World Internships

World Internships

About

The mission of World Internships is to provide students and budding professionals with the opportunity to gain international work experience by providing affordable internships overseas. Interns will engage in hands-on internship programs to develop their careers, and will receive constant support throughout the process. An international internship with World Internships will help students gain a more global business perspective. Visit the World Internships website to learn more about how you can intern abroad!

Founded
2010
Headquarters

17 New South Street, #302
Northampton, MA 01060
United States

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Lindsey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had an amazing time interning in Rabat, Morocco. I was placed in two different internships during my time there and I learned a great deal about Morocco and Moroccan culture from them. My host family were the kindest people ever. I truly could not have asked for a more friendly and welcoming home-stay. My program director was incredibly patient and accommodating. He was always available for advice and a good laugh. I would 100% recommend this program to anyone looking to explore their career interests in an international setting.

Genki
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It's been a pleasure to work with world internships and MCAS in Morocco. They always supported me to make the most of the program. Also the host family was really kind and nice to me. When we traveled other place around our work place, they adviced and told us a lot about costs, things to do and dangerousness. The cost was a little bit high but I bet the program would be a great experience for everyone.

What would you improve about this program?
It can be less expensive.
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Sam
1/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Even with six months of lead time, World Internships failed to find an internship placement on the date promised which created a bunch of issues, not the least of which being buying last minute, expensive flights and rushing the visa process. Generally, World Internships assistance with the internship placement was nonexistent and consisted merely of putting me in touch with someone in India who spoke broken English and was difficult to coordinate with given the time zone differences. Then, upon finally reaching India I found that none of the housing was arranged as promised. For three weeks, I was paying for housing on my own dime even though it was supposed to be included in the program fee I already paid. It took many emails and calls for them to finally send me the housing stipend (which turns out is just a small fraction of the world internships fee) so I could find housing on my own. Then finally, to end the nightmare, it turned out that the company they set me up with (a startup) did not have the necessary government documents to employ an intern and therefore my visa was rejected and I was sent home after 2 months (for what was supposed to be a 6 month placement). After many months of arguing and waiting did World Internships agree to refund just a portion of the remainder of the internship fee (less than half of what was asked). I strongly warn anyone against giving them your money and trust.

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Nathan
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

During my stay in medellin I worked in an investment bank boutique. The team was very small and so I was exposed to a lot of different financial analysis. It was great! My boss was probably the smartest man I have ever met. Ever!

I also through the programme was allowed to study spanish at Eafit university. It was a great experience and allowed me to brush up o my spanish as I was planning to study for my masters in finance in barcelona!

The team were so helpful I was picked up from the airport and transported to my accommodation and even given someone to take my on public transport to work on my first day. It was great. Very organised and very professional.

The social scene was also incredible. Every weekend we were travelling, going to parties, taking part in festivals. Im pretty sure there was a different festival every weekend.

I recommend it to everyone. Just stay out of the centre of town at night!!

What would you improve about this program?
Although the social scene was great I feel sometimes there was too much and I burned myself out. Maybe that is just because I am a yes man though!
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Dan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I love this country. Everyone in colombia is so friendly. I was very reluctant at first to travel to Colombia since all you usually hear in the news is scare stories. When I arrived I couldn't find anything further from the truth. Friendly people, always willing to help if you ask for it. And everyone willing to correct your Spanish if you ask for it also.

My internship was in a company helping young startups draw up business plans. It was fun as I go to see a lot of creative entrepreneurs at work. It also helped me think about what sort of careers I would like participate in given that I am only in my first year university.

I made great lifelong friends in this processing ever since coming home I have done nothing but promote Colombia.

Anyone who is hesitating thinking its to dangerous or any other reason just stop worrying and go. All the staff are super helpful and you will never be left on your own.

Go for it!

What would you improve about this program?
Allocation of housing. I wanted to be with other interns but ended up in a studio apartment by myself :(

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Alumni Interviews

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

Marcela Duarte Saavedra

Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Marcela moved to Orlando, FL at the age of 12. She quickly adapted and integrated herself into the American Culture while keeping her roots in her Latin background. Now, at 21 years old, she is currently a senior at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL studying International Business with concentrations in Marketing and Supply Chain Management, and a minor in communication. She currently works for Kuehne+Nagel, a global logistics company, as an inside sales coordinator.
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Why did you decide to intern abroad with World Internships?

Marcela: I decided to intern abroad for a couple reasons. First and most importantly, one of the requirements for my degree in International Business is to complete either a semester abroad or an internship abroad.

Due to the fact that I could not leave my job for a whole 4-5 months to do a semester abroad, I chose to go the professional route and picked the internship. Also, I wanted to experience working in a different type of marketing than I already had in order to better form an idea of what I would like my career to be in.

I chose World Internships to help me achieve this because they were the most flexible in terms of the length of the program I wanted, the dates, and the payments. They really adapted to my needs which resulted in a program that was pretty much tailored perfectly for me.

What did World Internships do for you and what did you need to do on your own?

Marcela: World Internships was very helpful in arranging pick-up from the airport and to the site of housing. I arrived a few hours late due to a flight delay and they were very helpful in getting me to the orientation site, and later on to my housing. They had my internship placement ready, my housing, which was a home stay and included meals, and they had an orientation in place as well as several guided tours of the city.

Something that I did have to do on my own that many people are not aware of is that if you are not a citizen of the U.S. and your country of citizenship requires a visa to your country of destination, you have to do the whole process yourself.

In my case I had to get an appointment with the Spanish consulate located in Miami, FL (at least a month before date of departure but no more than 90 days prior to it) and have all the documentation ready for the interview in order to receive the visa. However, World Internships worked very fast to get me all the documents I needed from their end to present at the consulate by my scheduled appointment date which was extremely helpful.

If you could do-over one thing, what would it be?

Marcela: Packing. One thing that I was definitely not expecting was how casual people dress in Barcelona. My internship description had stated “business casual” which I came to realize means something completely different here in the States than it does in Barcelona.

For work here I usually wear slacks or dress pants and a nice long-sleeve blouse or sleeveless business blouses, since I am in Florida. Well, this is the way I packed for my trip; a few nice business dresses, some pencil skirts, slacks and nice blouses. I did not get to wear any of it.

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After the first day at my internship, to which I wore black slacks, a maroon sleeveless blouse, a black blazer, and black 1.5” heels, I realized I was painfully overdressed. Everyone at my work wore jeans and t-shirts, or jeans and nice blouses, and no one, not one female wore heels.

I had to buy some jeans and pair them with my blouses so I wouldn’t stand out so much and I realized it wasn’t just my place of work, everyone from the program who I spoke to let me know they encountered the same problem and had to buy some new, more casual, attire for their internships.

My advice? Pack a few nice pairs of jeans, light blouses/nice shirts and nice comfortable shoes.

Did you run into a language barrier? Did you ever think you knew more/less of the language?

Marcela: Because I was born and raised in Colombia, I am a native Spanish speaker which was a big influence in choosing the location for my internship. However, I did not realize how far removed Barcelona is culturally from the rest of Spain and how big of an influence their own language, Catalan, has in their culture.

My first shock came when I arrived at El Prat Airport in Barcelona and noticed that all the signs were in Catalan first, the English and last in Spanish. I

found myself wondering if I was still in Spain. From then on and throughout my time in Barcelona I learned more and more how strong the Catalan culture is in this region of Spain which was something I had no knowledge of what-so-ever before embarking on my journey. I do not think it was a barrier, as everyone spoke Spanish as well, but it was a huge learning experience that I was not expecting.

What was the best place you visited outside of your intern abroad city?

Marcela: The city of Tarragona is only a few hours away from Barcelona and I must say it is one of the most beautiful and magical places I have ever been to in my life. This little Romanesque town has an insurmountable amount of history and culture.

It has the feel of a small and quaint town with structures remaining from the Roman Empire and Medieval era that makes it stand out and gives it a certain personality that I have not experienced in many other places. Combining that with the view of the gorgeous waters of the Mediterranean Sea gives the whole place an incredible and magical feel.

I fell completely in love with this city as I overlooked the beauty of the ocean from the ruins of the Roman coliseum. The contrast between the scenic beauty being taken in from a place with a history of such pain and barbaric entertainment was something I will never forget.

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Describe your favorite must-have food that you tried abroad.

Marcela: Barcelona, I learned, has many typical dishes that vary from the well-known Paella, Tapas, and Sangria known world-wide. Must-have foods are all the local delicacies that you cannot find as easily.

My favorites were Cava, which is a drink similar to a sparkling white wine, best comparable to champagne but is only made in Spain, mostly in the region of Catalonia where Barcelona is located, Fideua which is a Paella-like dish containing seafood and noodles, instead of rice, prepared with a special garlic-based sauce.

The best Fideua I tried was in Tarragona. Other favorites included Pan Con Tomate, Crema Catalana (similar to Crème Brule) and Gazpacho.

Do you feel you got a chance to see the city from a local's perspective?

Marcela: I made the choice to do a home stay for my housing arrangement and I will say it was completely and absolutely worth it. My host was a single woman who works as a tour guide in Barcelona. She speaks five languages and is an incredible cook.

I learned so much from her about the history and culture of Barcelona as well as where to go and what events to attend. Every week she would give my roommate and I a list of things to do, places to visit and event to attend for free. She was a huge influence in my experience and I will be forever grateful to her or being such an amazing host. I truly believe that I got a local’s view of the city and because of this I have promised myself that I will go back to Barcelona, no matter what.

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Staff Interviews

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

Aiyana McConnell

Aiyana is the Advisor at World Internships and helps interns start the placement process by informing them about the many programs WI offers. She has always been passionate about international travel and spent time traveling and living in Europe. She is a Massachusetts native and attends UMass Amherst. Aiyana strongly believes in the value of international internships and loves being part of of an organization that provides people with such wonderful opportunities.
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How do you think intern abroad and international education will change over the next 10 years?

Aiyana: I think that international internships will become much more commonplace, kind of like studying abroad is now. We live in an increasingly globalized society and being able to work and interact with people from all over the world is an essential skill.

At the same time, finding employment right after graduating from college doesn't appear to be getting any easier. I think that students and recent graduates will see that with an internship abroad, they can have an experience similar to a traditional study abroad program and simultaneously pursue their career goals.

Which intern abroad destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?

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Aiyana: Which countries are underrated? Any country outside of Europe! I totally understand why interns and students want to go to Europe but there are so many other wonderful countries that we offer placement in. Sometimes people aren't aware that certain countries are really flourishing in a particular field so they never consider interning there.

Who knew that Vietnam was a great place for computer engineering or that Australia is perfect for psychology placements? Part of my job is informing students about which countries would be suited to their field of interest. I love when I'm able to get a student really excited about doing an internship in a country they might never have thought had what they were looking for!

What was your favorite traveling experience?

Aiyana: I have had many life-changing experiences abroad, but I think that participating in everyday life abroad is what's stuck with me the most. Observing and engaging in the same everyday activities that residents do was more eyeopening to me than say, visiting a popular tourist destination (not that I didn't also greatly enjoy those!).

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Simply living my life in another country is what really changed my perspective in the long run. However, I will say that being a part of a Swedish crawfish eating party was one of the more interesting things that's happened to me overseas!

Describe a time when you felt especially proud to be part of the World Internships team.

Aiyana: Since I'm usually the first person on the World Internships team to interact with potential interns, I'm always aware that I have the opportunity to change lives!

I feel proud anytime one of our program coordinator tells me that they've found a great internship for a student I've gotten to know well. I'm always really excited for them and really proud of all of our coordinators for finding them an internship that I'm sure they'll love.

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