Last updated: 3rd April 2020 at 3:00pm NZDT

While the world is on lockdown, Intern Abroad HQ continues to support our interns.

Since the Covid-19 virus began to present a global health risk, Intern Abroad HQ has taken extra safety measures to protect our interns as well as the organizations and communities they work within.

There have been no reported cases of Covid-19 infections among any interns on any Intern Abroad HQ internship program. Since the start of the outbreak, our local teams have implemented procedures across all our programs to ensure early detection of any cases, in accordance with the advice from local and international authorities. This includes plans for monitoring, isolating and caring for any cases, should they arise.

All of Intern Abroad HQ’s internship projects around the world are now closed and will remain closed until at least the start of May. Our team is assisting interns who had been due to travel in the next few months to reschedule their trips.

Our thoughts are with the people who have been affected by this unprecedented event and all those who are working on the frontline to help contain this virus. Now more than ever, we must come together to protect our global community.

If we’ve learnt one thing from this terrible pandemic, it’s that life is precious. Fear should not put an end to our travel dreams and career ambitions. Moves to restrict the spread of the virus will be temporary, and for many people, this is an opportunity to slow down, reflect and start making plans for the future.

We have received feedback from many interns who are still anticipating internships for later this year, as well as 2021 – be it for course credit, graduation requirement, or other personal development endeavors. For this, Intern Abroad HQ remains wholeheartedly committed to the long-term mission of our operation, which is dedicated to resilience and adaptability over the course of a professional lifetime. We welcome contact from anyone who wishes to get in touch and discuss options for internships later in this year or next.

We are still operating because we know that things will eventually return to normal, people will want to keep polishing their skills and experience, and life must go on.

Most of our interns book their trips many months in advance, so please take this time to plan for the future. In fact, we require a minimum of at least 60 days notice, to plan any internship abroad. With Intern Abroad HQ you can register for trips up to two years ahead and we offer flexible payment options that provide a registration fee refund should you need to change or cancel your trip closer to your start date.

If there’s anything we can do to help you during this time, please get in touch and one of our Program Managers will be able to offer specialist support and guidance.

If you continue scrolling down this page, you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions the Intern Abroad HQ team are being asked.

Please stay safe, be kind, and protect the health of yourself and others, wherever you are in the world.

Simon Birkenhead
Chief Executive Officer, Intern Abroad HQ

Here are answers to some of the most common questions we are being asked.

When will your internship programs start running again?

We have temporarily closed all of our internship programs and will not re-open any program before May 1st, 2020. We will review options for reopening programs on a case-by-case basis, based on the latest travel advisories for each country, the status of local health risks, and any restrictions placed on travellers originating from specific countries. We are proactively contacting all interns who are due to commence their programs in the next few months who may be impacted by these program closures. Please contact your Intern Abroad HQ Program Manager or get in touch for up to date information on country-specific restrictions.

If you are due to intern from June onwards, our current advice is to hold off from changing or cancelling your travel until we have greater certainty over when our programs will begin operating again. We are still hopeful that we will be able to run some of our programs over the summer.

Can I change my travel plans free of charge?

We’re offering greater flexibility for changes to travel dates and destinations during this period of uncertainty.

We are allowing all interns with program start dates prior to August 31st 2020 to change their travel destination, internship project, or start date free of charge. If you don’t know when you will be able to travel, we can hold any program fee you’ve paid as a credit on your account.

For interns who had been due to start their programs within the next 14 days, we are dealing with each individual situation on a case by case basis. If this applies to you, please contact your Program Manager.

If you have been accepted for an Intern Abroad HQ internship program but haven’t yet completed your registration, you can make changes to your application details free of charge at any time. This means you can select a different destination, internship project, or travel date.

What’s the best way of contacting Intern Abroad HQ?

Our Internship Program Managers are having to deal with an unprecedented volume of enquiries from interns. Therefore we are currently unable to accept phone calls. Instead, please get in touch with us by email to or direct to your Program Manager by their email.

We are prioritizing enquiries based on urgency. If you are not scheduled to start your Intern Abroad HQ internship program within the next few weeks, please be aware that there may be a substantial delay until we are able to respond to you. We ask you to please be patient so we can better support those interns with imminent travel plans.