Working while studying
In particular, international students enrolled in a master’s or PhD program in Turkey can work as researchers in scientific projects related to their work to finance their graduate studies. Some private universities also accept graduate students with full scholarships and can provide assistantships for students in exchange for this scholarship. Undergraduate students will often find opportunities to work in a part-time job, according to their course schedules.
If you have a plan to work in your student life, what you need to know first is that your student residence permit does not cover the work permit alone. Therefore, if you want to work during your studies, you will first need to obtain a work permit. There are different types of work permits such as short-term, perpetual, independent work and are given by General Directorate of International Labour.
Higher education program you are enrolled in Turkey may be a compulsory or elective internship activity. This type of internship activities, which are mostly seen in undergraduate programs, are usually conducted during summer term. In this case, you do not need to get a work permit, and with the guidance of your university, you can find opportunities for internships in many private companies, government organizations, international organizations or NGOs in Turkey.
You can also have the opportunity to do internship for 2-12 months in a European country under Erasmus + programme, which is open to participants from all over the world during your study in Turkey or immediately after graduation. Don’t forget to be in close contact with the International Office of your University for this!
If you are a student enrolled in a university abroad and are planning to come to Turkey for internship, it is good to know that you are exempt from the work permit within certain conditions.
If you want to work in Turkey after graduation, do not miss the career fairs held in the university campuses. In these fairs, human resources officials come from many important companies in Turkey. They give information about their work and internship opportunities, while also collecting resumes from alumni candidates. These fairs are a great chance for business and internship opportunities.
In addition, many university career centers provide students with a variety of consultancy services, including announcement of job opportunities for post-graduation career steps, interview simulation and resume creation.