Brad Nisipeanu - USA
Date: August 2021
Age: 16
Internship country: Greece
My internship role helped me learn to pace my work time and be patient while completing research. During my remote Marine Mammals Research & Conservation internship I researched behavioural patterns that can be seen across the Aegean Sea in dolphins, made literary reviews, research proposals, deciphered data, and presented the correlations that I discovered between the papers I read to my host organization. My most significant learning points were utilizing BORIS and discovering the correlation in dolphin behaviour between the seasons. I now feel more empowered in my field because I have the experience to study animals in a more professional work setting. From here, my goals are to go into the medical field and continue supporting the de-extinction of our wildlife.
Tim Kerremans - Malaysia
My stay in Africa exceeded my expectations for the following reasons: My colleagues (Andrew, Armand, James, Mara, the APU members) were extremely pleasant to be around. I had plentiful, beautiful experiences with the nature (flora & fauna) within the reserve. I have applied and increased my GIS skills in a meaningful way due to collaboration with the conservation staff and APU members to achieve or get closer to objectives of the reserve. My tent, the food, staff that cared for me and ensured my security, sanitation facilities, etc. were above sufficient for me. All in all, I had an extremely positive experience with no complaints whatsoever. My advice to others who are considering this internship is, make sure you're prepared for extremely variable weather (i.e. massive fluxes in temperature, presence of rain, sun and wind, etc.). Also, make sure you're ready to collaborate with the staff to make sure your projects align with the reserve objectives. The internship was beyond my best expectations - it is difficult to choose the highlights, but I'd have to mention the close (but safe) encounters with adult elephants and the appreciation of the staff for the delivered GIS products. Rewarding aspects included enjoyment of the beautiful diverse vegetation, many joyful moments with the funny, intelligent, admirable staff and colleagues (which I now consider as friends), the beautiful starry night sky, and actual, meaningful, valuable contribution to the reserve via my GIS products.
Dhanya Nair - Malaysia
Date: July 2021
Age: 16
Internship country: India
Field: Social Work
The outcomes from doing this internship have greatly benefitted me in many aspects, the main outcome being gaining more confidence in communicating. I planned and created lessons and resources to teach important life skills to adolescents. This benefited my host organization by providing new content and activities for them to try. This work contributed toward the achievement of my long-term goals as I want to work in human rights and social work in the future. The researching skills I have developed, the knowledge about lack of resources and education focused on important life skills in impoverished areas and an understanding on how to implement change, can be applied to future career opportunities. It also gave me a good insight into the importance of the career I plan on doing and the impact that it will have on people, which has ultimately made me more confident in wanting to pursue this type of path in future.
Stefano Vertua - Italy
Date: August 2021
Age: 23
Internship country: Czech Republic
Internship: Business & Commerce
One thing is clear - my internship has been so exciting and positive for me! It has helped me grow on a personal and a professional level. My supervisor was very nice and keen to help me with everything I needed support with. My main tasks were to find potential customers interested in oil-based extractors. I had to make multiple calls and exchange emails with various shops in Italy, collecting all the potential interested stores and adding them to odoo, the company's management software. I now have a clearer idea on what I would like to do as a job, namely working in the business development field. I can add this experience to my resume, and this will for sure bring a positive result. My long-term goal now is to prepare myself for working life. This experience has certainly contributed to this in a positive way. The biggest piece of advice I would give in future is to be more confident with myself and my skills. At the very beginning, I was afraid I was not enough for my role. However, I quickly realized that I was doing a great job and my supervisor was so happy with my performance.
Lubna Hazeem - Bahrain
Date: May 2021
Age: 26
My internship experience has been great! I felt comfortable talking to my supervisor and my team and I communicated well despite the language barrier between us. I was very impressed with the level of commitment from my supervisor and internship placement. Upon receiving my very first task, I could see that they were well-prepared and organized, and were ready to answer any of my questions and concerns. The most important task I was involved in was report writing, and other skills that I learnt along the way included communicating with clients. My internship experience went a long way in developing my time management and communication skills. All these skills work in both the short term and the long term, as the long-term goal of the organization I was paired with was to build multicultural relationships and gain expertise from other countries, so I helped in expanding the knowledge and expertise of the company in this regard. I am currently training to be a consultant in the field of occupational safety and health, and now I am qualified in terms of my degree, and my practical experience from this placement.
Ashiana Dudhia - Zambia
Date: July 2021
Age: 17
Internship country: India
Field: Psychology
My internship experience has been enlightening! Throughout the experience I have dissected psychology and comprehended the complicated system that functions beneath our skulls, or, to put it another way, the human brain. I have learnt that the brain is at the apex of our bodies which has more obligations than we could ever conceive, making it a fascinating organ to explore. My internship was much deeper than I had originally anticipated, and I acquired much more knowledge than I initially expected. Being able to participate in numerous therapy sessions has helped me to understand psychology in a whole new light beyond the psychology course that I am presently enrolled in. I believed it would be an internship only focused on Covid19, but I have gained knowledge in a variety of neurological challenges and psychology including down syndrome, autism and career profiling. I played an active role in counselling sessions nearly every day, ranging from genetic or mental disorders discussions to career profiles. I was required to write brief reports and carry out research on my observations during each session. Since my internship was online, I had to work autonomously while receiving instruction from my supervisor, which helped me develop confidence and independence. The remote internship allowed me to work overseas from home with other interns from various backgrounds, allowing me to develop skills such as adaptability and open-mindedness. The internship has undoubtedly provided me with invaluable experience that will serve me well in the future, and I have met some extremely enthusiastic and inspiring individuals.
Abigayle Timms - USA
Date: June 2021
Age: 21
Internship country: South Africa
My stay in Sodwana exceeded my expectations. The dive sites as well as the people were better than I could have imagined. The most rewarding aspect of my stay was getting to learn about the reef systems from the people who know it best. Being able to dive every day and see new and amazing things every time was incredible. The highlight of my stay was probably one of our dives. On the boat ride out we saw humpback whales jump out of the water, then had an amazing dive and even got to see a pod of dolphins surrounding our boat on the way back. It was such a beautiful day with amazing people, definitely something I’ll remember forever. To summarize, it was such an amazing experience. The things I learned, the experience I gained and the people I’ve met are all unbelievable.
Amanda Truver - USA
Date: June 2021
Age: 22
Internship country: South Africa
This program met and exceeded my expectations, I have no comments on areas of improvement. I was able to gain field experience and work with a diverse group of people in an amazing place. The most rewarding aspect was meeting and growing close to a group of people I wouldn’t otherwise have met. The highlight of my stay was being able to see something different and new every day. I was able to make a lifetime of memories, meet an amazing group of friends, and contribute to an important project that meant a lot to me.
Charlotte O'Meara - USA
Date: June 2021
Age: 21
Internship country: South Africa
The most unexpectedly fantastic two months of my life! I lived a whole lifetime of joys jam-packed into a few short weeks. The most rewarding thing about my stay was definitely the PADI Rescue course. Never before have I felt such strong imposter syndrome at the beginning and then so confident in my abilities at the end. The rescue course taught me so much about myself, boosted my self-esteem, my confidence in diving, and my ability to help another human in or out of the water in the case of an emergency. I can’t pick one single thing about this place to choose as my favorite. All I’ll say is that the past two months I’ve been here have been the happiest two months of my entire life. Feeling excited about waking up every day is hard to come by at home, but here it’s the first emotion I feel once I wake up. I will say, the stars at Ngoboz, the Tollas Ghat, and swimming with sharks while whale calls echo through the ocean are definitely some highlights of living here.
Anamika Patel - USA
Date: July 2021
Age: 17
Internship country: India
Field: Social Work
My internship has really contributed towards my long-term goals of becoming a pediatrician by allowing me to experience first-hand the conditions of many adolescents in impoverished areas of Jaipur, India. I was tasked with researching and analyzing educational challenges faced by adolescents in Jaipur slums and comparing them with the challenges faced by American students. I created a survey to collect the personal accounts of these challenges and used the results and research to provide my host organization with a manual of suggested activities to improve the educational experience of Jaipur slum adolescents. My favorite element of the internship was being able to design how my project would be handled. This allowed me the opportunity to learn about India while also using my knowledge of the United States and Indian communities. I gained a lot of working experience when it came to meeting non-academic deadlines and understanding how an organization works. I feel more empowered to be successful in my field because the experience has enabled me to gain exposure to how research writing works and what the expectations are from higher authorities. Additionally, I got to work with public health subjects which will help me when creating a public health benefit project in the future.
Victor Gomez - USA
Date: June 2021
Age: 22
Internship country: Spain
Internship: Business Development
With this internship, I believe that I have taken a giant step towards my desired future. Thank you very much for making this opportunity possible, the truth is that it was incredible. My role during my internship was one of hard research. I was investigating both the possibilities of entering new markets and the disadvantages and advantages that my institution had concerning its competitors. This role has helped them a lot since many of my reports have been discussed internally to enhance the characteristics of the company and improve the disadvantages they have. In the long term, I provided them with great business ideas including new partners in different markets. The company where I interned always communicated in a very professional way. They went above and beyond to help me countless times and were all very friendly. It was amazing the similarities that I had with my supervisors. We understood each other very well, they were very nice, kind and wanted to get the very best out of me right from the beginning. It was wonderful to feel appreciated in this way. After having worked a lot and completing many reports, my supervisor congratulated me on my effort and told me that I had done an incredible job. All my feedback was amazing, and I really felt that my efforts during the internship were not in vain. I gave my best every moment and I felt very happy and proud that a company with such a great reputation acknowledged me in this way.
Tafadzwa Dave - Kenya
Date: January 2021
Age: 24
Internship country: India
I chose the Virtual International Business Internship out of India because I wanted to gain more insight into how Organizational Psychology works and see HR practices in real-life situations. Choosing this internship program has enabled me to grow and work out what I want to do in my future career. My online role involved various tasks such as career counselling, organizational counseling, psychometric assessments, corporate counseling, recruiting, researching and providing personal insights about the ongoing training and courses. I helped the organization select great candidates suitable for the various positions it offers and I helped individuals work out what kind of career they want to go for. My internship supervisor and I always communicated through video calls and used emails and messaging to submit documents and schedule meetings. I used a Google calendar to keep track of meeting times with my supervisor and team members. I met so many professionals, all of whom had so much respect and valued everyone’s ideas. I had so many opportunities to contribute my thoughts, and everyone was willing to listen which made me feel valued and confident. The elements I enjoyed the most were the virtual meetings I had with my supervisor and other interns, doing interviews and listening to other people. The virtual meetings enabled me to express myself freely, to be heard, obtain instant feedback and interact with other interns freely. I enjoyed holding interviews with other professionals, which improved my self-confidence, communication and listening skills.
Tafadzwa Dave - Kenya
Date: September 2021
Age: 24
Internship country: Spain
Field: Psychology
Internship: Psychology
My remote internship experience was great! I joined (remotely) an expert Psychology team that works with a professional Football Club in Spain. My internship role required me to work closely with the Director of International Business and help maintain the general functioning of the Club, scheduling of learning sessions and educational program management. Before starting my remote internship, I assumed that working online would be extremely difficult, however it wasn’t like that at all. It was a very collaborative environment and I had the opportunity to learn from others and share my ideas openly. I met people from all over the world, as the Football Club has people from the United Kingdom, Zimbabwe, Russia, Spain, South Korea and more. My highlight was interacting with psychology professionals in the field of applied psychology with such diverse backgrounds. It helped me grow and understand what it’s really like working in a professional environment.
Aitana Fischer - Spain
Date: April 2021
Age: 21
Internship country: Spain
Field: Psychology
Internship: Psychology
Over the course of my internship, I realized there is much more to working as a psychologist than simply helping patients. If you are privileged enough to run your own clinic, you have to operate as an entrepreneur, maintaining and running the business day-to-day. Through this internship in Spain, I was exposed to all parts of psychology and the business behind it. For example, during the first week, I helped with administrative tasks. By my third week, I was able to attend a patient session alongside a qualified psychologist. The last two weeks were an especially good learning experience as I was able to observe the interactions between patient and therapist. I am glad that I participated in this experience because it has not only improved my understanding as a future clinician, but also of myself. My biggest takeaway was that being a clinician is about patience and responding to the needs of the patient. The advice I would share with future interns is don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask for clarity on issues. Finally, be as open and flexible as possible.
Javan Tate - USA
Date: June 2021
Age: 19
Internship country: Peru
Field: Psychology
Internship: Psychology
I’m currently studying Psychology, so being onsite for this internship allowed me to apply learned theories and developmental skills to the children first hand. I was able to interact with them in various ways; through academics as they were intellectually challenged by learning English, and through activities, as they participated in creative games established by the volunteers. This experience has allowed me to explore a whole new perspective on how psychology is applicable to youth. I now feel more appreciative of what I have and more ambitious to do what I want. I feel more empowered and understand that there is a real need for people like myself in the field of Psychology.
Viviana Moreno - Spain
Date: July 2021
Age: 22
Internship country: South Africa
Internship: Occupational Therapy
My internship experience was incredible! I loved learning and working every day and being pushed out of my comfort zone by working in a whole other field, with age groups I have not had a lot of experience with in the past. The diversity meant I had something to learn no matter where I looked. I went into my Occupational Therapy internship with an open mind and an open heart and like a sponge, I absorbed everything I could. My original intentions were to intern within a more physical setting, performing ADL's (Activities of Daily Living) and working on fine motor skills, spatial skills, verbal skills even, or everyday tasks - but never did I imagine I would get the chance to experience a psychological setting as well! In general, I'd say the experience was just what I needed. It taught me so much about communication, patience, and compassion. All things that are applicable no matter how I choose to use my degree/title. I now feel more empowered to be successful within my field, as this internship has given me tools that I didn't know I was missing. It shook me out of my comfort zone, and it made me look at everything differently. I have an edge now, and I feel empowered to use it and make a difference within my field. The advice I would give to others is just to do it. There’s nothing I can write that can explain the magnitude of the experience. It is so worthwhile and enriching to both personal and professional lives alike. Covid-19 had little effect on my trip and we were on Level 4 lockdown. We found ways to have fun - and we had different experiences, sure - but they were awesome nonetheless. We had to be creative, and it was still unforgettable. It’s safe, and everyone is very careful. The only thing I recommend is to always follow CDC guidelines, just like you would at home.
Rebekah Parrish - USA
Date: July 2021
Age: 24
Internship country: Tanzania
Field: Psychology
Internship: Psychology in Arusha
During my internship I was tasked with assisting clients in reaching their optimal level of psychological health by assessing and resolving negative patterns, prevention, rehabilitation, and improving quality of life. I also created lesson plans on mental health and ways to improve it. My lesson plans included recognizing depressive symptoms and ways to cope with them, communication skills, conflict management skills, techniques that could prevent impulsive actions, cultivating unconditional self-worth, recognizing self-deception, and techniques to cope with anxiety. Additionally, I integrated morning mindfulness meditation sessions to help clients with mind and body balance. My expectations were met through this internship and more. I did not expect so many opportunities to have such hands-on experience, however my role exceeded that. Additionally, I did not expect my words to be taken seriously by the clients I worked with. I was wrong. The clients in the sober home constantly expressed gratitude to my teachings and advice. I not only heard it in their words, but I saw the changes in their actions. I now feel empowered within my field as a therapist.
Bethany Moss - UK
Date: July 2021
Age: 21
Internship country: Greece
Field: Agriculture
I have learnt so much about how to measure and assess different types of stress in crops, such as weeds or drought. This will help with my long-term goals of having a career in sustainability, whether that be sustainable resources or water management, or even climate sustainability. The hands-on research I have done with software will allow me to better understand other versions of software that may be used when I begin my career, and will also allow me to suggest new methods of GIS assessments. The role I had in my internship was to research, learn, and use different software and sites and then write a report on whether they are worth using, their costs and benefits, their ease of use, and how they aided end-users. This role benefited the organization as it allowed for other employees to work with clients more efficiently and could potentially lead to them adopting software that will allow them to communicate with their clients and collate data more efficiently. I feel more empowered in my field because I have gained a lot more of an understanding in researching software that will be relevant to my future career plans, and I now know what may be expected of me when researching and writing professional reports on the relevant software and the data they generate.
Liuchen Chen - China
Date: July 2021
Age: 22
Internship country: Tanzania
Field: Social Work
My internship experience has been terrific! I was excited to learn more about Tanzania and the stories of its country and its citizens. When reflecting on the assumptions or expectations I had before my internship, I had a passion for helping people, but I lacked insight and experience into what the real situations and/or problems are. After just a few days of learning and researching in this internship, I changed my view about real situations and the strategies of addressing problems and issues faced by people who suffer in poverty. I used to think that helping people is to connect resources for them and help them get out of difficult situations. However the first step is actually talking about the issues and bringing awareness. My main tasks as a Social Work intern involved case management and supporting assessments, assisting with therapy and support plans, and conducting research into solution findings within the medical field and realms of psychosocial support. I was able to provide information and potential treatment factors to my host organization that could benefit them and their patients in the long term. I feel more empowered in my field because I gained a bigger picture of what social workers look like and what they do, as well as how systems, cultures, and countries influence vulnerable groups. I am able to see some of the gaps between the theory and the real situation and the issues that have not been resolved yet, which has provided me a direction to keep learning and growing.
Olumide Akindolire - Canada
Date: July 2021
Age: 19
Internship country: Spain
Internship: Legal Practice
My internship contributed to my long-term goal of pursuing legal practice and becoming a lawyer. I learned that you need to demonstrate that you can work independently and critically analyze your own work. In particular, doing the internship remotely allowed me to enhance my communication skills and to approach tasks in new ways. Applying these valuable skills has made me more proactive and detail oriented with my work. I was able to get a head start against my peers to go into the field of my choice.
Karam Aldakak - Palestine
Date: July 2021
Age: 20
Internship country: Greece
Field: Dentistry
Internship: Dentistry
I enjoyed everything in the internship - it was 100% worth it, I learned a lot and met new people that were amazingly helpful. From day one, I was made to feel like I’d always been part of the team. They taught and helped me in all ways - I honestly cannot find any substandard points to comment on, because this team gave me everything they could. I found that the locals enjoyed each moment by assisting you with happiness, which made my adaptation to the placement easier. I got what I expected from this internship, as it helped me to improve my own skills, while learning new skills that can help in the future. The doctors taught me how to deliver the ideas of the treatment to the patient, how I should communicate with patients, and how to implement a treatment plan (from the first step, through till the final step). This is going to help in my future postgraduate studies, because treatment plans are so important. My favorite memory from the internship was when we helped a patient by replacing his posterior teeth. This memory will stay with me for a long time, because it made a huge impact on the patient’s quality of life.
Kristiann Narinesingh - Canada
Date: May 2021
Age: 21
Internship country: India
Field: Psychology
My internship experience has been really interesting. The counselling sessions were less daunting than I originally thought they would be and were more like conversations with new people, which put my mind at ease. The most memorable part was getting to know the children I worked with. I did not expect them to share so much with me, after having only just met. It was humbling to see how they trusted me enough to share and were brave enough to ask for advice. During my internship I was tasked with developing case histories for children living in a home, which really helped me gain experience talking to children about sensitive issues. I also designed workshops and lesson plans for the children to engage in. This helped me get to know the children better by designing activities suited to their interests. Lastly, I provided recommendations to improve the environment of the children. When they had issues, they would confide in me, and I would give advice to resolve the issue and make recommendations to the home regarding general issues going on. I wish to become a psychological researcher in the future and gaining experience interacting with children will prove incredibly useful for when I conduct research with participants in the future. Learning about the working conditions in a culture very different from my own, developing more sensitivity, looking for effective approaches when talking with children about sensitive topics, and conducting research for writing proposals has left me feeling more empowered. By gaining work experience on a variety of tasks in an NGO, I feel I am a more well-rounded candidate for future positions. From here, my goals are to look for more opportunities working with children affected by difficult circumstances and use what I have learned from this internship to advise and support them.
Rebecca Wallenstein - USA
Date: June 2021
Age: 22
Internship country: India
Field: Psychology
My internship experience has been really positive! I never imagined having so many fellow interns from around the world to work with and it was nice seeing shared passions across cultures. I felt right at home, even though my internship was virtual. Everyone was kind and I felt like we all wanted each other to succeed. I expected to have an overwhelming amount of work to do to help the clinic run, but what I found was that the experience was really centred around my learning, and everything had its purpose. I would have never expected to take part in a career counselling assessment live which really helped me to learn about my personality, interests and skills. My long-term goal is to work in a private counselling practice, and I managed to do just that! I have learned a lot about empathy, active listening, needs of a variety of populations, and confidence building. My supervisor was incredibly honest and understanding and encouraged us to share, always reinforcing that I was an asset to the field of social work. I feel more empowered in my field because I have learned so much through first-hand experience. The most memorable moment had to be having a pet therapist come and give a talk. It was awesome seeing how much animals brighten people's mood and bring people together, no matter the circumstance.
Alina Krost - Germany
Date: June 2021
Age: 22
Internship country: Tanzania
Field: Social Work
I entered this remote internship with a passion for counselling and therapy but with little applied skills. This Social Work internship provided insight into potential therapeutic professions, as well as my own capabilities within. I feel more empowered and confident having an idea of my role and gauging my experience level. While I appreciate I still have much to learn before I can undertake clients by myself, I feel that I have a good baseline to begin this journey. With the positive feedback from internship clients, I believe I will be able to positively impact more clients in the future. To briefly describe my internship role, I provided counselling assistance and educational support to different vulnerable populations on taboo topics. Speaking to parents, children and social workers, familiar with different kinds of abuse, I was able to encourage reconsideration of traditional punishments. The short term goals of this remote internship involved preparing presentations, documents and brochures for mental awareness and sexual health. In the long term I aided the mission to support struggling communities by empowering and educating them about psychological concepts. My biggest takeaway from this internship is the further understanding of cultural impact. Being in a western environment with a lot of access to healthcare and mental support, the internship reminded me of the current realities of others. This cultural impact will help me have an open mind when it comes to assuming cultural standards in clients and be more understanding when it comes to their backgrounds.
Jacob Navarro - Canada
Date: June 2021
Age: 21
Internship country: Greece
Field: Dentistry
Internship: Dentistry
My main role during this internship was to observe, learn, and ask questions about dentistry. I was able to shadow a general dentist, oral surgeon, and prosthodontist at the clinic. Some examples of procedures included general cleanings, crowns/bridges/dentures, implants, root canals, and tooth extractions. I was also able to learn about new technologies within the field, including guided implant placements. Since I do not currently hold any professional dental certification, tasks were not able to be performed on the patients. However, I was able to help out with operatory setup/clean-up, and sterilization. I was able to witness a variety of dental procedures and understand how dentistry in Greece varies slightly from dentistry in Canada. All of this knowledge and experience has helped me to solidify my career aspirations within dentistry. Some specific skills include dental terminology, and interpersonal skills/patient-professional interactions. My favourite memory was being able to witness an abutment placement (for a dental implant). This was the most complicated case I had seen thus far, and my supervisors explained everything and answered questions, while performing this procedure. After completing my internship experience, I now feel on a personal level, more mature and responsible. Travelling on my own in a new country has been an eye-opening and welcome experience. Furthermore, I now feel more confident in my interactions with others. I gained a wealth of knowledge from my two weeks of shadowing and solidified that this path is what I want for my future career.
Mu Patrick Ho - Taiwan
Date: July 2021
Age: 16
Internship country: Tanzania
Field: Finance
Internship: Microfinance
At the beginning of my internship, I was a bit nervous about how well I would perform, however I soon realized that it’s all about focusing on the experience, so I shouldn't be afraid of making mistakes. My tasks were mostly business consulting from a different perspective. I assessed how other companies or organizations succeeded and thrived, in order to come up with ideas to improve my host organization. I also worked to find ways to help women in Tanzania with starting their own businesses, by focusing on training and education. I learnt that with enough knowledge and experience, one can have tremendous success, even when facing hardship and prejudice. Going forward in my career, I want to use my skills to help others. This internship has educated me on how to make a dramatic impact with limited funding and money. There was a lot of effort from my supervisors to properly help me understand how to run a non-profit organization and build up a business for people struggling with money. Microfinance is a skill that I believe I can use to help people in the future.
Sebastian Straub - USA
Date: June 2021
Age: 20
Internship country: Jamaica
Field: Psychology
The first week of my remote internship experience was very welcoming. My coordinator helped me a great deal in understanding what was needed from me to successfully commit to the internship. I thought it would be a little bit more of a “thrown to the wolves” experience, but that was more than likely my nerves talking. I was involved with animations, lesson plans, and workshops for young children that focus on social issues. This contributed toward the long term goals of the host organization, to lessen instances of mental health problems for the youth of Jamaica. I thought I would be doing things more on the administrative side as opposed to the creative side, but this internship had more focus on creative aspects. If I were to advise myself and others I’d explain that it’s a good idea to be prepared for any potential situations, especially since adaptation is critical in professional environments. My most significant learning points were definitely in how to coordinate my time around more free-form tasks, how to design small pages on websites, and how to design child friendly topics around mental health.
Saylor Bane - USA
Date: June 2021
Age: 19
Internship country: India
Field: Psychology
This current internship has contributed to my own long-term goals as I am gaining experience interning in a psychology-related area. My favorite memory was the cultural orientation. During this orientation, one of my supervisors informed me about Indian culture. Not only did I personally find Indian culture to be intriguing, but also this orientation was helpful during my internship. I feel more empowered in my field because I have gained experience applying psychology concepts that I have learned to the real world.
Rachel Picard - USA
Date: May 2021
Age: 27
Internship country: Tanzania
Internship: Medical in Arusha
My internship expectations have been exceeded! The physicians and nurses in Tanzania were incredibly generous with their time, knowledge, and trust, allowing me to practice clinical skills and teaching me more advanced techniques. Many days were spent together discussing the medical customs in our own countries, as well as the cultural norms we had grown up with. It was amazing getting to know the staff so well, meeting patients from so many different tribes and learning about the different customs, languages, and regions of Tanzania. This internship has supported my long-term goals to work in humanitarian and global medicine. I have learned about practicing medicine in a low resource setting, which required a greater reliance on my basic clinical skills. I have also gained practice in connecting with patients across cultural and language barriers. I have learned about high quality treatment of fractures without surgical intervention. One of the skills I am most proud of is learning basic life-saving skills in emergencies, such as placing intravenous lines, starting oxygen therapy, and giving life-saving medications. Perhaps most importantly, I have gained resiliency in extremely emotionally and physically challenging situations.
Maya Rylke-Friedman - USA
Date: May 2021
Age: 18
Internship country: South Africa
Internship: Human Rights Advocacy
The first week of my internship experience was very fulfilling. I was anxious before it started because I did not know how relaxed or intense it would be. However, it was a lot less stressful than I anticipated, while still engaging. I do not know much about legal advocacy work, especially in South Africa, but I learned so much. I also liked the flexibility my supervisor offered the other interns and me. One of the most memorable moments was when I read the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to cite clauses and legislation to aid this one woman's case that the interns and I were tasked with. Not only did I learn more about their inclusive constitution, I was able to help someone in the process. My favorite outcome from the internship was the legal and professional skills I gained. I took away skills in how to successfully address casework, which will be immensely helpful for my future career path of social work. My most significant learning points were discipline, time-management, and understanding of what working for a law firm is like, and casework. I supremely appreciate all that my supervisor in South Africa and my fellow interns did to make my internship rewarding.
Huiwen Zhang - China
Date: June 2021
Age: 21
Internship country: Greece
My internship experience has been full and rich. I was given tasks by my supervisors, whose patience made me feel respected and motivated to speak up when there was something I did not understand. In the future I want to apply technical skills to solve practical issues, and in this internship, I was able to use open-source software Ilastik and imageJ, as well as the programming language Python to perform image analysis. I now feel more empowered in my field, as I was pushed to learn new software I previously believed would be much too hard to master. This internship has allowed me to familiarize ideas of machine learning and strengthen my computational skills, which will prove incredibly helpful in my future development. From here, I have a desire to further strengthen my understanding and ability of machine learning, searching for more learning materials and seeking more internship opportunities.
Emmeline Caplan - USA
Date: May 2021
Age: 18
Internship country: Greece
Field: Agriculture
My internship experience was academically stimulating and exciting. I greatly enjoyed meeting with my supervisor, as he was very welcoming, thorough with instructional details, and well versed in his profession. One of the most memorable aspects of the internship were the readings assigned for me to study before starting my first task because the material was both engaging and relevant. The tasks and expectations exceeded what I had imagined as they fit perfectly into my skill set and area of study. My expectations were exceeded as I have not only learned more about Olive crops in Crete, Greece but about Olive farming globally. As I conducted my literature review, I learned more about the edge effect and the importance of understanding and reshaping land management use.
Chinyang Mariko Chou - USA
Date: May 2021
Age: 22
Internship country: Tanzania
Field: Social Work
As someone that was unfamiliar with much of Africa’s culture, it was insightful and eye-opening to hear the experiences of my supervisors in Tanzania. They were extremely informative in sharing the realities of many of the people living there, and although I had an idea of what that looked like, my supervisors helped me to understand it more deeply. Learning how Tanzanian culture factors into the socio-economic problems in the community was extremely important for me as an aspiring international social worker, because it forced me to reflect on all the ways in which cultures can have a drastic influence on how each society functions. Being under the supervision of two highly successful social workers, I felt empowered and inspired to be as passionate about social justice as they were. I had plenty of opportunities to learn from their wisdom and experience, and they gave me encouragement and hope to do well in my own professional journey. Being able to create educational documents and help with case management in a way that directly impacts a vulnerable community in Moshi, Tanzania was empowering.
Amanda Fenech - Canada
Date: May 2021
Age: 20
Internship country: Greece
It was so exciting to meet an international marine biologist working in conservation and to also see a research facility welcome young scientists from various locations. The remote option of this internship itself was brought up in conversation with my supervisor - she showed pride that her institute offered a remote option for those who can't travel at the moment and still gives those who seek experience in the field a great opportunity to expand their resume and connections. Going into my internship I thought because I would be working with a professional marine mammal institution that they wouldn't be as willing to help a remote intern as much because I would just be starting. However, I was pleasantly surprised to realize that if I need help, my supervisor is more than willing to provide it. If I could give myself advice or others who would want to pursue a remote internship, I would say don't be afraid to ask for help. Your placement institution wants to help you learn and gain experience for your future. It is very useful to email your supervisor frequently with questions and to not be afraid to reach out if you need it. To briefly describe my internship role, I looked at the seasonal behaviours of the Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis) in Greece and compared the results to other papers for similarities and differences. I became familiar with scientific literature research and writing, as well as using the behaviour analysis software BORIS. In the short term, my experience can help identify the general behaviours displayed by local fauna and create a baseline for future studies. Long-term we can create a database of behaviours through seasonal, annual and diurnal research to provide evidence of population distribution, abundance and risks. The risks can be assessed and may be taken into consideration for future MPA's, fishery regulations and other conservation plans. This internship placement was a little overwhelming at first as there is definitely supervision but it isn't like school, it made me into an individual who took more initiative than before. My opportunities have opened faster because of these new skills obtained. In my future career, I hope to research shark behaviour and reproductive biology. This internship provided relevant experience that I can apply to my future career. This internship was perfect and was almost exactly what I want to pursue for the rest of my life.
Fiona Yue - Hong Kong
Date: May 2021
Age: 20
Internship country: Tanzania
Field: Education
My favourite memory or outcome from the internship was meeting with my supervisors. My supervisor gave me some very useful advice on how to make my notes more interesting and easier for the target students to understand. I have also learnt that when making notes for different students, I have to understand their specific needs and abilities. My long-term goal is to become a high school Biology teacher in Hong Kong. This internship role contributed toward this goal by providing the experience of being able to prepare teaching materials, relevant to my Life Science degree. I learnt to select suitable content and ensure it can be appropriately utilized for specific student groups and needs. I really enjoyed making notes for the children during this internship and it made me more determined to pursue my dream.
Aidan Bossert - South Africa
Date: February 2021
Age: 20
Internship country: South Africa
My favourite memory from my internship experience was my very first dive. Up until my first dive in Sodwana Bay I had only ever dived in extremely poor visibility and never truly experienced the wonders of the ocean but as soon as I hit the water in Sodwana I knew that I would want nothing more in life than to be able to work in the ocean and conserve its beauty for future generations. After completing my internship experience, I now feel more grateful for the education I have been privileged to receive and I have an increased drive to make sure that I utilise this education to make a profound difference in the sustainability of our world`s oceans and all its inhabitants. I feel confident that I will be able to conquer the practical aspect of becoming a marine biologist and not only that, I have an increased passion to want to spend the majority of my future in the ocean with all its creatures.
Ratidzo Rinashe - Zimbabwe
Date: August 2020
Age: 23
Internship country: Spain
Field: Psychology
Internship: Psychology
As someone who is studying psychology, this remote internship was quite enriching to my learning process. I am still looking for what I want to branch into so this is giving me a different spectrum of the other types of psychology that are available. It has shown what the other uses of psychology are in the sports world and that it does indeed help and have a place in many different aspects of life. My favorite outcome from the internship has been meeting great people who were easy to work with and who I learnt a few things from. I feel more empowered in my field because I can see that whatever I am learning in class is what can actually be used as well out in the field, I have motivation to further my studies in the area I had chosen with even more confidence now.
Abeer Al-thahab - Yeman
Date: February 2021
Age: 27
Internship country: Tanzania
Field: Agriculture
Internship: Sustainable Farming
As an environmental science student, there is a wide range of job opportunities we can pursue. Therefore, this internship in sustainable farming helped me to narrow my choice and focus in this field, whether towards my master's degree or my future job in general. During my internship, I was involved with the research and policy department, operations department, and business department. My favorite outcome was being able to observe the CEO educating local Tanzanian farmers about agriculture and how to improve their production. I think passing on this knowledge and enriching the youth is a very important step towards achieving sustainable agriculture.
Yuhan Zhou - China
Date: February 2021
Age: 20
Internship country: Spain
Field: Finance
Internship: Finance
My remote internship role was as a finance intern, which is related to the field I want to work in, in the future. Through this internship, I gained analytical skills and experience in international trade, which can be directly applied to the career path I would like to pursue. When I was assigned tasks for the internship, I realized there was a lot of new knowledge that wasn't taught in school, which I needed to develop. I gradually began to familiarize myself with my role and taught myself a lot about foreign trade. The advice I would give to future interns is to never overestimate your knowledge base and to always keep a learning mindset. This internship experience made me more sure of my self-learning ability, and I believe that in the future if I encounter a problem I have never seen before, I will use logic to analyze it.
Deven Patel - USA
Date: April 2021
Age: 17
Internship country: India
Field: Social Work
My favorite part of the internship was the zoom calls with the kids. That experience alone made me feel amazing, I really loved being able to communicate with them and just be able to talk to them. And as I told them, next time I come to India I will make sure to pay them a visit! I feel more empowered in my field because this experience has given me even more reason to go into the field I want to be in. Currently, I am interested in pre-med, and I feel that through medicine I will be able to give back to this community! Health issues are a big deal in India, and in the future, I hope to participate in activities like medical camps and volunteering at hospitals. If it’s safe, maybe in college I will decide to take a year abroad and go to India, I feel that there is so much more to learn! My most significant learning points were the skills I obtained. These skills include time management, professionalism, the ability to practice smart goal setting. Through the projects I completed and lessons I taught, I feel that I learned a lot about multiculturalism as well as myself. I hope I made a lasting impact on the lives of others in my short time with this internship!
Merline Kpadea - Michigan, USA
Date: January 2021
Age: 22
Internship country: Tanzania
Field: Finance
Before COVID-19 started, I knew that I had to do an internship in order for me to graduate on time. I applied to more than 30 companies for internships and then began to receive rejected emails. Some companies called to inform me that the internship will be postponed until further notice because of COVID-19. Half of the companies couldn't move forward with me because of the COVID-19! I was so worried because I really wanted to graduate on time, so I started doing research and found Intern Abroad HQ. I made the decision to use them for my internship, as I refused to allow COVID-19 to affect me from graduating on time. That was the best decision I ever made - my internship experience with Intern Abroad HQ was great! My internship role was related to my major, which is finance. I had a wonderful supervisor, with excellent teaching skills, who made sure that I practiced what I was taught. The internship gave me a greater understanding of how an organization operates as a whole and it helped me to understand the importance of finance in every company and how to manage it. The cultural differences were also great to experience and I learned so much. One piece of advice I would share with a future intern is to be yourself and give yourself time to adapt.
Alina Chirvase - Romania
Date: June 2021
Age: 24
Internship country: Tanzania
Field: Social Work
I had the opportunity to work with the Community and Social Work Forum for a period of five weeks as a result of my social work internship with Intern Abroad HQ. My experience with the Community and Social Work Forum has been unique. This is indeed the word the best describes the five weeks I have spent working with the organisation. Although I have completed my internship remotely, thanks to the two professionals representing the organisation, I gained an original taste of the work that social workers do in Tanzania. Since our first interaction, I have been welcomed with kindness and I immediately felt part of the team. The whole internship program was person-centred, based on my personal and professional goals. The two professionals have been keen to ensure that each and every activity that we conducted contributed to the achievement of my objectives. I was always encouraged to share subjects of interest to me to be discussed within our sessions. Furthermore, thanks to the support I received and by virtue of our discussions, I have managed to identify areas of improvement in my practice. This fact in itself has enabled me to become a better professional. In this context, I have also felt very comfortable with sharing some of my struggles in terms of the work I conduct with my clients. These have been received with a non-judgmental and extremely supportive attitude, leading the professionals to share some of the struggles they have themselves encountered during their fascinating careers along with techniques and methods to overcome them. The two professionals have always been ready to share their wide expertise and knowledge with me. They have provided me with extraordinary advice and guidance which I am now applying in my work. It was an immense pleasure to work with such valuable, caring and open-minded professionals. With honesty, I would be honoured to work with the Community and Social Work Forum again. Thus, I strongly recommend this internship experience to anyone who is interested in making the world a better place and who is looking for a unique internship or volunteering experience.
Simi Thiara - Canada
Date: February 2021
Age: 23
My most significant learning from this remote internship was when I realized that you can still make a significant impact virtually even if you're not physically present within the organization or the community. The team at my organization has been quite resilient and productive despite the multiple barriers that had erupted due to the pandemic. When talking with my supervisor, I was able to realize the impact of the tasks that were assigned to me and how they stood to benefit community members and the organization as a whole. I learned that even though some of my tasks seemed minuscule in my eyes, they were significant parts of a bigger mechanism that functions to empower and better the lives of many individuals.
Carra Gillaspy - Texas, USA
Date: March 2021
Age: 23
Internship country: India
Field: Social Work
My internship was an awesome learning experience! The Indian NGO that I was matched to helps all women and children from different cultures and communities get educated and have empowerment. My ultimate career goal is to work in public health, where I help communities to access proper healthcare and receive health education. This whole internship experience gave me experience for my future career path and skills to be successful. My favorite memory from the internship was working with an amazing group of women. My supervisor and intern helper were so knowledgeable about Indian public health and were willing to share all their personal experiences and knowledge with the group. My internship partner and I managed to work with our supervisor and intern helper effectively and got all of our assignments completed on time. I am confident in my future in public health after going through this online internship.
Abriana Luna - Texas, USA
Date: March 2021
Age: 22
Internship country: Jamaica
Field: Psychology
I did not know what to expect in the first week and it was actually very informative and comfortable. Most memorable so far has to be discussing a start topic for our intern experience. We decided on the topic of loneliness and isolation during the pandemic within 11 and 12-year old’s in Jamaica. A piece of advice I would give to others is to go into the program with a positive mindset to have a positive outcome. I went in with a positive attitude and have maintained the enthusiasm and believe I handled my assignments and topics very well. The internship role contributed quite nicely toward the achievement of my long term personal goals. I learned more about mental health and how everybody has their own personal struggles, no matter where they are in the world. During this internship, I noticed that I developed more people and communication skills. My research skills also seemed to improve. I believe that improving these skills will be beneficial in my future career path in Public Health. My remote internship was professional, informative, and beneficial thanks to the help of Jade, my supervisor in Jamaica. Since she is so much help and great at keeping in touch with the group, there was no miscommunication, work gets set up and done, and the next steps are known. I believe if future interns have someone as great as Jade, their experience will be fantastic.
Emma Petri - Texas, USA
Date: March 2021
Age: 19
Internship country: Tanzania
Field: Education
Prior to this project, I had no knowledge about the major rights issues women and children face in Tanzania. However, through this remote internship, I discovered that we are all women empowering women! Through this project, hosted out of Tanzania, we are able to share the same cultural motivation to represent and educate women on their rights, even though we come from different backgrounds. Prior to this internship, I had never communicated with a person outside of the United States before. However, I was able to be on a call with three people from different countries and with differing cultures. We discussed the culture in Tanzania and how different it is than in the States - I developed skills of communication with people from different countries, which will be essential in my future career as a nurse. During the internship, the tasks of my role were always clear and helpful insight was provided. On Mondays, we had Zoom calls to discuss the work that was accomplished as a team, and we are given new tasks to work on as well. Overall, my expectations of consistency, opportunity and clarity were met. The advice I would give is to have an open mind and to strive for a positive attitude when working with people from another country.
Mariana Barroso - Portugal
Date: March 2021
Age: 22
Internship country: Spain
Internship: Business Development
My remote internship was with a sustainable fashion brand and lifestyle blog, which is dedicated to producing and promoting clothing, bags and accessories, all made from organic, up-cycled or natural materials. I worked with people from different nationalities and backgrounds, which is always a great thing. I thought I would not be given very important tasks, however I did and I am very happy about that. As a piece of advice, I would say to ask many questions to learn as much as possible! Activities I was involved with during the remote internship included: working on the rebranding of the company (preparing the launch of the new website and collection), developing the marketing strategy together with the team, performing an STP analysis and creating versions of the ideal customer persona, working on SEO, setting up new social media channels, and creating relevant content for them. My favorite memory or outcome from the internship was having such direct contact with the companys founder and having the opportunity and freedom to be creative. I am even more certain of what I wish to do professionally.
Kesri Pinyoç - Washington, USA
Date: January 2021
Age: 21
Internship country: Greece
My internship supervisor always showed me kindness and encouragement. Being the head of the Marine Mammal Research department, she had many other responsibilities but always made time to give me proper feedback and make sure that I was doing well throughout the internship. I am very grateful for her and all the work that she has done, not only for me but for the institute. My favorite memory or outcome from the internship has been seeing my hard work pay off in my final report. It looks professional and organized, and I had a very challenging time putting it all together and it is very rewarding knowing that I put in my best effort. I was able to complete this internship mostly independently and that instilled a new confidence in myself that I didn't have before. I know now that I am more than capable of figuring things out on my own and succeeding. My most significant learning points were the importance of communication and organization. Time management is something I got better at and will definitely continue to improve. I got more familiar with certain computer programs I may need in the future as well.
Diep Pham - Vietnam
Date: January 2021
Age: 18
Internship country: South Africa
Internship: Human Rights Advocacy
I have never worked a part-time job with such intensity and dedication before! My mentor for the process was very welcoming and he was so understanding of my position. He knew that I was only a high-schooler so my knowledge in law was still limited. Thus, I often asked for extra support and extended deadlines, and he was so willing to help me. Reading through the cases that the organisation has worked with in the past, I could feel that it was a magnanimous place and their work has really changed people's lives for the better. My job for this internship was to research legislation related to cases. I focused on a wide variety of cases involving financial law, marriage law, child protection, and labour law. I want to be a lawyer in the future and through this internship, I learned more about the researching and writing skills needed as well as the court procedures. I feel more empowered in my field because I was allowed to interact and gain more exposure within the legal field. I gained more experience in researching and writing legal documents. From here, my goals are to get a law degree and work in the field of civil law to support those who need it the most.
Natasha Terry - South Carolina, USA
Date: December 2020
Age: 21
Internship country: Greece
The first week of my remote internship experience was very exciting. I had no idea what it would entail when I first started, but my supervisor was there to answer questions when I needed them. My main goal from this internship was to gain experience in a field that I have always been interested in and I definitely achieved that. Doing research with photo-ID has been something that intrigued me for a while and I was able to gain first-hand experience with it. My task was to devise a project that utilized photographic identification and present my findings. I was involved with assessing the data and coming up with a hypothesis that would be further studied. I chose seasonal variations within the Aegean Sea. I mapped the sightings and then categorized them by seasons. Then I divided the area in quadrants to get a representation of how many sightings of each season were in the quadrants. This provided more information on the dolphins within the study area as a short term benefit. This also could be a potential starting point for a longer term survey. If I were to stay in this position indefinitely, I would love to do further research on the seasonal variations of abundance and examine trends over a couple of years to assess the long term effects. I would also love to go more in depth about habitat preference and possible trends in that topic. From this remote internship, I now have experience I can use in future internships/jobs. I improved my communication skills and completed my first project that wasn't for school. From here, my goals are to gain more experience in this field with more internships. I want to learn as much as I can and I would love to expand my skills into other fields as well!
Joshua Hattery - Indiana, USA
Date: December 2020
Age: 17
Internship country: Spain
Field: Finance
Internship: Finance
Looking back on the internship, I was expecting the people I worked with to be more authoritative. However, they were always willing to listen to me and willing to change things if I wanted the program to be adapted in any way. They ensured that the internship program was focused on assisting me to learn. One overarching topic that I focused on was learning about the issues/aspects affecting international business. I think this can be very useful for my future long-term goals. With the world becoming more globalized, having this knowledge will be important no matter where I end up. I learned about international trade concepts and gained an understanding of how current events affect business. And of course, I assisted in projects whenever needed. I am really glad I got to take-away more knowledge about international trade/transactions. Overall, the outcome of the internship went well and I am glad I did it!
Cayden Samuels - San Francisco, USA
Date: October 2020
Age: 21
Internship country: Greece
During my time as a remote intern, I was part of the Marine Mammal team. Under the direct supervision of the Marine Mammal Team Leader, I organized and identified individual bottlenose dolphins using five years of photo-id data. From the data I derived a study on individual association and population patterns of common bottlenose around the study area of Samos Island, Greece, in the eastern Mediterranean. Using statistical and spatial analyses, I examined the association rate, residency, and hotspot analysis of bottlenose dolphins around Samos Island. The results of this study and similar studies conducted by the Marine Institute of Conservation allow for future conservation tactics to be employed to ensure the security of common bottlenose dolphins within the Mediterranean as a whole. My favorite outcome from the internship would definitely have to be the research experience and the opportunity to work on such an important conservation matter. Another big takeaway was that it solidified that this is the field of work that I want to pursue for the rest of my life. Among the self-discoveries that were made during this remote internship (determination, drive, work ethic) I also learned more than I could have ever imagined, going into this remote internship position.
Hailey Shah - Michigan, USA
Date: December 2020
Age: 20
Internship country: Greece
My internship was such a valuable experience and I learned so much! The experience gave me the unique opportunity to be involved in literature analysis, research proposal design, data analysis and presentation of findings. I am very grateful for the opportunity to take my first attempt at all of those aspects of an animal-related research project and I learned a tremendous amount about bottlenose dolphins that I would not have the opportunity to, as I am a Companion Animal Biology major. This experience will assist me in my future work in the animal science/veterinary medicine field and diversify my experience. Most importantly, it has deepened my commitment to conservation and protection of all animals based on gaining a deeper understanding of their behaviors and needs.
Carla Alonso - Switzerland
Date: August 2020
Age: 20
Internship country: Spain
Internship: Business Development
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 - Hong Kong
Date: August 2020
Age: 26
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 - California, USA
Date: August 2020
Age: 19
Internship country: Spain
Field: Psychology
Internship: Psychology
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.
Kazuhisa Noguchi - Japan
Date: August 2020
Age: 22
Internship country: Spain
Internship: IT
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.
Kenneth Sitkowski - South Carolina, USA
Date: July 2019 - 2 weeks
Age: 22
Internship country: Ireland
Internship: Tourism Operations
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.
Francesco Conrado - Italy
Date: August 2020 - 3 weeks
Age: 23
Internship country: Greece
Internship: Medical
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 - Tennessee, USA
Date: July 2020
Age: 20
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.
William Marsala - Arizona, USA
Date: July 2020
Age: 21
Internship country: Greece
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.
Stella Cowan - Australia
Date: June 2020
Age: 18
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.
Liana Bailey - Canada
Date: July 2020
Age: 20
Internship country: Spain
Field: Psychology
Internship: Psychology
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.
Jasseh Ozaraga - Ireland
Date: July 2020
Age: 22
Internship country: Spain
Internship: Business Development
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.
Sydney Jones - Michigan, USA
Date: June 2020
Age: 20
Internship country: Spain
Field: Engineering
Internship: Engineering
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.
Jorge Ulloa - Illinois, USA
Date: June 2020
Age: 20
Internship country: Tanzania
Field: Engineering
Internship: Civil Engineering
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.
Max Schultz - Colorado, USA
Date: June 2020
Age: 19
Internship country: Greece
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.
Tara Behnsen - Germany
Date: June 2020
Age: 20
Internship country: Greece
Field: Agriculture
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.
Kaitlyn Madriaga - California, USA
Date: June 2020
Age: 20
Internship country: Spain
Field: Psychology
Internship: Psychology
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.
Cassandra Carbon - California, USA
Date: June 2020
Age: 24
Internship country: Spain
Field: Finance
Internship: Finance
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.
Naomi Roter - New York, USA
Date: June 2020
Age: 20
Internship country: India
Field: Social Work
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.
Rachel Talbot - United Kingdom
Date: June 2020
Age: 22
Internship country: Greece
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.
Caroline - USA
Date: June 2020
Age: 24
Internship country: Spain
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.
Monica Abesamis - California, USA
Date: June 2020
Age: 24
Internship country: Tanzania
Field: Social Work
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!
Taylor Peterson - California, USA
Date: June 2020
Age: 21
Internship country: Greece
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.
Berkley Dronett - Louisiana, USA
Date: May 2020
Age: 28
Internship country: Tanzania
Field: Social Work
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.
Aaron Ruiz - California, USA
Date: February 2020 - 24 weeks
Age: 25
Internship country: Spain
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!
Erica Frey - Virginia, USA
Date: September 2019 - 11 weeks
Age: 22
Internship country: Peru
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.
Angelica Ante - Virginia, USA
Date: September 2019 - 11 weeks
Age: 21
Internship country: Peru
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.
Andy Cunningham - Maryland, USA
Date: September 2019 - 4 weeks
Age: 24
Internship country: Greece
Internship: GIS Specialization for Environmental Conservation
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.
Shae Knobloch - Australia
Date: September 2019 - 3 weeks
Age: 20
Internship country: Spain
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!
Jenny Putnam - United Kingdom
Date: March 2019 - 20 weeks
Age: 21
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.
Sarah Leaman - San Diego, USA
Date: January 2019 - 2 weeks
Age: 31
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.
Guilia Piscitelli - California, USA
Date: August 2019 - 5 weeks
Age: 20
Internship country: Peru
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.
Jessica Eland - Ireland
Date: June 2019 - 4 weeks
Age: 21
Internship country: South Africa
Field: Psychology
Internship: Psychology
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!!
Valentina Rasori - Italy
Date: June 2019 - 8 weeks
Age: 22
Internship country: Bali
Internship: Event Management
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!
Kevin Herrell - Maryland, USA
Date: September 2019 - 4 weeks
Age: 23
Internship country: Greece
Internship: GIS Specialization for Environmental Conservation
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!
Ingrid Gomez - Florida, USA
Date: April 2019 - 2 weeks
Age: 35
Internship country: Costa Rica
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!!
Mariana Arenas - Colombia
Date: July 2019 - 6 weeks
Age: 23
Internship country: Costa Rica
Internship: Physical Therapy
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.
Emma Henderson - United Kingdom
Date: December 2018 - 3 weeks
Age: 21
Internship country: South Africa
Internship: Human Rights Law
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.
Samantha Cavanaugh - Pennsylvania, USA
Date: June 2019 - 2 weeks
Age: 21
Internship country: Peru
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.
Eliza Schumer - Minnesota, USA
Date: May 2019 – 8 weeks
Age: 21
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!
Emma Bray - California, USA
Date: July 2019 - 4 weeks
Age: 20
Internship country: Peru
Internship: Midwifery
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.
Carlee Schiefelbein - Wisconsin, USA
Date: June 2019 - 2 weeks
Age: 22
Internship country: Peru
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.
Ashleigh Garrett - South Carolina, USA
Date: August 2019 - 2 weeks
Age: 20
Internship country: Guatemala
Internship: Youth Development & Education
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.
Miriam Smith - Montreal, Canada
Date: July 2019 - 4 weeks
Age: 23
Internship country: South Africa
Field: Psychology
Internship: Psychology
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.
Jennifer Vasek - New York, USA
Date: June 2019 - 3 weeks
Age: 23
Internship country: South Africa
Field: Social Work
Internship: Social Work
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!
Cora Allard - South Carolina, USA
Date: June 2019 - 4 weeks
Age: 21
Internship country: Tanzania
Field: Education
Internship: Women’s Education
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.
Natalie Baltimore - California, USA
Date: July 2019 - 3 weeks
Age: 19
Internship country: Tanzania
Field: Education
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!
Mariah Ulness - Wisconsin, USA
Date: June 2019 - 2 weeks
Age: 21
Internship country: Spain
Internship: Medical
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.
Alex Curtis - Utah, USA
Date: January 2019 - 15 weeks
Age: 22
Internship country: Peru
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!
Natalie Reese - Utah, USA
Date: January 2019 - 15 weeks
Age: 19
Internship country: Peru
Field: Education
Internship: Special Education
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.
Olivia Hellerich - New Jersey, USA
Date: May 2019 - 3 weeks
Age: 20
Internship country: Spain
Internship: Medical
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!
Manal Abdulwahb - Georgia, USA
Date: June 2019 - 4 weeks
Age: 22
Internship country: Peru
Internship: Physical Therapy
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.
Emily Hughes - South Carolina, USA
Date: June 2019 - 4 weeks
Age: 21
Internship country: Ireland
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!
John Agonoy - San Diego, USA
Date: January 2019 - 8 weeks
Age: 26
Internship country: South Africa
Internship: Occupational Therapy
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.
Kaelyn Ratcliffe - Ohio, USA
Date: February 2019 - 6 weeks
Age: 22
Internship country: South Africa
Internship: Occupational Therapy
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!
M’Kala Robinson - Utah, USA
Date: January 2019 - 15 weeks
Age: 19
Internship country: Peru
Field: Dentistry
Internship: Dentistry
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.
Bethan Froggatt-Thomas - United Kingdom
Date: January 2019 - 2 weeks
Age: 21
Internship country: South Africa
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 - USA
Date: January 2019 - 6 weeks
Age: 22
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!
Stephen Cull - Australia
Date: January 2019 - 6 weeks
Age: 23
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.
James Wright - Hong Kong
Date: January 2019 - 8 weeks
Age: 22
Internship country: Costa Rica
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.
Rahul Mehta - Massachusetts, USA
Date: August 2018 - 16 weeks
Age: 20
Internship country: Peru
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!
Isabella Jamieson - Ontario, Canada
Date: November 2018 - 5 weeks
Age: 22
Internship country: Peru
Field: Education
Internship: Special Education
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!
Sarah Leaman - San Diego, USA
Date: January 2019 - 2 weeks
Age: 31
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!
Jeff MacLeod - Canada
Date: September 2018 - 6 weeks
Age: 26
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.
Katie Gomez - Utah, USA
Date: June 2018 - 4 weeks
Age: 22
Internship country: Peru
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!
Nikki Castro - San Diego, USA
Date: June 2018 - 8 weeks
Age: 21
Internship country: Peru
Internship: Midwifery
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!
Maddie Blommel - Wisconsin, USA
Date: June 2018 - 4 weeks
Age: 22
Internship country: Peru
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.
Meena Moss - Canada
Date: May 2018 - 4 weeks
Age: 23
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.
Elizabeth Lo - United Kingdom
Date: August 2018 - 6 weeks
Age: 21
Internship country: Bali
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.
Francesca Solano - South Carolina, USA
Date: May 2018 - 8 weeks
Age: 20
Internship country: Bali
Internship: Event Management
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.
Sheldin Wilks - Michigan, USA
Date: July 2018 - 6 weeks
Age: 20
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!
Isidra Garza - New Mexico, USA
Date: May 2018 - 9 weeks
Age: 20
Internship country: Peru
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!
Sophie Gartenstein - New York, USA
Date: June 2018 - 8 weeks
Age: 20
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.
Hedvika Michnova - Czech Republic
Date: July 2018 - 4 weeks
Age: 20
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.
Kelsie Gronauer - Mississippi, USA
Date: May 2018 - 6 weeks
Age: 21
Internship country: Costa Rica
Field: Education
Internship: Women's Education
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.
Anna Chiang - Berkeley, USA
Date: May 2018 - 6 weeks
Age: 19
Internship country: Peru
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.
Aaron Menz - San Diego, USA
Date: May 2018 - 8 weeks
Age: 27
Internship country: South Africa
Internship: Public Health
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.
Anjeza Hoxhallari - Massachusetts, USA
Date: June 2018 – 2 weeks
Age: 22
Internship country: Peru
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.
Mario Caballero - Virginia, USA
Date: May 2018 – 2 weeks
Age: 21
Internship country: Peru
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.
Kayla Myott - Michigan, USA
Date: October 2017 – 2 weeks
Age: 24
Internship country: Peru
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!
Ana Pereira - Brazilian
Date: July 2017 – 4 weeks
Age: 23
Internship country: Peru
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.
Samuel John - New Zealand
Date: June 2017 – 6 weeks
Age: 30
Internship country: Guatemala
Internship: Environmental Conservation
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!