Viticulture & Agriculture: credit-bearing internships in Athens
Viticulture & Agriculture internships offer hands-on experiences at a vineyard and olive farm in the quiet village of Lussakies, near Chania, Crete - one of Greece’s most stunningly beautiful destinations. Interns assist local farmers with seasonal tasks, learning both modern and traditional techniques. These are culturally immersive internships, where you’ll experience traditional Greek lifestyle and values and contribute to locally-owned farms and vineyards. As a credit-bearing internship, this experience also provides you with the valuable opportunity to receive a credit-transfer back to your home academic institution.
- Opportunity to transfer credit back to your home academic institution.
- Gain hands-on farming and horticulture skills and contribute to olive oil and wine production, in one of Greece's most beautiful regions.
- Learn both traditional and modern farming techniques.
- Enjoy a rare culturally immersive experience in rural Greece with friendly people, rich cuisine and a truly unique landscape.
Type of host organizations:
- Olive Tree Farms
Did you know you can intern abroad for college credit? With Viticulture & Agriculture internships in Greece, you can gain hands-on experiences, while gaining culturally immersive experience outside the classroom. Interns assist local farmers with seasonal tasks, learning both modern and traditional techniques. These are culturally immersive internships, where you’ll experience traditional Greek lifestyle in one of the country’s most beautiful regions. As a student, you can also amplify these advantages by achieving credit at the same time!
This internship is designed to allow students to gain college credit. Please check with your professor or study abroad advisor in advance, to confirm that your college will accept credit transfers from Webster University. You can alternatively explore the non-credit-bearing version of this internship here.
Viticulture and Agriculture interns have the unique cultural experience of a lifetime on this program, as you can combine the chance to learn and use practical farming techniques from local Greek farmers, who work and live in Crete. People in such rural areas live traditional lives based around family and food, and interns are immersed into local families and their simple yet enriched way of life.
Your internship activities will be carried out in a rural vineyard and olive tree farm, not wineries themselves. Therefore, you should ensure that you’re comfortable in rural areas and able to entertain yourself in the great outdoors. This is an ideal setting for those looking for a digital detox and wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of main centers!
As an intern, you’ll assist local farmers with the seasonal tasks that are required to produce healthy grapes, quality wine and olive oil. Because tasks are seasonal, interns should come with an open mind and willingness to help with whatever activities are being carried out at the time. Activities are largely based around manual work, and can include:
- Soil preparation, planting and maintenance of crops
- Erecting support structures for the plants and pruning
- Assisting with irrigation
- Controlling for pests and diseases
- Assisting to crush and ferment grapes
- Assisting with packing/bottling/labeling
Internships run year-round but the busiest period for agriculture/viticulture placements is during harvest season from mid August to early October. The general pattern of activity / priorities can be expected as follows:
- January till April: Insecticide spraying on trees, pruning, grass cutting (olive trees and vineyard)
- May till July: Root clearing, irrigation network maintenance and further insecticide spraying
- August till September: Vineyard harvesting and olive tree insecticide spraying
- October till December: Grape processing for wine making and olive picking
When planning your internship, we recommend that you consider weather conditions at the time of your travel. It is very hot in late summer (July - August) and very cold in winter (January - February). It’s important to prepare accordingly for the environment and anticipate tasks that are physically demanding and sometimes repetitive.
Interns should expect to encounter a language barrier with some locals, but your supervisor will be English-speaking.
Credit-bearing internship details
These credit-bearing internships are offered in collaboration with Webster University (Athens Campus). Webster University has a comprehensive network of campuses in cities around the world, including the USA, with a unified academic experience in all locations. The university carries full institutional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). As the course catalog and credit system are the same throughout the Webster University international network, their accreditation may be applied worldwide.
The number of credits you can potentially earn corresponds to your chosen internship duration:
- 5 weeks = 1 credit
- 10 weeks = 2 credits
- 15 weeks = 3 credits
- 20 weeks = 4 credits
As Greece is a European country within the Schengen area, many nationalities can enter as a tourist, for up to 90 days, and do not need to obtain a visa in advance. For example, travelers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, USA (and many other countries). The 90 days you are allowed to spend in the Schengen zone are eligible for a 180-day period. Therefore, we recommend a maximum internship duration of 10 weeks. (Or up to 12 weeks, if you are choosing a non-credit bearing internship). If you are an EU/EEA citizen, then you may be able to apply for a credit-bearing internship with a duration of 15 or 20 weeks.
Approximately Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.
Viticulture & Agriculture (credit-bearing) interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
Hone your manual work skills, supporting the production of grapes, wine or olives.
Gain experience with the seasonal requirements for planting and growing.
Assist with picking and harvesting tasks, according to season.
Learning about packaging/bottling techniques, according to product.
Professional development opportunities:
Get hands-on agriculture production experience by working on a real farm.
Learn about food gathering and plant needs.
Learn how the agricultural system works in a European country.
Network with food producing professionals.
Improve your physical fitness and strength working on manual tasks.
Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
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It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.
Program Fee (USD)
|5 weeks||$4,139Equivalent to $118/day|
|10 weeks||$6,589Equivalent to $94/day|
|15 weeks||$8,659Equivalent to $82/day|
|20 weeks||$10,409Equivalent to $74/day|
- 24/7 in-country support
- Airport pick-up
- Program orientation
- Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
- In-country guidance for social and tourist activities
- Sourcing and securing your internship placement
- Personalization of your internship plan
- Coaching from your supervisor
- Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
- Academic credit facilitation
- International reference letter
- Certificate of Internship Completion
- Visa (if required), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check
- Transfer back to the airport at the end of your internship program
- Optional extras, such as language lessons
- Souvenirs and leisure activities during your free time
- Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, public transportation, and any meals not included in your Program Fee
- A deposit of $449 USD is required to secure your internship
- Balance of your Program Fee is due 60 days before your internship start date.
- All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
- Terms and Conditions apply.
Arrival and Orientation
Internships in Athens begin on the first and third Monday of the month. Exceptions may be made to this when start dates are shifted to avoid public holiday disruptions or closed when the program has already reached capacity. Note that there are typically less placements available during August, due to the summer vacation period in Greece. Interns may choose to spend a minimum of 2 weeks, up to a maximum of 24 weeks.
Airport pick up and accommodation are included in the Program Fee. The accommodation is covered from the Sunday night before the Monday start date - interns are required to arrive no later than the Sunday before their Monday start date, as all orientations are held on Mondays. Upon arrival, interns will be met, greeted, and transferred to the accommodation. Accommodation is covered from the Sunday night before the Monday start date.
- For Medical internships: The typical port of entry is the Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos, the largest international airport in Greece (ATH).
- For Viticulture & Agriculture internships: The typical port of entry is the Chania International Airport “Daskalogiannis” (CHQ). This is the international airport located near Souda Bay in Crete.
In order to receive the airport pick up service which is included in the Program Fee, interns are required to arrive on the Sunday before their Monday start date, between 9am and 6pm. An extra charge applies to any airport pickups outside this timeframe. If you are planning to spend time independently in Greece prior to your internship and will not require an international airport pick up, we can discuss alternative arrival logistics with you.
The last night of the accommodation is the Friday night of the final week, leaving interns free to depart on Saturday. Extra nights of accommodation can be arranged in advance, if requested, and are subject to availability.
Orientation covers important details for your internship, including introductions, information about culture, customs, rules, expectations, safety, language lessons, cultural excursions, and more. Your specific internship placement orientation will follow the general orientation, as you’ll be shown how to travel to and from your internship and be introduced to the team you’ll be joining.
Please note that all participants are advised not to book flights until they have first registered to confirm their internship placement.
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Accommodation and WiFi
Interns are accommodated in clean and comfortable, fully furnished apartments or selected hotel / hostel rooms. Bedding and furnishings are provided, as well as common areas such as lounge, kitchen and laundry facilities. Standard amenities include whiteware (i.e. washing machine, stovetop, fridge, microwave) and clean linen (i.e. bed sheets, pillows, towels). Accommodation includes 24Mbps internet / WiFi access.
In most cases, between two to six guests can be accommodated per apartment so interns should be prepared to share living arrangements. Each guest will have a single or double bed. Rooming arrangements are same-sex, unless specific requests are made to share mixed-gender accommodation. For private accommodation, alternative living arrangements can be requested and arranged in advance, for an additional “upgrade” fee.
Upon the confirmation of specific internship details for each participant, accommodation arrangements are made, taking into consideration the location of internship placements, to ensure that any commute time is as convenient as possible.
Note that Greek Viticulture & Agriculture interns will be based 20’ drive outside of Chania. The locations themselves are rural and not touristy. Interns should budget approximately 30 Euro per month for transportation (about US$35).
Medical internships are based in Athens. Due to the layout of the city’s urban and residential areas, it is normal to expect an approximate commute (to / from an internship placement) of around 30 minutes. Interns should budget approximately 30 Euro per month for transportation (about US$35). The Athens Metro system makes it easy to get around the city and explore. All accommodation for the internship programs is located close to public transportation and large shopping areas.
Please note that the accommodation pictured in the photo gallery of this webpage is provided as an example. Since we work with more than one apartment, the exact accommodation that you’re assigned may differ from the photos. However, you can expect a similar standard and similar amenities, to what is shown here.
Internships on this program do not include meals, as affordable supermarkets are easily accessible. Greece has a thriving coffee culture which is delightful to partake in (there is also WiFi in almost all coffee shops and restaurants). Try Ellinikos (a favorite style of coffee) along with Freddo Espresso / Cappucino and Frappe.
For eating out, interns may budget approximately 3 - 5 Euro for a light breakfast (about US$5 - 7) and 5 - 10 Euro for a simple lunch (about US$5 - 12). There are ample dining options ranging from budget to high end. Greek cuisine offers a range of incredible dishes to experience, including well known classics such as Moussaka and Souvlaki. The Mediterranean diet features meat (cow, chicken, lamb), pasta, rice, pulses, vegetables, and a variety of fish and seafood. When in doubt, skip straight to dessert and order Galaktoboureko (with ice cream)!
Fluency in Greek is not a requirement for interns in Greece, however lessons with a private tutor can be arranged for those who wish to learn. Additional language lessons are also available for French and Spanish. Lessons are coordinated directly through our local team in Athens and can be confirmed once registered for an internship or at the orientation in-country.
Please note that Greek Viticulture & Agriculture interns will be based in the region of Chania, in Crete, Greece. The locations for Viticulture & Agriculture internship placements are rural and not touristy. Language lessons are subject to availability in this region.
Weekends and travel
During the internship program, weekends are available for free time and leisure activities. There is no shortage of wonderful things to see and do! Local coordinators can assist with the booking of safe and reliable activities at discounted prices, so be sure to ask them for advice about how to make the best arrangements to maximise your time and budget (you can do so once registered for your internship or during the orientation). Note that some excursions require a minimum participation of between two or four other people, so it’s wise to enquire in advance.
Bear in mind that Greek Viticulture & Agriculture interns will be based in the region of Chania, in Crete, Greece. The locations for Viticulture & Agriculture internship placements are rural and not touristy. Medical internships in Greece are based in Athens.
Whether you want to explore the endless beaches, cruise around the Greek islands, or visit cultural and historical attractions, there is something for everyone. Popular highlights that you won’t want to miss include:
Acropolis of Athens: The most famous feature of this ancient citadel is the beautiful Parthenon but the site also includes other impressive structures. Situated high above the sprawling city and visible from many points, the Acropolis is an icon of Athens. The touristic areas of Plaka and Monastiraki are located within the surrounding foothills. Go walking through the alleys to lose yourself among the stores, taverns, flea markets, and cafes. Check out the Acropolis Museum, located on the road which leads up toward the Parthenon. Conveniently, there is a metro station (“Akropoli metro station”) directly across from the Museum, making this attraction as easy site to visit from other places within Athens city.
Full-day island cruise: A trip to Greece isn’t complete without getting out on the water. Spend a full day doing just that and visit the islands of Aegina, Hydra and Poros. Each offers the opportunity to explore, swim, shop and relax. The island cruise includes onboard dining (a rich buffet lunch) and entertainment. Be sure to pace yourself and bring your friends!
Full-day excursion to Isthmus, The Great Theatre of Epidaurus, Mycenae and Nafplio: Walk across the Corinthian Isthmus, visit the largest Ancient Greek theatre and the Asclepius Medicine sanctuary. See Mycenae where the Trojan War started and relax and swim at Nafplio.
Full-day excursion to Delphi and Galaxidi: Delphi is known as home to the oracle of Apollo, where predictions and guidance were sought from city-states and individuals alike. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s museum also hosts a rich collection of ancient artifacts. Part of the municipality Delphi, Galaxidi is a beautiful town famous for its gorgeous seafront (bring your swimsuit), fresh seafood, traditional architecture and more.
Half-day excursion to Poseidon’s Temple and swimming at Sounio: This afternoon excursion only takes about half a day, so it’s a great weekend activity to combine with a relaxed morning. Poseidon’s Temple is located south of Athens, at Cape Sounio. Here, the remaining pillars of the temple still overlook gorgeous ocean and sunset views, where the sandy beach below is perfect for swimming.
Full-day excursion to Meteora Monasteries: This full day excursion takes you to see the Meteora Monasteries, which are infamous for being precipitously built and “suspended in the air” (as meant by “Meteora”) atop immense natural rock pillars. The journey from Athens takes about four hours. Once there, you can walk up and explore the three monasteries of Great Meteoro, Varlaam and Holy Trinity. Marvel at the effort, dedication and faith required to undertake such a challenging feat of engineering, architecture and passion. After lunch, the excursion returns to Athens.
Full-day excursion to Vouraikos Gorge, Cave Lakes and Kalavryta: Take a scenic train journey through the Vouraikos Gorge and onto the beautiful Cave Lakes, a unique underground cave system that contains fourteen lakes across three different levels. Carry onto the picturesque town of Kalavryta, a popular winter destination (due to the nearby ski center). Kalavryta offers historical attractions such as the Monastery of Mega Spileo, Monastery of Agia Lavra, and the Municipal Museum of the Holocaust of Kalavryta.
Half-day Trekking at Mount Parnitha National Park: Located just an hour out of the city center, the park’s proximity to Athens is idea for an escape into nature (and retreat from the summer heat). The departure time is late morning and returns in the early evening. The two-hour trek is relaxed but still offers great views (keep your eyes open to spot red deer as well). The trek is followed by a break at Mpafi Refuge, where you can have a coffee and lunch. Return via a cable-car ride that transports you back to the foothills of Mount Parnitha.
Full-day Forest Horse Ride and Cycling excursion: After all the cultural and historical sightseeing that Greece has to offer, getting active and soaking up its nature is a must. This excursion includes horseback riding and cycling through the dense forests surrounding Mount Parnonas National Park. The trails provide beautiful views of the surrounding landscapes, as well as water springs and waterfalls along the Evrotas River.
Essential country information
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Weather and climate:
With its Mediterranean climate, Athens is one of the warmest capital cities in Europe. The summers are long, hot and dry and the winters are mild. The best time to visit Athens for the hot weather is from mid June to mid September. The hottest month is July, in which the temperature may peak around 92°F / 33°C. Heatwaves in Greece may occur but they are usually not prolonged (that coast moderates temperatures with coastal breezes). The cooler months are November through March. During this period, it rarely gets any colder than 42°F / 5°C in Athens (February is the coldest month). Rainfall in Greece varies throughout the year, although the summer months are drier in comparison. December is usually the wettest month of the year. Outside of Athens, the climate of Greece remains primarily Mediterranean. However, due to its mountainous regions, there is a range of microclimates and local variations. Snow regularly falls in the high mountains. Medical internships in Greece are based in Athens. Greek Viticulture & Agriculture interns will be based in the region of Chania, in Crete.