Cardiff University – Summer Internship Programme 2023



Pagoda are delighted to be working with Cardiff University, to offer our fully supported overseas internship opportunities, for summer 2023!

Students taking part will have the option of completing an 8-week internship with a host company based in Spain, Portugal or Vietnam, choosing across a variety of sectors. Your programme will be split into half working remotely and the other in-country, where you’re provided accommodation, on-site support and an amazing internship experience!

Programme Dates – 26th June to 23rd August 2023



8-week full time internship, either all in-county or a blended half/half format when you’ll spend 4-weeks overseas and 4-weeks completing the internship online.


Private accommodation, inclusive of all bills & Wi-Fi, on good transport links, sharing with other students on the programme.

Visa assistance and comprehensive travel/medical insurance as an optional extra.

Airport pickup, transfer to accommodation, welcome pack & detailed orientation.

Regular organised events, trips & activities throughout the programme.

24/7 on-site emergency and general support from the friendly Pagoda team.

Access to Pagoda’s online Skills Courses to improve your employability, cultural fluency & digital skills.

Join over 5000 previous students in the Pagoda exclusive alumni network for future employability opportunities across the globe.



Cardiff University is providing £2250 in funding for eligible students.  All students will be required to self-fund £745 GBP for EU destinations or £250 for Ho Chi Minh City. Accommodation is provided within the destination country.

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds may be eligible to receive an additional £200 GBP university grant to help offset these costs.

In addition, a £200 GBP refundable deposit will be invoiced to students who have been allocated a place on the programme. Deposits are refunded at the successful end of the programme, deducting any cleaning fees or damage to the accommodation. If the deposit is presenting a barrier, please reach out to Pagoda and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Please note that flights and daily spending money for food and transportation are not covered by our programme fees.


Pagoda will be taking applications from students from the beginning of the 2022/23 academic year, with the aim of providing confirmation and acceptances onto the programme throughout the year until all places are allocated.

There’s a generous number of places available, so we encourage any student thinking about taking part to apply as the application process is very simple and easy to confirm your place!

Application Deadline – 14 April 2023



Apply through the link below and we will be in touch within 24 hours. You will be asked to submit a video interview or complete a phone interview (your choice!) so your application can be assessed as part of the initial selection process.



If selected, a member of the Pagoda team will be in touch with the good news and for you to confirm what destination and format you prefer.

If we have capacity in your choice, your place will be confirmed and you can begin the final stages of arranging the specific internship for the programme.



We’ll work with each student on an individual basis to assist with the application for an internship. The students taking part can select from any internships that are listed on our website here.

Once you’ve finalised a role, Pagoda will be on hand to help with any questions before travelling and be waiting at the airport to assist with transfers to the provided accommodation.  






Choose from over 1,000 global internship opportunities, across a wide variety of sectors, company sizes and roles.

Our team goes to great lengths to source meaningful internship opportunities for our participants, with extensive vetting of each company. Our internships are enjoyable, high quality and align with students’ academic and career goals.

The process of securing an internship will begin in early 2023, where you will be able to review the full position and company outline for the huge number of opportunities.

You select which to apply for, interview direct with the companies and accept an offer of an internship from whichever you’re happy to complete!

Example of our Vietnam internship programme

Example of our internships in Madrid



The on-site Pagoda team in each destination sources and manages apartment accommodation for participants, in line with our accommodation quality policy.

You will always be provided your own private bedroom and any shared facilities will always be with Pagoda participants only. Female-only accommodation is available and provided at no additional cost, with all located on good transport links in secure area of the cities where Pagoda delivers programmes.



Our Student Support Outline gives a comprehensive guide to our support. 24/7 emergency support is included in every in-person programme.

Our local teams organise regular optional social, networking and travel activities for participants. This includes weekly dinners and weekend trips to fit around participants’ schedules. Our local knowledge helps students discover hidden gems and visit sites on a student budget.

Vietnam Trip Example




Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the capital of Vietnam. This bustling city is the business and financial hub of Vietnam. With it’s classic French architecture, sleek skyscrapers and mixture of French, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine it’s no wonder why millions of tourists visit the capital each year.


Known for being one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, Madrid is the heart of the country. In the city you can find a range of cultural and historical treasures such as the Royal Palace. Also known for its renaissance and contemporary art museums, sunny blue skies and unique neighbourhoods. There is an endless amount of things to do in Madrid.


Lisbon is the stunning capital of Portugal. Blending traditional heritage with modernism, Lisbon holds a rich and varied history with a buzzing nightlife. As a safe and friendly city, it’s easy to explore with so much to see. Famed for its rattling tram lines and oozing colourful architecture. Visiting Lisbon is a win all round.


What funding am I eligible for?

Your university will confirm your eligibility for the programme before Pagoda finalises your place on the programme. Before agreeing to any overseas experience, your university will outline what funding you will be able to access to help towards the costs of your flights and spending money. The full programme fee will be covered by your university, so don’t forget to show your appreciation should you take part!

What happens if the programmes are cancelled due to COVID-related restrictions?

Pagoda Projects will be following government travel advice and we will keep you updated should any restriction changes affect your programme. In the event of a programme cancelation, your deposit will be refunded in full**. Alternatively, you will also have the opportunity to switch to a remote internship if an in-person programme is not possible and your university agrees to this format.

**Please note: As flight costs are not covered by the programme funding, Pagoda would not refund flight costs in the event of a programme cancellation. Therefore, as a precaution, we strongly advise that all flights are booked as refundable.

What are the internships can I choose from?

All Pagoda internships can be found here.

What is the refundable deposit for and how much is it?

The deposit is £200 and it is a refundable sum of money which guarantees your place on our programme and covers your accommodation deposit. If your accommodation is left in the same standard as it is found, your deposit will be refunded within 6 weeks after your internship programme. See our Terms & Conditions for more details.

What vaccinations will I need to travel?

Vaccinations will depend on which destination you decide on and what the relevant government and travel advice is at the time.

Once you have decided on your destination, Pagoda Projects will direct you to your GP for vaccine recommendations and COVID-related vaccine advice. You can also contact Pagoda for any additional information.

What's Pagoda's previous experience at delivering internship programmes overseas?

Established in 2007, Pagoda Projects have over a decade’s worth of experience in successfully delivering international programmes on behalf of governmental bodies and universities worldwide.

Our internship and employability programmes have spanned over 20 destinations worldwide, and have welcomed over 5000 students and counting. We are confident in our team’s ability to deliver meaningful career developing opportunities to prepare the next generation of global graduates!

How does the internship placement process work?

Step 1: Submit an application and secure your place on the programme.
Step 2: Select an internship opportunity and complete the interview process with specific host companies.
Step 3: Book flights, obtain relevant visa and go to your GP for vaccine advice.
Step 4: Ready to go!

Pagoda Projects will be here to support you throughout the entire process. We will keep you updated regularly and provide detailed information each step of the way.

Will there be any other students on the programme and from where?

Yes, many! Pagoda Projects works with many universities from all over the world. Therefore, it is highly likely that other students both from your university and other universities will be participating in the programme across the same dates as you.

What other costs should I budget for?

Accommodation costs are covered by the programme funding. However, there are daily costs you should budget for, including food, drink, social events and transport.

It may be useful to refer to our blogs about budgeting in our various destinations, found here:

Use this link to find out the current daily exchange rates:

Are the internships paid?

Our short-term internships (8-12 weeks) are unpaid; however, our short-term internship programmes are university-funded where the cost of Pagoda supporting you throughout the process and in-country, along with your accommodation is typically paid for on behalf of Pagoda participants.

What insurance will be required?

Fully comprehensive travel and medical insurance will be provided either by Pagoda or your University. This is subject to review depending on the latest government travel advice, but no student completing any Pagoda programme will be able to take part without the appropriate insurance.

What visa will I need for the programme?

Pagoda Projects will be here to support you throughout the entire process, including the visa application. Once you have chosen a destination, we will send the steps you need to complete to apply for your visa. The visa type will depend on your chosen destination and the passport you hold.

IMPORTANT: To avoid any complications with the visa process, your passport must be in date for more than 12 months from your programme start date, i.e. if your programme start date is 20/06/2022, your passport expiry date cannot be any date before the 21/06/2023.