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? You’ll gain valuable experience that will help you grow as an individual, strengthen your professional skills, and enhance your understanding of international businesses.
If you’re looking for internships overseas that will allow you to explore outside the box this year, consider the following 10 interesting opportunities for 2021.
1. Help Save the Amazon with Hoja Nueva in Peru
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.
Program fees cover three meals a day, a room at the center, all transportation, and more. Staff is trained in CPR and wilderness first aid guaranteeing an experience that's both fun and safe.
2. Get Entrepreneurial with a Start-up in Bali
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, and social impact. Workshops included in the internship help shape future entrepreneurs by fostering creative thinking and business brainstorming.
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.
3. Become a Divemaster with Caribbean Reef Buddy in Grenada
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.
Interns will be provided breakfast and dinner and hotel accommodation. All equipment is provided but interns are encouraged to bring their own gear in order to get comfortable diving consistently with the same equipment.
4. Get Your Hands Dirty Working on a Farm in Tuscany
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.
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.
5. Become a Social Entrepreneur with BonBillo in South Africa
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.
6. Provide Veterinary Care to Wildlife with Oyster in South Africa
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.
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.
7. Build a More Sustainable World with SUMMIT Adventure Academy in Nepal
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.
8. Gain New Design and Digital Marketing Skills in Thailand
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.
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.
9. Guide Ocean Tours with Meiji Internships in Japan
If you want to earn academic credit, gain experience in the tourism industry, and ride a jet ski at the same time, look no further! An internship with Meiji Internships will combine your love of the outdoors with your desire to hone those customer service skills. Work with a company that offers adventures to tourists interested in exploring a different side of Japan.
You will guide groups for snorkeling, surfing, “ocean walking,” and other water sport activities. As you provide safe and responsible activities by teaching people proper use of equipment and engagement with ocean life, you will also hone expertise in customer relations and communication—not to mention improve your surfing skills.
10. Rehabilitate Manatees with Global Nomadic in Belize
West Indian Manatees like the waters off the coast of Belize, which makes this small, Central American country a great place to learn how to help them. Even though they spend their entire lives in the water and have no natural predators, they are often the victims of fishing and boating accidents. If you have an interest in ocean wildlife, this is the internship for you.
Global Nomadic focuses on the rehabilitation efforts of injured manatees and prides itself on its commitment to meaningful and impactful projects. You’ll feel like you truly contributed, even after just a few weeks of working with these magnificent creatures in Belize.
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 2021!