No passport? No problem! Go overseas and stay local with a virtual internship in 2021. Remote working and virtual solutions are the way of the future, and as long as you have a computer and Internet access, you can gain competitive skills and valuable global experience.
If you’re excited to leave your comfort zone without leaving the comfort of your home but aren’t sure what kinds of online opportunities are out there, here’s a list of the most interesting virtual internships in 2021 offered by organizations here on Go Overseas. These placements defy dry Zoom meetings and emails and demonstrate the vast possibilities of what you can do with your virtual internship.
While the views from your couch might not be as scenic as an in-person placement, rave reviews from past virtual interns demonstrate that these opportunities provide all the professional development and cultural experience that make international internships a life-changing experience.
1. Build a Sustainable Business in Fiji
Put your business skills to the test alongside the experts carrying out Fiji’s National Development Plan and go to work with a team passionate about instruction through real-world experience. As you are immersed in Fijian culture by engaging with guest speakers and a dynamic virtual portal, you’ll gain firsthand knowledge of the unique problems faced by South Pacific communities. After developing an action project on your chosen focus, you will demonstrate your business chops by presenting it to government leaders and NGOs. If your idea passes muster, you might join the ranks of other Think Pacific intern alumni who’ve developed actual sustainable businesses in Fiji.
This program offers flexible 4-, 8-, and 12-week placements that will give you the chance to help organizations drive change in Fiji.
2. Learn Spanish and Public Health Strategies in Bolivia
Delve into the multiple facets of public health when you intern with CFHI. Medical professionals will educate you on global and community health, teaching you critical thinking skills as you study the realities of health burdens, systems, and pandemic management in Bolivia. In addition to learning how to incorporate indigenous healing practices with modern medicine, you’ll have over thirty hours of language instruction and cultural activities to take your Spanish to the next level.
This program provides four- and eight-week placements, during which you’ll enhance your medical knowledge and ability by working on a live project to support community needs.
3. Practice Law in Beijing
If you’re interested in real-world experience that lets you work side by side with experts and explore the nature of international law, Absolute Internship has got the placement for you. As a team member of a Beijing law firm, you will conduct research for active cases, including worldwide intellectual property laws. Between court dates, you’ll develop your professional skills through intensive workshops focusing on soft skills, and one-on-one coaching will help you hone in on your career goals.
As part of their promise to provide a fully custom internship, Absolute Internship offers part-time or full-time placements that range from four to sixteen weeks.
4. Champion Human Rights in South Africa
Though you won’t be physically present in South Africa, VACorps and its partner organizations work hard to make interns feel like honorary members of the family. Live events and interactive lectures will broaden your knowledge of South African history and culture, preparing you for the work you’ll do with organizations seeking to bring human rights to the forefront in this country. In addition to drafting cases to amend law and studying refugee issues, you will have access to training that will help you succeed in working remotely. You can also take advantage of classes in Xhosa, one of South Africa’s eleven official languages that’s marked by its distinctive bantu clicking sounds.
Placements with VACorps range from 4 to 12 weeks, fully customized to your academic and professional needs.
5. Explore Marketing with a Startup in Vietnam
If fun and personal connection is what you’re looking for in a virtual internship, past interns with Abroader all agree that this is where you belong. Not only will you hone your marketing skills with a Vietnamese startup company, using social media for marketing activities, learning customer behavior, and improving sales, but you’ll also experience the country’s culture through intercultural sessions with locals and interactive workshops that teach you to cook Vietnamese food in your own home.
Abroader takes rolling applications, and placements range from 8 to 24 weeks with a variety of hours available depending on the specific positions open at the time.
6. Protect Ocean Life in Australia
Program: GVI: Virtual Internships
Dive into marine conservation, but you can leave the swim fins in the garage this time. From analyzing drone shots of coral reefs to composing water temperature studies and unsustainable fishing reports, you’ll be immersed in the day-to-day running of marine conservation development projects. Under the supervision of experts, you’ll be exposed to cutting-edge methods and practices to replant coral reefs and combat poaching. Together with a local organization, you’ll work on projects to solve real and imminent problems for sharks and changes in climate.
GVI’s virtual internships let you work at your pace, offering a wide range of hours and durations to ensure you can gain the experience you need.
7. Study Civil Engineering in Ireland
Make an impact with your STEM skills by completing a virtual internship that allows you to innovate for change. Through analytics of energy and water usage, climate change, or heath and sanitation, you’ll work with high-caliber employers who need and value your input to develop solutions for their communities, whether you’re connecting devices over 3G or manufacturing industrial products. Your placement won’t be all work and no play, though. Learn International provides virtual events and videos to ensure interns connect with Irish culture, past and present.
Flexible start dates allow interns to customize their experience, and scholarships are available.
8. Design Websites for Companies in Japan
Build your international portfolio by completing a virtual internship that puts you to work with Japanese companies eager to help you enhance your design skills and technique. You’ll develop your aptitude for remote working as well as your cultural skills as you engage as part of a global team. A robust support network and intentional connection with interns are reflected in overwhelmingly positive reviews from past virtual interns who noted that they felt they were working side by side with their professional colleagues despite distance and time differences.
With fully custom placements and no time limits to complete your internship, Meiji Internships offers virtual interns all the tools needed to create strong business networks.
9. Create Trends with a World-Famous Fashion Designer
Whether working from home has got you interested in Zoom call fashion or working pajamas, this internship with Global Experiences Virtuoso will help you learn what it takes to make a trend go viral. In addition to working with a world-renowned fashion designer, you’ll also collaborate with photographers and videographers on projects, creating compelling content for social platforms, newsletters, and blogs while developing soft skills and an aptitude for remote working with teams. In addition to a professional development program, you’ll have access to art lectures and cooking shows that bring the world to you.
Past interns rave about this program’s extremely supportive staff throughout their experiences. Placements range from 8 to 12 weeks.
10. Conduct Hands-on Developmental Psychology in India
Invest in children and their futures through this virtual internship that connects you with local psychologists in India. You will be trained in remedial support and interpretation of test outcomes, and you’ll provide support and resources for children and their parents through one-on-one counseling. Throughout your internship, you will learn about cultural factors related to education and parent-child relationships in India, giving you insight into how to make real differences in the lives of the children you work with.
Intern Abroad HQ provides a wide range of opportunities for interested future interns, offering full-time and part-time tracks for 100 hr., 250 hr., and 350 hr. placements.
Let this list of interesting virtual internships in 2021 get you excited for the year! Virtual internships can give you worldwide access to experts in your field and provide safe and affordable options without compromising on the cross-cultural education and experience of going overseas. No tickets needed!