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Explore Your Global Opportunities with Intrax Global Internships

Whether you're in finance or public health, our goal is to help you gain professional hands-on experience, improve your communication skills, foster cultural exchange, and establish global connections.

Our summer and year-round international internships offer you:
• 11 countries to intern abroad
• Over 50 areas of focus including Marketing, Finance, Non-profit, and Engineering
• Custom matched international internship placement... and more!

Intrax Global Internships also gives you flexibility to customize your internship program depending on your needs.

Why study abroad when you can intern abroad and gain professional experience? Let us help you - Apply now!

Founded
2010
Headquarters

United States

Reviews

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Dan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The time I spent in Berlin was invaluable to both my personal and professional life. Through the experience provided by Intrax, I felt very comfortable in a foreign setting. Further, my friends at Intrax gave me the necessary guidance and tools to succeed in my internship.

The internship itself was the most rewarding experience I have ever had. Intrax made sure that it was a perfect fit for me in terms of bolstering my academic career. In doing so, I was in a position in which I could, and would, be encouraged to take on challenges and learn new skills. With this in mind, my work experience over the 3 months I had in Berlin was project oriented, and I was able to contribute directly to the firm at which I interned. My focus was in finance, and I was fortunate to learn a great deal of functional skill that is worthy of both being put on a resume, as well as being very helpful in an academic setting.

Aside from the internship experience, Intrax also accommodated everyone in the program very well with respect to the general living experience. In Berlin, our friends at Intrax were very effective at getting us acclimated to the city. They did so by taking us on tours of the city, organizing events for us, and maintaining constant communication with us. In short, Intrax made it very easy for all of us to feel welcome in the program.

The program that Intrax offers is a truly phenomenal experience. It helps you grow very much as an individual, from both a personal and career-oriented perspective. Berlin is such an amazing city for the college demographic. It is an incredibly diverse city (with a fantastic nightlife), it is very easily navigable, and is forgiving for those who do not speak German. I would recommend this program to anyone seeking a fun, educational, independent, and stimulating experience.

What would you improve about this program?
It would be interesting to see if the living arrangements could be made to be such that the participants all lived in apartments. Living in the long-stay hotel was a very nice experience, and it would simply be interesting to see if the program could further help integrate the participants into the city by having them live in student apartments, possibly around other student areas.
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decapua003
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Had an unbelievably good time, while learning a lot about the culture and business approach. Would really recommend this to college kids looking to do something worthwhile during their summer break. It was far more worthwhile than working at an internship stateside because of the international exposure and the great people you meet.

What would you improve about this program?
Make the program a full 3 months to occupy the entire summer
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muriel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This experience was life changing. The staff became my family and took good care of me. The project was successful and I was able to give back to community. I have grown so much from this experience and would recommend it to anyone who is up for the adventure.

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alexa_verink
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The International Internship Program can be the best experience you'll ever have if you take advantage of all that's available to you. Know what your personal goals are beforehand. I wanted to improve my Spanish and learn more about international sales and marketing. By choosing an international company with a Spanish-speaking office, I was able to do those things. It can be easy for some to think of this as a study abroad program, but it's not. I went to work every day from 9am to 6pm and sometimes had class afterwards. It's a lot of work, and you have to be dedicated. Madrid is a huge city full of fun things to do and see! Make sure to schedule your free time well to be able to experience all of those things. Use common sense to stay safe, work hard, plan ahead, and you'll gain more than you can imagine from this program.

What would you improve about this program?
Because I paid for a structured program, and not just some direct enroll classes at a foreign university, I expected the staff to be more available. The staff members in Madrid were scattered and not focused only on their work with Intrax, so I didn't learn about certain resources or opportunities until late in the program or after they were available.
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L.S.I.M.
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

PRE-DEPARTURE (Preparations)

ProWorld was one of the many volunteer-placement organizations that I stumbled upon while searching for an internship abroad. ProWorld became my number one choice because of --

1)Area. I wanted either South America or Africa)
Job opportunities. I knew I was not qualified/interested in teaching english/health and ProWorld has partnered with a number of local NGOs that cater to various advocacies, and
3) Cultural Integration. I wanted to live in a home-stay where I would be able to learn firsthand the language, the lifestyle and the values.

Commendations:

The woman who interviewed me (the U.S. coordinator) was very nice and accommodating. From the first time we spoke up until I was accepted as an intern, she was both casual and formal, enthusiastically answering my questions and giving out more details. She was very understanding of my concerns and hesitations and kept me updated with diligent phone calls and emails.

Having a networking website (myproworld.net) and being able to read about other people's experiences. Also, I was able to get the email of the individuals who lived in the same home-stay as well as who worked at the same project I was to work with.

The preparation packet that was sent about a month before leaving with details of what to bring, the culture, visa, etc.

Suggestions/Areas of improvement:

The weeks before my trip, I was contacted by a number of people. The program coordinator, the project coordinator, etc. So when I had a question, I did not really know who to address and it took awhile to receive an answer.

PROWORLD-GHANA STAFF

The staff are made up of a mix of Americans and locals. The ProWorld-Ghana staff is relatively new so they are still getting the hang of things but otherwise, they are there when you need them. They're also very encouraging when it comes to going to different places, talking to people, attending events, trying the food and having clothes made.

Commendations:

Airport welcome
Fluent english
ProWorld house - reasonably an easy travel, comfortable, safe and has internet, food and running water!
Once a month home-stay and project evaluations where the volunteers are free to confide any concerns

Suggestions/Areas of improvement:

Not too definite assignments for each staff member
Accepting too many volunteers/groups at one time is both exciting but at the same time stressful in terms of human and material resources as well as crowding at the house
Some communication problems and means of addressing concerns

PROJECT

Based on my qualifications, I was given two internship options -- Administrative Assistant at the Department of Social Welfare and a Marketing Classes for Aboom Special Needs Women. Being that I had only minimal experience in marketing as well as with persons with intellectual disabilities, I chose the former. During a pre-departure conversation via Skype, I was advised to take the latter for they were still assessing the evaluations of the previous volunteer. In the end, I started with the latter and ended my 3-month internship volunteering at both. A policy which I believe caused some logistical issues and I think will be discouraged for future volunteers.

Commendations:

Both projects were about a 10-15 minute walk from my homestead.

The people I worked with were absolutely amazing! Not to mention the children (Aboom is a school for children with intellectual disabilities, not really women).

Part of my program fee was allotted as "Project Money" which meant that I could use such for approved initiatives

I was asked to do a presentation, attended by my project partners, ProWorld and the other volunteers to summarize my experience. Hopefully this will be available for interested volunteers.

The project partners were very open to ideas so it allowed me to explore and learn so much!

Professionally I learned how to:
* Appreciate business fundamentals such as marketing, finance, etc... which was big for me as I am a liberal arts major
* Be innovative and confident, especially when supervisors are flexible and open to ideas
* How to sew, work with children with disaiblities, write formal letters, write reports, report to an advisor, execute administrative tasks efficiently
* How to OBSERVE and appreciate the way their current system may work for them
* Think realistically
* How important it is to show that I/we genuinely care by finding a number of ways to address an issue. Also, how to SEARCH for a way to utilize time and energy
* How to reach out to community members

Personally, everything combined was just an eye-opener. An environment where you may be unfamiliar and close to giving up can be quite the playground for creativity. And with an open mind, I learned how to appreciate the everyday accomplishments no matter how small or big such as learning who can do what. I learned how to adjust and trust my coworkers who share the same goals as me.

Suggestions/Areas of improvement:

I did not know where to start during my first week so it would be helpful to share the previous evaluations of past volunteers.

The project money can be helpful and harmful in terms of incentives of the project partners.

Update the description of the projects on the website

HOUSING/FAMILY

I was placed in a house that was right in town, about 10 minutes from my workplace and about a 15 minute cab ride to the ProWorld house so location-wise, it was pretty good. It was also very near the market! Aside from my host parents, both present, employed and english-proficient, I lived with 2 brothers, 1 sister-in-law and 2 sisters. They were all older than me and absolute wonderful people!

Commendations:

I was almost too well fed! (They even packed me lunch for work!)
I learned a lot
They spoke VERY good english but also liked to tease me/"encourage me" by speaking in Fante
They welcomed me to the room where they would all hangout after dinner
They were very open to teaching me about the culture, the language, the food and such
They were VERY concerned with my safety
I knew I could trust them and bring up any concern
I got to know both kids and the adults around my area
To-date i am in-touch with most of them :)

Suggestions:

Wish I got their profile a little bit earlier and maybe even get in contact with them to know them more which would help me bring them nice token gifts

SAFETY, HEALTH and TRANSPORTATION

Commendations:

Cape Coast is a very safe town. People are very friendly; The community places great importance in looking out for one another and a lot of the basic resources can be found nearby.
As part of the program fee, we were given "Travel Stipends" just incase work assignments are a significant distance from home-stays or the ProWorld house.
Words of caution are communicated before through email before the program as well as during orientation
Connections with a local NGO clinic
Malaria is a concern that should not be overlooked but there is no way to avoid it 100%.
Stock of first-aid materials and toiletries at the ProWorld house
I was given keys to my house and my room

Suggestions:

Too much information on 1 day orientation
Sometimes home-stays are too far from workplaces

CULTURAL INTEGRATION

Commendations:

Seeing most tourist attractions through ProWorld and also being able to plan out independent excursions with other volunteers

Learning the language! At first through ProWorld then slowly through my family and my co-workers

Eating different foods… in different places! Though the ProWorld house is also there just incase you want something a little closer to home

Suggestions:

The excursions that are done once a month -- either make it a development project where the volunteers would be able to see the progress OR have the volunteers discuss and contribute ideas

OVERALL, because I came with managed expectations, I left with no regrets. Again, ProWorld-Ghana is relatively new and is still improving but it was a great experience :)

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Alexa Verink

Alexa Verink is currently finishing up her last year at the University of Pittsburgh where she studies international business and marketing but unofficially majors in studying abroad and learning new languages. During the summer of 2012, she went through Intrax Internships Abroad to complete a marketing research internship in Madrid, Spain. She likes to pretend that she’s actually from a Spanish-speaking country and hopes that her career will someday lead her to a job and a home in South America.
Alexa and some friends in Spain

Why did you decide to intern with Intrax in Spain?

Alexa: My previous travel experience included a 2-week program in Chile that focused on international business practices, then I studied abroad in Argentina for 6 months. Interning abroad seemed like the logical next step. Because all of my time abroad was in South America, I thought it would be doubly beneficial to live in Europe to be able to compare and contrast the Spanish-speaking cultures of both continents. Intrax had good connections with firms who needed marketing interns and made the process simple for me to accomplish what I set out to do.

Describe your day to day activities as an intern.

Alexa: Because I was one of only two interns in the Madrid office of my company, I was working on my own project all summer, which gave me a lot of responsibility right away. Daily activities involved keeping in touch with our headquarters in France about the advancement of my benchmarking study, corresponding with the company's offices in other countries, and conducting interviews to gather the information I needed. Of course, I wasn't working every minute the day! I went out for long lunches with my coworkers every day and got to talk with people in all departments of the company to get a feel for what they did.

How has this experience impacted your future?

Alexa: On a personal level, this opportunity gave me a sense of what living and working in a foreign country would actually be like. It was the first time that I was in the same situation as all of the locals and could understand what life as an expat entails. Thankfully, I proved to myself that I could handle it! I think that alone will be a big leverage point when looking for jobs at international companies, especially if I'm pushing to get assignments abroad. Working in Spain also gave me a new set of Spanish vocabulary that allows me to function in a business setting, which is extremely marketable. Now that I'm back at school, I can see how the program opened my mind and broadened my perspective. The work I do in my Global Management classes makes more sense because I have my own context in which to process the information, and having acquired other hard business skills during my internship, I am better able to connect all of the things I have learned over the years to see the "big picture".

Highlights: The highlight of my working time in Madrid was seeing how my communication skills improved over the course of the internship. I worked all summer on a project that involved talking with people in my company’s offices worldwide, so a lot of translation, interpretation, and reinterpretation were necessary. I was never bored even while discussing everyday things with my coworkers because we came from such different cultures with contrasting opinions and perspectives to go along with them.

For the trip as a whole, the highlight was being able to travel to other parts of Spain and Europe so quickly. I visited a friend in Paris, went to Lisbon for a weekend, and got to see several other areas of Spain. My work schedule took up a lot of time that most study abroad students spend traveling, but the close proximity of the European countries allows you to experience extremely different cultures without wasting too much time traveling a far distance. Madrid itself is so full of life and things to do that you could spend your entire summer there without doing the same thing twice or even seeing the whole city.

A sunny day in Madrid

Morning: I usually got up around 7am. (Yes, interning abroad involves waking up with the rest of the working people.) After a quick breakfast at home, always involving the Spanish favorite – instant coffee – I walked a couple of blocks to the nearest metro station. My morning commute involved a labyrinth of escalators and two different trains but only took about half an hour. In the morning, the metro was always full of well-dressed business-people going to work. The majority got off at the same stop as me, Campo de las Naciones, where many office buildings are located. After strolling past Parque de Juan Carlos I and the more intimidating, large companies would walk up the path to my office (about 20 minutes late, which is normal for Spain), and then the greeting process began. Everyone warmly greets everyone, no matter what. Saying “buenos días” and grabbing coffee took up time, but was a good way to connect with my coworkers and ease into the actual work that lay ahead of me each day.

Afternoon: In my office, people took a lunch break during two different shifts – one group ate from 1:15-2:30 pm and the other at 2:30-3:45 pm. I ate with the people who sat nearest to me, who went at the later time. Waiting for “Spanish lunchtime” at 2:30 pm definitely took some getting used to. It was always a leisurely meal involving several courses, lots of conversation, and a slow walk back in order to enjoy the constant sunshine. For the last couple hours of the day, I was usually organizing data into spreadsheets, on the phone interviewing sales managers from the offices in other countries, or double-checking the interviews that I had scheduled for later in the week. Our workday ended promptly at 6:00 pm. Not many people hung back to do extra work like Americans sometimes tend to do, so I followed everyone out the door to head home!

Evening: Within an hour of arriving home, the rest of my roommates would show up from work, and we would all catch up and talk about what happened during the day while making dinner and relaxing. Two nights a week, we had Spanish class in a different part of the city. If it weren't a class night, a friend and I would go to an organized language exchange, usually at a bar, to fit in some more Spanish conversation practice or meet up with other people we had met around Madrid. Sometimes it was a challenge to get back out of the house after getting home from being at work all day, but I had to remind myself that I was only going to be in Spain for a few months and had to take advantage of every moment!

Staff Interviews

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

Masa Tsukui

Masa Tsukui is the operations manager in Intrax’s Tokyo office and has been with the company for 5 years. Masa works with both host companies to recruit positions and with students to match them in the perfect internship.

What makes interning abroad in Tokyo a unique experience for participants?

Masa: Tokyo is a bustling mega-city, full of opportunity and offers a unique blend of old and new. It’s a great place for participants to expand their cultural horizons while getting invaluable career experience.

Masa from Intrax Japan!

As an enduring economic center in the region, Japan is home to many headquarters of financial, technological and innovative companies. Our program allows interns to expand the marketing reach of philanthropic organizations like Children without Borders (KnK). Another internship provides finance interns the opportunity to explore numerous fields in the departments of Japan’s largest bank, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.

By getting your feet wet in Tokyo, you’ll not only be learning about a new and very different culture, you’ll be making valuable connections, and gaining an understanding of the booming Asian business market. It’s the kind of experience that will not only look good on your resume, but will give you an experience and a career boost that just can’t be matched by sitting in a classroom back home.

What can you tell you tell us about the workplace culture in Tokyo?

Masa: In Japan, as in any country, there are many cultural norms to be aware of. Japan has its own unique business culture and etiquette, given the ancient history and long-held traditions.

Hierarchy is important in both business and personal relationships. Showing respect to elders and superiors is a must. Pay careful attention to titles and address someone properly according to their status.

Japan is a working culture. Meetings start on time and may be a bit more formal than you are used to. Relationships are very important and working in teams may be more common than independent work. If the team needs to make a decision, everyone in the group will be consulted before a final decision is made.

One of the most important things you can do is to simply be observant and adaptable. Practical rules of respect certainly apply and knowing the basics will help you in your internship. Intrax hosts orientations and Global Skills Trainings to help prepare participants for these cultural differences.

What level of Japanese proficiency should students have when considering this internship? Are there any requirements?

Masa: Intrax offers internship placements for participants of all language levels. We have positions where English is the primary language in the office as well as positions that require fluent Japanese. However, a basic knowledge of the local language can make it easier to settle in, adapt, and makes day to day life go more smoothly. Plus, learning and trying to speak the local language shows that you are making an effort to understand and fit in to the local culture.

Is prior work experience required?

Masa: Prior work experience is not required when applying to the program. Depending on the internship position, some prior experience may be required. Most placements are intended to give participants practical entry level work experience. Interns will work with Intrax to determine positions that meet their qualifications and interests.

What are some extra-curricular activities students enjoy while interning in Tokyo? (Does Intrax provide any guided tours?)

Masa: Intrax hosts a group cultural excursion as a part of our premium program. In past years we have taken interns to Kamakura, which is famous for its temples and shrines. With a culture as rich as Japan’s, there are countless activities that interns can do on their own in their free time; anything from checking out the latest fashions in Harajuku to exploring local markets. Intrax will host a group on-site orientation and Global Skills Training upon arrival. During this session interns will learn about how they can make the most of their experience and how to maximize their time in Japan.

What is one piece of advice you would offer someone interning in Tokyo?

Masa: Tokyo is like no other city on earth and now is a great time to experience it. Internships abroad allow students to observe the Japanese business practices, expand their professional network, enhance their resumes, and develop language skills.

If you pay close attention to the cultural nuances and learn from those around you, you would fare well in the fast-paced but traditionally-rich life in Tokyo.

In this globally connected world, having international experience is something that employers seek. Having this experience can set you apart from the competition and create countless opportunities.

We would be happy to speak with you in detail regarding the benefits of an internship abroad. Contact us at [email protected] or 877-429-6753.