Internships Abroad

The 10 Most Unique Internships Abroad in 2022

If you're looking for the best unique internship opportunities in 2022, we've got you covered. Check out our list of immersive and skill-building internships abroad and do something amazing this year.

TLDR 👀

  • Unique internships get you out of that 9-5 office grind with all the same learning and career benefits.
  • Many of these unique opportunities don't require extensive experience or prerequisites -- jump right in!
  • Programs in the following countries are currently running for 2022. Get the scoop on COVID-19 and travel before jetting off on your internship.
Zebras drinking from a pond.

Internships are a fantastic way to build skills and get practical, hands-on training for your intended career path. But when it comes to turning a good resume into a great one, consider taking your internship overseas! All over the world, there are organizations ready to work hard to place you with companies that share your passions and align with your interests.

Why not find an internship abroad that is as unique as you are? Through the following options, you’ll gain valuable experience that will help you grow as an individual, strengthen your professional skills, and enhance your understanding of international businesses. These internship providers were carefully chosen to reflect the best in support, benefits, safety, and participant satisfaction. As trusted organizations, they are experienced in facilitating great learning opportunities that are sure to foster personal and professional growth.

If you’re looking for unique internships overseas that will allow you to gain new skills and see the world this year, consider the following 10 best off-the-beaten-track opportunities for 2022.

Help save the Amazon with Hoja Nueva in Peru

Woman holding wild boar.
  • Program length: 1-52 weeks
  • Price point: $$$
  • What's included: accommodation, 3 meals a day/7 days a week, airport pickup, in-country transportation
  • Compensation: unpaid

Whether your passion is animals or conservation, you'll have the chance to experience both through an internship with Hoja Nueva. Interns will work at a remote research center in the Amazon where they will be close to nature and able to make the biggest impact. Tasks include water and wildlife research, community health and development projects, and animal care.

Staff is trained in CPR and wilderness first aid guaranteeing an experience that's both fun and safe.

"I stayed at Hoja Nueva for two months doing a general internship. I decided to go there because they run a really vast variety of projects ranging from Herpetology and Mammal Ecology to the reintroduction of all kinds of animals. This gave me the absolutely perfect opportunity to figure out which area of biology I later want to specialise in!"

Clemens

Program Details

Program:
Rainforest Conservation: Wildlife Research & Animal Husbandry in the Amazon
Provider:
HOJA NUEVA
Location:
Peru
Starting Price:
$315.00 USD
10 Rating
based on 9 reviews
  • Growth 9.9
  • Support 10
  • Fun 9.9
  • Housing 9.8
  • Safety 9.8

Get entrepreneurial with Start Me Up in Bali

Man standing with a lake and mountain in the background.
  • Program length: 1 week to 2 months
  • Price point: $$$
  • What's included: accomodation, access to coworking spaces, training and mentoring, 1st weekend excurision, airport pickup
  • Compensation: unpaid

Live the island life while learning important skills needed to run a successful small business with Start Me Up's Social Impact Internships in Bali. Interns are paired with startups and non-profits to work on projects related to UX design, data science, business development, social impact, and more. Workshops included in the internship help shape future entrepreneurs by fostering creative thinking and business brainstorming. Interns will be provided with ongoing mentoring and support personalized to their interests.

Participants will live together with others in their cohort and share top coworking spaces. Bali is an international hub for digital nomads so interns can network while they expand their career horizons, all from a beautiful tropical locale. If traveling to Bali isn't feasible though, Start Me Up has remote opportunities, too.

"I am so grateful that I applied to Start Me Up and got to live/work in Bali for a month! I worked remotely for a start up in London and developed marketing as well as international communication skills. We traveled on weekends to neighboring Indonesian islands and I got to immerse myself in the culture."

Kathryn

Program Details

Program:
Bali Internship Program 🌴 Startups 🙌 Social Impact ⭐ Top-Rated
Provider:
Start Me Up
Location:
Indonesia
Starting Price:
$1,999.00 USD
9.58 Rating
based on 40 reviews
  • Growth 9.3
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.6
  • Housing 8.8
  • Safety 9.3

Become a divemaster with Caribbean Reef Buddy in Grenada

A diver taking an underwater photo of a turtle.
  • Program length: 3 weeks
  • Price point: $$$
  • What's included: hotel accommodation, breakfast and dinner 7 days a week, training, 1 excursion a week
  • Compensation: unpaid

Earn your Scuba Schools International (SSI) professional Divemaster certification in Grenada and further your conservation or tourism career. Caribbean Reef Buddy's Divemaster internship is perfect for those looking for intensive training that will improve their diving skills and knowledge of scuba safety. Over a three-week period, students will earn their certification in addition to getting involved in marine conservation projects.

All equipment is provided but interns are encouraged to bring their own gear in order to get comfortable diving consistently with the same equipment.

"Coming here has been a revelation! These guys really know what they're doing and have a programme which is structured perfectly to prepare you to become a divemaster. They're thorough, diligent and very very professional. I came away knowing that I needed to continue in this direction because diving is the career choice for me."

Mike

Program Details

Program:
Marine Conservation Divemaster Training Program in the Caribbean
Provider:
Caribbean Reef Buddy
Location:
Grenada
Starting Price:
$6,690.00 USD
9.92 Rating
based on 13 reviews
  • Impact 9.8
  • Support 10
  • Fun 9.8
  • Value 9.6
  • Safety 9.5

Get your hands dirty working on a farm in Tuscany with Spannocchia

Farming Internship Italy
  • Program length: 3 months
  • Price point: $
  • What's included: shared accommodation, 3 meals a day/7 days a week, weekend transportation to neighoring village for personal shopping
  • Compensation: unpaid

Learn the true value of food by digging into organic farming in rural Tuscany. This community-oriented farm is dedicated to teaching interns new techniques to protect and conserve land as they go about the daily chores of maintaining a working farm. Interns have weekends free to explore the local area, learn Tuscan cooking, or relax in the farm complex's pool.

Learn Italian as you plant vegetable gardens, prune orchards, and care for animals. By working closely with local workers, attending wine tastings, and partaking in olive harvests, you’ll gain a firsthand appreciation of local history and what responsible agritourism looks like.

"The Spannocchia internship is much more than just working on a farm - it is also about community building, teamwork, exposure to Italian culture and traditions, and much more. The day to day schedule provides time for personal reflection and goal setting. I foraged friendships that will last a lifetime. The work is hard but very rewarding."

Chiara

Program Details

Program:
Farm Internship in Tuscany, Italy
Provider:
Spannocchia
Location:
Tuscania
Starting Price:
$1,500.00 USD
9.25 Rating
based on 4 reviews
  • Growth 8
  • Support 8.8
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 8.3
  • Safety 9.3

Transform your community with BonBillo in South Africa

Two men sitting on a couch.
  • Program length: 15 days
  • Price point: $$$
  • What's included: accommodation, access to coworking space, excursions (including safari). mentoring, events
  • Compensation: unpaid

BonBillo is a social impact incubator focusing on supporting startups that tackle health, social, and environmental problems. They offer a boot camp-style internship that teaches entrepreneurs how to accelerate their business plans and take their ideas to the next level. Expert mentors lead interns through the process from start to finish by helping them to identify a target social problem and understand how to creatively find a solution.

A safari and various excursions are included in the program fee showing interns that South Africa isn't just stunning but a great place to start a business, too.

"My entrepreneurial lens was widened and my perspective was stretched. Collaborating with other start-ups and seeing the synergies in our respective journeys brought about great learning."

Luntu

Program Details

Program:
Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in Cape Town with BonBillo + Startupbootcamp Afritech
Provider:
BonBillo
Location:
South Africa
Starting Price:
$2,450.00 USD
9.33 Rating
based on 12 reviews
  • Academics 8.6
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 9
  • Housing 9.6
  • Safety 10

Provide veterinary care to wildlife with Oyster in South Africa

Unique Internships - Veterinarian with Elephant
  • Program length: 2 weeks to 3 months
  • Price point: $$$
  • What's included: accommodation, 3 meals a day/7 days a week, airport pickup, in-country transportation, reference upon request
  • Compensation: unpaid

If you’re looking for practical experience and love animals, roll up your sleeves and get behind the wheel. You'll work side by side with veterinarians who care for zebras, lions, and rhinos on a daily basis. Among the many internship options they offer, Oyster Worldwide can help arrange this internship for you. Participants must have some experience working with animals. Current 2nd- or 3rd-year vet students can join a separate internship better suited to their experience and learning needs.

As a mobile vet, your office and patients will change day-to-day. This will allow you to work with several kinds of animals and see different places throughout South Africa. Wildlife specialists will train you to provide a wide range of medical care that encompasses domestic animals in villages, agricultural livestock in remote locations, and wildlife in game reserves.

"The staff were really supportive and interactive. Very hands on, full of practical opportunities and staff that really cared about your experience. I would really recommend this placement to anyone that is contemplating a career in vet meds or as a vet nurse."

Vikka

Program Details

Program:
Veterinary Internship in South Africa
Provider:
Oyster Worldwide
Location:
South Africa
Starting Price:
$2,549.00 USD
10 Rating
based on 3 reviews
  • Growth 10
  • Support 10
  • Fun 10
  • Housing 10
  • Safety 10

Build a more sustainable world with SUMMIT Adventure Academy in Nepal

A rural scene of mountains in Nepal.
  • Program length: 3 weeks
  • Price point: $$$
  • What's included: accommodation, 3 meals a day/7 days a week, in-country transportation, mentoring, excursions
  • Compensation: unpaid

SUMMIT Adventure Academy's Grassroot Sustainability internship teaches participants how to manage and run community-building development projects. Interns will work with the local people to carry out activities related to recycling, land development, organic farming, and forest reforestation. Participants can also expect to get involved with personal development exercises and to work on their soft skills like communication and teamwork.

Interns will live close to nature during their program -- accommodation consists of shared tents and shower and bathroom facilities are outdoors. All meals will be provided and consist of typical Nepalese fare.

"This programme is, as with all the best sustainable projects/educations/operations, improving all the time by keeping up to date with what's happening in the world. The contemporary social and environmental analysis is always considered when developing this programme and its projects, making it truly sustainable in itself."

Saga

Program Details

Program:
Sustainability Internship in Nepal
Provider:
SUMMIT Adventure Academy
Location:
Nepal
10 Rating
based on 1 review
  • Growth 10
  • Support 10
  • Fun 10
  • Housing 10
  • Safety 10

Gain new design and digital marketing skills with My Internship Asia in Thailand

My Internship Asia Thailand
  • Program length: 3 months
  • Price point: $
  • What's included: their premium package includes accommodation, visa support, mentoring and career development, networking events, volunteering opportunities, SIM card, one-month transit pass, sightseeing trip to Bangkok
  • Compensation: unpaid

If you’re ready to launch your career in marketing or are looking for a little extra experience in graphic design or digital media marketing, an internship in Thailand is a great opportunity. My Internship Asia offers numerous internship opportunities with over 1,700 organizations and companies throughout the country and the best part is they're all personalized to you and your goals.

You’ll gain experience managing social media content, writing blog posts, and creating and editing video content. After your internship, you’ll be ready to implement these skills into your next position, complete with some great international references already in your contacts.

"I’m very grateful for my internship experience in MIA. They supported my learning objectives and helped me develop my skills in marketing. They treated their interns professionally and raised our confidence to work and perform well."

Deanna

Program Details

Program:
Find the internship you want in Thailand with My Internship Asia
Provider:
My Internship Asia
Location:
Thailand
Starting Price:
$999.00 USD
9.08 Rating
based on 13 reviews
  • Growth 8.7
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 8.6
  • Housing 9.2
  • Safety 8.8

Document endangered animals in South Africa with African Impact

Three lions on a rock.
  • Program length: 8-12 weeks
  • Price point: $$$
  • What's included: accommodation, 3 meals a day on weekdays, in-country transportation, airport pickup, training and extensive mentoring
  • Compensation: unpaid

With African Impact's wildlife photography internship, taking pictures is more than just a way to capture incredible memories -- it's a way to raise awareness. Both aspiring and seasoned photogs will contribute to an important body of work to be used for conservation and education while growing their own portfolio. Interns will stay near Kruger National Park while they receive expert mentoring from professional conservation photographers.

Through their partnership with The African Impact Foundation, African Impact gives its interns the opportunity to attend cultural presentations, discussions on poaching, and even stargazing under the open South African skies.

"I always wanted to come to Africa as a photographer. The experience changed me. I had tears leaving the place."

Brigitte

Program Details

Program:
Internships in Africa with African Impact
Provider:
African Impact
Location:
Multiple Countries
Starting Price:
$1,295.00 USD
10 Rating
based on 12 reviews
  • Growth 9.8
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.8
  • Housing 9.7
  • Safety 10

Learn traditional medicine with Linguistic Horizons in Peru

Man jumping in the air by Machu Picchu.
  • Program length: 2 weeks to 6 months
  • Price point: $$$
  • What's included: shared accommodation, breakfast and lunch or dinner on weekdays, airport pickup, excursions, guided hikes and cultural activities, workshops, health & accident insurance
  • Compensation: unpaid

Linguistic Horizons prides itself on its commitment to meaningful and impactful projects and their Holistic Nutrition and Natural Medicine internship is no different. Set in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru, participants will learn from local professionals and holistic medicine and nutrition practitioners.

Excursions will focus on exploring organic farming, hunting for medicinal plants, and visits to markets to identify superfoods. Interns will also engage in hands-on workshops to gain skills in vegan cooking, herbology, and cleanses. Outside of the learning opportunities, guided hikes and cultural activities will introduce participants to the beauty and heritage of the local areas.

If health and medicine aren't your thing, they have a wide range of other fields available that can be personalized to your interests.

"The program and experience was indeed a trip of a lifetime, and it will forever change me as a person. The hardest part was leaving this incredible place, as three weeks was just not enough time!"

Alex

Program Details

Program:
Internship: Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cusco
Provider:
Linguistic Horizons
Location:
Peru
Starting Price:
$2,575.00 USD
9.9 Rating
based on 10 reviews
  • Growth 9.9
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.6
  • Housing 9.7
  • Safety 10

Take the road less traveled this year

Let this list encourage you to take a chance on an interesting internship abroad. You might be surprised by what you can learn if you’re willing to take on something a little more unconventional than a typical 9-to-5. Fuel your passion and gain a unique perspective in 2022!

Looking for an unconventional internship without the travel? Check out the many virtual internship opportunities available to you.

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