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Vira International are a BUNAC Placement Partner for the Intern in Britain program. Founded in 1970, the team at Vira International are experts in delivering high quality internships in the hospitality industry for Indian nationals in top UK based companies. Their client base ranges from hotels and resorts to restaurant chains and fast food joints, including Hilton Hotels and Costa Coffee, and now they've expanded to have their own London office in Harrow.

What is an Internship?

The Tier 5 Intern scheme is a Government Authorized Exchange (GAE) scheme designed specifically to allow undergraduates and graduates from overseas to gain experience working in UK industries.

It provides UK employers with the scope to deploy the brightest and best talent from overseas on key initiatives and to learn key skills they can take back to their home country.

An internship is an essential part of a student successfully completing a degree or a diploma and most Awarding bodies make it mandatory for students to do an internship either during the course of a program or on its completion.

With the job market being so competitive, students are eager to gain an edge and find completing an international internship to be increasingly valuable. An internship overseas provides students with great exposure, both in their work place as well as socially and culturally within the global arena.

What role does Vira play?

Vira International is a global brand and has over a decade’s experience with placing interns in the UK and USA. We work with colleges and universities and assist students with career advice, guidance and finding them suitable internships.

Vira International has trained and experienced consultants who guide the students every step of the way. We have built strong relations with our clients and partners who trust us for honest advice and rely on us for their recruitment and immigration requirements.

Over the years we have successfully placed several thousand interns and are committed to continue growing our international programs by extending our services to new countries.

Internship Benefits 

From the student perspective, high quality placements can bring a range of benefits and positive impacts. There is strong evidence to suggest that placements and work experience are extremely valuable to students, both in terms of their academic performance and their employability skills.

Improved skills and knowledge, including ‘softer’ employability skills, and specific technical skills and competencies.

Placements give students the opportunity to gain skills specific to their subject or industry of choice as well as the employability skills required for real-life work. It also increases their knowledge of an industry or sector, allowing them to make better informed decisions about future career choices.

Increased understanding and awareness of the world of work, accelerated personal maturity, self-awareness and ability to articulate skills and achievements.

Placements provide the opportunity to be involved in team-based working, which provides a welcome contrast to the typically more individual-centric approach taken to academic study. This kind of experience is beneficial and builds on the self-management and problem solving skills typically gained at university, with the ability to work collaboratively.

Enhanced employment prospects and ability to compete in a turbulent graduate recruitment marketplace. Specifically, through:

Completing a placement can sometimes lead directly to subsequent employment with the same employer following graduation. It can be “a foot in the door” that could lead to a temporary or permanent contract. Interaction with other professionals while on placement can also bring strong benefits in terms of networking. For example, engaging with professionals in their chosen career-field can provide a foundation of contacts on which to build and draw upon in a future career.


Interested in finding out more about Vira International for your Intern in Britain experience? Visit our Placement Companies page. 

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