With lockdown restrictions in place across the world, online internships are providing a more accessible and environmentally friendly alternative to study abroad programs for high school students, college students and graduates.
Intern Abroad HQ’s flexible, affordable and customizable virtual internships mean that you can apply for your internship now and get stuck in just a few weeks later, making them the ideal Fall or Winter alternative to going abroad. They are available year-round with part time, full time and long term options available, so it’s easy to complete your internship alongside a job or vacation.
Whether you’re looking to gain academic credit, cross-cultural work experience or boost your resume - this is the perfect time to set yourself up for a successful global career from the comfort of your home. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best online internships for high school students, college students and graduates.
What is a virtual internship?
Virtual internships, also known as online internships and remote internships, are placements that can be completed 100% online. Virtual interns are able to complete work experience placements from their laptop, at home or while traveling, as communication with colleagues and supervisors takes place via email, online chat, video calls and phone. Online internships are an ideal option for students, graduates or anyone in lockdown, as they can fit flexibly into busy schedules and allow you to gain career experience without having to commute.
Why take an online internship during lockdown this Fall or Winter?
With vacations and study abroad programs canceled due to international travel restrictions this Fall and Winter, virtual internships are providing an accessible, productive and popular alternative to going abroad. This is a unique opportunity to gain a fresh global perspective, get international career experience, unleash your inner potential and make the most of Fall or Winter break! Check out our favorite internships for Fall 2020 here.
Why do an online internship with Intern Abroad HQ?
Intern Abroad HQ offers the most affordable virtual internships across diverse career fields, which can be customized to suit your experience, skills and goals. Here are just a few of the perks of interning with us:
- Placement with a cutting-edge organization abroad, working on real projects with experienced professionals
- Expert guidance, personalized online orientation and coaching from your supervisor, coordinator and Internship Manager
- A Remote Internship Manual to provide guidance and clarity on what to expect from your internship
- 100% customizable schedule, developed in collaboration with your Internship Coordinator to set your objectives and track your achievements
- Guided experiential learning curriculum to help you articulate your experience, skills and strengths to future employers
- International reference letter
Best online internships for high school students
Intern Abroad HQ offers a diverse range of virtual internships for high school students aged 16 years and above. These provide an excellent opportunity for students to explore a particular field of study in more detail, learn about a new culture and get a taste of a specific industry, while developing vital communication and time management skills. In turn, this helps high school students work out what they might want to study at college or pursue a career in.
The Business Administration virtual internship out of Valencia is a great option for high school students who are exploring their career path and want to develop highly transferable skills. Based out of the “Gamma-level Global City”, Valencia’s international influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts mean that online interns have access to a broad scope of placements within NGOs, startups and private businesses.
The virtual Microfinance internship out of Tanzania is well suited to high school students who want to get a taste of accounting and entrepreneurship, while giving back to communities in Africa. Online interns get the opportunity to provide valuable financial services to populations with limited means. By contributing to educational workshops, business planning and administrative tasks, you’ll be helping locals finance their projects, educate their children, and more.
The Creative Design & Marketing Virtual internship out of Greece is perfect for high school students with a flair for writing, design and all things creative. Online interns have the opportunity to create content for a highly respected marine conservation NGO and are key to the success of the organization in getting their message across. You’ll be assisting researchers on key environmental protection issues to inspire positive change through creative media.
The NGO Support & Social Development online internship out of India is a brilliant opportunity for high school students interested in social work, public relations, fundraising or community initiatives. Virtual interns have the chance to make a difference to the lives of people in India through women’s empowerment, community development, capacity building and income generation for disadvantaged minority groups. You’ll gain an authentic insight into Indian culture, whilst learning about how NGOs work to support local communities.
Best online internships for college students
Intern Abroad HQ’s virtual internships for college students provide a flexible and accessible alternative to study abroad programs. They are extremely affordable and can be completed part time alongside your studies or full time during college breaks. These online internships enable you to supplement your studies with real world experience and gain academic credit, while nurturing the essential soft skills and cultural intelligence favored by employers.
The virtual Psychology internship out of Spain is a fascinating opportunity for those studying Medicine, Biology, Psychology or students with an interest in the human brain. Online interns work alongside experienced psychologists to shadow consultations, support studies into the use of virtual reality in clinical practice and develop self-guided psychological interventions, resources and tools for an App. This helps improve mental health support, promote individual empowerment and increase access to psychological services in Spain.
The virtual Law & NGO Support internship out of Tanzania is an excellent choice for law students, or those with a passion for social justice and human rights. This is a unique opportunity to support an NGO or law firm in providing free legal advice for local communities, raising awareness about public rights and aiming to combat corruption in the region. Online interns help educate local people on laws and responsibilities, as well as supporting them to secure fundamental human rights.
The online Business internship out of Jaipur is ideal for college students wanting to get an insight into international business, economics and entrepreneurship. Virtual interns have the opportunity to gain experience in a food processing operation, an IT department or a franchise system of training centers which provides mentoring and incubator programs for startups. You’ll be contributing to real world projects, working alongside experienced professionals and developing skills that are highly transferable across all industries.
The online Engineering internship out of Greece is well suited to Engineering, Physics and Computer Science students or those with an interest in emerging technologies. Hosted out of the renowned International Hellenic University, virtual interns have the unique chance to develop engineering exercises and experiments for a virtual laboratory platform. You’ll be helping to create a modern educational environment online for other students, serving to enhance their interest and motivation.
The virtual Journalism & Media internship out of Ireland is an exciting option for English, Media and Journalism students, or those with a flair for creativity. Based with the country’s favorite radio station and website run by students for students, online interns get the opportunity to work alongside like minded people in a fun and fast-paced environment. You’ll get the chance to contribute to a digital platform that covers entertainment, travel, creativity, college life and more with the latest news, stories, competitions, events and entertainment.
The online Marketing internship out of Japan is a rare opportunity for Business, Marketing and Advertising students to get experience on real campaigns out of the fast-paced, innovative tech hub of Tokyo. Virtual interns get the chance to join cutting-edge startups with a global mindset to learn about foreign markets and international sales, while exchanging ideas, assisting with social media marketing, blog writing, search engine optimization and other business development activities.
Best online internships for graduates
Intern Abroad HQ’s virtual internships for graduates are an affordable way to get real world experience within your field of study and get your foot in the door in a certain industry before applying for graduate jobs. Online internships enable graduates to gain global experience, essential soft skills and an international reference - all of which employers look for. Intern Abroad HQ’s experiential learning curriculum supports your internship experience and enables you to articulate your strengths and learnings to future employers - making job applications a piece of cake!
The online Marine Ecology internship out of Greece is perfect for those who have studied Environmental or Marine Sciences, Geography, or those with a passion for Conservation wanting to make a difference. Hosted by a highly respected Institute of Marine Conservation, this NGO combines multidisciplinary scientific research with efficient conservation work. Virtual interns help to analyze and interpret environmental data on seagrass meadows, invasive species and fish biodiversity, which is utilized to inform local conservation and environmental management activities.
The virtual Engineering internship out of Spain has a diverse range of placements available for those pursuing a career in engineering, including civil engineering, industrial engineering, digital manufacturing, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, renewable energy, aeronautical engineering and much more. From engineering drones for search and rescue to working with a leading 3D printing start-up, online interns get the opportunity to contribute to exciting real world projects, as well as consultancy and turnkey projects.
The virtual Architecture internship out of Tanzania is an excellent opportunity for Architecture graduates to gain hands on experience on cutting-edge projects. Based out of the city of Arusha, where the architectural industry is booming, online interns are placed with a company that designs and constructs climate intelligent buildings suitable for local conditions, such as high temperatures and seasonal variations. Tasks include making architectural renderings, preparing presentations with visualizations, preparing offers for clients, researching costs, and more.
The virtual Computer Science internship out of Greece is a fascinating opportunity for students and grads interested in open source platforms for the Internet of Things. The IoT is an exciting technology to gain experience in, as it is rapidly changing the way people work and live. As an online intern, you’ll contribute to the study and comparison of popular IoT tools, increasing your skills, while also allowing other interested parties to become familiar with attractive technologies.
The virtual Digital Marketing internship out of Ireland is the perfect option for grads looking to pursue a career in online marketing. Remote interns are placed with a youth marketing agency which operates client campaigns, the National Student Media Awards, a popular student entertainment website and Ireland’s famous “Goodie Bag” campaign. You’ll be assisting with client campaigns, delivering campus promotions, conducting market research, SEO, digital marketing, and web design.
Best virtual internships for 2020 & 2021
It’s not too late to secure an awesome online internship for Fall or Winter 2020! Intern Abroad HQ’s flexible, accessible and affordable virtual internships mean that you can apply for your internship now and get started just a few weeks later. With part time and full time options available, you can complete your internship alongside a job or vacation. We’ve rounded up the best virtual internships for Fall, Winter, 2021 and beyond!
The Environmental Law online internship out of Greece is an excellent choice for those wanting to make a difference this Fall or beyond. Based with a marine conservation NGO, 2020 and 2021 are busy and exciting years for virtual interns to join. You’ll have the opportunity to work on priority environmental protection projects, such as combating environmental crime, illegal trade of endangered species, EU fisheries legislation, maritime accidents and much more.
The virtual Social Work internship out of Tanzania is an incredible opportunity for students with a passion for social justice looking to make an impact in Africa during Fall break, Winter or 2021. Online interns assist social workers at a community center with projects to support local youth. These include counselling services, workshops on education, health, self esteem, human rights, basic business and financial skills - as well as providing a safe space for young people to socialize. [Read Berkley’s personal experience here](/blog/remote-social-work-internship-tanzania/).
The virtual Marketing internship out of Valencia is a popular online internship for Fall 2020 due to it being high season for many creative placements within the private, NGO, tech, and startup sector. Valencia is home to Spain’s most extensive entrepreneur ecosystems with many young professionals and digital nomads working remotely. Online marketing interns have the opportunity to work within multidisciplinary teams, creating campaigns to promote brands across global markets. [Read Aaron’s story here](/blog/spain-marketing-virtual-remote-internship/).
The online Computer Science internship out of Greece is an innovative opportunity for those looking to explore the virtual world via a virtual internship in 2020 or 2021! Online interns contribute to the creation and development of virtual tours for a leading university. This provides students with the opportunity to visit and discover academic facilities from home. You’ll gain invaluable IT experience, while contributing to the development of a virtual tour and recording results and guidelines.
The online Civil Engineering internship out of Tanzania is a unique opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience with an engineering firm in Africa during Fall, Winter break or beyond. Virtual interns get involved in real world projects with placements spanning across structural and bridge engineering, civil engineering and geotechnical engineering - all with a focus on climate intelligent design. Interns can expect to assist with project management, AutoCAD designs, proposal and report writing, research of suppliers, architectural renderings and more.
Can’t decide which virtual internship is for you?
With such a diverse range of opportunities, it can be difficult to choose just one internship. Take our quiz to find out which online internship is best suited to your personality, experience, skills and career goals - we’ll help find the internship to make you soar!
How can I get started?
Our step-by-step guide on how it works provides you with more information on how to get started. The process is user friendly and there are two options you can take to get the ball rolling.
If you’re unsure of which internship program is right for you, you can simply check availability to submit an enquiry which will help us to point you in the right direction. If you want to chat over the phone, you can also find our full contact information here.
If you already have an idea of what you want to do, and when you want to do it, you can submit your application. It doesn’t cost anything and won’t take more than 5 minutes. However, your formal expression of interest provides the foundation for us to help you take the next steps.