International internships are one of the best ways to gain skills in the field of your choice, and international placements make it easy for you to gather experience from the best in the world. In addition to the experience, you’ll learn in your field, going overseas is a great way to learn other valuable skills that come from stepping outside your comfort zone and home culture.
If you’re interested in combining travel with leveling up your resume in the summer of 2020, here is a list of unique paid internships abroad.
1. Hospitality Internship with Australian Internships – Australia
Go Down Under this summer, and you’ll find tailored training for your skills and academic background as you learn from experts at resorts in one of the best places in the world about the hospitality and food production industry. Australian Internships offers a variety of support for their interns, including ongoing monitoring, mock interviews, visa sponsorship, and resume and cover letter preparation for Australian standards. While Australian Internships provides several opportunities, be aware that only the hospitality program offers a paid internship.
2. Ski Instructor Training – Multiple Countries
Can’t stop thinking about fresh powder in June? Hit the slopes with EA Ski & Snowboard. This program offers a summer internship for skilled skiers and snowboarders interested in joining the industry as instructors. In addition to gear information sessions, you’ll receive world-class training from experienced instructors as you improve your skills. Not only will you gain practical teaching experience and earn internationally recognized qualifications in the same season, but you’ll also be guaranteed a paid instructor job at a top resort of your choice.
3. Farm Internship in Tuscany – Italy
Combine a unique educational experience with true farm-to-table living at Spannocchia. This community-oriented farm offers interns a chance to learn about organic farming, animal care, and conservation abroad as well as Italian and local cultural history by rolling up their sleeves and engaging with it. In the stunning and vast countryside of Italy, you’ll work side by side with Italian workers who will provide you with knowledge about Tuscan farming techniques. In addition to visits to other farms, vineyards, restaurants, and villages, you’ll come away from this international internship with a wealth of skills needed for sustainable and organic farming.
4. Cultural Vistas – Multiple Countries
This program offers eight to twelve-week summer internships in more than twenty-five countries, including Russia, Germany, Singapore, Argentina, and Switzerland. Whether you are getting hands-on training in business, journalism, or law, you’ll have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world as you learn valuable language skills, interdisciplinary problem-solving, and respect for cultural attitudes and ideas. Each country offers orientations for interns, and a support network allows you to take advantage of your time overseas.
5. Latitude Trade Co. – Uganda
Take your entrepreneurial skills to the next level in vibrant East Africa by assisting cocoa farmers and chocolate factories with your business acumen. With this international internship, you’ll have firsthand experience with everything from sourcing, systems optimization, finances, marketing, branding, manufacturing, and distribution after a few short months. Part of your tasks might include making improvements to food safety and production protocols. You’ll have the opportunity to work on special projects relating to the farmers’ needs, which may include grant writing or promoting awareness about the importance of environmental sustainability.
6. Energy Industry Internship with Shell – Oman
Get an insider’s perspective on the energy industry by going to work with Shell in Oman. You’ll gain real-world experience in the field of fuel and lubricant marketing by working directly under a supervisor who will support you every step of the way. Shell is interested in highly proficient interns and making sure accepted candidates get the most possible out of their time. Interns undergo regular assessments throughout their placement, and those who successfully pass the competency tests and final project are considered for full-time roles.
7. Green Sail Internship Position – Croatia
Earn your sea legs with Green Sail, an organization seeking to make tangible and lasting impacts on the sailing and boating industry. During this paid internship abroad, you'll learn what sustainable tourism and travel look like as you gain practical and theoretical knowledge of best practices within the nautical sector. Living in one of the hottest destinations on the Dalmatian Coast, you’ll have the chance to ride the waves, daily improve coastal communities, and implement environmentally-conscious practices to preserve marine ecosystems in the Adriatic Sea.
8. TEFL Internship – Vietnam
Inspire your passion for education by teaching across Vietnam. After a thoughtful orientation in the historic and bustling city of Hanoi, you’ll be placed in a local school teaching students from four to eighteen years old. During your placement, you’ll earn your TEFL course certification, making it easy to transfer the skills you learn in Vietnam to your next classroom. Robust in-country support, assistance with visa applications, and a local activities coordinator to help you make the most of your free time makes this program an attractive option for summer.
9. International Partners for Study Abroad (IPSA) – Brazil
Add international experience to your CV this summer and experience the wealth of culture in beautiful Brazil. IPSA works with prominent businesses in several different cities to offer a wide variety of placements for skilled interns. They offer some of the most flexible options for internships, too—you can choose an internship through their site or you can tell them what you’re looking for, and they’ll work to find a good fit for you. As a third option, if you find your own internship, they’ll help you with the application process and any necessary visa paperwork.
10. Graduate Teaching Internship – Hong Kong
Monkey Tree ELC offers a four-month internship for future English teachers. Their tailored curriculum is built on play-based education, and you’ll have the opportunity to prepare your own lessons, crafts, and activities to complement lessons in phonics and grammar. Small class sizes, thorough orientations, and continual assistance throughout your time in Hong Kong ensure a successful, confidence-building internship experience. A bachelor’s degree in any field and a TESOL, CELTA, or TEFL certificate are required, but the program allows you to earn your certification after you’re accepted into the program.
11. Marketing & Promotion Internship – Indonesia
If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, consider taking your paid summer internship to Indonesia. Improve your marketing skills by putting them to use in multilayered efforts to promote technical college among high schools and companies in the Western Java region. During your internship abroad, you’ll have the chance to implement and maintain online marketing tools, create social media content and mailings, and even deliver materials. To round out your experience, interns are also given the opportunity to take classes in Indonesian languages, music, and dance. This program offers shorter durations, but to qualify for a paid internship, you must stay for four months or more.
Paid internships give you the opportunity for a hands-on experience that can’t be found in a classroom, and all across the world, placements looking for eager learners. You’ll have the chance to see your field with a global perspective, learn from experts, and enjoy new countries and cultures. Put your summer to work this year and gain skills that will stay with you no matter where you go.