Community Choice Awards 2019: Intern Abroad

Interning abroad is a unique opportunity for a young professional to go above and beyond in service of their academic and professional development. Unlike an internship at home, interning abroad adds layers of complexity to the experience -- finding housing, making friends abroad, adjusting to a new culture -- on top of what is often the first 'real' professional experience you have.

Intern abroad programs help interns manage the stresses of moving internationally for a typically short-term job -- while still allowing you the chance to expand your worldview and learn important personal and professional lessons first-hand.

We looked at all of the reviews we received this year on internship abroad programs, including the scores we ask reviewers to give on the following categories: Growth, Support, Fun, Housing, and Safety. When we crunched the numbers and read the reviews, we found the following were the top internship abroad providers in 2019.

Learn more about how we scored programs for this year's awards by clicking here.

Overall Top Internship Abroad Providers

The best internship abroad providers help students and young professionals have an unforgettable experience that helps them grow as a person and develop as a professional. They provide support and assistance while still allowing the intern to learn the lessons necessary for a successful career. When we looked at the scores all providers received across all of the categories we ask interns to rate, we found the following intern abroad providers received the top scores overall in 2019:

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Global Experiences

Review Highlight:

"I am so glad I chose Global Experiences (GE)!" -Jannene, 53

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Meiji Internships

Review Highlight:

"I had a great time with my internship in Fukuoka that Meiji Internships provided me with." -Lukas, 24

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VACorps

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"Cape Town is amazing, but what made the experience even better was VAC." -Jenna

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Top Internship Abroad Providers: Growth

For most interns, the whole point of an internship abroad is growth: academic, professional, and/or personal development that can only be gained through real, international work experience. We ask every intern alumni to rate the growth they experienced over the course of their internship abroad. The following providers had the top scores in the Growth category:

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The Intern Group

Review Highlight:

"This summer I completed an internship in Public Relations in the fashion industry and I had the time of my life. " -Nancy, 22

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Atlantis

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"I did a month long fellowship in Coimbra, Portugal this summer and walked away with so many positive memories." -McKenna, 21

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Capital Placement

Review Highlight:

"One of my highlights during the time in London was the colleagues I was working with and I am still so thankful that CP found an internship with the company for me." -Jemma, 20

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Top Internship Abroad Providers: Support

Interning abroad is an opportunity for young professionals to experience independence and grow professionally in ways they might never have before. It's also critically important that the internship abroad program they choose is available for any support interns do need. We ask alumni to consider how much support the intern abroad program staff provide; the following providers had the top scores in the Support category:

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GVI

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"I have so many wonderful things to say about GVI I never know where to start!!" -Melanie, 28

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AGBU

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"My summer internship with AGBU was one I will always treasure." -Lyudmilla, 22

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Light and Leadership Initiative

Review Highlight:

"They take a lot of time to train people regarding cultural sensitivity and awareness and you can rest assured that your volunteer fees are going towards your room & board and paying local Peruvian staff." -Mary

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Top Internship Abroad Providers: Fun

We obviously think that interning abroad should be a fun experience -- in fact, we ask every reviewer to tell us how much fun they had overseas, for almost every program they rate on our site. For study abroad programs, we ask alumni to share what they rate the social scene for their intern abroad program. This could include in-office experience and bonding with colleagues or making friends with fellow interns. The following providers had the top scores in the Fun category:

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Atlantis

Review Highlight:

"I did a month long fellowship in Coimbra, Portugal this summer and walked away with so many positive memories." -McKenna, 21

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Manna Project International

Review Highlight:

"I worked with Manna as a 13-month Program Director in Nicaragua and it was the best decision I could have made." -Jessica

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The Education Abroad Network

Review Highlight:

"My summer interning in New Zealand through TEAN was truly one I will never forget." -Kathryn, 21

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Top Internship Abroad Providers: Housing

Housing is an important part of the experience while interning abroad. Good, safe housing options -- whether an apartment with fellow interns or a homestay -- have a huge impact on your perceptions of interning abroad. As many internship abroad providers are responsible for arranging or suggesting housing options for interns, we ask intern abroad alumni to rate this for each program. The following providers had the top scores in the Housing category:

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Go Abroad China

Review Highlight:

"I loved this program, and I don't think I will forget this fantastic experience in China." -Therea, 18

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AGBU

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"My summer internship with AGBU was one I will always treasure." -Lyudmilla, 22

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African Impact

Review Highlight:

"Right from the very start of my time with African Impact I knew I was in a safe and fun environment and immediately felt at home at the lodge." -Ruby, 18

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Top Internship Abroad Providers: Safety

Safety is one of the most important factors we ask reviewers to rate; almost every program on Go Overseas (even those that aren't in the intern abroad category) is rated on safety. In particular, we want to know how interns felt about their level of safety during their internship. The following providers had the top scores in the Safety category:

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The Intern Group

Review Highlight:

"This summer I completed an internship in Public Relations in the fashion industry and I had the time of my life. " -Nancy, 22

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NEXSTEP

Review Highlight:

"Thank you NEXSTEP for the incredible service and support you provided me throughout my program." -Ryuma, 22

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Zentern - Amazing Internships Japan

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"At first, I was quite worried about going to another country alone and not knowing the language but the Zentern team helped me with all the first steps to start my internship with confidence and to have a pleasant stay in Tokyo." -Valeria, 25

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