An internship in Sweden (also known as a traineeship or praktik in Swedish) is a great way to complement your studies with real-world experience and get your professional network started. Sometimes, internships can even lead directly to jobs.
Finding an internship
If you’re currently studying at a university in Sweden, your first step should be to contact the careers service at your university for advice, as well as your programme coordinator. Companies often contact universities’ careers services directly to recruit talented students for internships, so this can be a great way to get your foot in the door. Even if your careers service doesn’t offer a placement database, you can still often get advice on where to look for placements in your city. And your programme coordinator (or other staff at your department) will likely have advice on companies in your field that you can contact.
You can also look for internship placements by contacting companies directly. Many larger companies have established internship programmes; if you can’t find information on internships on the company’s website, don’t be afraid to contact them and ask!
Organisations offering internships
Several organisations can help you to find an internship placement in Sweden.
- AIESEC, an international student organisation, organises internship placements in Sweden. Visit your home country’s AIESEC site to learn about the application process.
- IAESTE (the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) arranges internships in engineering, natural sciences and other technical fields. Contact your home country’s local IAESTE committee to learn more.
- Law students and young lawyers can take part in trainee exchanges organised by the European Law Students Association, ELSA.
- For medical students, trainee exchanges are organised by IFMSA, the International Federation of Medical Students Associations.
Residence permits and visas
Residence permit regulations vary based on your country of citizenship and internship programme. Visit the Swedish Migration Board’s website for information on residence permits in Sweden for interns.