So you've entered (or will be entering) your last year of higher education. Depending on the type of bachelor or master you chose, you will need to do an internship. Opted for a professional bachelor (like moi)? Well, welcome in the wonderful world of intercultural communication, deadlines and a lot of scanning.
If you live in the EU, apply for an erasmus grant. You can do this regardless of having an internship place or not.
If your school is nice enough and truly encourages an internship abroad, they will have a list of their partner institutions on your school's platform. If you can't find it, ask your international office if they can provide you with such a list.
If they do not have such a list, are unwilling to give it to you or if the companies listed don't interest you, your job just became a tad bit more difficult. You will need to check the history of the company to see if they have had interns in the past. The chances of them wanting to train an intern is larger when they have done so in the past, otherwise you'd better be able to sell yourself as the best, most flexible student ever.
Contact the company you want to work for. If you're not sure who to contact, scan their site and look for the general HR email address. They will often forward your mail to the department interested in interns or they will handle it themselves. In this first email, you need to gain information on whether or not they want and intern for a specific period of time.
Polish your CV and write a killer motivation letter. By now you should know how to write your CV and a motivation letter, let your common sense do the work. If you do want tips on how to create an international CV and motivation letter, please let me know in the comments.
Keep in touch with the company on a regular basis if they have agreed to take you on.
Inform your school of your internship place as well, that way they can help guide you through the specific proces of your new adventure.
Wait on your school's instructions before you do anything else. The year you do your internship, a roadbook will (or should) be provided for you. Follow these steps and mark the deadlines in your diary asap.
See you soon!