Internships Abroad

10 Best Virtual Internships for Summer 2020

Anna Pedersen

Anna is a freelance writer and editor, currently based in Portland, Oregon. She has traveled to 40+ countries, lived on four continents, and called the United Arab Emirates home for over two years.

While we all want to have fun in the sun this summer, it’s also an ideal time to build your resume through an internship. With a few months off and loads of time on your hands, you can make the most of your break by building your skillset, expanding your network, and increasing your knowledge of a particular industry.

Traditional internships are, of course, in person, but with the increasing availability of tools to connect teams across distances, there now are a plethora of options for virtual internships, also called online internships. While there are definitely both pros and cons to doing an internship online, one of the biggest advantages is that you can have an internship anywhere in the world, and never even have to leave your couch!

We’ve rounded up the 10 best virtual internships for summer 2020 with leading organizations around the world. Typically, we base our program recommendations off of community reviews since those are the best measure of the quality of a program. But in this case, many of these programs are brand new (developed as a response to the Coronavirus) so they don't have reviews yet. When possible, we chose these programs based on your reviews, but we also took a number of factors into consideration, such as the breadth of potential topics and fields available, professional mentorship offered, as well as our own industry knowledge about the providers. We feel confident that any of the programs included here will provide you with a meaningful internship experience.

So if you’re ready to start building your global portfolio but you’d prefer to do so while wearing your favorite pj bottoms, read on for virtual internship inspiration.

1. Intern Abroad HQ: Customizable Remote Internships

Intern Abroad HQ offers a range of remote internships in a variety of locations around the world. Interested in learning more about architecture in Spain? They’ve got an internship for that. Or maybe you’re interested in what marketing in Japan looks like? Yep, they have that too.

In fact, Intern Abroad HQ offers remote internships in 5 countries and 9 industries, so you’re sure to find a project that matches your interests. And in addition to this variety, they also offer extensive professional support to help create a customized internship that best suits your career goals.

Prices vary depending on whether you sign up for the 100 hour or 250 hour option. And whichever you choose, you also have the option to schedule your internship as part-time or full-time so that you can manage other time commitments. This flexibility certainly is an added bonus of doing an online internship!

2. Connect-123: Remote Internship Program

Connect-123 wants to help you kickstart your international career from your own home through one of their many remote internships. They’ve designed programs that allow interns to gain valuable professional skills while networking with global experts.

As an intern, you'll receive pre and post departure consultations to make sure you're getting the most of the experience. Combine that with a customized placement and continual mentorship, and your experience with Connect-123 will set you up for success in the global job market. Read their stellar reviews to see for yourself what past interns have to say!

9.8 Rating
based on 5 reviews
  • Content 10
  • Engagement 9.4
  • Support 10
  • Platform 10
  • Value 9.6

3. The Hacker Exchange: Virtual Entrepreneurship & Innovation Internship

If you’re looking for a great way to kickstart your career and inspire innovation, then Hacker Exchange has just the thing. Their Virtual Entrepreneurship & Innovation Internship connects future leaders with top experts from around the world.

As an intern, you’ll get paired with a Global Mentor who can help guide your project both through the course and after its completion. Ideally, you’ll already have an early-stage business idea or concept that you’re mulling over, because by the end of this whirlwind internship you’ll have the once in a lifetime opportunity to pitch your startup to a panel of investors!

You can plan on virtually traveling to San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Singapore and Melbourne, and meeting peers from around the world. But act fast! The deadline to apply for this virtual internship is June 10th.

4. CAPA: Remote Global Internships

CAPA has been a leading expert in student internships for over 25 years, and their commitment to online internships is no different! They offer internships in 7 cities across 4 continents in industries ranging from education to web design.

In their program, you’ll get to connect with leading academic coaches and mentors who help you develop personal and professional skills. And in addition to the wealth of knowledge and experience you’ll receive, you’ll also get 3 academic credits for your online internship!

Make sure to take a peak at CAPA’s available scholarships, which could potentially help reduce the cost of their already affordable programs.

5. CEA: Virtual Internships Abroad

CEA offers virtual internships around the world in an array of industries. As leading experts in study abroad and internships abroad, it’s no wonder that they’ve also created cutting-edge online opportunities. And, in fact, they even offer programs that combine the two and allow you to take virtual seminars while simultaneously gaining professional experience in an intern setting.

While you’re checking out their many programs, be sure to look into their scholarships which may help defray some of the program costs.

6. GE Virtuoso: Virtual International Internships

Not only does GE Virtuoso offer top-notch virtual internships, but they were also voted the number one best overall internship abroad provider for the 2019 Go Overseas Community Choice Awards! So rest assured that if you sign up for an internship with GE that you’ll be receiving the best that the industry has to offer.

Their virtual internships are no different from their on-site programs; they guarantee you mentoring, professional coaching, and help identifying your personal and professional strengths. Industries on offer include business, IT, graphic design, and more! And if you don’t see your field of interest listed, just ask: they may still have a placement for you.

7. Meiji Internships: Virtual Internships - Go Digital!

It’s clear why Meiji Internships was voted number two best overall internship abroad provider for the 2019 Go Overseas Community Choice Awards, considering the quality of reviews they already have for their virtual programs.

Just check out this note from Markus, who’s completing a virtual internship in Japan, which says it all:

Besides business skills, I am also learning a lot about the Internet, about how to use certain softwares, and I am gaining great skills that will be useful for any kind of job in the future! Thank you Meiji Internships for your dedication!

Meiji offers customized internship placements without any geographical restrictions. As an intern, you’ll get individualized support, help developing your resume, and even a certificate upon completion. And without any time limits, you can start your internship this summer and see where it takes you next fall! Concerned about the price tag? Well, take a sigh of relief because their Virtual Internship programs are always the same price, regardless of the duration of your internship.

9.85 Rating
based on 26 reviews
  • Growth 9.7
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.7
  • Housing 10
  • Safety 9.8

8. GVI: Virtual Internships

Another winner from this year’s Go Overseas Community Choice Awards, GVI is committed to creating meaningful virtual experiences in conservation and international development for their interns. They place interns in “for good” industries, so if you fancy working in environmental conservation, women’s empowerment, public health, or human rights, GVI might be for you!

GVI’s interns can be placed in projects in Thailand, South Africa, or Seychelles. And in any of these locations, you can expect to learn from a personal mentor, attend a masterclass lecture series, build your global professional network, and gain professional skills.

Upon completion of the program, you’ll receive certificates from both GVI and the University of Richmond, so you can guarantee that your resume will reflect your hard work and newfound skills!

10 Rating
based on 3 reviews
  • Content 10
  • Engagement 10
  • Support 10
  • Platform 9
  • Value 9.3

9. The Intern Group: Virtual/Remote Internships

The Intern Group is another leading expert in the internship field (and another Go Overseas Community Choice Awards winner!). With partners in over 3,000 host organizations, you’re sure to find a good fit with The Intern Group.

Their virtual internship program offers interns a professional placement in the field of your choosing, as well as career advancement training and keynote career talks from leading experts.

With flexible weekly hours and placements ranging from 4-24 weeks, The Intern Group offers a wide variety of virtual internships to suit most needs.

10. USAC Global Perspectives: Virtual Internships

USAC’s virtual internships are composed of two separate but intertwining components: a professional internship in one of many available industries and an online internship seminar. The internship placement gives students transferable skills and experience in a professional workplace, and the seminar teaches students about how culture is reflected in the workplace and gives interns the skills to be part of the global workforce.

As a virtual intern, you can choose from projects that range from business to event planning to translation, and be placed in one of 9 international locations. Plus, with USAC you’ll earn 3 academic credits towards your degree!

As an added bonus, USAC is waiving the application fee for internships in 2020/2021, so there’s no reason not to apply!

It's Time to Start Building Your Global Network!

If you’re looking for a way to make summer 2020 productive while also maximizing time on your own couch, a virtual internship could be a great next step. The benefits are clear: online internships are more affordable, more flexible, and reflect your commitment to professional development.

And remember, not only will you be building your resume and graining critical workplace skills, but you’ll also be growing a global network of friends and colleagues. It’s a win-win!

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Disclaimer: We have paid relationships with some of the companies linked to within this article.