Lying smack-bang in the middle of England sits Birmingham, the second busiest city, and one to seriously consider if you’re looking for an internship in England. Over the last few years, Birmingham has grafted to renovate some of its old Victorian buildings and its plans for the foreseeable future are to create a city that mixes old and new beautifully. Stunning architecture, laidback locals, the birthplace of Cadbury’s (chocolate lovers, celebrate!) and more, your internship in Birmingham is going to be amazing!
What you need to know to intern in Birmingham
As on of the UK’s biggest cities, it’ not surprising that Birmingham’s list of possible internships is forever growing. You may be struggling to decide how long to intern for and which field is best. Talk through your options with your internship provider if you’re unsure.
Popular types of internships in Copenhagen
Popular internships in Birmingham include Electrical Engineering which comes as no surprise because of Birmingham’s history in the industrial sectors. Birmingham has been crafting silver, running factories and were the manufacturers of the Spitfire plane. Is there a better place to get stuck in? Many engineering internships in Birmingham are part of graduate schemes and are a mix of paid and unpaid.
The internships in England and particularly Birmingham are diverse in subject field and if you’re looking for a graduate internship in England, you’ll have a large selection to choose from in Birmingham. From Fashion Design to Tourism, the choices are endless!
Short term internships and summer internships vs. long-term internships in Birmingham. If time is no issue to you, try your hardest to commit to a long term internship in Birmingham. This won’t only give you wider knowledge and experience, but also more time to explore the rest of the United Kingdom and create lifelong friendships. However, if this isn’t suitable, short term internships in Birmingham can be just as valuable at opening up opportunities and gaining valuable experiences in your desired area of work.
Unpaid vs. paid internships in Birmingham. Birmingham (and the rest of the United Kingdom) can be fairly pricey to live in, therefore paid internships in Birmingham would obviously be the most ideal for interns who are concerned about money. Paid internships can be found, but many internships in England generally are unpaid or often offer a small living stipend.
Life in Birmingham for International Interns
Despite being England’s second largest city, Birmingham has a fairly low crime rate. Birmingham is home to multiple schools and universities and attracts students and graduates from all over the world, meaning your new life in Birmingham will be full of opportunities. International interns in Birmingham have many opportunities to meet like minded individuals and get involved with the local community. Keeping up-to-date with local community boards is a great way to find things to do in your spare time and see what the latest exciting evening going on is.
Birmingham is roughly 25% cheaper to live in than London, yet still boasts quirky cafes, restaurants, cinemas and more. It’s a great place to live if you still want that city life, without becoming bankrupt in a matter of days.
GoAbroad’s Inside Scoop for Interns in Birmingham
Due to its location, Birmingham is the perfect place to visit surrounding mid-country areas and the north and south of England incredibly easily. Don’t miss out on these opportunities if you decide to become an intern in Birmingham, you’ll probably regret being right in the middle of England if you do!
Visit the famous Bullring for amazing shops, markets, and restaurants. The Bullring shopping center is an iconic part of Birmingham and has been around since the Middle Ages and although it may have changed a great deal since then, it is still one of the best places to go for an enjoyable day out.
The weather in Birmingham is typically British. I.e. One minute it's snowing and the next minutes it’s sunny. Be prepared for all seasons, especially if you’re planning on a long term internship.
The people of Birmingham may be friendly, but that is no reason to slack off from work! Every city in England will provide its interns with great experience, but bosses don’t take lightly to passive workers. Give a lot of effort and you’ll be provided with a great experience.
Whichever internship you choose, Birmingham will truly deliver. We’re sure that the time of your life is waiting for you in England’s central city!
Think that Birmingham is your ideal city or have somewhere else in England on your mind? Read our comprehensive guide on interning abroad in England.