AIESEC is an international non-profit, student-run organization present in more than 100 countries. Each local chapter focuses on creating internship opportunities for foreign students and assists incoming interns in cultural integration and finding housing. AIESEC offers thousands of volunteer and paid internship opportunities at any given moment.
The program was started after World War II to promote peace and cultural understanding. It is designed for college students and recent graduates under the age of 30. Some of AIESEC’s top partners include Sony Ericson, Microsoft, Electrolux, ING, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Artemisia, and Facebook.
An international non-profit organization, IAESTE has offices in more than 80 countries. If you are a student or recent graduate with a technical degree in fields like engineering, science or applied arts, IAESTE works to provide you with paid training opportunities that will help you jump-start your career in a technical field.
The Intern Group is an organization that offers internship programs worldwide, including cities and countries such as Australia, Berlin, Colombia, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, New York, Shanghai, and Spain. They will work with you collaboratively on setting up and organizing logistics for the internship desired. Internships are available in career fields such as architecture; art, photography, and design; business; consulting; engineering; entrepreneurship; fashion; finance; government and politics; hospitality, events and tourism; human resources; information technology; journalism and media; law; medical electives and public health; NGOs/non-profits; PR and marketing; real estate; science; and television and film.
|Internships in Barcelona, Spain. Photo courtesy of The Intern Group.|
ELI works with a variety of private companies, NGOs, and governmental organizations in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America to create individualized internships. As ELI says “The global economy needs global talent, people who understand how to work and communicate in other cultures. Those who stay at home, never testing their comfort zone, have cut themselves off from the astounding possibilities awaiting the global citizen.” Working in another country challenges interns to develop cross-cultural competencies, independence, self-assurance, and flexibility—all traits desired by employers. While an internship may not automatically land you a job, it can make your resume stand out and help you get your foot in the door.
|Laura and Kristin, interns with the Human Rights Program in Nepal.|
Photo courtesy of ELI.
CCS offers internships for students in 10 different countries worldwide, offering a combination of a volunteer program with a one-of-a-kind intern experience abroad. CCS allows you to do your volunteering in the morning while allowing you to study in an accredited internship program in the evening under the supervision of an Intern Supervisor. Students have received credit in social work, public health, political science, and other fields through this customized program. CCS works with you to work with your college or university to arrange for internship credit. See the website for more details.
Gain invaluable skills in business to journalism to film to economic development to medicine to human rights in countries including Barcelona, Spain, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cape Town, South Africa, Dublin, Ireland, and Shanghai, China. The program sees to it that you find the internship which suits your needs and goals.
GVI offers international internships in a variety of countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, and Central and Latin America. The program involves either a 12-week placement as a volunteer followed by a 12-week internship placement with a partner organization, or optionally consists only an internship without the volunteering. There are a variety of exciting options to choose from, so check them out their website.
|Interns undergo extensive data collection training. Photo courtesy of Global Vision International.|
This organization has been around for 20 years and sends 10,000 people overseas to complete volunteer projects and internships every year. Each Projects Abroad location has a full-time professional staff that offers participants support in every aspect of international living. Participants can choose from programs in 28 countries in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, North America, and South America. The website has online chat support to answer your questions, and Projects Abroad offers a guarantee on things like decent accommodation, flexibility, variety, safety, and fulfilling work.
With its slogan, “Working Adventures Worldwide,” BUNAC is dedicated to just that: getting you abroad to work in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland. They are dedicated to offering an affordable and enriching alternative to what they refer to as package tourism. You can work in the country of your choice for up to six months or a year, and BUNAC even offers some special travel bargains to their participants.
What is unique about BUNAC is that you are responsible for finding your own job on arrival, and they are the ones that help you get there. You can work any type of position from a restaurant waiter to a computer programmer—depending on how determined you are in landing a career-oriented job.
An organization that administers IAESTE United States and dedicated to providing a wide variety of cultural exchange programs for both inbound and outbound students worldwide. Cultural Vistas offers programs offering a variety of personalized professional internships and training programs to Argentina, Chile, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, and Switzerland.
The internship programs extend beyond traditional domestic internships or study abroad programs to provide expansive skills. The organization has an extensive network of business, non-profit, and non-governmental organization (NGO) contacts around the world allowing them to offer placements aligned to individual needs. Internship placements made possible by local staff are available in Dublin, London, Prague, Paris, Florence, Rome, Barcelona, and Seville offer a combination of academic rigor and professional experience.
FSD Interns gain invaluable experience by working directly on grassroots initiatives with local communities around the globe. Their unique network of over 300 NGO partners is a respected resource for those seeking hands-on involvement in community development to address health, social, environmental, and economic issues. With ongoing support from FSD Site Teams, you will receive comprehensive training, experience in project development, and a seed grant to mobilize your project.
Offers Fall, Spring, and Summer Internships. Specializes in internship programs and sends hundreds of students abroad each summer to gain practical work experience and enhance their global experiences. Professional program in great cities such as Barcelona, Dublin, Florence, London, Milan, Paris, Shanghai, Stockholm, and Sydney.
While Idealist.org is a more time-tested and proven resource, is more a job board than an agency offering international internship opportunities exclusively. However, thousands of postings made by employers on the websites are specifically for companies looking for international individuals to fill internships and job positions. Although they both offer less hand-holding through the placement process than other agencies, they do have informational sections on CV/resume and cover letter writing, interview tips, and internship resources for advice on matching yourself with the best opportunity possible.