The perfect destination for an internship in the UK.
York is a delightful historic city offering interesting places to visit and charming places to eat, drink and shop. A compact and friendly city of over 200,000 inhabitants, York is a good option for students who are looking for an alternative to the fast, and sometimes overwhelming, pace of life in London.
Voted one of the best places to live in the UK, Yorkshire is known for its history, strong English tea and Yorkshire pudding. Yorkshire people are seen to be some of the friendliest in the UK with a great sense of humour. A university city, York is also student friendly.
It is also growing in popularity as students seek internships in cities with lower accommodation and general living costs compared to the South East. The centre is compact and easy to walk and cycle around. There is also free unlimited WiFi across the city centre.
One of the most visited tourist cities in the UK with over 6.7 million visitors in 2015, York is based in North Yorkshire and sits on 2 rivers – the river Ouse and Foss. Historically a major hub for the rail industry, York is also well connected to the rest of the UK for day or weekend visits. The excellent East Coast train line connects York to:
- London in 1 ¾ hours
- Newcastle in 1 hour
- Edinburgh in 2 ½ hours.
Originally a centre for the confectionary and rail industries, York offers internship opportunities for a wide range of sectors including:
- Business Administration
- Sales & Marketing
- Bioscience including microbiology and related health science sectors
- IT & Digital
- Media & Creative (including film) – York is a UNESCO City of Media Arts
- Business Tourism
- Economic Development including rail
- Flying to Leeds Bradford Airport (Easy Jet) via Jet2.com, KLM, Monarch Airlines or Ryanair.
- Additional flight options are also available from Manchester Airport which offers a direct train link from the Airport to York (journeys average 1 ½ to 2 hours).
- Eurostar train to Kings Cross St Pancreas with direct connection on to York.
- Coach to London Victoria and then change to direct coach to York. The average journey time is 4 ½ to 5 hours.
Distinctive highlights include:
- Walking along the city walls which offer great views and a strong sense of history.
- Strolling along The Shambles which is believed to be the oldest shopping street in Europe. It was also voted as the UK’s most picturesque shopping street in the Google Street View awards 2010.
- Having tea and cake at one of the many beautiful tearooms. Bettys café, with a branch in the centre of the city, is famous across the UK for delicious homemade cakes and macaroons made form high quality local ingredients. Inspired by the founder’s journey on the Queen Mary boat in 1936, Frederick Belmont, commissioned the boat’s craftsmen to create an elegant tea room in a similar style.
- Visiting York Minister (yorkminster.org) which is the second largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe. Originally built in 627, and the rebuilt in a Gothic style from the twelfth century, it boosts an impressive stained glass window, underground chambers to explore and a 275 step tower to climb.
- The JORVIK Viking Centre includes reconstructed Viking time streets and is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations outside London. Although closed due to flooding, it is scheduled to reopen in Spring 2017.
- Walking along the river Ouse or alternatively treating yourself to a river cruise on one of the open deck boats (yorkboat.co.uk).
- Getting involved in one of the many festivals that happen all through the year. Known as England’s “City of Festivals” York has a wide range of festivals on offer covering art, fashion, theatre, food and drink, music, film, literature, Viking history and outdoor light festival. Full details can be found at: visityork.org/seeanddo.
- Visiting the interactive York’s Chocolate Story exhibition (yorkchocolatestory.com) which includes the history of 3 families who made York famous for confectionary and the home of chocolate in the UK. Kit Kat and Terry’s Chocolate Orange are 2 famous brands created here.
- Visiting one of York’s many historic museums including The Yorkshire Museum covering the Roman, Viking and Medieval times (yorkshiremuseum.org), York Castle Museum covering Victorian history (www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk), and the Yorkshire Air Museum (www.yorkshireairmuseum.org).
- The Barley Hall in the centre of town (barleyhall.co.uk) which allows you to experience a traditional medieval townhouse with traditional exposed timbers and large banqueting hall.
- Taking a Ghost tour through the city – it is rumoured that York has more ghosts than any other city in the UK!
- Picnic opportunities in the gardens of the Ruins of St Mary’s Abbey.Explore further at: www.visityork.org
- Homestay accommodation is available in York and the excellent bus service (First York) means that travel between your host family and internship company should be straight forward.
- Other options include private lets through services such as gumtree and homestay.com. As York is a university city competition for flats can be high so it is worth trying to arrange accommodation as soon as possible. The local YMCA is well reviewed and can provide a bed for your first week in the city.
The city is so pretty and I like the way the city feels. It is clearly a student city and reminds me of Salamanca in Spain.
Gonzalo from Spain, doing Bioscience Internship in York
I like the working environment, they look after me and gave me the feeling to be a part of their “family”. I also enjoyed the thing that they established an own working placement and they tried to keep me busy and look for task which there suitable for the department, where I did my workplacement.
Vanessa, Autohorn, 2016, from Germany, Business Admin
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