Intern Abroad HQ

Intern Abroad HQ

About

At Intern Abroad HQ, we connect students and young professionals with international internship programs. Whether you’re seeking practical experience to support your study, or wanting to enhance your career prospects, Intern Abroad HQ offers a diverse range of trusted and affordable options.

Our internship programs are based on goal-setting for personal and professional development, reflective experiential learning, and the acquisition of cross-cultural competencies. Interns receive weekly reflection modules to complete during their program - each introduces a relevant topic which relates to specific skill-building, presents learning objectives, and provides specific prompts to inspire the reflective journaling process.

Headquarters

99 Devon Street West
New Plymouth 4310
New Zealand

Reviews

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Ashleigh
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spending two weeks taught In Guatemala taught me so much about their culture, their language, and their way of living. Adjusting to everything was difficult and frustrating at first but now I realize that challenges like that is what made me grow. Also, even though there were challenges like language barrier and unknown setting, my host family and support staff were always there for me if I had a problem I needed to resolve. The people there are so nice and patient so if you are worried that you will not know anyone their don't worry! You will make friends fast. Ultimately, the experience is what you make of it and you can choose what speed you want to take things at. All I can tell you is that Guatemala is absolutely beautiful and that it was an incredible learning experience.

What would you improve about this program?
If anything I would recommend making sure that there is wifi in the homes.
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Miriam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had the most amazing experience doing an internship in Cape Town, South Africa over this summer. I did a psychology internship for four weeks. IAHQ ,thank you for giving me the trip of a life time. The internship I did is very helpful for my future career and I am so grateful that IAHQ gave me this opportunity. IAHQ really helps you find an internship that is right for you. They were so helpful every step of the way. I met amazing interns and I made everlasting memories. I got to see a beautiful country while doing an internship related to what I am studying. Everyone I met was so friendly. I got to learn about a new culture. I definitely recommend this program to anyone who likes travelling and is looking for a trip they will never forget.

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Natalie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I absolutely loved my time abroad in Tanzania this summer. Compared to my many past experiences volunteering abroad, this has been the best journey I have had. I taught at a primary school called Assumption School that was rich with socio-economic diversity among the student body and staff. The children were absolutely adorable and completely fluent in English! I was so lucky to have had the opportunity to have had taught them and I wouldn’t change it for the world! I felt so well informed and well prepared for my work, and was lucky enough to be with other interns who brought so much positivity to the accommodation to the point where I was excited to not only go to work to see my kids, but also to come home and spend time with my new found family.

What would you improve about this program?
There is not a thing I would change! I really enjoyed my trip.
Response from Intern Abroad HQ

Hi Natalie,
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us! It's awesome to hear that the teaching staff were so welcoming to you and assisted with so many aspects of your internship stay. I'm sure that your positive energy will also be missed by the team and your home-away-from-home.
All the best with your future plans!
Asante! From Dallas and the Intern Abroad HQ team :-)

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Cora
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Going abroad for an internship was one of the best things I could of done for my self growth. It opened me up to an environment that is completely new and full of opportunity. My supervisors were all helpful with answering questions and being a friendly face to see everyday. She checked in on me quite frequently to see how I was doing in my placement and overall. There is a lot of public transportation that will help you get anywhere you want. Everyone in the city who I interacted it were very friendly. I lived not too far from my work and the center of the city. The interns all got very close as well, which made Arusha feel like home. The experience was something I will treasure for a lifetime, and hopefully will get to do again sometime in the future. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone interested.

What would you improve about this program?
What I would improve is more structure at the shelter. When I got there I have never been in an environment where there was no structure, so I felt very lost in the beginning.
Response from Intern Abroad HQ

Hi Cora, it's awesome to read these comments about your experiences and hear that the internship was a great investment in your personal growth! We wish you all the best with your next adventures. Asante! From Dallas and the Intern Abroad HQ team :-)

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Mariah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I would recommend Intern Abroad HQ to anyone. They were so incredibly helpful throughout the whole process of applying, interning, and reflecting post-internship. I have absolutely no regrets with interning through Intern Abroad, which gave me the life-changing opportunity to live and intern in Spain. With this experience, I was able to learn and grow an immense amount and build relationships with some of the most welcoming people in the world! At my internship placement, I was able to develop my Spanish language skills while learning how a healthcare nonprofit in Spain functions. I was also able to immerse myself in the Spanish culture, allowing me to learn and grow in more ways than one. I am forever thankful for having had this opportunity.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
In general, I am not a huge fan of seafood, but I tried a bunch of seafood in a traditional Valencian dish similar to paella!
Response from Intern Abroad HQ

Dear Mariah, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us! We're really happy that you had an amazing experience and learned a lot during the internship. It was our pleasure to host you and we wish you all the best moving forward! Cheers - enjoy the rest of your summer! From Dallas and the team :-)

Programs

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Dallas Boyd

Job Title
Internships Manager
Dallas Boyd

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Although I’ve grown professionally since working for this company, I think that the personal growth I experienced abroad before entering this position was the most invaluable. International work and volunteer experience helped me to come out of my shell (I was quite shy and naïve!).

I was also able to get a better grasp on my passions and talents, which helped me to develop confidence and figure out the direction I ultimately wanted to take my career. Time abroad also presented unique educational opportunities, which made my resume stand out at home - for example, learning another language in an immersive environment.

Working alongside people from all over the world has been a lot of fun, while enhancing my understanding of different cultures. These experiences not only helped me to secure a job that I love, but they also shaped my professional maturity overall.

What is the best story you’ve heard from a return student?

The stories that I often hear from returned students relates to how much broader their horizons have become. Even though every individual has a unique experience, with different highs and lows, their journeys have usually been impacted by some degree of self-actualization.

It sounds a bit cliché, but there’s really nothing like travel to open your mind and make you appreciate the opportunities and possibilities that are out there. It’s extremely rewarding to hear how returning students feel more empowered, inspired, focused and confident.

Not only do they feel renewed appreciation for their own homes, families, abilities and opportunities but they also feel more capable of independently challenging themselves in new ways, striving toward their goals, and supporting others to do the same.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would personally choose a Microfinance / Women’s Empowerment or NGO Support internship because placement within these fields would complement my current skill-set, interests and career path. However, when choosing an internship program with Intern Abroad HQ, there is also scope to select an entry-level opportunity, if you’re interested in exploring a potential career role or focus area to determine if it’s right for you.

Due to work commitments, I don’t have the ability to commit to a long internship, which is a requirement of most providers; so, one of the shorter internships offered by Intern Abroad HQ would appeal to me. Participants can choose from as little as 2 or 4 weeks, which allows flexibility for short-term, affordable, introductory experiences.

The reflective learning component of shorter-term participation focuses on cross-cultural competency and global citizenship development.

Longer-term interns will become more immersed and independent within their placement and critical reflections, gaining greater experience and career insight. There really is something for everyone!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Our company has been made by young professionals, for young professionals. We’re deeply reflective about our processes and how we can constantly improve - whether addressing safety and sustainability responsibilities, or providing the most valuable outcomes for interns abroad.

We take pride in being “hands on”, as this helps us to experience programs from an intern’s point of view. We personally familiarize ourselves with the organizations that host interns – our staff have stayed in the accommodation, shared meals with program participants and host families; we’ve visited the tourist sites in the regions and we’ve seen first-hand the placements where interns participate.

This means we have a thorough understanding of the programs and can relate to the motivations, aspirations and experiences of participants.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I think it’s important to care about what you do, stick to your values, and to treat others the way you’d like to be treated. We express this at work by being dedicated to transparency and affordability. We know that students work hard and shouldn’t have to pay through the nose for quality programs and support, so we offer reputable and trusted opportunities that are as accessible as possible.

As travelers ourselves, we build the types of support systems and processes that we would expect to see, so comprehensive support, safety, risk management, and community sustainability are all top priorities. This approach reduces stress for participants and allows the greatest possible learning to take place.

At the end of the day, our aim is for interns, their families, and our team to all be proud to be a part of Intern Abroad HQ.