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Internships Abroad

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Introduction

Interning abroad is your chance to do something different, learn outside of the classroom, gain work experience, earn academic credit, make lifelong friendships, and explore the world. AIFS Abroad Internships are powered by Global Experiences, the award-winning internship program with over 20 years of excellence in global career programming. Choose from more than 15 exciting international cities and internships in over 40 career fields. You’ll build your resume while having the experience of a lifetime!

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How it Works

Step 1

Apply

Submit your application and start working with your Admissions Counselor. We will have an interview to learn about your career goals, educational background, and location preferences to ensure that you are a good candidate to intern abroad.

Step 2

Accept

Once your interview and application are complete, you’ll be cleared to apply. Your Admissions Counselor and our Placement Team will determine if we’re able to match you with a great host employer in your chosen destination. If accepted, this means we can guarantee you an internship within your career field.

Step 3

Enroll

After acceptance, the next step is to simply enroll into the program with your initial deposit to secure your spot. Enrolling means you have officially decided to join the program and take on the challenge and thrill of living and becoming an intern abroad in a new city!

Step 4

Prepare

Before you arrive in your host city, you will work one-on-one with your Program Advisor. They work with you on professional development, career advising and make sure you are ready to move and intern in your new home.

Step 5

Interview

We will start the match-making process and narrow down employers to a select few that you would be a great fit for. You’ll have a Skype or phone interview before you leave, so they can get to know you, and you can get to know them. If everything goes well, then your internship is confirmed! You’ll know where you’ll be interning and the role you’ll be walking into before you hop on the plane.

Step 6

Arrive

When you’ve arrived in your city, you will meet the Location Coordinator and the other interns at your housing. Your internship will start soon after you’ve arrived and there will be social events and excursions throughout the course of your program. We strive to give you the independence you want with all the support and resources you need to be successful during your travel and internship.

An intern in Ireland.

Destinations

AIFS Abroad offers a wide range of internship program options in exciting locations across the globe, from cosmopolitan European capital cities to biodiverse tropical locales. Find your perfect destination!

What’s included

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  • Guaranteed Internship

    If accepted, we guarantee you an internship in your chosen career field. We work with you until you have an internship confirmed with a host organization and then you’re officially on your way to interning abroad!

  • Academic Credit

    Our international internship programs are designed to complement your academic degree. You can earn credit from your own institution, from our School of Record, or one of our partner schools.

  • Career Readiness Program

    Combining assessment, coaching, and experiences to connect your academic experience with your professional ambitions. We take a Strengths-based approach and focus on helping you meet your potential and find a career you love.

  • Housing

    To ensure interns can experience “living like the locals,” we include housing in student apartments located near main areas, or close to public transport lines.

  • Events and Social Excursions

    Included in your internship program are orientations, events and social excursions designed to connect you with your host city and create hands-on opportunities for learning and community engagement.

  • Pre-arrival, Travel and On-site Support

    Your advisor will help you navigate through travel bookings, visa requirements, academic credit and financing questions. Your Location Coordinator will get to know you before you depart and will meet you on arrival. As locals, all location staff are experienced in providing hands-on support to new visitors to the city.

  • Health & Safety

    Internship programs include a robust health and travel insurance package, 24/7 emergency support on location, and private Facebook Groups for each group, so you can get to know your new friends and make travel plans before you arrive.

  • Green Initiative

    Carbon offsetting for all participants’ flights to and from their program location.

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Global Themes

Explore courses, internships and experiences through the lens of major cross disciplinary interest areas for a more immersive, holistic experience.

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See Our Students Abroad

Follow along on our interns’ adventures abroad! Learn about Global Experience from people who are actually living it. From language and culture lessons to tours of internship sites, our participants love to share. Let their passion for international experiences inspire your own journey!

White buildings on the coast of Greece.
Two students walking on a beach in Limerick, Ireland.
A group of students walking through the streets of Stellenbosch.

Finance Your Global Education

AIFS recognizes the challenges today’s students face with meeting the cost of their education. We believe that an international educational experience is an essential component of well-rounded university education and we are committed to providing financial assistance to as many students as possible in support of their goal to study abroad. AIFS funding, combined with other sources of financial support students can access, will help make study abroad attainable. 

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FAQs & Resources

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As with many internships, the vast majority of our internship placements are unpaid. We look for opportunities that allow our interns to gain the best possible experience while adhering to local laws and visa restrictions. If an employer offers you a stipend or other form of compensation you are welcome to accept it.

AIFS Abroad is happy to accept US Financial Aid and any outside grants or scholarships you receive. It is always up to their home institution and the scholarship provider to determine how funds can be applied to study abroad. Your student will need to work with their campus study abroad office, financial aid office and their AIFS Admissions Officer to file the necessary forms for aid to transfer. More than 50% of students receive a grant and/or scholarship from AIFS. Students are encouraged to apply for any funding opportunities for which they are eligible.

Regardless of how much financial aid you are expecting, the following items must be paid in full by the final payment deadline and may not be included in your student’s financial aid package:

  • Optional AIFS Flight Package, fees and flight penalties
  • Optional Excursions
  • Enrollment deposit

Each internship is customized to each person; meaning your child may do different tasks than an intern who held that same internship the year before. Most internships will be 30-40 hours a week and will include hands-on responsibilities. Visit the examples of internships for an idea of what the typical responsibilities are for an intern within a specific industry.

Students should consult with their academic advisor and the study abroad office at their home university to determine which term best fits into their academic plan.

It’s a big world and there are a lot of great locations to choose from. Before selecting your program location it can help to think about your future. Do you have a dream career goal or a course that you need to take while abroad? If so, let that position direct your focus in exploring locations. You can search by academic discipline or length of time that you want to be abroad.

  • Internships, service learning and volunteer programs all offer additional opportunities to engage with your host culture in meaningful Being able to say you studied abroad and did additional structured activities outside of the classroom can be a huge draw for a potential employer. Make sure to talk with your academic advisor to determine if your major requires an internship or volunteer hours for graduation.
  • The AIFS Abroad blog features posts from current and recent study abroad participants and provides more in-depth information about specific You can also log into your AIFS student account and click the “Ask Alumni” button to see a list of students who studied abroad from your university or in your country of interest.

You must be 18 years or older and have some university coursework completed. 

Yes! Outside of your internship hours, your nights and weekends belong to you. You are free to explore your host city, country, and continent, as you’d like. Global Experiences also offers planned social events and excursions on weekends and evenings. We encourage all of our participants to fully embrace all that each city has to offer and travel as much as possible during their free time.

Taj Mahal.

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