International Internships Abroad 2020

“Best decision I’ve ever made! This internship led directly to a job just two weeks after my internship! I strongly recommend anyone to participate in this program!” - Kevin Herrell, Samos - Greece

Advance your skills. Enhance your resume. Amplify your career opportunities.

At Intern Abroad HQ, our goal is simple: to enable you to achieve your dream career by helping you enhance your skills, push your boundaries, discover your competencies and reach your utmost potential through an international internship. See how it works.

Contents

  1. Who can do an international internship?
  2. Benefits of taking an international internship
  3. Top international internships for high school graduates
  4. Top international internships for undergraduate students
  5. Top international internships for graduate / post-graduate students
  6. Top international internships for Spanish speakers / Spanish studies
  7. Top international internships for Italian speakers / Italian and Latin Studies
  8. Why join Intern Abroad HQ?
  9. How to get started

Who can do an international internship?

  • High school graduates looking to explore interests before making a commitment to future university study. Whether planning a short-term internship to gain insight into fields of interest, or planning an internship as part of a broader gap year experience, Intern Abroad HQ can provide guidance at every step.

  • Undergraduate students who want to gain real-world experience outside of the classroom. International internship experiences provide personal and professional development that textbooks don’t. Whether you take an international internship to obtain a course credit, fulfill graduation requirements or boost your resume, an international internship is a big step that brings you closer to your dream career.

  • Postgraduate students and young professionals can significantly benefit from taking an international internship. International internships are perfect if you are currently completing a thesis/research project, looking to increase your professional network, or simply wanting to gain more practical experience to be the best in your chosen field.

  • Spanish language Majors / Spanish language speakers looking to solidify second language skills and cultural intelligence, to take their employability to the next competitive level.

  • Italian language Majors / Italian language speakers with a passion for Italian history and culture.

Benefits of taking an international internship

Benefits of taking an international internship

Choosing an international internship is a special decision! It requires a conscious decision to step outside the comfort zone, opening yourself up to learn in new and exciting ways - which can even feel a little scary at times! We believe that the benefits of taking an international internship are unparalleled. Throughout, Intern Abroad HQ shares the journey with interns and supports them in developing essential skills for employability. We facilitate an experiential learning curriculum for all interns, which covers weekly themes and topics for important self reflection. This considerate approach builds self-awareness and cultural intelligence, aiding interns to perceive how their experiences abroad can develop competencies which are essential for personal growth, resilience, and adaptability.

  • Explore your interests and career path
  • Get hands-on experience like no other
  • Learn from diverse new cultural perspectives
  • Share experiences and gain knowledge from other students and young professionals from around the world
  • Gain mentorship from seasoned professionals within your industry
  • Build your professional network and make lifetime connections
  • Increase your professional network on an international level
  • Enhance your current skills while attaining new competencies to boost your resume, and become highly competitive for employability
  • Develop your sense of confidence, independence, self-awareness and cultural intelligence
  • Get out there to stoke your wanderlust, travel and see the world!

Benefits of taking an international internship

Top international internships for high school graduates and above

If you’re ready to start seeing and experiencing the world right out of high school, there’s no better platform to do so. International internships for high school graduates can provide an entry level perspective into career and study fields that may help to inform future plans. Whether you’re thinking about joining a short-term program, or wanting to develop a more comprehensive itinerary as part of a gap year (which may include volunteer and service learning projects, as well as an internship) let us provide inspiring ideas and opportunities.

International Internships for Animal Sciences and Environmental Sciences

  • Reserve Management internships at Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • Reserve Management internships at Dinokeng Game Reserve, South Africa
  • Wildlife Veterinary Course at Gondwana Game Reserve, South Africa

International Internships for Medical Electives & Health Sciences

International Internships for Education & Youth Development

International Internships for Culture & Entrepreneurship

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Top international internships for high school graduates and above

Top international internships for undergraduate students

International internships that are generally recommended for students who are currently enrolled in a college or university (studying your major, bachelor’s degree) - or any other higher education qualification - are numerous.

There is a huge scope for opportunity, across a broad range of fields of interest and study. Whether you are in your junior or senior years, international internships can provide inspiration that paves the way for future study or employment opportunities.

Every undergraduate Internship placement is tailored to ensure the experience is accessible and works with your schedule. Start dates are available year-round, with multiple start dates every month to select from. Minimum duration requirements are available from just two weeks!

Note that interns often choose an international internship that can serve as a platform to achieve graduation requirements or obtain course credit. No problem! We are accustomed to working with students who have varying requirements for their internship experience. Choose flexible dates that work for you and let us provide relevant guidance in regard to obtaining credit through your academic institution.

Note that all of these options are also considered suitable for grad / post-grad students who have already completed their major, bachelor’s degree or higher education qualification and are now doing further study or seeking to obtain practical experience within the field.

Top international internships for undergraduate students

International Internships for Communication & Marketing

International Internships for Accounting & Finance

International Internships for Business Management & Entrepreneurship

International Internships for Medical Electives & Health Sciences

International Internships for Hospitality & Tourism

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International Internships for Hospitality & Tourism

International Internships for Architecture, Design, Engineering and IT

International Internships for Nutrition and Public Health

International Internships for Psychology & Social Work

International Internships for Law & Human Rights Supportß

International Internships for Animal, Environmental and Marine Sciences

  • Greek Viticulture & Agriculture internships in Athens, Greece
  • Aegean Marine Science & Island Conservation internships in Samos, Greece
  • Environmental Science internships in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Wildlife Veterinary Course at Gondwana Game Reserve in South Africa
  • Reserve Management internships at Dinokeng Game Reserve, South Africa
  • GIS Specialization for Environmental Conservation internships in Dinokeng, South Africa
  • Marine Biology and Reef Conservation internships at Sodwana Bay, South Africa

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International Internships for Animal, Environmental and Marine Sciences

Top international internships for graduate / post-graduate students

If you are a graduate / post-grad student, having already completed your major, bachelor’s degree or higher education qualification, you may be looking for practical experience outside the classroom - or even seeking opportunity to develop further study, whether for a research project or thesis.

While all of the above opportunities we have already mentioned can be suitable for graduate / post graduate students, the options below highlight a few recommendations that may be best suited for people wanting a more hands on experience, or an environment to conduct a research project.

Note that some of the international internship options listed below may also be considered suitable for undergraduate students. However, connect with our team to discuss your goals for interning abroad and we can provide relevant guidance and recommendations that meet your needs.

International Internships for Animal Sciences and Environmental Sciences

  • Aegean Marine Science & Island Conservation internships in Samos, Greece
  • GIS Specialization for Environmental Conservation in Dinokeng, South Africa

International Internships for Medical Electives & Health Sciences

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Top international internships for graduate / post-graduate students

Top international internships for Spanish language / Spanish Studies

Have some Spanish up your sleeve that you’re keen to hone? Consider an internship abroad which enables you to combine the development of your second language skills with a professional internship experience in Latin America. The following international internships require that interns have a basic-intermediate proficiency of the Spanish language.

International Internships for Education & Youth Development

Internships for Animal Sciences and Environmental Sciences

Internships for Communication & Marketing

  • Media in Advertising internships in Costa Rica
  • Marketing & Communications internships in Peru
  • Microfinance internships in Guatemala

International Internships for Medical Electives & Health Sciences

  • Healthcare and Physiotherapy internships in Costa Rica and Guatemala
  • Physician’s Assistant, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Dentistry internships in Peru
  • Special Education internships in Costa Rica and Peru

International Internships for Hospitality & Tourism

  • Hospitality & Tourism internships in Guatemala

International Internships for Engineering

International Internships for Psychology & Social Work

  • Psychology internships in Peru

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Top international internships for Spanish language / Spanish Studies

Top international internships for Italian language / Italian or Latin Studies

Internships in Italy include 4 weeks of Italian language lessons which are taken prior to beginning the internship placement activities. The minimum duration requirement for the program is 8 weeks (for interns who are not already fluent at an intermediate level). For interns that join for 8 weeks, this means that the Italian language lessons will take up the first half of the program and the remaining 4 weeks are dedicated to the internship placement. After completing the required Italian language lessons before commencing the internship, any additional Italian language classes are optional.

If internship participants are already at an intermediate level of Italian language proficiency (B1 or B2 or higher) then only 2 weeks of Italian language lessons are required, before commencing the internship activities. Therefore, the minimum duration requirement is 6 weeks, instead of 8 weeks.

Italian language instruction for this holistic internship program is offered through an accredited provider and member of the Association of Schools of Italian as a Second Language (ASILS).

International Internships for Architecture, Design, Engineering and IT

International Internships for Psychology & Social Work

International Internships for Law & Human Rights Support

  • International Law & Human Rights internships in Rome, Italy

International Internships for Animal, Environmental and Marine Sciences

  • Agriculture & Production, Environmental Conservation & Ecology internships in Rome, Italy

Internships for Communication & Marketing, Business Management & Entrepreneurship

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Top international internships for Italian language / Italian or Latin Studies

Why join Intern Abroad HQ?

1. We promote career readiness

Intern Abroad HQ facilitates an experiential learning curriculum, which covers weekly themes and reflections. This guided approach enhances self-awareness and cultural intelligence, translating intern experiences into essential soft skills for employability and a resilient career.

2. Our international internships are affordable and accessible

Our financially accessible international internships encompass full support, such as the provision of airport pick up, orientation, accommodation, and 24/7 local support Many of our internship destinations also include meals! With the logistics for interning abroad taken care of by a trustworthy and experienced team, you can focus on the opportunity of a lifetime and budget for the internship destination of your dreams.

3. We make it easy to schedule your internship and help you to obtain course credit

We ensure that quality internship experiences are accessible, while also being capable of meeting diverse academic requirements. Start dates are available year-round, with multiple start dates every month to select from. Minimum duration requirements are available from just two weeks! Choose flexible dates that work for you and let us provide guidance in regard to obtaining credit through your academic institution.

4. We provide customized, stress-free internships

We take a customized approach toward matching interns to opportunities within their field. No matter where you are in your study path - just setting out and exploring career possibilities, right through to preparing to enter the job market - we can recommend international internship options that align with your level and your goals. Tell us about your interests and motivations and we’ll take it from there!

5. We are socially-responsible

Intern Abroad HQ is a division of International Volunteer HQ and together we are a certified B Corporation. This is the only certification that measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance. With this approach at heart, we carefully consider the impact of our work on our interns, program partners, community, and the environment.

Why join Intern Abroad HQ?

Where do I begin?

Taking the first step to pursue an international internship can be daunting - luckily, our team provides guidance from your very first information-seeking enquiry, right through till your program completion. There’s always a real person to connect with at every step.

So let’s begin!

  1. Submit your application to make your formal expression of interest. It is free to apply and only takes 5 minutes. This step enables us to provide more guidance on what happens next, along with the opportunity to begin your reservation process.

  2. Connect with your Internship Program Manager. Connect with your Internship Program Manager. We’re here to address any questions, provide consultation, and ensure that you’re well supported to plan an international adventure. Want to chat to someone straight away? You’re welcome to reach us and just start with a conversation. Our list of toll free numbers are here, alongside information about our timezone and office hours.

  3. Begin the placement process. Your internship is secured via deposit payment of US$449, as this enables us to start making specific arrangements for your international internship. Once registered, you’ll gain access to helpful tools (such as a preparation check-list and important Internship Manual). We recommend advance planning, to lock in a fantastic placement and allow time to make travel arrangements. You must confirm no less than 60 days before your chosen start date, as this is the program fee payment deadline (this fee covers your airport pick up, orientation, accommodation while abroad - etc).

  4. Woohoo, pack your bags! We’ll help you to begin working through the preparation check-list, so that you’re in the best shape to start your trip. Our team loves to travel and are passionate about career readiness. We’ll make it user-friendly to turn your goals for travel and professional development into a reality!

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