What are the best volunteer opportunities for college students?
We offer a diverse range of international volunteer programs for college students, with your professional goals in mind.
- Medicine and Healthcare Internships in nursing, dentistry, physical therapy
- Law and Human Rights Internships with law firms, charities and NGOs
- Microfinance and Business Development internships to support entrepreneurs
- Social Work Internships to assist individuals overcome serious challenges
- Teaching Volunteering to provide educational opportunities
- Coaching Volunteering in various sports from soccer, basketball, surfing
- Journalism Internships in radio, print, tv or digital
- Veterinary Internships in medicine and animal care
The opportunities that await are yours to discover.
Can I get an internship with no experience?
Yes! 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 do 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 cross-cultural 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.
Read our popular blog about the Best International Internships of 2020 and get started on achieving your career goals today.
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. The more time you stay, the more you will learn on our summer abroad internships for college students.
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. Our summer service trips for college students will excite, challenge, and empower you to see the world differently.
"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.
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
The benefits of volunteering for college students are numerous. Here are some of the most common ones we’ve heard from former volunteers and interns:
- Growth as an individual in confidence
- Challenge yourself professionally with new skills
- Boost your resume and improve your employability
- Get first-hand perspective of global issues
- Become part of a global network of like-minded people
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! Travel changes your life, but it's up to you to find out how.
"My time in Argentina shaped the direction of my future. While working at St. Mark’s, I realized that the adult classes were my favorite ones to teach. Consequently, I decided to pursue a career in post-secondary education." Robin G, Teaching in Argentina