In other countries the idea of interning may be quite different from the United States. Before you apply for an internship, make sure the job responsibilities are discussed thoroughly and that you will be getting quality professional experience during your time there.
Things to consider:
- What are you hoping to gain from an internship experience?
- What prepares you to intern abroad? (Fluent in another language? Visited the host country?)
- How does the internship fit into your academic and career goals?
- How are internships perceived in that host country?
- What are the immigration regulations where you are applying?
- Have you considered internships in the US with an international organization?
- Is the internship paid or unpaid? Can you afford to complete it? (Consider applying for a fellowship.)
- Are you willing to pay a fee to participate in an internship abroad?
To find an international internship, you can either search on your own or go through a program provider. If you use a program provider, consider the following:
- You will pay a fee (price varies), which may include:
- Visa application and paperwork
- In-country support
- The fee may NOT include:
- Travel expenses
- Travel and medical insurance
- Visa fees
- Make sure the program is legitimate:
- DO NOT communicate solely over email/the web
- Make sure to call and talk to a real person
- Ask for names and phone numbers of past participants that you can talk with about the program
- DO NOT send any money before you turn your application in
The application process will be similar to what you would do in the United States. You will need:
- Resume or CV (Different countries have different formats for resumes, so do your research!)
- Cover Letter
- Interview Skills
- Possibly Letters of Recommendation
General Search Sites
Rising Star Internships
Cross Cultural Solutions
Experiential Learning International
Critical Language Scholarships
St. Lawrence University Internship Fellowships