Internships Abroad

The 10 Most Interesting Internships Abroad in 2020

Rebecca Alwine

Rebecca is a freelance writer, army wife and mother of three who thoroughly enjoyed her undergraduate study abroad program in San Jose, Costa Rica.

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 that will allow you to explore outside the box this year, consider some of the following unique opportunities.

1. Try Your Hand in the Publishing Industry with Connect-123 in Shanghai

Get into publishing in a city where the written word is flourishing! Under the guidance of industry veterans, you can bring a book from development to the printers at one of Shanghai’s many traditional publishing houses. You can also help develop a successful online publication or design pages for a glossy magazine. An internship with Connect-123 will make this all possible.

If you’re interested in hitting the streets and writing timely pieces, create and publish content through one of several “journalist in residence” programs that let you have a taste of the writing life.

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  • Growth 9.2
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  • Fun 8.2
  • Housing 8.2
  • Safety 9.6

2. Learn Beekeeping with Yerba Buena Farm in Jamaica

Learn sustainable beekeeping and enjoy the sweet life in a seaside village. If you’ve never worked with bees before, don’t worry, beginners are more than welcome. During your stay at a bee farm in St. Mary you will build top bar beehives, keep records of the progress, and work directly with the bees.

You will also learn how to make products from honey, pollen, and beeswax. By the time you leave, you will have all the knowledge you need to start your own apiary, having gained experience at every level of the process from management and record-keeping to building hives from environmentally friendly materials.

3. Let Loose & Dance with Performing Arts Abroad in Quito

So, you think you can dance? Take your performance skills (and your Spanish) to the next level by joining this Performing Arts Abroad program that seeks to preserve the traditional dance of the Andes region while promoting the arts as therapy for youth and adults with disabilities.

By connecting with locals through cultural outreach and a homestay, you will be immersed in Ecuador’s rich customs and history. Through a capstone project of your choice, you’ll learn valuable skills and demonstrate that you have what it takes to become a professional dancer.

Read more about Performing Arts Abroad in Quito →

4. Get Your Hands Dirty Working on a Farm in Tuscany

Learn the 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.

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  • Growth 8
  • Support 8.8
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 8.3
  • Safety 9.3

5. Take the Stage with Global Experiences in Sydney

Go behind the scenes and get involved with the production process to bring a script to life in one of the world’s most artistic cities. An internship with Global Experiences can make this your reality!

Depending on your strengths, you might have the opportunity to design and create sets, maintain props and costumes for actors, coordinate advertising campaigns, or even write scripts. By working with artistic directors throughout your internship, you’ll be a part of the show from start to finish, and gain valuable insight into putting on a production for a live audience.

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  • Growth 9.4
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 8.9
  • Housing 8.8
  • Safety 9.7

6. Be a Mobile Veterinarian 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.

Read more about Oyster Worldwide in South Africa →

7. Set Fashion Trends with Global Experiences in Milan

Shadow fashion designers in Milan and see the industry from the inside out through this internship arranged by Global Experiences. You’ll work with designers throughout the whole process. Starting with sketches and moving to sewn samples, as well as drafting patterns and visiting fabric warehouses to find just the right texture. As you lend your creative eye to collections, you’ll have the chance to propose ideas as well.

During your internship, you will experience the business side of fashion too, like inputting orders and creating contracts for buyers. You’ll keep your finger on the pulse of the industry by researching and investigating trends and visit well-known showrooms. And — as many previous interns have mentioned — attending Fashion Week as an industry professional is a highlight!

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  • Growth 8.9
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 8.9
  • Housing 8.5
  • Safety 9.5

8. Learn from the Marketing Pros in Bangkok

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.

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  • Growth 8.7
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 8.6
  • Housing 9.2
  • Safety 8.8

9. Explore the Great Blue Ocean 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.

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  • Growth 9.6
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.4
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 9.3

10. Rehabilitate Manatees 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. While 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.

This internship opportunity from Global Nomadic focuses on the rehabilitation efforts of these manatees and prides themselves on their 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.

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  • Growth 10
  • Support 8
  • Fun 8
  • Housing 10
  • Safety 9

Let this list encourage you to color outside the lines when it comes to choosing an 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. Perhaps you’ll even discover a new hobby in which you can use your passion and experience to meet others around the world.