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Bound by the Atlantic Ocean, the North and Irish Seas and by more than 790 islands, Scotland is a paradise for those who treasure the outdoors, filled with sweeping landscapes and abundant with Roman ruins and Medieval churches. From the revered Scottish Highlands to the rolling farms, Scotland's countryside tells the story of a people who transitioned from paganism to Christianity to industrialization. While the past is always present in Scotland, the country today is a thriving economic and cultural hub presenting numerous opportunities for professional development in areas including medicine and science, the arts, business, and education, and is home to the prestigious University of St. Andrews founded in 1413.
Scotland offers internship opportunities throughout the year, and there are a variety of international and Scottish companies based in Edinburgh and Glasgow, making Scotland a great country for students pursuing internships in a variety of fields. For students interested in outdoor activities and botanical studies, which are popular in Scotland given its incredible landscape and biodiversity, the summer may be a better time to intern, since the fall and winter seasons can be quite cold.
When exploring programs candidates for internships need to familiarize themselves with the program's visa policies if they wish to work overseas. For example, with International Internships, applicants from the United States must apply for BUNAC's Intern in Britain program to obtain visa sponsorship. If you're not clear on visa requirements, be sure to contact a program advisor and ask.
Scotland's sense of independence and vigorous pursuit of academics makes it an ideal setting for professional development. Scotland's love for learning is only rivaled by its love for the land, and the country truly appeals to interns who enjoy the outdoors and nature. Scotland offers interns several opportunities for professional and outdoor exploration, from its legendary lochs to its rolling highlands, and is a place that continues to draw everyone from botanists to history buffs to Sherlock Holmes fans.
Katrina Wozncki is a travel blogger with CheapOair and contributes to major media outlets and national publications including The Associated Press, Elle, Newsweek, Self, More, The Boston Globe, and United Press International, and has served as a communications manager and consultant for several nonprofit organizations.
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