Internships Abroad

The 2018 Go Overseas Community Choice Awards: Intern Abroad

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Go Overseas Community Choice Awards - Internships 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 2018.

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 2018:

1st

The Intern Group


Review Highlight:
"I had the opportunity to become part of the amazing abroad internship program with the Intern Group. It was the best decision ever and totally worth it!" -- Daniela, 27

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2nd

Global Experiences


Review Highlight:
"I gained so many skills and learned so much, which I never would have been able to do without the help of Global Experiences." -- Julia, 22

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3rd

Atlantis


Review Highlight:
"The Atlantis Fellowship is a life changing experience for students interested in a health major to explore the medical world." -- Malak, 18

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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:

1st

Traveling Internship Pro


Review Highlight:
"They made sure to place me in an internship that I would actually enjoy, which was extremely beneficial because I loved going to work each day." -- Sofia, 24

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2nd

Absolute Internship


Review Highlight:
"I learned so much about myself that I didn’t know before coming (both from my work and colleagues but also from just living abroad)." -- Jackson, 21

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3rd

Serve the City


Review Highlight:
"I've learned a lot about the working structure of the NGO and I got great responsibility and the feeling that my work mattered." -- Fianne, 23

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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:

1st

VACorps


Review Highlight:
"The VAC staff is really supportive and nice. They are always here for you when you need them and they try hard to ensure you have a memorable experience." -- Tom

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2nd

Start Me Up


Review Highlight:
"The team is very supportive and they help you to get comfortable and to get used to the new culture." -- Isabella, 24

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3rd

SEED Madagascar


Review Highlight:
"The education programme staff were brilliant - very organised, offering support when I needed it, but allowing me independence." -- Malcolm, 52

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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:

1st

Linguistic Horizons


Review Highlight:
"Linguistic Horizons is incredibly well run and I was always impressed with the quality of the services provided. " -- Juliet

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2nd

Toucan Education Programs


Review Highlight:
"It was an incredible experience and we did so much more than can be mentioned in a single review." -- Chris, 22

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3rd

Start Me Up


Review Highlight:
"The experience was great because I found exactly what I was looking for and it helped me to start my career straight after my graduation." -- Isabella, 24

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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:

1st

Traveling Internship Pro


Review Highlight:
"Internship Pro did an excellent job in organizing accommodation as well as placing students in suitable companies aligned to their degree." -- Camille, 22

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2nd

Absolute Internship


Review Highlight:
"From setting up clean, awesome housing to straight-forward visa to a brilliant internship - Absolute did it all." -- Ethan, 21

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3rd

Serve the City


Review Highlight:
"Since you live with peers from all around the globe, you learn a lot." -- Adeep, 27

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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:

1st

Meiji Academy


Review Highlight:
"Meiji was very helpful in every step of the way. The staff was happy to assist with questions or complaints." -- Jennifer, 24

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2nd

Traveling Internship Pro


Review Highlight:
"The program exceeded my expectations in many areas - living situation, internship placement, safety, resources and more." -- Ella, 22

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3rd

Serve the City


Review Highlight:
"Although it seems quite intimidating to live in a new country with no knowledge of language or culture, I felt at home from the very first day." -- Adeep, 27

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How We Scored Programs for the 2018 Go Overseas Community Choice Awards

To find the best Intern Abroad providers on Go Overseas, we looked at every review left on the site between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. Any provider who received three or more reviews was considered.

To choose the Overall Best Intern Abroad Providers we looked at the average scores each provider received across all of their programs and the factors we ask students to rate. We averaged each provider's scores and weighted the score based on the number of reviews they received.

To find the best providers in each category, we averaged all review scores for each provider on just that factor. The best programs in each factor won the awards. Providers who won in the Overall Best category were not eligible to win another award in these categories.

Questions about these awards? Email us.