Last updated: July 23rd, 2020
As the world begins to re-open, so will our intern abroad programs.
Thanks to the incredible team effort of millions around the world, many countries are beginning to exit their COVID-19 lockdowns and re-open their countries for visitors. While some regions may remain restricted for some months more, we plan to restart our international internship programs where the local health situation, government advice and border restrictions allow this.
The following intern abroad programs are accepting interns for in-country participation. You can still apply and register for all other internships with future start dates. If for any reason the program you register for is not going to open for your chosen dates, your Internship Manager will let you know and you can change your plans thanks to our flexible booking. For up to date information regarding program reopenings, please get in touch with your Internship Manager or contact us.
- Czech Republic – internship programs in business, marketing, design, IT and education
- Greece – medical internships for pre-med, pre-dentistry, physiotherapy and occupational therapy students, Greek - viticulture and agriculture internships, plus marine science and environmental conservation internships
- Ireland – internships available in marketing, tourism & hospitality, and education
- Italy – large variety of internship placements available in agriculture, conservation, architecture, law, marketing, social work and more
- Spain – a wide range of internships available in finance, business administration, engineering, law, graphic design, marketing & communications, healthcare, education and more
- Tanzania – a selection of medical internships for healthcare students and professionals, teaching placements for interns with a passion for education, plus internships in hospitality and social work
Central & South America:
- Costa Rica – internship abroad programs in conservation, engineering, marketing, healthcare, veterinary, education and more
- New Zealand – a wide variety of internship programs within business, design, environmental science, event management, IT, marketing, hospitality and more
Our remote internship programs, which allow you to intern online and collaborate virtually with your host organization, continue to operate as normal in all countries and remain unaffected by COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Explained below are ways we’re ensuring our interns and host organizations remain safe, as well as some commonly asked questions our team are being asked. Please stay safe, be kind, and protect the health of yourself and others, wherever you are in the world.
Your wellbeing remains our highest priority.
Since long before COVID-19 began to spread, Intern Abroad HQ has followed industry-leading procedures to ensure the safety of our internship participants. As our programs start to re-open to international interns, we will maintain our pledge to keep you safe. In addition to our standard safety processes, all of our local program teams will be following enhanced procedures we have developed to minimize risks from COVID-19. These include:
- All interns traveling abroad must be tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to travel, where this is possible in their locality. Note that some governments require pre-travel testing from travellers within 48 hours of boarding their first flight. We’re asking interns to present a medical certificate on arrival at the program to verify they have not tested positive for COVID-19, but this may also be a mandatory government requirement in order to enter their country.
- During orientation, each intern will be provided information about COVID-19 symptoms and local health facilities.
- Increased frequency and depth of cleaning practices in both accommodation and placement locations.
- Antibacterial spray/wipes and hand sanitisers will be readily available.
- Greater physical separation between interns in accommodation and placements.
- Symptomatic individuals will be isolated from others in accordance with local regulations and WHO guidelines. If symptoms persist or are of concern, individuals will be assisted in contacting a healthcare provider for testing, advice and/or treatment.
All our interns should also take personal responsibility for their own health and the safety of others. Please do not travel if you are feeling ill or if there is a risk you may be an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19 – for example, if you have been exposed to an infected individual within the 14 days before you start your IVHQ program.
All interns tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel
Health & safety information provided during orientation
Strict disinfecting standards at placements & accommodation
Greater physical distance between interns
When you travel, protect yourself with the right insurance.
Unlike many other companies, Intern Abroad HQ’s travel insurance partner, World Nomads, does not have an endemic or pandemic exclusion for policies purchased by U.S. residents, which means that you may make claims arising from the COVID-19 for the benefits specified in your policy. These benefits include emergency medical and trip interruption coverage for you personally or a travel companion who contracts the COVID-19 or goes under quarantine when traveling. If you unexpectedly catch COVID-19 at home before you leave for your trip, you may also be eligible for trip cancellation coverage, which represents compensation for any pre-paid non-refundable travel expenses such as flights, hotels, and excursions. Click here to review exactly what is covered by World Nomads’ policies in relation to Covid-19.
Coverage for non-U.S. residents varies and can be checked by clicking here.
Book with confidence with free changes in 2020.
We understand how stressful the ongoing uncertainty around travel restrictions might be. That’s why we have made it easy to change your travel plans should you need to – or if you simply change your mind! As long as you cancel or reschedule at least 60 days before your program start date this year, you can change your start date, internship program or destination free of charge.
If you are unwilling or unable to travel abroad, take a look at our remote internship programs that can be completed virtually from home or wherever you are in the world.
Most of our interns book their trips months in advance, so please take this time to plan for the future. With Intern Abroad HQ you can register for internships up to two years ahead.
If there’s anything we can do to help you with your travel plans during this time, please get in touch and one of our Internship Managers will be able to offer specialist support and guidance.
Will my intern abroad program be open this summer?
We are making plans for reopening our overseas internships programs on a case-by-case basis, based on the latest travel advisories for each country, the status of local health risks, and any local government or border restrictions that might remain in place. Since we host interns from countries all over the world, our approach to opening programs is based entirely on local conditions and guidance from the relevant local authorities. Each intern should make their own assessment on whether they will be able to travel to participate in their program based on their own individual circumstances.
For a list of intern abroad programs that are already open for accepting in-country participants, please refer to the top of this page. As the situation in each country is changing constantly, we are not able to provide certainty around program availability until a few weeks before each intern’s start date.
We are proactively contacting all interns who are due to travel in the near future to advise on program availability. Please contact your Internship Manager or get in touch for up to date information on country-specific plans.
If you are due to travel from July 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.
Will I be safe if I continue with my plans to intern abroad?
From the very start of the outbreak, our local teams implemented procedures across all our programs to ensure early detection of any cases, in accordance with the advice from local and international authorities. There were no reported cases of Covid-19 among any intern or staff member on any Intern Abroad HQ program before they closed. We will only reopen programs when we believe the local conditions provide a safe environment for our interns and we will implement enhanced procedures for monitoring the health of our interns and isolating, caring for, and reporting any cases, should they arise, will remain in place.
For obvious reasons, no intern should commence their travel if they are feeling unwell or believe they may have been exposed to the coronavirus. We should all take collective responsibility for minimizing the risk of further transmission of the virus.
Will my travel insurance cover me for COVID-19?
Sometimes luck just isn’t on your side and things can go wrong on any overseas trip. Your normal health insurance is unlikely to cover you for overseas expenses, which is why travel insurance is compulsory for all IAHQ interns.
We’ve partnered with World Nomads for many years because their policies provide comprehensive but affordable cover for most of the typical activities our interns get involved with while interning abroad. Unlike many other companies, World Nomads does not have an endemic or pandemic exclusion for policies purchased by U.S. residents, which means that you may make claims arising from the COVID-19 for the benefits specified in your policy. Click here to review exactly what is covered by World Nomads’ policies in relation to Covid-19.
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 December 31, 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 or provide a refund.
For interns due to start their intern abroad 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 Internship Manager.
If you have been accepted for an Intern Abroad HQ program but haven’t yet completed your registration, you can make changes to your trip free of charge at any time. This means you can select a different destination, internship project, or travel date and still continue with your plans.
Can I get a refund?
We have always provided refunds to any intern who is eligible for a refund under Intern Abroad HQ’s terms and conditions, and this has not changed since the current pandemic began.
What’s the best way of contacting Intern Abroad HQ?
IAHQ’s Internship Managers are available to answer any of your queries related to existing registrations or help with your planning for the future. You can get in touch with us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, direct to your Internship Manager by email, or through our online enquiry form.