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

Internships Abroad for College Students

Make the world your classroom and focus on learning by doing

On a Projects Abroad internship, you’ll do hands-on work that adds real value to your studies. Experiential learning is important to us, so we don’t expect college students to spend time doing coffee runs or getting printouts! Instead, you’ll work directly with professionals on the job. 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.


No matter what internship abroad you choose, you’ll have full support from our staff every step of the way. Your safety is our priority. We’ll be there 24/7 to make sure everything goes smoothly, wherever you go.


You’re not restricted on when you can travel, and you choose your own start and end dates. You can join any time throughout the year, whether it’s during the summer or a semester.

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Female medical intern examines a young boy's mouth in a care centre during a medical internship in Jamaica.

From $3,065 USD

Medical Internship in Jamaica
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Get medical work experience by shadowing local doctors and participating in community outreach work

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Local woman paddles through the water in Mozambique after Cyclone Idai struck the country in March

From $2,270 USD

Disaster Relief Volunteer Work in Mozambique
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Volunteer in Mozambique and help rebuild schools and other educational facilities destroyed by Cyclone Idai

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
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

Marine Conservation Volunteering 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

Volunteer Conservation Work in the Himalayas 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

Conservation Volunteering 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
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Getting Credit for a Projects Abroad Internship

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 programs as well.

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

How can I get an internship with no experience?

Our programs are a great fit for undergraduate students 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.


In this way, our programs 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.


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.


Some of our projects 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.


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.

Volunteer Opportunities Abroad for College Students

Projects Abroad offers a diverse range of volunteer programs. 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 trip, 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.

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.

And finally…

College is a time for discovery, both inside and outside the classroom. Going abroad to intern or volunteer is more than just an opportunity to boost your resume. It’s an opportunity to challenge yourself professionally, and grow as an individual.  

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