A disabled child does basic exercises using a ball with a student doing an Occupational Therapy internship abroad.

Internships for Occupational Therapy

Add global occupational therapy experience to your resume and push your career forward

An Occupational Therapy Internship equips you with the real-world skills and knowledge you need to drive your career forward. Our programs work for all levels. So, you could be a student interested in occupational therapy shadowing opportunities, or a professional looking for occupational therapy volunteer work. 

What can you expect from a Projects Abroad Occupational Therapy Internship? 

  • Shadow qualified occupational therapists with a diverse range of experience
  • Observe different methods of treatment compared to your home country
  • Work in various types of facilities, like hospitals, schools, or rehabilitation centers
  • Learn how to adapt to working in low-resource environments, often with handmade equipment
  • Get first-hand insight into the healthcare challenges people face worldwide 

Occupational Therapy abroad is an eye-opening experience. Not only do you add new skills and work experience to your resume, you get to spice it up by adding travel to the mix! Internships in occupational therapy also help you: 

  • Demonstrate your commitment to helping others
  • Show your willingness to adapt to other cultures
  • Grow personally and professionally, and challenge yourself
  • Become more confident and empathetic

Choose an Occupational Therapy Program

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Projects Abroad Intern taking part in a busy physiotherapy session whilst on her occupational therapy internship in Kenya.

From $2,470 USD

Occupational Therapy Internship in Kenya
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Gain practical experience and learn directly from an occupational therapist while treating patients with special needs

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Australian intern with Projects Abroad talking to a young local boy whilst on her occupational therapy work experience in Cambodia.

From $2,265 USD

Occupational Therapy Internship in Cambodia
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Gain practical occupational work experience while working with mentally and physically disabled children

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad Intern doing stretches with local children during her occupational therapy internship in Tanzania.

From $2,765 USD

Occupational Therapy Internship in Tanzania
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Gain valuable occupational therapy work experience shadowing staff at a rehabilitation centre

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Female Intern is seen gaining valuable work experience whilst playing with a local child whilst taking part in her occupational therapy internship in Vietnam.

From $2,765 USD

Occupational Therapy Internship in Vietnam
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Gain practical experience by working alongside staff to treat patients with physical and mental disabilities

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Occupational therapy internships in the Philippines allow interns to take part in Physiotherapy sessions whilst gaining work experience.

From $2,520 USD

Occupational Therapy Internship in the Philippines
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Gain occupational therapy work experience in the Philippines and help treat patients at a specialist rehabilitation centre

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 1 week

Is an Occupational Therapy Internship Abroad right for me?

Our Occupational Therapy Internships fit a diverse range of skill levels. You can use the experience to: 

  • Explore if this is what you want to do on a pre-occupational therapy internship
  • Gain insight into what work is really like the on ground on our occupational therapy internships for undergraduates
  • Get a fresh challenge as a professional through occupational therapy volunteer opportunities abroad 

No matter where you go to study occupational therapy abroad, our staff will be there for you. Projects Abroad in-country staff are available 24/7, so you’ll have support whenever you need it. At your internship, your work will be supervised by professional local staff. They’ll also guide you at any community outreaches you participate in.   

Ultimately, our Occupational Therapy internships for college students will prepare you for the next stage in your studies or career. You can talk about your experience in essays, interviews, and applications, and set yourself apart from the crowd!

Unsure if an Occupational Therapy internship is right for you? Take a look at other programs that may be a better fit: 

  • Physical Therapy, where the focus is more on helping patients improve movement
  • Public Health, where you get involved in more practical outreach work and education

Read our full list of intern abroad programs.

A child does physical exercises with a student doing an Occupational Therapy internship abroad for undergrads in Vietnam.

Occupational Therapy Summer Internships

We have Occupational Therapy summer internships running throughout the months of June, July, and August. These programs also run throughout the year, so you can join during the quieter months.

Our Flexi Trips are safe, flexible, and hassle-free for everyone, from undergrads to professionals. You can join from the age of 16 up and choose your own travel dates and program duration. Better still, the experience can be tailored to your personal requirements! This summer could see you helping to treat patients at a rehabilitation center in the Philippines, or observe the patient-therapist relationship in closer detail in Kenya.

What are the benefits of an Occupational Therapy Internship?

There are numerous benefits to completing an Occupational Therapy internship with Projects Abroad. In addition to adding invaluable skills and professional growth to your resume, you’ll also:  

  • Improve global competencies such as teamwork, communication, organization, resilience, planning, and time management
  • Observe medical conditions, illnesses, and therapy techniques you may not encounter back home
  • Develop a global mindset from working with people of many different cultures and backgrounds
  • Increased self-confidence as you broaden your horizons and grow as a person

All of the above will also enhance your resume, and your personal and professional development.

Why does this internship matter?

This experience will bring you closer to a future working in your chosen field. We’re proud to support future talent who will bring vital skills to communities in need.

How are our Occupational Therapy Internships different?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. Our internships are ethical and well supported. Here are elements of our work that set us apart from other programs:

We record our work in a secure database

We have a Global Impact Database to track the positive impact of our projects. It’s secure and anonymous and we use it to identify specific areas of need. The data we record helps us shape aspects of our work, like medical outreaches and health awareness campaigns. We also use it to monitor the progress of individuals, report our results, and collect data for research. All this work follows our carefully researched Management Plans.

Real work with trained professionals

As an intern, you’ll work alongside real healthcare professionals. You can observe them in their everyday work, ask questions and hear more about their experiences. You’re likely to get greater exposure to the frontline of medical care than in your home country.

A tailored approach

We're often able to tailor your internship to suit your interests. You can work in more than one department or focus on one particular area, and experience outreach work in the local community.

A local child looks at pictures with an Occupational Therapy intern in Vietnam.

Our Medicine & Healthcare Policy

We take the safety of our volunteers, interns, and the people they work with very seriously. That’s why we’ve put in place a comprehensive Medical Ethics Policy.

Next Steps

Need more help?

We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small.

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