Join one of our international internships and gain work experience overseas to boost your professional development.
This is what you can expect on one of our internship opportunities abroad:
- Receive first-hand practical knowledge in your field to help your professional development
- Gain international work experience through experiential learning
- Hone vital professional skills like communication and organization
We’re here to help you find an overseas internship program that matches your requirements and level of experience. We offer a wide variety of short and long-term internship placements, perfect for students and those interested in summer internships abroad.
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Options for Internships Overseas
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Why do international internships?
An internship program abroad is an excellent way to:
- Equip yourself with new knowledge and skills
- Gain international work experience in your chosen field
- Help you decide whether a specific career is really for you
- Build an international network by working with a diverse group of local professionals and interns
Another advantage of getting work experience overseas is that you’ll improve valuable skills like communication and planning.
“Overall I absolutely loved the Micro-finance project. It was an incredibly hands on project which not only allowed me to help women in need, but it also helped me learn and grow as an individual in my abilities..” - Jake J, Microfinance Internship in Tanzania
How do I find a summer internship abroad?
If you’re planning on working abroad for the summer to give your resume an extra edge, our projects are a great fit. They run throughout the year and have flexible dates, so you can do summer internships abroad with us any point over June, July, or August.
Summer is a popular time of year to do an internship program abroad, especially for high school graduates and university students. Many people ask us “when should I apply for a summer internship?” We recommend applying early (at least three months before you want to leave) to make sure you get a spot on the placement of your choice. This is especially important if you’re applying for a trip with fixed dates, as those fill up quickly!
Narrow down your choices based on your interests. If you’re passionate about helping animals, you could end up on a Wildlife Conservation Internship abroad or a Marine Conservation Internship abroad. Or maybe you plan to study English in college, in which case, you’d get a lot out of a Journalism Internship abroad.
For those already at university, the choice is a little easier; you’re likely to pick the project that most closely matches the subject you study. If you’re still at school and are unsure of which path to take, then read this popular blog post on the best summer internships for high school students for more inspiration.
“I came into my medical placement knowing nearly nothing about medicine other than the fact that I wanted one day to work in the field, and I left knowing exactly what branch of surgery I want to specialize in. It was one of the best experiences that I have had in my life.” - Jose L, Medical Internship in Mexico
Where can I find internships abroad?
When looking to do your internship in another country, it’s important to choose the program that contributes the most to your personal goals. Get in touch with a Project Expert, who can advise you on which options best fit your passions and ambitions. We have projects in 33 countries, so the choice is yours!
For Conservation Internships abroad, we work in numerous habitats, including the Belize Barrier Reef, the Peruvian rainforest, the Botswana bushveld, and the Galapagos Islands. Pick a location based on the kind of wildlife you want to help protect.
Of course, Medical Internships abroad are needed in every country. But the kind of conditions you treat will vary. Medical outreaches in Ghana focus on malaria testing and treating leprosy patients’ wounds, while medical interns based in Argentina pay special attention to raising awareness of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Let your interests lead you to the right destination. By working closely with our Project and Destination Experts, you’re bound to find your ideal work placement abroad.
Do you have to pay for internships abroad?
Often people ask us, “can I do a free internship abroad?” If this was possible, then you wouldn’t have access to the hassle-free services we provide, as well as our gold standard for safety and support. Our internships abroad with accommodation allow you to focus on what really matters: your personal growth.
We want you to have an experience that’s really worth it, for both your personal and professional development. It’s an investment in your future career and a chance to have the best experience possible.
We don’t offer free or paid internships abroad, but we do provide you with the chance to shadow leading professionals, not to mention all the other benefits that are included in the price including food, accommodation, and much more.
Read more about our views regarding volunteering abroad for free. If you're wondering how to get a free internship abroad, we are glad to help with fundraising and grants for internships abroad to help cover the cost.
Is an internship abroad worth it?
When you travel abroad, you’re opening your mind up to new ways of looking at the world. This allows you to think more creatively and become the problem solver that employers are looking for. You may be asking yourself, are internships abroad worth it?
An internship abroad is invaluable for your professional development. By gaining real world skills, our internship placements provide you with global insight and international work experience that shows you are open-minded, driven, and globally conscious.
Say you do a Nursing Internship abroad. You’ll become educated on the health requirements of a completely new environment. Maybe you’ll be testing for malaria in Kenya or working with traditional medicine in Vietnam. Whatever you do, you’ll expand your skills by observing how professional nurses operate in other regions of the world.
Or maybe you work on a Human Rights Internship abroad. You’ll have firsthand experience of the importance of human rights in countries like Ghana. Your home country might already have LGBTQ rights in a way that Ghana sadly doesn’t. It’s only by experiencing these different legal systems firsthand, that you get a sense of just how valuable justice really is.
So the real internship abroad advantage is gained perspective. You’ll have a high-quality experiential education, shadowing experts, but in an environment that really pushes your limits. You’ll leave bursting with confidence and new professional experiences, ready to show employers what you’re capable of.
“Before Cape Town, I really knew nothing about human rights. Coming here not only enlightened me, but it impacted me in every aspect of my life. I can never forget these amazing people at Youngsfield, and everyone I met along the way. When I left, each one of the refugees hugged me and looked me deep in the eyes to tell me thank you. The gratitude and love these people possessed was incomprehensible.” - Emily D, Law & Human Rights Internship, South Africa
How long is an internship abroad?
Our customized internships are tailored to your schedule. Our most popular short-term internships abroad are called Flexi-Trips. You can join them at anytime throughout the calendar year. If you opt for a two-week internship abroad, this is a great option for that. You can decide to extend your trip at any time if you decide to stay longer. That way you can also complete a long-term internship abroad shall you choose.
We also have semester-long internships abroad that will allow you to fully immerse yourself in your internship placement. The longer you stay, the more you will be trusted by your colleagues and the more you will learn. Consider taking a semester abroad to study social work or international development, while truly making a difference on local communities. Your language skills will improve, as does your global experience.
If you are searching for summer internships abroad or winter-break internships abroad, we've also got you covered. Are you curious how to apply for a summer internship abroad? Contact a Project Expert today and we will help you find the perfect internship placement for your needs.
Choose an International Internship
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Law and Human Rights Internship in South AfricaSee this project
- Completely flexible dates
- Anyone aged 16 or over can join
- From 2 weeks
- From $3400 USD
International Development Internship in South AfricaSee this project
- Completely flexible dates
- Anyone aged 16 or over can join
- From 1 week
- From $2770 USD