skills too." - Ayesha Harris, European Politics, Society and Economics with an International study year, Microfinance Intern with Opportunity International

I am very sad to leave Chicago, it has been such an amazing experience and I have learnt so much that I can now take forward and apply to future job roles. I have undoubtedly added to both my professional and personal development and I feel well equipped to navigate the often difficult world of the graduate job search. - Sophia Wootton, International Relations and Spanish, intern with the British Consulate in Chicago

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Advance preparations

Thinking of applying for a Global Challenge internship? Why not start to learn a language that would be helpful for an internship now? The University is running 10 week language taster sessions starting in January; further details available at

Would you like to find out more about working abroad? Target Jobs provides a huge amount of information about working in a vast range of countries.

Visas for internships

You may need a visa in order to undertake any of the internships and you will need to research this. If you are asked to attend an interview you will be asked about whether you require a visa so we recommend you research this now. You may find the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website useful. If you are a non-UK applicant, you should refer to your own foreign office website for information on visa requirements.