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Full Time Internship | Edinburgh

Scotland | Optional Credit Available | Spring 2024
Edinburgh, Scotland.

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  • Spring 2024

  • Fall 2024

  • Spring 2025


Edinburgh is known for being one of the most beautiful cities in the world with its historic attractions, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and rich history. It is set among towering hills, gardens and parks, and archaic buildings – many from the middle ages. The city hosts an entire season of various festivals throughout the summer and early fall, and supports several theatres and production companies year-round.

The capital city and business hub of Scotland, Edinburgh has the strongest economy of any city in the United Kingdom outside London. This ensures a plentiful, wide range of internship opportunities in Business, Marketing, Tech and IT, but also Tourism, Museums, History, Engineering, and so much more. 

Internships in Edinburgh, Scotland are ideal for participants who want an English speaking placement and a small city feel!

What’s Included

The AIFS Abroad inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help interns make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Guaranteed Internship Placement

    Once accepted into program we guarantee an internship in one of your approved career fields.

  • Global Career Readiness Program

    Connecting academic goals to professional experiences

  • Housing

    Student Residence

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    Day trip to Stirling Castle

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience.

  • On-Site Location Coordinator

    to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Green Initiative

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from accommodation

  • Credit

    Credit can be obtained through our School of Record, Fairfield University

    Earn up to 6 credits during the summer, and up to 12 during the semester

    Some universities require credit to be earned, and we cannot change a universities requirement

Program Details: Full Time Internship | Edinburgh Multiple Career Fields

Program is closed


January 6, 2024March 30, 2024



Application Deadline

October 31, 2023

Inclusive Fees



Open to Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Non-Student

Minimum of GPA

Visa Requirements

A visa is required for this program. Contact your advisor or login to your portal for more information.

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture and Creative Industries
  • Business, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Education, Social Services, and Psychology
  • Language, History and Culture
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Internship Opportunities

AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

The AIFS Abroad Enrollment Team reviews application materials, which are a combination of relevant work experience, college or university level course work, and an assessment of maturity and readiness for working in a professional setting. After a participant has been accepted, we guarantee an internship placement. 

Our team works with applicants 1:1 to gain a better understanding of the skills they will bring to their team, talents they want to grow, and expectations they have of their experience. By working individually with each intern we can assess academic knowledge, career goals, language proficiency, and overall expectations for your time in Edinburgh, in order to place you in a dynamic work environment.

Once a match is found, all interns will interview by phone or Zoom with their manager before the placement is offered and confirmed. When you arrive in Edinburgh, Location Coordinators will be there to help you start your internship and support you with on-site checkins and coaching to make the most of your internship placement. 

AIFS Abroad has 20+ years of history matching talented interns with top tier international companies. Our placement team is dedicated to finding the right employers for our interns in a variety of career fields. Below are some of our top fields for Edinburgh, but are not limited to these:

  • Advertising/Marketing/PR
  • Architecture
  • Art/Gallery
  • Business
  • Event Planning
  • Fashion Business
  • Fashion Design
  • Film & Theater 
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Hospitality
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Museums
  • Sports
  • Tourism
  • Video Production

AIFS Abroad provides an award-winning Global Career Readiness Program which combines assessments, career coaching, and experiential learning to connect students academic knowledge with their professional ambitions. The Strengths-based approach focuses on interns meeting their potential and thriving in their future careers. 

Core Components Include

  • CliftonStrengthsFinder® Assessment
  • One-on-One Career Strengths Coaching
  • Goal Setting and Career Planning
  • Interview preparation
  • On-Site Career Seminars and Networking Events
  • Leadership Training and Recruitment Opportunities
  • Summer 3-6 Credits
  • Semester, up to 9 Credits
  • Semester, up to 12 Credits

Adding credit can allow students to access existing financial aid options and gain credit towards graduation for many majors. This is suitable for students who attend a university that does not offer credit for internships. Some universities will require credit and we cannot change university requirements. For more information please discuss your situation with your program consultant at time of application.

Credit will be obtained through our School of Record, Fairfield University. 

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Living Abroad

AIFS Abroad provides excellent accommodations, activities, resources and staff to help interns learn about and integrate into their host community.


  • Single room
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Desk
  • Kitchenette
  • 24/7 Security

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Edinburgh.


Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in the United Kingdom. It is set among towering hills and the city is set among parks and ancient buildings – many from the middle ages. 


Scotland was united with England through the Act of Union in 1707 following years of conflict. Until 1999 Scotland was ruled directly from London but following the Scotland Act in 1998 Scotland now has its own parliament and is responsible for making most of its own laws. Edinburgh, as the capital city is at the heart of a dynamic period in Scottish history in which the country re-establishes its own identity and is developing progressive social measures modelling on their northern European neighbours.

Jenni is the Edinburgh Location Coordinator at AIFS Abroad. Born and raised in Scotland’s capital city, Jenni loves seeing how excited the interns are when they first arrive. She understands that excitement as she is an Alumni of the Global Experiences Florence program!

Outside of her role with AIFS Abroad, Jenni loves to travel to cities on her bucket list. She also spends some time buying and selling vintage clothes on Etsy, so we’re confident she knows all of the great shopping spots around Edinburgh!

In addition to day trips and excursions, a cultural calendar of weekly activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS Abroad staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of life in Scotland. Typical activities, tours and visits include:

  • Hogwarts-Inspired Potion Making at a Local Pub
  • Stirling Castle & Wallace Monument
  • Crazy Golf (golf, dinner, and 2 drink package)
  • Guided Haunted Ghost Tour
  • Axe Throwing at a Local Venue
  • Hearts FC Game

You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some events.


This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Edinburgh and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Scotland. Previous excursions have included:

Group posing at Stirling Castle.

Stirling Castle & Wallace Monument

Historically and architecturally speaking, Stirling Castle is the largest and one if the most important castles in Scotland. One of the highlights include the newly restored Great Hall. Wallace Monument is Stirling’s famous landmark that tells the story of William Wallace, who became Scotland’s National Hero.

  • Stirling
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee

Ceilidh & 3 Course Dinner

Ceilidh is a social event with Scottish folk music and singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling. Take in all of the Scottish culture while dining with other interns during a 3 course meal.

  • Edinburgh
  • Evening cultural event
  • Included in Program Fee
A group of happy students at a carnival.
A view of Prague.

Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines


  • Early Application Deadline*
    October 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline**
    October 31, 2023
  • Scholarship Deadline
    October 1, 2023
  • Visa Deadline****
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    January 5, 2024
  • Program Begins
    January 6, 2024
  • Program Ends
    March 30, 2024
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    March 30, 2024
  • * We encourage applicants to apply by this date for a better chance of acceptance into their preferred career fields.
  • ** Deposits are due within 10 days of acceptance.
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.
  • **** AIFS Abroad offers visa processing services to applicants who enroll into the program by this date. All other applicants who enroll after this date will be responsible for securing their own visa with guidance from AIFS Abroad.

Optional Flight Package

Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.

Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

Depature City


  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Buffalo
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Des Moines
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • New York
  • Newark
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Raleigh/Durham
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • Washington/Dulles
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Ready to intern in Edinburgh?

For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: