Some organisations offer internships without the requirement to swap but these places are very few and difficult to obtain. myInternSwap is the easy and equitable way to find short-term internships and work experience.
myInternSwap gives a wide range of work categories and locations that might be more suitable or just more interesting for a student. It also avoids families being together at work, which isn’t ideal for some parents and children.
How does it work?
The site works on the simple idea of direct family-to-family swaps of internships. You just follow these four easy steps:
1. List the internship you're offering and the one you're looking for.
2. Search the listings.
3. Make and receive swap offers.
4. Get in touch and arrange internship swaps.
This is a big NO. The site can only be used for swapping, so you can’t get an internship unless you can offer one in exchange.
No, anyone can offer an internship on behalf of a student, e.g. another family member or friend.
Yes, and they can arrange swaps, as long as they have agreed this with the parent, relative or friend offering an internship place on their behalf.
The internship doesn't have to be at your own place of work, but could be through friends or family. At your own workplace, you can ask those responsible to see whether they would agree for you to have an intern at work.
Students must be at least 16 years-old when the internship starts – but you can register and list before the student is 16. There is no upper age limit.
Any length, by agreement between the two swapping members.
Yes, there isn’t any limit.
This is entirely at the discretion of members and students.
For internships and work experience placements taking place in the UK, please refer also to the government guidelines on employment rights and pay for interns.
Yes, up to four students from the same family can be listed under one membership.
Yes, a second offer listing can be added if for example two parents are able to offer separate internship places. This might increase your chance of a successful swap.
No. Whether you are only in touch through myInternSwap, or have exchanged contact details, you can decline at any time if you aren’t happy with the details of the swap.
Membership and cost
Basic membership and creating your listings are completely free. Full membership allows you to make and accept offers, get in touch with other members and arrange internships.
At present we offer a FREE full membersip to anyone at sign-up. To cover the cost of running the site we plan to introduce a paid full membership at some point in the future, but free membership will be available to those unable to afford one otherwise (see below). A 12-month full membership is likely to cost £24.
The membership subscription allows you to make and accept unlimited swap offers and arrange as many internships as you like.
You can remain a member and your listing stays on the site, but to make swap offers or reply to new offers you need to buy another full membership.
Safety, privacy and security
Yes. You have complete control of the decision to swap, and if and when to exchange the necessary information. We recommend that you obtain full details and verification of the internship, including street address and landline telephone, and for younger students, where appropriate drop them off on their first day. Students under 16 years old are not permitted to take up myInternSwap placements. For more information and helpful ideas on saftey, read our safe internship guide.
Yes. Our search results only show work category, location and length of internship. You get in touch with and exchange messages other members through the myInternSwap website. You decide if and when to exchange contact details.
Yes, myInternSwap doesn't ask for ANY personal details of the student. You only have to declare that they will be at least 16 years old when they start an internship.
No you can’t. The swap works on the basis of mutual trust. If for any reason you are not sure about the validity of an offer, you can simply say no and look for another swap.
No, it’s not a requirement. However, there is an option to list the school, college or university which may be helpful information for someone offering a placement.
No, it’s not a requirement. However, there is an option to name the company or organisation, and this might be an attraction for someone who is thinking of making you a swap offer.
The relative ‘value’ of each internship is a matter of personal judgement. It’s up to you to decide if you are happy with the swap – and if not, just look for another one.
Managing your account and listing
Yes, you can easily change your details. Just go to the Account Details page of your Dashboard and you can change your public name, email address or password.
PLEASE NOTE, if you change your public name, this will automatically be updated in other peoples favourites and conversations you’ve had with members – so try to avoid this unless you really have to!
Yes, details of category, location, duration and other optional information you’ve added, can be easily changed. Just go to the My Listing page of your Dashboard and click Edit.
Additional Offers and Requests can be added by clicking on the Add+ icon, on the My Listing page of your Dashboard.
Yes, if for example you are not looking for now, or have had too many offers, you can toggle between Live and Inactive for any of your Offers or Requests on the My Listing page of your Dashboard. Inactive items will not show up in searches.