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How to Come to the UK for an Internship: Your Guide to the Tier 5 Visa with AIESEC UK

Are you a student or recent graduate looking to undertake an internship in the UK? If so, navigating the visa process is essential. At AIESEC UK, we offer up to two years of visa sponsorship under the Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange (GAE) visa, guiding you every step of the way.

What is a Tier 5 GAE Visa?

The Tier 5 GAE visa falls under the Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange category and is designed for individuals seeking short-term professional development opportunities in the UK. To apply, you’ll need a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed sponsor like us at AIESEC UK. This certificate is not a physical document but a unique reference number that confirms your internship placement and personal details.

Who Are We at AIESEC?

AIESEC is a global platform empowering young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. As a youth-led organisation, we provide enriching experiences through our internship exchanges, volunteering opportunities, and robust membership programs. We are also a licensed Tier 5 Sponsor, which allows us to facilitate your sponsorship once you secure an internship with a UK-based company.

Requirements for the Global Talent Programme through AIESEC UK

  • Have a job offer from a UK-based company or apply for available positions through

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Hold a degree awarded within the last three years or be currently enrolled in a recognised degree-level course (Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD)

  • There is no requirement to prove financial means or English proficiency

What our alumni & partners say

Thousands have benefitted from our Global Talent programme, gaining invaluable work experience in the UK. Here’s what they say:

"...Corporate Culture has always had an air of isolated competitiveness to it. But my experience working at Morgan Stanley in London has been the exact opposite. I've been nurtured, taught, and challenged in the best ways. AIESEC in UK has been so attentive and helpful to me throughout my journey. It's my best exchange ever!..."

-Nafisa Sethwala, Morgan Stanley

"...Having the opportunity to work abroad in an international environment has been a huge step forward in my career, I have improved my professional and language skills and I also got the opportunity to meet some incredible people..."

-Daniel Dantas, Market BI

How to apply 

- If you have a job offer: you need to get your employer to follow these steps;

- If you don’t have a job offer: apply on our website.

- Costs for the intern


You can find further information via our website on the different programme aspects (see links below).

For more information or to start your application visit here.


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