An American pre-med student measures a patient’s blood pressure during a community outreach in Mexico.

Internships and Volunteering Abroad for College Students

Make the world your classroom and focus on career development and experiential learning

With Projects Abroad, you’ll do hands-on work that adds real value to your studies. Our internships and volunteer opportunities for college students are built around experiential learning. We don’t expect you to spend time doing coffee runs or getting printouts! 

This is what you can expect from our international internships for college students: 

  • Work directly with professionals on the job, like doctors or lawyers
  • Add relevant, practical work experience to your resume
  • Hone global competencies like organization and time management

You’ll experience exactly what it’s like to work at a law firm in Shanghai, China, or get clinical exposure at hospitals in Arusha, Tanzania, and more.  

On our volunteer abroad programs for college students, you’ll: 

  • Learn new skills 
  • Work with diverse groups of people around the world
  • Give back through an ethical and sustainable project

No matter what program you choose, you can be assured that you’ll have full support from our staff every step of the way, with 24/7 backup if you need it. Your safety is our priority. We’re also extremely flexible, and you can choose your own travel dates at any time of the year, including during a semester.

Choose a Program

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Projects Abroad Intern giving nutritional advice whilst on nutritional internship in Fiji.

From $2,865 USD

Nutrition Internships in Fiji
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Work with professionals and raise awareness in local communities about the importance of healthy living

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
An intern participates in health screenings as part of their medical work experience in Nepal.

From $1,770 USD

Medical Internship in Nepal
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Gain invaluable medical experience while working alongside knowledgeable nurses and doctors in Nepal

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A Projects Abroad volunteer collects data on a Diving and Marine Conservation volunteering project.

From $3,220 USD

Diving & Coral Reef Protection in Thailand
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Live and work in Thailand, and become part of our efforts to protect marine life and the environment

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers working in the Himayalas take a break from activities in Ghandruk, Nepal.

From $2,565 USD

Himalayan Conservation Expedition in Nepal
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Live and work in the Himalayas and help preserve and enhance the biodiversity of this renowned area

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
A group of sharks pictured by Projects Abroad volunteers whilst diving on their Shark Conservation volunteering project in Fiji.

From $4,215 USD

Shark Conservation Volunteering in Fiji
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Dive in the stunning waters of the South Pacific and play a vital role in shark conservation efforts

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Childcare volunteer plays a game with children during her work experience in Ghana.

From $2,270 USD

Volunteer with Children in Ghana
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Gain childcare experience and help children develop their skills in Ghana

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A student finishes an English exercise on the white board at a volunteer teaching placement in Peru.

From $2,065 USD

Volunteer Teaching in Peru
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Work a at schools in Peru and help young students and teachers improve their English language skills

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers build an eco-wall using recycled plastic in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

From $2,970 USD

Giant Tortoise & Sea Lion Conservation in the Galapagos Islands
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Work in the Galapagos National Park and contribute to the conservation of many unique ecosystems

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Legal clinic in session in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town

From $3,365 USD

Law and Human Rights Internship in South Africa
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Live and work in Cape Town and gain work experience while learning from lawyers and human rights professionals

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
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How can I get an internship with no experience?

Our internships abroad for college students  are a great fit for undergraduates who have less experience, especially pre-med and pre-law. This is because we’ve designed our internships to provide a high-quality, supportive learning experience in an ethical environment. We have clear guidelines and codes of conduct for anyone working with children or animals. 

This is especially relevant for our medical internships for college students. We can easily accommodate pre-meds looking to learn in medical environments like hospitals, while ensuring that the work you perform is ethical and appropriate for your level.

In this way, our internships are similar to “externships”, a form of experiential education that’s become increasingly popular in the US. Speak directly to our friendly Project Experts to find the project that’s the best fit for your level. They’re well informed about the best internship programs for college students from every background. 

Some of our international internships for undergraduates have requirements. You may need to speak a certain language like Spanish to communicate with people on the ground. Or, you may need a specific level of education under your belt. If there’s a requirement, we’ll state this clearly on the project page. However, many of our internships do not have requirements and are open to all experience levels. 

Regardless of your level, you’ll leave your internship with a set of practical skills you can’t get elsewhere. You’ll also get first-hand insight into issues affecting today’s world, and develop critical global competencies like communication.

"While volunteering in Ghana, I learned many skills that will help me with my future medical career. I was taught how to perform HIV and syphilis tests, CD4 counts, treat wounds, and to collect blood samples." Deanna K, HIV/AIDS Project in Ghana

Getting Credit for Internships Abroad for College Students

We can organize a professional evaluation and certificate of hours at the end of your internship. Our programs are flexible, so we can always accommodate any other credit requirements from your school. We can also help facilitate research for dissertations. This applies to our volunteer abroad opportunities for college students as well.

A college student interning abroad in South Africa helps advise a client at a legal clinic.

What are the best volunteer opportunities for college students like me?

We offer a diverse range of international volunteer programs for college students. They’re designed to make a visible difference in communities for the long-term. For each program (and this includes our global internships), we have clear goals in place. These goals are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

On a volunteer program for undergraduates, you can expect the same quality experience as our internships. You’ll do hands-on work alongside local and international professionals. 

If you’re doing something different to your field of study and don’t have relevant experience, we’ll teach you everything you need to know. For example, on a Childcare Project, you’ll learn about early childhood development with trained educators before going into a classroom.

Summer Volunteer Programs for College Students

Our summer volunteer opportunities for college students are among our most popular. Our programs are flexible, so you can make your project fit your schedule. Travel with us at any point over June, July, or August, from as little as one week.

For summer volunteer trips and internships abroad for college students, we strongly recommend Flexi Trips. This type of trip can be tailored to fit your exact needs, from travel dates to duration.

If you’d prefer to travel with a group during the summer, then take a look at our Team Trips. These trips have set dates for college students looking to volunteer abroad in summer, so your group arrives and leaves at the same time.

"As a rising senior at Dartmouth College, I wanted a summer experience that would allow me to help others and ground my college studies in real life experience.[...] I left Samoa with an enhanced understanding of my collegiate studies, a new perspective on aid, and a family and community of people I look forward to seeing again." Maisie I, Childcare in Samoa

What impact will my work have?

We track the impact of our programs in our custom Global Impact Database. For example, if you do health checks at a community outreach, doctors and nurses use this data to help diagnose patients. They refer them for further treatment if needed, and we’ll continue to monitor them at future outreaches.

Our Conservation Projects are another great example. We work with expert conservationists to tackle environmental issues like coral bleaching, and do scientific research. We share this data with scientists, and it’s often used to inform environmental policies at a governmental level. 

Because of our approach, you can be 100% confident your work has a tangible impact on the communities you work in. 

A group of college students collect scientific data for research during their Conservation internship in Costa Rica.

Do we offer free volunteer abroad programs for college students?

We often get asked if we offer free volunteer abroad programs for college students. The short answer is no. There are several reasons why we ask all our participants to pay a fee for volunteering abroad. Read more about why our volunteer projects have a program fee

Benefits of Volunteering for College Students

There are several great benefits of volunteering for college students. Here are some of the most common ones we’ve heard from former volunteers and interns: 

College is a time for discovery, both inside and outside the classroom. With Projects Abroad at your side, the journey can be even more incredible! 

"My time in Argentina shaped the direction of my future. While working at St. Mark’s, I realized that the adult classes were my favourite ones to teach. Consequently, I decided to pursue a career in post-secondary education." Robin G, Teaching in Argentina

Next Steps

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