This remote internship contributed to my achievement of long term goals because I would like to pursue a path or career in corporate sustainability. During the internship, I worked on projects that were related to this, and the relevant experience will help me for the future. My role during the Business internship involved eco-friendly packaging alternatives and the implementation of principles to encourage a circular economy. As this was a remote internship, it taught me a lot about effective communication online and some of the things that need to be in place in order for there to be smooth communication. During the internship, I demonstrated good communication, customer service, negotiation skills, research and corporate sustainability skills. My favorite outcome from the internship was having one of my ideas for the business being well received and they said that they loved it. I demonstrated that I do possess the knowledge to help companies achieve a sustainable change and that change can happen. From here, my goals are to keep on working within the corporate sustainability field and hopefully pursue a career in this area.
Ka Chun Yau
My remote internship was like an inspiring seed. The internship widened my path as a future policy maker, through legal practice experience. The knowledge of contract law and negotiation skills that I gained can also help me to strike better business deals. Having a connection with Tanzania develops my understanding of the East African society and the knowledge paths gained offer future opportunities, if I would pursue a global political career in the future. During the remote internship, I learnt about aspects of Law that I unknowingly practice in my day to day life, for example making contracts and handling negotiations. My favourite outcome from the internship was the discussion of human rights issues with my supervisor, who is a solicitor and was recently working as a state attorney. We also dealt with a land dispute case together. I gained a better understanding of the human rights issues in Tanzania and learned more about the differences between the common law systems of Tanzania and Hong Kong. From here, my goal is to become involved in an African International organisation in the future. I would like to continuously read more legal cases and keep up to date with the human rights issues in Africa.
Beatriz Elfred Yumul
I completed a remote international five-week psychology internship that dominantly involved the translation of texts, audio scripts, and HTML code for a mindfulness and self-care app. This internship contributed to my long term goals because I aspire to pursue nursing in a community / public health scene. The therapeutic communication skills I learned are especially useful when being mindful and sensitive to the preferences and comforts of the clients I will be working with in the future. Being exposed to the way therapeutic communication is applied in therapy sessions is cool because I am currently taking a counselling skills and practice class for my minor. The qualities of the language we learned to use and implement overlap with the patterns I observe within the programs. Everyone that I was in contact with during the internship process was so kind and made it very clear that I was welcome to get in touch with them and ask for help when I needed it. The advice I would give to someone coming into this internship (or any remote international internship) is to really take advantage of the amount of support you’ll have available, along with the time you’ll be committing. There is a lot to learn about ourselves when we are put into challenging situations that push us to build on our abilities. I feel much more empowered in my field largely because of how much I learned when it comes to communicating with team members, independent responsibility, time management, and therapeutic communication from the programs. This role allowed me to expand on my Spanish literacy, international communication, and self-management as the time-zone difference required me to complete tasks independently.
At first, I was nervous about opening the door of professionalism. However, my worries disappeared faster than I predicted. The first week of my internship involved collaboration with a former engineering intern from the United States. Collaborating together was the best and brightest moment I have ever had during programming. Usually, I have done individual coding alone, so the opportunity to collaborate helped me to learn about the importance of team development and sharing knowledge with others. Participating in an online internship as a Japanese student was a meaningful experience. I was surprised that not only local Spanish engineers, but also American engineers, work equally with code, so you can “code-speak” with engineers from all over the world. During the virtual internship, I gained my first experience using GitLab instead of GitHub and I received a lot of practical and applied advice. Learning from the wisdom of other engineers, not just using your knowledge, was an important experience for me. I also gained experience on Android application development using Android Studio. The remote internship provided me with the freedom to dedicate the time required to deepen my proficiencies.
My internship involves me being a secret shopper, where they send me to the Cliffs of Moher, or Galway, or Wicklow - a whole bunch of places - and I would have to rate the tours after they were over, compile the details, and present back to the company. I learned about marketing and how to run social media websites for a tourist company. What I enjoyed most about my time in Ireland was working for a tourism company and learning the ins and outs of it and then feeling confident afterwards, knowing that I could work for a company in Ireland, get used to the culture, get used to being in this type of work environment and feel confident about it. The boss will make you feel comfortable and that’s what made this entire trip with it.
I conducted my Medical internship in Athens, Greece, in a top private hospital with cutting-edge technology. It was one of the most impressive organizations I have ever seen in healthcare. My internship role as a medical trainee was to assist doctors during their clinical activities and to observe them during surgery and endoscopy. My favourite memory from my internship experience was the prostate biopsy that the urologist let me perform under his supervision. It was a challenging, important and new experience. I also had the chance to observe one of the best hematologists in Europe at work, they were an amazing supervisor, teaching me a lot! As a medical student, this internship supported my long term goals, as I gained a lot of new clinical and hands-on experience, while also further developing skills I already had. Everything I learned during the hospital internship placement will be useful in my future career as a clinician. It will also help me to complete my medical degree.
Mary Scott Douglas
My internship experience was interesting and enlightening. Originally, I thought I would be assigned things to do over email, however I spoke on the phone with one of the lawyers at the firm I was interning with and was provided direct questions to research and answer before our next call. I liked this approach, as it enabled me the opportunity to relate and get to know the lawyers. The tasks were suited to my experience level and I was able to communicate when I had questions or concerns. The internship contributed toward the achievement of my long-term goals, as I gained experience in the law field. This experience helped me to decide whether or not I want to attend law school in the future. Before the internship, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to but now, I’m positive that I want to pursue this career field. I wanted to learn about what a career would be like in law, especially on the international scale, and that is exactly what I was able to experience through this remote internship. The skills I learnt were a great introduction and will directly apply to my further education and an eventual career in law. During the law internship, based out of Tanzania, I shadowed lawyers in their office, researched cases, read over documents, and learned about how the culture of Tanzania affects law. I was very happy with my growth during this internship! My most significant learning point was to always research as much as possible. My supervisor kept saying that doing good research is the key to being a good lawyer and I truly think that advice will stick with me forever.
In the meeting with my coordinator for my virtual internship in cyber security, we laid out everything for me to accomplish. We had multiple weekly meetings and remained connected throughout, sending messages when online meetings were not practical. My role as a virtual cyber security intern had a focus on encryption and helping an organization to secure data, which is vital for every organization in our modern world. I found it interesting to conduct research on ROUV’s and learn more about them and how they function in the world of cyber security. Everything during the remote internship went as planned and I definitely gained more experience in conducting research and presenting my findings to others. I also learned more about the coding language Python and received more hands-on experience with it. My favorite take-away from my remote internship was overcoming all the challenges that were put in front of me with hard work and dedication. I feel more empowered in cybersecurity work now because I know I can now actually do work that is required of me when I get a job. I am majoring in cybersecurity and homeland security and before this internship, I was slightly apprehensive about how different school work would be from real-world work. However, this internship allowed me to get the experience I needed to understand how real-world assignments work.
This virtual internship role provided me with insight into the legal profession, which is something that has interested me for quite some time and I am even considering pursuing as a career. Researching and learning from my supervisor about the different stages of legal cases and the documents involved, as well as applying them to the laws and cases in both Tanzania and my own country, was highly constructive for me. I believe that an understanding of the law is critical for any profession and is highly relevant to my studies in political science and international relations. As a legal intern, I was involved in conducting independent research and answering questions set by my supervisor, to assist with the information I was provided with during online meetings. I was also tasked with identifying issues in civil cases and creating hypothetical judgements on these cases. I was not expecting to be able to learn directly about relevant concepts of international and local law from my placement supervisor but I had the opportunity to understand the ways the theoretical ideas that I have studied elsewhere can be applied to a professional setting. The advice that I would give to others is to not be so worried about what you do or don’t know in advance! I was very grateful for the help and support that I received during my remote internship placement and in the lead-up to it. It helped me to develop skills in communicating across cultures and pushed me to be more resilient.
I feel more empowered in my field after my remote Psychology internship because it helped me gain independence and confidence. I learned some interesting theories and applications of psychology to sports and also felt that I had knowledge to contribute. I did a lot of literature reviews independently and found that there was merit in the information I passed on to others, so I had to be confident in anything I would say. My most significant learning points during the internship were in regard to communication. I never had online work experience before, so this was a great opportunity to learn how to participate in and host web meetings. I also gained more experience working within a team, especially as I presented the intern project, in collaboration with another intern. From here, my goals are to continue developing my research skills - from scientific literature reviews, to research project presentations.
My virtual internship role involved business development, communication and marketing. This meant I was part of the commercial team and analysed potential client leads for the business through market research, surveys and interviews. In addition, I developed business and marketing strategies for a pilot that the business was planning. This included proposing social media communications such as stories and posts on Instagram. My support helped the organisation in the short term, as they were able to advertise their event through social media beforehand. As for the long term benefit, I was able to gather client databases for the company. The remote internship helped me to become a better communicator and this skill will help me in my future career - I believe that communication is key in any career.
My Engineering internship role this Summer allowed me to be a business analyst for a company where I was able to access and understand various biotechnology projects. This internship is going to benefit me with my long term goals for entrepreneurship in the future. I am learning about how to read and create patents, and how to assess competition in a potential field that I may want to open/start a business in. I was pleasantly surprised to discover how friendly and open everyone was. If there was ever something I needed or I was confused about, there were numerous people at the company that I could go to, who were more than happy to help me. Even virtually, it was a very welcoming atmosphere.
This remote internship role of shadowing and learning from experts in construction management helps me gain knowledge in the areas I plan on managing or working with. It has been an introduction to construction - at the moment, I am uncertain about what area of construction I want to go into. However, this internship is preparing me to have knowledge in those areas. Through this internship, I have learned how to read and understand architectural and structural drawings which are the most important documents in construction. These documents allow construction to occur. Therefore, no matter the area that I pursue, this internship is valuable. One of the tasks I have been involved with has been creating architectural drawings on AutoCAD. These drawings were of a school classroom from multiple views. Another task has been researching construction concepts then comparing it to construction in Tanzania. This is my first experience in an online environment and it is very beneficial since this pandemic has shifted many industries into an online workplace. It is important to follow-up and maintain communication outside of this new online workplace.
I am a remote intern for a Marine Institute of Conservation, which is based out of Greece. I am assisting with research on dolphin interactions within a pod, using photo identification techniques to analyze which dolphins associate with which other dolphins the most. We will be analyzing the dolphins’ dorsal fins to determine which dolphins are which. The organization I work for does both rehabilitation/conservation as well as independent research. My project is associated with the independent research side and will help the group to better understand the populations of dolphins they are trying to protect. This role will contribute as a good starting experience for my future plans of building a professional career in this field. I am learning a lot about the “behind the scenes” of being a marine scientist, in terms of the actual data collection and analysis, which I am finding increasingly interesting.
During this internship, I did land use analysis of different sites in Crete, Greece, using Google Earth Pro. My role was to identify and outline patches of various land uses such as olives, arable land, settlements, semi-natural habitat, water bodies, and other crops. Each site has a radius of 300m and 500m, and I had to identify all the patches within these areas. I am learning how this information can be applied, as the information will be used to assess how different biodiversity indices vary with land use. This requires attention to detail, which is a very useful skill to have for any career path I choose. My goal with this internship is to learn about the real world applications of landscape analysis and GIS, which is what my current internship role is helping me achieve. This will give me a better understanding of how landscape analysis can be used to achieve sustainability in food production, which is what I might want to work in in the future.
My online internship role is currently to translate content and help come up with new content for the psychological app, Serenmind. As the app is becoming more accessible to America, I translate the modules of the app from Spanish to English, working to make sure everything is not only grammatically correct, but culturally correct. I also help to improve the app by suggesting content when I have ideas or where I see fit. Additionally, I check in with my supervisor at least once a week to check up and update her on my work. My internship role contributes to the achievement of my long term goals in the way that it has taught me to shift my mindset, forcing me to think about how I can put what I learn into a practice that can help people. The content that I have been learning in itself has been extremely useful and applicable to daily life, and has been fun to learn as well. I have also been able to work on my Spanish, and the experience of having conference calls with those on the other side of the world has helped me to think about what it would be like to do international work in the future. As I aspire to go into the healthcare field, I believe these communication skills and techniques will help me in my future career path.
During my remote internship, I have learned more about different financial approaches used between the US and Spain. I have learned a lot in the week and the topics that are required for me to educate myself on are topics that I’ve never had experience in having. I have taken a lot of college courses and I have yet to learn about double taxation in my classes. I love the supervisors that I am working with that are not only willing to teach me but are eager to answer questions I may have. In the short term, these activities have been helpful in learning about the international business that is happening behind the scenes of businesses that conduct business from places other than the US. In the long term, this has really opened my eyes on the differences between Spain and the US, financially.
My first week has been amazing. I have never done an internship before, much less a remote internship. It has been an adjustment, but everyone (my supervisor, other teachers, the program coordinator, etc.) has been very friendly and supportive which I greatly appreciate! In my work, I am given a lot of creative freedom and flexibility to create my own assignments. As someone who enjoys hands-on projects, this couldn't be better. My supervisor actively stays in touch with me and answers any questions I have if I am confused or need guidance. Our weekly check-ins have helped solidify the work that I'm doing and help me feel all the more connected and a part of my NGO. My most memorable moment thus far was being added to the 10th grade English WhatsApp group. It was announced that I was added and the kids sent voice memos saying, “Hello Naomi ma’am. My name is ..... My mother’s name is ..... My father’s name is .... My hobby is .....” It was really special for me to get such a warm welcome. It’s amazing how connected I feel to everyone from halfway across the world. I couldn’t ask for a better placement and way to spend the summer.
When considering my future and career goals, this current internship role is providing me with experience in marine research. The research project I will be working on is to do with seabirds as well as marine mammals which is really beneficial for me as I would like to go into seabird research. If I were to describe my internship, my main role is looking at the behavioural patterns observed between cetaceans and seabirds in the Aegean Sea. However I may also be involved with drone footage analysis. This role benefits the organisation because it provides them with further research and analysis. It also allows them to outsource any extra tasks such as drone image analysis in order to gain more data.
My experience on the remote internship this first week has been EXTREMELY busy! While I took a “part-time” internship, I found myself working much more than what I had originally thought. I am really loving working in this industry and find it extremely insightful. This first week has been dedicated to researching all about the club I am working for, Villarreal CF, and about the professional football industry as a whole. I think I learned more this week about football than I have in my entire life. I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish so far, since I put in much more work than my part-time hours. Since I am working remotely, the “memorable moments” of this internship will be quite different than a typical placement. For me, getting to research “Premier League” and write about it was a “pinch-me” moment. It is my favourite league and to get to learn and write about it was quite incredible.
Since the pandemic made it difficult to travel overseas during the summer, I decided to do an online internship. I did the Social Work internship out of Tanzania. I was placed in a community center that worked mainly with kids and I got to communicate with children, their families, and their teachers. My supervisors were very insightful and helpful along my experience. I learned that I enjoy meeting and interviewing different people and families and helping them on how they might overcome the problems they are facing. Working with different individuals can be challenging since each individual is different and is going through a unique set of problems. The solution must be specifically tailored for that individual and their needs. These communication and problem solving skills can be applied to any profession that seeks to help others overcome personal issues. This kind of skill set would be greatly beneficial to learn especially pursuing a career in social work. The internships manager would send weekly reminders for your reflection journals which are a huge help in developing yourself professionally during the experience. I would definitely recommend the online internships if traveling overseas is not possible at the moment!
When I first started my remote internship, I thought it would be like learning like I am in school. I was highly wrong and I now know that I have the choice about everything in the remote internship - how I learn, do work, and thrive. I am very excited with all of the information given to me so far and I have the option to choose between which study I want to focus on. For example, doing a photo identification study of the short-beaked common dolphin population in the Mediterranean or a behavioral study using software to watch and log different common behaviors of the dolphins. Both options are very enticing to me! It is widely known that for a person in marine science to get a “good job,” they must complete internships and boost up their resume. With this internship, I will be able to expand my experience in marine related science, as well as increase my knowledge on how marine populations are surviving in this world. If I were to study the behaviors of cetaceans, I will be well-versed in software involving behavior monitoring, and connected to many people who I could work for. If I were to start the photo identification project, I will be able to get experience on population monitoring, which can increase my skills on knowing marine mammal populations across the world and deciphering between different individuals. With either of these studies, it can set me up perfectly for a job with other marine scientists after I graduate from college.
This internship is helping me get closer to my long term goals because it is allowing me to work with a different culture, which is what many social workers do. It is teaching me to adapt to new ways of learning. It is opening my eyes to the world of social work and what to expect when I enter the field. It is enabling me to get my foot in the door and it is allowing me to make a difference in the organization that I am interning for. The skills I have learnt so far include how to write a professional email, manage my time effectively and immerse myself in someone else’s world that is different to mine. These skills will all help me along my career path and allow me to understand that each case is different, as everyone comes from different backgrounds and needs a different kind of help. My advice to others who are thinking about pursuing a remote internship would be to put the effort in to communicate with others. Never give up, because by just the second week of the remote internship, I could already see such a difference that I had made.
I chose to intern with Intern Abroad HQ because from the beginning, they were very honest, responsive and flexible. After I applied for the internship, I was contacted by Dallas from Intern Abroad HQ and she helped me along with the enrolment process. My first choice was a Marketing & Communications internship with the professional soccer team known as Villarreal CF in Spain. After I was guaranteed placement in the program, it was a no brainer for me because I have always had a passion for soccer. I have a bachelor’s degree in Communications and this internship has allowed me to get exposure in the sports industry for the first time ever, at a global level. I am very happy with Intern Abroad HQ’s ability to work with me and allowing me to gain this once in a lifetime opportunity. One of the benefits of interning remotely is the easy accessibility to your manager. They are more likely to view and respond to your questions instantly. Easy accessibility leads towards more productive and meaningful discussions. Being able to work from a place of comfort allows for a greater level of concentration and flexibility which in return affects your overall work. My goal coming into this internship was to gain a foundation of international marketing and communications and this internship has allowed me to do that. To anyone considering doing a remote internship with Intern Abroad HQ, I would say “what are you waiting for!” I would not only look at it as an internship placement but also as an investment opportunity. This is an investment in your professional career that will only pay dividends in the long run. You are setting yourself up for success by doing an internship with Intern Abroad HQ!
I absolutely loved every second I was in the clinic. The nurses I worked with were very sweet, accepting, friendly, and more. Every single health care worker was very nice and willing to help. This experience was my first “real” opportunity with working with pediatrics. This is the field I would like to work in once I arrive back to the U.S., so you can only imagine how much I loved being with the patients under one years old! The nurses were great educators and handled each appointment with ease and poise. I learned something from them every day, and also learned a lot about the health care system in Peru – so many differences compared to the U.S! It was amazing to build a trusting relationship with the nurses and it was even more amazing that I saw this as the days passed by. Every day, they became more trusting and this secured my feelings towards nursing. At my homestay, Annie and Carlos were great! Very hospitable and loving. They always asked if we were okay and if we needed anything. All they had to offer was more than enough. Their charisma and parental guidance made this trip feel very home-y. I enjoyed every moment with them and could not speak more highly! I loved that we ate lunch together every single day and had great conversations. It made the host family experience one to remember. Of course, the food was great too! It helps that Carlos was a chef! Overall, Cusco is an amazing city. I am so glad I took the opportunity to travel before working and got to experience all of this these past three months. I will definitely miss this place. I learned so much about myself by being away from home and on my own here in Cusco. I loved all the weekend trips to places with the best views and best company. The mountain views were the best part. I will miss seeing these everywhere I look. I have met so many people from different parts of the world and it’s amazing how close we all have become. Sad days are ahead because I will be leaving this beautiful city and my beautiful friends. Thankful x100.
I learned so much through my internship experience at the clinic. I came to Peru with the goal of improving my Spanish, as well as gaining medical experience in a culturally different setting. Not only have I grown professionally as a nurse, but I have also grown personally. I was able to develop strong relationships with the nurses at the clinic, and it helped enhance my learning. I was also able to learn a lot about pediatrics and how it differs from the care given in the United States. Even though the patients that came in were receiving routine care, I still learned something new almost every day. During the internship, I had an amazing experience with my host family - Ana Maria and Carlo. They welcomed me into their home from the very first day. Living with a family that was not my own was a scary thought, but I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I felt safe and comfortable in the home, and they were very supportive and accommodating to my needs. They are the type of people who truly want to give students an immersive cultural experience by living with a host family, and l am truly going to miss them. Words cannot describe how much I enjoyed my experience in Peru. My personal and professional goals that I set prior to coming to Peru were met. The staff is a great group of people that always welcome you with a warm smile, the activities every week helped me bond and create some great friendships with awesome people, and the support that the local team offers to help us succeed and make the most of our time here is limitless. Cusco is such a great location to intern in because there is so much to do in see during our time here. Three months was not nearly enough time.
The time I spent on Marine GIS in Lipsi will always be one of the greatest experiences of my life. Over that month I captured so many memories that I will never forget. Also, I have a bunch of new friends. Even the people who were my superiors became great friends with me, and I think we are all a big family now! I also learned a lot and it greatly benefitted my resume have this GIS background.
Working and living in Spain was such an amazing experience! Everything was organised and I had loads of support over the three weeks I was interning. I learnt so much is such a short amount of time and enjoyed working with and meeting other interns from all across the world. I had a blast and I would highly recommend Interning abroad!
I applied for an internship via Intern Abroad HQ for a marine mammal conservation role on a small Greek island called Samos. It was one of the best, most valuable experiences I could've asked for and I couldn't be more grateful to Intern Abroad HQ for helping me along the way with this wonderful experience. I really enjoyed my time and was even able to spend some time on another, more remote, island called Lipsi. I got to work with some amazing people during my time there, who will be friends for life, lead projects and really get stuck in with the work. The experience I had will stay with me forever and will hopefully prove very useful when I finish my degree and begin my job hunt.
Once winter break commenced, I happily packed my backpack (binoculars included) after my last final exam of fall semester, headed to the airport, and thirty-some hours later (San Diego to Johannesburg) landed in South Africa. There I interned at Dinokeng Game Reserve focusing on a comprehensive understanding of wildlife conservation. I chose this specific internship provided by IAHQ because it aligned perfectly with my particular career goal and path. I am extremely passionate about wildlife and consequently the conservation of wildlife. While there, I learned so much about strategies and practices, and so many valuable skills to address and improve the dilemma of the rise of endangered species and extinction epidemic. The skills I was so grateful to learn and improve on consisted of learning all about savannah ecology, animal behavior, GPS, GIS, and other navigational skills, biodiversity survey techniques, habitat assessments, bird point counts, monitoring the range and activity of wildlife species, and ways in which to mitigate human to wildlife conflict. Everyday started in the early morning just before the sun came up as many of the bird species started to come out and ended just after the sun would set as many of the other native species are crepuscular, mostly active in the cooler temperatures of dawn and dusk. It was truly a beautiful, wild, and wonderful time that I will forever cherish.
The best internship I’ve ever had. The summer I spent in Cusco, Peru was incredible, to say the least. I loved my internship placement so, so much. I was interning with an NGO that works with Indigenous communities to buy and sell their textiles for fair trade prices, provide scholarships for their youth, and support sustainable tourism to indigenous villages.
My internship was incredible!! It has really opened my eyes to different cultures and different ways of life! It was a month long in South Africa and I’d go back in a heartbeat! My internship placement wasn’t the greatest because it was more focused on administration than I would have liked it to be, but I emailed Daniel while I was out there and he couldn’t have been more helpful! Even now that I have been back 4 months if I need anything for my university course he will provide it for me! Honestly this internship was amazing and I’d highly recommend it to anyone! It’s a bit on the pricy side but with what you get included it is actually value for money! I’d recommend Intern Abroad HQ to anyone! So good!!
I had the time of my life and I will never forget my internship in Bali. I met amazing people and had a great time while doing a compulsory internship for my university! What I really liked about Intern Abroad HQ is that they helped us with everything from the visa to insurance and accommodation. The only negative point is the electricity I had to pay for which no one advised us about. Apart from that I had a great summer!
Best decision I’ve ever made! Daniel from Intern Abroad HQ was extremely helpful in getting everything set up and making me feel comfortable to be going to a new country. The placement supervisors were great and had an awesome sense of humor and being surrounded by a new culture was a great experience. This internship led directly to a job just two weeks after my internship! I strongly recommend anyone to participate in this program!
From the moment I was preparing for my internship to the moment I took the plane back home I was submerging myself in the Tico culture. It was indeed a dream come true. The beauty and purity of the forest was indeed breath-taking. The family I was staying with was also very sweet and loving. I had delicious food every day. I only wish I had stayed longer. Dare to dream and make your dreams a reality!!
I was placed in a small city in Costa Rica and I absolutely loved it. I had the opportunity to work in a church with children and missionaries. I was teaching children, translating and even got to assist in social work. My host family was sooo sweet, caring and loving. I still keep in contact with them today! It was an unforgettable, fulfilling experience.
I had an amazing time during my three- week internship in Cape Town! I got to work and enhance my CV whilst also fully immersing myself in the culture and activities available there. The food markets and restaurants in Cape Town were amazing. I also had time to travel and relax and unwind. I was truly an amazing experience and I would 100% go again! I got to work in a human rights office for refugees and was given a tour of Cape Town. I did a hike up Table Mountain and took a road trip along the coast of South Africa to Cape point... we even stopped at the beach and I got to try my hand at surfing! The local tour guide was amazing and really friendly.
One of the best experiences… I had the most amazing time when I travelled to Peru with Intern Abroad. The family that I stayed with was so nice and caring and helpful. I did one of the medical projects and got to work at a local mom/baby clinic and travel to other local schools to work with kids. Everyone who helped organize the program was really great and could answer any questions I had. Overall, my experience was so much fun and I would definitely use Intern Abroad HQ again.
Personally and professionally rewarding! My internship was one of the best experiences of my life. I was able to create some of the best friendships in my life while also working on meaningful projects. I learned more technical skills on this internship than I ever could’ve while in school. The staff were so amazing and helpful. I can’t wait to go back!
Stunning and Inspiring! I went to Peru with Intern Abroad HQ and it was one of the best experiences I have had! My host family was incredible and really helped me improve my Spanish throughout my stay. I was assigned to a clinic in the more rural areas of Cusco and met some of the kindest people and gained a lot of experience in my future field. It gave me a lot of knowledge about how clinics function when they are underfunded and how much care the doctors still showed for each patient.
I completed a month-long nursing internship in Cusco, Peru! It was such a great learning experience, but I had wished I knew medical Spanish a little better. The company itself, Intern Abroad HQ, was super helpful when I was having a few issues with the living situation. Someone was always connected with me through email, etc. I definitely would recommend interning abroad.
I highly recommend interning in Guatemala. The people there are so kind, and the support staff is always there if and when you need them. The entire time I felt welcome, which made the adjustment from my home to there a lot smoother. Additionally, this opportunity taught me a lot. Leaving Guatemala, I felt that I gained knowledge in their culture, language, and way of living. I also felt more confident in adapting in an unknown setting and that I can be independent in a foreign country. Ultimately, this trip is worth every cent because what you can gain from it you can’t gain any other way.
I had the most amazing experience doing an internship in Cape Town, South Africa over this summer. I did a psychology internship for four weeks. IAHQ, thank you for giving me the trip of a lifetime. The internship I did is very helpful for my future career and I am so grateful that IAHQ gave me this opportunity. IAHQ really helps you find an internship that is right for you. They were so helpful every step of the way. I met amazing interns and I made everlasting memories. I got to see a beautiful country while doing an internship related to what I am studying. Everyone I met was so friendly. I got to learn about a new culture. I definitely recommend this program to anyone who likes travelling and is looking for a trip they will never forget.
My internship in Cape Town was an unforgettable experience that I will cherish forever. Not only did I get to work alongside some of the most amazing people, but I also had the opportunity to explore a beautiful country with other interns who went from being strangers to my friends for life. The best decision I ever made was applying to Intern Abroad HQ and getting on that plane to South Africa. There are no words to describe how grateful I am for this experience. I miss it already!
Going abroad for an internship was one of the best things I could have done for my personal growth. It opened me up to an environment that is completely new and full of opportunity. My supervisors were all helpful with answering questions and being a friendly face to see every day. She checked in on me quite frequently to see how I was doing in my placement and overall. There is a lot of public transportation that will help you get anywhere you want. Everyone in the city who I interacted it were very friendly. I lived not too far from my work and the center of the city. The interns all got very close as well, which made Arusha feel like home. The experience was something I will treasure for a lifetime, and hopefully will get to do again sometime in the future. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone interested.
I enjoyed every moment of my experience in Arusha, Tanzania. I worked at a primary school called Assumption School that was conveniently placed very close to the accommodation. The student body was so kind and diverse in regard to tribal origins, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds. The staff were also so very welcoming and kind and helped me not only in class but also on the day to day by inviting me over to their places for a meal and helping me buy fabrics and gifts for appropriate prices at the local markets and even for exchanging money! The accommodation was always clean, with amazing food and all other interns brought such positive energy that made this experience unique compared to that of past volunteer experiences. As a result, I was excited to not only go to work to see my kids, but also to go home and spend time with my new found family!
I would recommend Intern Abroad HQ to anyone. They were so incredibly helpful throughout the whole process of applying, interning, and reflecting post-internship. I have absolutely no regrets with interning through Intern Abroad, which gave me the life-changing opportunity to live and intern in Spain. With this experience, I was able to learn and grow an immense amount and build relationships with some of the most welcoming people in the world! At my internship placement, I was able to develop my Spanish language skills while learning how a healthcare non-profit in Spain functions. I was also able to immerse myself in the Spanish culture, allowing me to learn and grow in more ways than one. I am forever thankful for having had this opportunity.
Discover, immerse, experience, grow... I did an internship through Intern Abroad HQ in Cusco, Peru for a semester study abroad through my university. It was one of the best things I have ever done in my life! It has been my dream to study abroad since I was in middle school and through this program, I was able to live that dream. Intern Abroad HQ did a great job at organizing everything pre-departure as well as checking up on the group of us throughout our time in Peru. The staff at my placement were amazing and super helpful with helping you out with anything and everything. I was lucky enough to be able to work with the director of the English department. I assisted him with teaching classes, marketing, program development, and program outreach. Within the first week, the staff already felt like my family away from home. My host family was absolutely incredible. They were the kindest, self-less, and most inspiring people I have met. They made me feel right at home and never made me feel like I was just another student at the dinner table. Leaving them was so hard and I cannot wait for the day I can go back. My sole purpose of going to Cusco was to learn Spanish. For anyone looking to improve their Spanish, Cusco is the place to go! The Spanish is very easy to understand, and the locals are always willing to help you out. My private Spanish lessons helped me a lot to gain more fluency and proficiency as well talking with my host family every day. Finally, if you are an adventurer, Cusco is calling your name. The Cusco area is beautiful. There is so many cool places to explore. I promise you won’t have enough time to see it all. Plan your weekends ahead of time because in a blink of an eye they will be gone! Now quit reading this review and go apply for an internship with Intern Abroad HQ. I promise you will have an experience of a lifetime!
This was one of the best experiences of my life and would do it all over again in a heartbeat. To anyone considering, just do it! It was a last second decision for me and it was the best decision I could’ve made. I interned with a group of kids after school and absolutely loved planning activities and games for them. The kids are absolutely darling, and I miss the time I spent with them and the lady I worked with every day. I also learned so much about the Spanish culture and language (the kids loved helping), and the memories I have will stay with me forever.
I was so nervous to go to Spain because I had never left America before but after I arrived and got settled into my orientation, I loved every minute! I experienced things I would not have had the opportunity to experience in the USA and I learned so much. My placement was exactly what I wanted and it all truly was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I wish I could go back!
Best decision I made - I was in Peru for four weeks and worked in a physiotherapy setting. The clinic I worked at was only a 15-minute walk from my home stay and was very convenient and safe. The program descriptions matched with what I did at the clinic, so there were not any surprises. My program coordinator with Intern Abroad HQ was always so quick to respond if I had any questions, however the internship manual has a lot of the information you need prior of departure. The only mistake I made with booking with Intern Abroad HQ was that I did not stay long enough. I learned so much and will definitely be doing another internship with them in the near future.
One of the best experiences of my entire life! Intern Abroad HQ has given me the amazing opportunity to work abroad in an amazing country. I was placed with an incredible family, put into a great work environment, and given the time to explore and take in the culture and ways of life of the local people in the country I interned in. I meet so many lifelong amazing friends, made connections, unforgettable memories, and furthered my knowledge in my line of study. I couldn't thank Intern Abroad HQ enough for all of the support and one-on-one connection that they helped me to have during this time. I will most definitely spread the word and recommend students who want to intern abroad to use Intern Abroad HQ!
Intern Abroad HQ is an amazing organization. Their team was phenomenal in providing as much information as possible when I was very sceptical and unsure. After all, one wanted to make sure they weren't being thrown into another continent without any support or idea! Dallas was very helpful in helping me prepare for my internship. Their online journal assignments were a great way for me to document and ponder my experiences as they happened and were very good at keeping tabs on me and my family when I had a medical emergency. This I cannot emphasize enough; they have your back from start to finish. My liaison-contact there, Elisha, is such an amazing guide and overall a chill dude to hang around with. For him, it is a matter of who he doesn't know him in Cape Town, which helped a lot when seeking the most beautiful locations and the best activities. The housing there is very college dorm-like. You may live with students, both from abroad or local, and the area of Obs (Observatory) is a unique and interesting community. One thing is for sure, there is always someone down to have fun with at the Freeland lodge. I am preparing to become an occupational therapist and chose this program to intern under. The Kaya branch of Akeso Clinics in Cape Town has a great team of psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers that had great methods in treating adolescents with mental health disorders and a whole variety of issues pertaining to being a troubled youth. I came to work every day caring for the patients and was privileged to see their progress as they worked out very difficult issues in a communal setting under professional guidance. Great people at Akeso - Kaya, they are very accommodating with interns and felt just like family. I cannot state enough how great my experience was. If anyone wanted to have a good experience interning in Cape Town I recommend coming with an open mind. Be accepting that things can be uncomfortable and different. Learn how to flourish with the idea that plans don't always go as they were intended and that the best moments can be spontaneous.
I spent 6 weeks in Cape Town, South Africa doing an occupational therapy internship. I had the best 6 weeks of my life, and learned so much in such a short time. I was able to experience the incredibly welcoming culture of SA, gain valuable observation hours which will help me in the future, meet tons of awesome fellow interns and students, and experience many of the awesome activities and beauty of Cape Town and the surrounding area has to offer. I wish I could have spent so much more time here. Thank you to InternAbroad for answering all of my questions and making sure I was prepared and informed before my trip, as well as providing support during the trip if I ever needed it. To anyone who is thinking of doing an internship - don't let fear hold you back! Take an open mind, be flexible and enjoy your experience abroad!
When I was interning in Peru I not only became familiar with the language, but also became more culturally aware. I learned to analyze people in order to know how to best show respect towards a certain individual. I was able to use context and habits within the workplace to recognize what was expected from me and also to understand what tasks I needed to perform even when I could only understand a few words that were spoken. Overall it made me a more analytical, proactive, and culturally sensitive person.
I couldn’t have chosen a better place to have done my internship or even just to have visited. Cape Town is a city with the most welcoming locals, an incredibly humbling history, and views so stunning that even flicking through the photos of them on my phone still leaves me in shock, that I was able to take in such beautiful sights. Having the Intern Abroad HQ team every step of the way really did make my trip unforgettable and allowed me to have such a personal memorable experience. I wish that it would have been possible for me to remain on the internship in South Africa longer than two weeks, but now it just means that I’ll have to return in the future - either to reconnect with some of the people I was fortunate enough to meet, or to see what more Cape Town has to offer!
Ann Marie Luppino
With traveling for an internship abroad, I have gained a deeper understanding of the field/industry I work in - both on a global scale and also specifically relevant to Samos Island, Greece. These experiences have helped me to see how I want to contribute to being part of the solution in the environmental movement. I have increased my sense of independence and confidence through new opportunities on my own as well. I am now comfortable with traveling and meeting new people, along with flying alone. I am not fearful to travel in the future and look forward to it! The goals that I’d set for my internship will follow me on every endeavor I take in life. I will continue to reflect back on them to see my growth and make sure I continue to meet my personal and professional objectives, moving forward. If it’s your first time traveling on our own, do not worry - everyone is nice and is willing to help you settle in! Make the best out of every situation even if it is not what you expected. Make sure you PACK according to the season and the packing list. You will not regret it!
I went on a six-week internship to Greece with Intern Abroad HQ and was working in Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Research. I always had someone to rely on with this company if I had any questions and concerns and they are very proactive in ensuring their interns get the best out of their experiences. You can tell they've been doing this a long time and companies like this help take the stress out of finding the right internship for you. I was lucky enough to have Dallas as my point of contact and she always went above and beyond to make sure everything was going according to plan and kept in contact during and after the internship.
I feel coming from Hong Kong means I have a limited perspective on environmental education and sustainability, and having experienced this Environmental Conservation internship in Costa Rica, I feel more equipped to explore what I am interested in and who I define myself as a person. What I learnt from the experience has encouraged me but also opened my eyes. Seeing how the scientific world works within the context of a cloud forest research station has taught me that progress often comes through slow and continuous work seldom with major breakthroughs being made. I feel more knowledgeable now that I have worked in this incredibly unique ecosystem, working to ensure that others can enjoy this natural marvel is also inspiring for my own interests. After this internship, I intend to use this experience as a part of my university application; in particular using the conservation internship placement as a case study for sustainable tourism.
When I went into this experience, I really was feeling pretty unsure about everything. I had so many questions about the entire process, and the staff made sure all of my questions were answered and that I was sufficiently prepared for my trip. Once I got to Cusco, I was able to find a perfect balance between getting experience at the clinic and exploring the city. Throughout my time there, Intern Abroad did a great job of checking in and making sure that I was getting the most of my experience. I loved meeting so many people there, and I loved the work I got to do in the clinic there. In the clinic, I got to shadow the various doctors and learn a lot about medicine and the healthcare system in South America. I also got to learn a great deal of Spanish in the country. Overall, I had a great time, and I cannot wait to go back to Peru one day in the future!
I encourage future interns to approach this program with an open mind, to be flexible and be willing to adapt to the teacher’s methods using the few resources they process to provide the best learning opportunities for their students. I would also advise interns to inquire about the specific needs of each student in order to know what approaches, methods and tools work best with them. Overall, I was inspired by the children. They are curious, caring, full of life, and love to learn. I would highly recommend this internship!
My passion in life is animals, particularly wildlife, and in turn the conservation of wildlife is what gets me out of bed every morning and keeps me going. This passion is in line with my academic and professional goals, as I am graduating with a degree in Environmental Sustainability with an emphasis in Conservation, and quite possibly will continue on to earn a master’s degree. My internship role focused on wildlife conservation and consisted of learning savannah ecology, animal behaviour, dealing with and safely conducting oneself around dangerous game, GPS, GIS, and other navigation skills, biodiversity survey techniques, habitat assessments, bird point counts, herbivore transects in relation to predator activity, the setting up of wildlife camera traps as well as the uploading and sorting of con-sequent photos, data logging, monitoring of high intensity sites, range and activity use of predatory species (lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas), recording kills made by predatory species, and ways in which to mitigate human to wildlife conflict. My recommendations to future interns on this program are to remember the values of both patience, as well as open-mindedness. Also, to bring sunscreen and make sure to stay hydrated!
My experience with Intern Abroad HQ was incredibly smooth, organized, and simply one I will never forget. From the moment I submitted my application, I was put in touch with a specialist at Intern Abroad HQ who provided me with all the information I required and was always available for an email or a phone call if I had any questions. The information package provided was incredibly detailed and answered all of the questions I had about the program and the process. I participated in the wildlife conservation internship at Dinokeng Game Reserve in South Africa. The moment I arrived at the airport I was met by my transfer to the reserve. The field guides I had on the reserve were extremely knowledgeable and helpful in being able to adjust to life on the reserve and the work to be done. Throughout my time the work involved a mix of both manual labour (fence and tree removal) as well as data collection. It was such a joy to wake up every morning surrounded by wildlife and then head out on the reserve and work so closely with the animals. The field guides also did a great job to break up the work throughout the day to avoid the high heat of the South African afternoons. Safety was also a major concern for the field guides and I never felt unsafe during my one month on the reserve. They even provided a lecture to review animal behaviour and how to conduct yourself should an encounter with an animal occur. On top of feeling like the work I was doing was making a concrete difference for the wildlife of Dinokeng, I also left the experience with friendships with people from around the world; many of which I know will last long after the experience ended. I cannot speak enough about how this experience challenged me and provided me with a feeling of accomplishment in the work I was doing. I will definitely be interning abroad again one day and know it will be with Intern Abroad HQ.
This trip and internship have changed my life! The internship has given me insight into the medical world and also helped me in improving my Spanish. Working in a clinic, I was able to gain valuable medical experience, but also benefit the community that was served in the clinic. This experience has changed my outlook on the role of medical professionals, and has helped in my decision to pursue my career as a Physician Assistant. The culture in Peru is amazing, and I hope to go back in the future!
I had the opportunity to work with a local midwife in Cusco, Peru this summer and it was fantastic! I worked with her side-by-side visiting patients in their homes, where we assessed their vitals, monitored their progress, assessed newborn vitals, conducted consultations, and held group antepartum classes/support sessions. I learned so much about the process of antepartum care, birth plans, health and wellness, and ancient Peruvian techniques for pain management and coping with labor and delivery. I worked with the midwife for 8 weeks, traveling with her to the Sacred Valley to see her patients two or three times a week. The days were very long, we usually left Cusco around 7am and got back around 10pm, sometimes later. There were three or four deliveries during the time I was interning, but unfortunately, I was not able to attend any of them. I think this was due to the language barrier (fluent Spanish is definitely necessary) and the haste required to travel to the Sacred Valley when delivery was imminent. I also took Spanish lessons during my internship. The lessons were great, and they organized weekly outings/events/parties for the interns, so it was super easy to meet people. I made a good group of friends there and we had tons of fun! I recently travelled to the UK and met up with a few of the friends I met in Peru :) Intern Abroad HQ was wonderful in helping me prepare for my trip. They were always there to answer questions, provide information, help me book excursions, and make sure everything was taken care of before I left. The insurance I got through them was also great, I got food poisoning and had to stay in the hospital overnight and everything was completely taken care of. Everything with them was perfectly smooth and easy, I can’t wait for my next internship trip!
I had a great experience with Intern Abroad HQ. I did the nursing internship in Peru for 4 weeks. I was placed in a hospital in the pediatric unit and learned a ton about how they practice medicine. Outside of the internship I was able to immerse myself in the Peruvian culture by the activities that were involved. My host family was very inviting and welcoming. I would definitely recommend interning in Peru as a nursing student.
I absolutely loved my experience. I learned real professional skills from the environmental conservational realm. The scientific directors and staff are wonderful people with the passion to influence future generations about the value of ecosystems. Additionally, they are true activists that dedicate their lives to conserving the ecological heritage of both marine and terrestrial services. Although some students found their management frustrating because they have deadlines for their masters or PhD, I had the honor to see their true motives which are to protect, conserve and spread awareness through monitoring ecosystem services with academic studies. I was disappointed when I realized I would not be taught to scuba dive, due to time frame issues I wish could've been addressed before I arrived. However, I gained a much broader experience in assisting in plenty of projects that matter for sustainable development. There are locations on a couple of islands for research - I absolutely love the Lipsi location because it is the perfect authentic Greek experience. You can experience a lot on foot, the locals are kind and the food is forever imprinted on my taste buds. Samos felt more like summer camp, it was hard to explore without a car, so I recommend getting an international license before you go abroad! Both locations are among the world's biodiversity hotspots. In my whole entire life, I have never felt so harmonized with nature and myself from being geographically located within organic balance. The abundance of species is something everyone must experience because this exemplifies diverse functionality. I am forever grateful for the alignment that I harbored in the Aegean Sea.
I feel that I have grown a lot personally in terms of being more independent, culturally aware and being more open to new ideas and proactive at everything I do. It was also an extremely eye-opening experience to me, as I was so close to the sustainability issues that are often discussed in lecture rooms but rarely experienced first-hand like I have in Bali. Seeing with my own eyes and experiencing these problems, realizing that sustainability issues are impacting real human lives and communities instead of reading it from the media or hearing about them from another person really puts things in perspective, and gives me the motivation to do something about it.
Intern Abroad HQ gave me the opportunity to see the world in a safe and affordable way! I couldn't imagine my internship without this company, not only was the experience amazing but so was the support. I am so grateful to have the pleasure to use this company and I hope anyone who wants to educate abroad takes the chance to do so.
My primary goals for this internship were to gain more experience working in the field, learn more about the Mediterranean climate and fauna. I would say that I definitely learned more about the Mediterranean fauna and the marine mammals. I also learned a lot about the water quality of Samos and how this related to the water quality standards put in place by local government and the EU.During my internship in Greece, I worked with the Microplastics team to quantify the number of microplastics found in bottled drinking water and the public water system. We also conducted a chemical analysis on water collected from the public water systems. With the Marine Conservation team, I worked with the artificial reef team to assess the biodiversity of fish found around the artificial reef and control sites. With the Terrestrial Conservation team, I worked with the golden jackal (Canis aureus) project studying their diet through scat analysis. My recommendations for future interns are to come into this program with an open mind and a willingness to learn and try new things. Ask questions always, whether it be about projects or the local community - there is always room to learn new things!
I had a wonderful time in Cusco, Peru where I worked in a small clinic near the Plaza De Armas. The program is very involved with your social life and helping you settle in to your homestay and work place. I learned so much in the 9 weeks I was there and enjoyed every last second. You can’t beat these prices and this program placement. I would recommend to anyone!
My time spent abroad on my placement in Dinokeng, South Africa was one of the most rewarding experiences I could have asked for. Everyone is kind and welcoming getting there, and all your questions beforehand will quickly be answered by Intern Abroad. Highly recommend, I will cherish my time from this summer forever.
If I were to describe my Media internship in Greece in two words it would be - "valuable experience". It gave me everything I needed in a way I did not expect. I applied for my internship about six months before the departure date and throughout this whole time, I've been in contact with Dallas Boyd from Intern Abroad HQ, who has been a huge support and patiently answered all my questions and made sure I was prepared to leave. I came to Greece with a lot of expectations about how will it work and was originally disappointed with the reality. However, it turned out to be a benefit because I had to learn how to adjust and mainly how to work independently which I'm certain will be useful in the future. The host organization in Greece were very friendly, they are doing amazing work, and I felt proud to be part of them - even for just 4 weeks. I came to intern in Greece to specialize in Photography and to boost my portfolio with wildlife and nature images, but I ended up doing so much more than that. I got to document all the amazing surveys other people were doing which helped me learn more about conservation etc. I photographed dissections going on in the lab, which has definitely been a new experience for me. I edited a video for the conservation institute and I helped to improve their website and re-organize their image library. I felt like I was really making a difference and getting experience in my field which was the whole point of the internship. I'm very grateful that Intern Abroad HQ are making these internships affordable and helped me get the experience I needed. I would definitely consider this organization if I were to do some other internship in the future.
I spent 6 weeks interning at an NGO in San Ramón, Costa Rica. The work was challenging yet very rewarding and fostered spiritual, professional, and personal growth. I am so appreciative to have had this amazing opportunity and to have met such fantastic people. The memories made and the life lessons that I acquired will remain with me forever. I really enjoyed staying with a host family. This helped me to work more on my Spanish and become further acquainted with the culture. By the end of my time in Costa Rica, my host family became a second family to me. I would make the decision to intern through Intern Abroad HQ a million times over. Signing up is a very easy and organized process and the organization provides amazing support before, during and even after your time interning.
My experience through Intern HQ was wonderful! I interned for 6 weeks in Cusco at a local clinic, with the Physician’s Assistant Internship. The entire process, from application to completion, was smooth and understandable, and I knew that I had support with my internship the entire time. I learned so much in Peru and got so many opportunities to develop personally and professionally. Getting to practice my Spanish in a medical context and meeting people from all over the world were added benefits! It was really great to be able to experience a foreign environment in a safe and unique manner. It was really interesting to see how healthcare worked in Peru, and the internship lined up with my career goal of being a pediatrician. I worked from Monday through Friday from 8-12 or 1, and the rest of the time, I was free to explore Cusco and hang out with different people that I had met through volunteering dinners and the various activities of the week. Intern HQ provided me with an invaluable experience that I will always treasure.
My two month public health internship in Cape Town, South Africa was unique, adventurous, and unforgettable. I made a significant impact in the health field at my internship location during the day and experience the beauty of South Africa during the rest of the day/weekends. My accommodations were a one minute walk from town, which allowed me to maximize everyday enjoyment in the city. It was convenient living near the grocery store, coffee shops, the local bar/pub, clothing stores, and restaurants. I followed all safety procedures and did not experience unfortunate events. The assurance of safety allowed me to enjoy activities in the city, such as hiking table mountain, shopping at the water front, watch the sunset with friends, wine tasting, swimming at camps bay, and dancing on Long Street. I also met a lot of other international students and local students that accompanied me during my activities. My new friends made every event unforgettable and left unique memories. I also went on adventures that I have never done at my home country such as shark diving, go on a safari, pet a cheetah, bungee jumping off the world’s tallest bungee jump bridge, tandem paragliding, and kayaking. It’s amazing how much I was able to accomplish while working an 8-4 job. This was truly an experience of a life time.
Considering my long-term goal is to become a PA, this internship provided me with some entry-level medical experience. Although it was in a different country, it was valuable to see how medicine is practiced differently between two countries (U.S and Peru). Learning how to evaluate patients, do physicals, checkups, vitals, vaccinations and teach patients how to improve their health, I believe is a valuable step forward to my long-term goal. I used my skills that I had learned from back home to help with medical treatments and diagnosis. This knowledge provided me the ability to help the medical staff, however there were many times that I had to learn different ways of how to do things based on the Peruvian medical system. Every time something was performed by the medical staff I carefully observed and sometimes would note that things were done differently in the U.S and they were interested to know how.
Thanks to my experience as an intern, I’ve never felt more knowledgeable of the field I hope to enter professionally. I’m certain the knowledge and experience I gained from working around the center will be acknowledged by future employers and those I work with. I hope that knowledge continues to grow throughout my final year in university and afterwards. I have gained learning in the practical side of my college major, working in the laboratory and working intimately with patients, which is crucial to a career in the medical field. For example, I gained experience performing blood analysis, urine analysis and stool analysis. I shadowed nurses in triage and assisted with taking blood samples. I have accomplished all of my goals and learned a lot about a culture I was unfamiliar with. This included improving my Spanish skills and increasing my knowledge of Cusco’s culture and history.
My experience with Intern Abroad HQ was nothing less than amazing. It was an eye opening and life-changing experience for me. Going into the program I had originally planned on volunteering but when I heard you could intern I realized I wanted to do that instead. My plan is to go into Occupational Therapy and this internship was the perfect opportunity and experience for that. Working with underprivileged children and learning disabilities was something I haven’t done before. Seeing how happy they were to be shown love and support from not only the therapist but other volunteers and interns like myself, was a great feeling. Of course, there were some difficult times while I was there, such as communication and transportation because they are much different than what I am used to from back home. However, if you aren’t a little uncomfortable while traveling in another country and immersing yourself in another culture then you wouldn’t be doing it right It can be scary and overwhelming but what you learn and who you meet in the end is so worth it! I highly suggest working with Intern HQ and gaining the knowledge and amazing experiences in another culture!
The whole experience became something that I will always keep in my heart, it was just an amazing opportunity that I will never forget. The internship was a great experience for me to try different specialties in a short-term period, which helps me to pre-select what would give me joy to work on in the future. I am already missing the clinics a lot. I feel more confident, I feel more skilled, and have acquired knowledge that I know I can use in future.
While in Guatemala for 6 weeks, Intern Abroad HQ allowed me to combine my program work with their experiential learning program. The guidance provided through the Intern Abroad HQ program provided fresh structure and insight and the reflections on things like culture, communication, problem-solving and expectations really helped with my adjustment period and ability to think outside the box. I'd definitely recommend this approach to anyone else looking to intern abroad!