Finding a career-related internship abroad can be challenging. It is important to understand that paid internships abroad are rare; internships for academic credit (tuition-charging) are common. However, careful planning and persistence can help you to find a rewarding international internship.
To begin, start by reading the overview below which outlines the range of options available for international internships through study abroad, work permit programs and international organizations directly.
Foreign Policy Association - Search the job board to find internship, job and volunteer opportunities. Sign up for the weekly Global Jobs Newsletter.
Idealist - Search internship opportunities with non-profit organizations worldwide.
InterAbroad - List of internships searchable by country and internship type.
Internships Abroad - Extensive list of web sites, internship programs and useful articles.
International Cooperative Education - Paid internships in Europe, Australia, Asia, and South America. Program fees.
Smaller Earth - Variety of internships and volunteer opportunities around the worl. Program fees.
StudyAbroad - Listings of international work, internship, and volunteer programs.
The Road Less Traveled - Domestic and international leadership and youth program offering paid jobs.
University of Michigan’s International Internships Resources - Internship resources listed by profession and region.
Featured Internships and Articles
European Union Internships - The Delegation of the European Commission offers a variety of paid internship positions in the European Union.
Foundation for Sustainable Development - Fee-based program for interns, service learners and volunteers in East Africa, India and Latin America.
German Bundestag Internship Program, German Parliament, Berlin - Runs for 15 weeks, March-June, for American graduates able to speak German.
Getting a U.N. Internship
Internship for an Ethiopian NGO
Internships in Scandinavia - Funded internships in Forestry and Life Sciences and Teaching English in Finland.
Internship in the U.K. with SonyU.S. Department of State Internships - Internships with the U.S.diplomatic services in Washington, DC and overseas. Apply by November 1 for summer, March 1 for fall, July 1 for winter.
Microfinance Internships in Africa
U.S. State Department Internships Abroad - Article.
Featured Internship Resources by Region
World Zionist Organization, Hagshama Department - Study and volunteer opportunities in Israel
African Studies, University of Pennsylvania - Site offers a huge number of links for information about Africa. Look on the Bulletin Board for Job and Grant Opportunities section. Also, try searching the main page using "internship" or "volunteer" for results.
Internships in Africa - Africa South of the Sahara, African Studies Association.
Association for Asian Studies - Comprehensive links to sites on all regions of Asia. Check out grants and fellowships section.
Electronic Network for Latin American Careers and Employment - The Latin American Network Information Center of the University of Texas (L.A.N.I.C.) is an excellent resource for Latin America. Internship listings for U.S.-based and International positions.