Internship experience is becoming more and more important to employers.
It is also becoming more and more common, making it hard to stand out in a competitive job market.
Our international internship programs not only create leaders and advance your career, but make your resume unique.
There are no limits to the benefits that you will gain by working alongside professionals in your career field while immersing yourself in a new culture abroad. The world awaits!
- Program Benefits
- Application Process
- Program Fees
- Applicant Resources
1. Career Development
Our programs provide professional development resources custom designed to amplify participants’ skills. These resources will help you make the most of your professional experience so that you achieve your career goals and objectives.
Our Resources Include
Professional Training Workshop
We have partnered with leading career experts around the globe to provide all of our participants with a career-boosting professional training workshop.
How do you make an excellent first impression? How do you speak with confidence? How do you control your body language to express yourself more effectively?
These are just some of the questions that are answered in our unique professional skills training workshop.
Professional Workplace Assessment
We have partnered with one of the world’s leading HR organizations (DDI International) to provide all of our participants with a “DISC” workplace personality and skills assessment. These tools are usually exclusive to CEOs and corporate leaders. With this tool, you can evaluate and better understand how you interact with others in the workplace and the relationships that you create there. The advice and guidance from this tool will enable you to effectively manage the impression people have of you and to build stronger relationships to make your work more efficient and effective.
Expert Training Materials
In collaboration with HR experts, we have developed a library of professional and cultural training materials on a number of key topics essential to your development and growth. They include: dealing with panic zone situations; the dangers of stereotypes; adapting to an international office environment; interview techniques; making a lasting impression in the workplace; building your personal brand; resolving difficult situations and leveraging your international internship into a successful career. These materials are carefully designed to complement your international internship and to help you excel in a global job market.
Personalized Session with an Alumni Success Coach
We have partnered with various leading career coaches to provide our applicants with an invaluable, personalized one hour coaching session. Our experienced Alumni Success Coaches are experts in their fields and specialize in a wide variety of topics ranging from landing your dream job, to Linkedin branding and negotiating salaries. Successful applicants are able to choose from our portfolio of experts who they would like to guide them through the next steps after their international internship. *Eligible for interns interviewed after June 1st, 2017.
2. Lifetime Experience
An international internship is not only about professional development, but also your personal development.
We send our participants on a once in a lifetime experience that will open them up to the world around them.
During our internship programs, our participants explore the world, make lifelong friendships from across the globe, and learn an immense amount about themselves.
The rewards gained from living (and interning) outside of your comfort zone are invaluable and truly add up to the lifetime experience we aim to provide.
3. Academic Credit
An international internship is a great opportunity for professional and personal growth and as such many universities allow you to gain course credit for completing a relevant industry placement. The exact process and requirements for getting academic credit vary by university but this 5-step guide will give a broad overview of what is involved and steps you should take.
All housing options include a private bedroom within a shared apartment or student residence. There are slight variations depending on the country in which you complete your internship program. We only offer private bedroom accommodation in our program destinations. We believe that private bedrooms are best suited to our participants’ professional development. You will be placed in a safe and pleasant area within reasonable distance from your internship placement.
Home-Stays are available in London upon request.
5. Support & Logistics
We have full-time staff based in your internship destination to provide you with the support you need during your internship abroad.
If you are accepted to our program, they will assist you through everything from the placement process/interviews and arrival in country, to arranging your accommodation and airport pick up. They will also provide you with 24/7 emergency assistance.
On top of that, each country team has a dedicated team member to organize social and cultural events to make sure your time abroad is logistics free. All you need to focus on is your professional internship and having a good time.
What is the age requirement?
If you are 18 years or older, you qualify for our programs. You only need to have graduated from high school. We have a number of participants that are on their gap year or doing undergraduate programs.
Our programs are also suitable for recent university graduates, MBA graduates and even professionals in transition. The key point is this: every internship sourced is customized for each individual accepted onto our program, and their background/stage of career.
Do I need prior work experience?
As we are a customized internship program, we find roles that coincide with each person’s education level and professional experience. We have a range of program participants – from those doing their first internship to executives with extensive, impressive careers
who wish to experience a new industry sector/destination.
*Note: there are specific visa regulations for each program destination.
Please review visa information:
Our programs are competitive, so early applications are encouraged. Early applications get primary consideration for the most competitive roles in our extensive network.
First, you must fill out an application form found on our “Apply Now” page. The application form will ask for basic information and a copy of your resume/CV. You will then be taken to our online calendar to book an interview time with our admissions team. Please ensure to complete this step. Your application will not be submitted otherwise.
In a 20-minute Skype/phone interview, we will ask you about your previous experience, goals, and motivations. We will also discuss the opportunities available within your desired program destination and industry sectors. This is your chance to shine and show us why you would be a good candidate for our program.
3. If you are successful in your interview with us, confirm your program place with a deposit.
After your interview, you will be informed within 3 business days if you have been successful in your application. Successful applicants will then be formally offered a place in our program.
We will refund your payment if we are unable to place you in your first or second choice career field by the placement deadline – giving you peace of mind that you will have a fantastic internship experience abroad. (Note, however, that we cannot give a refund if you withdraw yourself from the program.)
4. Collaborative internship placement process & pack your bags!
Once we have received your deposit, you will have formally confirmed your place on our program. You will also pay your remaining program fee during this phase. Typically, a payment will be due 30 days after your deposit. Complete payment details will be communicated by email, and also can be found on our fees page and in our Terms & Conditions.
Our expert placement team in-destination will engage in a collaborative internship placement process with you and prepare you to Skype/phone interview for a well-suited role in your preferred industry sectors. The interview(s) with host companies/organizations will typically be arranged 4-12 weeks prior to your arrival in destination.
Your internship role will typically be confirmed 4-8 weeks prior to your arrival (this is a guideline and may differ during peak seasons). We recommend that you book your flights once your internship details are confirmed.
For full details about the program fees, start dates, discounts and more, please see our fees page.
If you are accepted onto our program, you will need to confirm your spot with an initial deposit of 500 GBP within 7-14 days of your acceptance, depending on when you apply. Due to the limited places on the program, the deposit reserves your spot on the program and allows us to begin the placement process with our partnership companies and organizations. The deposit is also fully refundable if you are not placed in your first or second-choice career field – giving you peace of mind that you will have a fantastic internship experience abroad. However, if you withdraw from the program, the deposit will not be refunded.
Airport pickup and accommodation are already covered in the program fee. Some programs include public transportation, too. You will need to budget for food, drink and extracurricular activities, such as travel. Depending on the country in which you intern, the cost of living differs. In-country spending will also depend on your lifestyle choices.
Below are the recommended budgets per week per location:
London: £100-£200 (GBP)
New York: $200-$300 (USD)
Chicago: $100-$200 (USD)
Hong Kong: $1000-$2000 (HKD)
Madrid: €100-€200 (EURO)
Australia: $100-$200 (AUD)
Colombia: $100-$200 (USD)
Dublin: €100-€200 (EURO)
Shanghai: ¥1000-2000 (RMB)
Toronto: $100-$200 (CAD)
What Is My Program Fee Going Towards?
The Intern Group’s international programs are more than just internships. We provide a comprehensive program focusing on cultural immersion as well as professional development. Here’s why we include each aspect in our program.
The idea started when our Managing Director, David Lloyd, experienced the difficulties of setting up an internship abroad first-hand. Determined to learn a second language and fulfill his love of traveling, he traveled to Argentina with no idea how hard the next few stages would be. Upon arrival, it quickly dawned on him that he was alone on the other side of the world, without a place to live and still looking for an internship. From there, the idea of The Intern Group was born.
Accommodation: 35-55 percent
Housing typically represents the largest part of our program fee. Depending on the destination, time of year and program duration, it ranges from around 35-55 percent of the total fee. Having your accommodation provided makes it that much easier to adjust to a new country and culture. You don’t need to deal with landlords, agencies, contracts, or agency fees and commissions because we do this for you. From the second you get off the airplane and into our airport pickup service, you can get settled immediately. You can focus solely on your internship and on making new friends. You are provided with a private room in shared accommodation. We want every aspect of your experience to be comfortable and enjoyable.
Other components of the program: 15-20 percent
These include, amongst other elements, transport to and from the airport, trips, events and professional development tools. Our cultural and social trips are arranged for each program with the goal of bringing all of our interns together to fully discover and explore each diverse city. This is inspired by David’s experience in Argentina, where he struggled to meet people in a similar situation. Each destination has an amazing array of activities to enjoy. We make sure that you see the city’s must-see sights. If you’ve chosen Hong Kong as your destination, we’ll take you on a tour of Lantau Island where you can see the famous Tian Tan Buddha. For those in Madrid, there’s a trip to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or if London’s your ideal location, you’ll go and see a show in the famous West End theatre district!
Our programs equally focus on both your cultural immersion as well as your career development, which is why we include professional events, workshops and training materials. Our professional development events, like RADA in London, for example, are excellent and important program inclusions.
Professional services, internship placement and organization: 35-45 percent
We have amazing teams in each destination who will guide you through each stage of your internship program. We offer assistance in acquiring visas, work with you and potential placement companies to secure your internship and run events and activities regularly. In addition, the teams in each of our destinations offer 24/7 emergency support. Each team is made up of locals and people who know their city extremely well. We, as a global team, understand all of the concerns and worries that come from moving to a different country, whether it’s culture shock, a language barrier or navigating your way around public transport. We work hard with organizations to place you in your preferred career fields and to ensure that you have a rewarding professional experience. We believe that having great teams in each of our destinations is essential to ensure that you have a worthwhile experience abroad. We want you to enjoy our cities as much as we do!
Technology: 5-10 percent
We invest in the latest technology in order to communicate with our multi-national offices and to create a smooth interview process for all of our applicants from around the globe. We also invest in our marketing department so that we can reach more people around the world and inform them about our services.
Financing Your International Internship
Many applicants worry that it may be difficult to afford an internship abroad or study abroad program. However, there are many ways for a motivated applicant to earn a grant or scholarship towards the cost of a program; to raise funds independently or by “crowd funding”; to earn money by working part time; or even to take out a loan.
Grants and Scholarships
Many of our participants have received a scholarship or grant which covered all or part of their program cost. Here is a list of resources which may help you find a grant of your own.
The best resource for grants & scholarships is your own school. If you are currently enrolled in a university or other course of study, contact your school’s study abroad, internship, financial aid, or international education department.
We offer scholarships annually for outstanding candidates. The applications for our Global Leadership Grants for 2017 are now closed. The application process for scholarships for 2018 will open in October. Meet our previous scholarship winners here.
Some specific 3rd party scholarship and grant resources available to applicants from various countries include:
- If you are a member of NSHSS, you can apply for a scholarship directly on their website
- If you are a college student in the USA receiving a Pell Grant, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs
- If you are earning college credit for your internship experience, then financial aid may be available through your school Contact your financial aid office to learn more
- The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is sponsored by the US Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to help students of limited financial means enroll in international programs. Over 2,700 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad
- The Federal Student Aid scholarship database of the US government
- Your state educational grant agency
- The Institute of International Education and NAFSA offer directories of grants and scholarships
- The Fund for Education Abroad offers scholarships of up to $10,000 to undergraduates. First-generation college students and minority students
in financial need are encouraged to apply.
- The Go Overseas Study & Intern Abroad Scholarship
- The LIVFund scholarship offers two $500 scholarships each month for internship or volunteering in Latin America
- Applicants to our Hong Kong program can explore the Luce Scholars Program, a year-long fellowship program offering language study and internship placements in Asia to graduates (bachelor’s degree is required) aged 18 to 30
- Residents of the USA who are interested in a cultural internship in our Hong Kong program may apply for a grant from The Asian Cultural Council
- Graduate students who meet certain conditions may apply for a Boren Fellowship for participation in our Colombia or Hong Kong program
- The Council on International Education Exchange has committed $20 million to grants and scholarships in the coming years
- The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program offers up to $25,000 per year to current undergraduates studying Science, Technology, Engineering or Math.
- Remember that many schools offer grants to support their students interning abroad – for example, the University of Wisconsin and the University of California-Davis
- Scholarship Search is a database of UK scholarships & grants
- If you are a college or university student in the UK receiving a Maintenance Loan of over £8200 or a Maintenance Grant, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs
- Applicants interested in architecture & conservation may explore the Garnett Travel Fellowship
- If your internship role involves research in a field such as environmental studies or geology, then you may be eligible to apply for a Royal Geographical Society grant
- Students of the University of Birmingham have access to several Student Vacation and Travel Scholarships
- University of St Andrews students may apply for Travel Scholarships for internship programs during the summer vacation
- Students at Cardiff University can apply for funding through the university’s International Scholarship Fund
- Graduates of the University of Glasgow may apply for the Sir Godfrey Collins Traveling Scholarship
- The University of Wales Trinity Saint David offers internship grants for UK and non-EU students
- Undergraduate students at BUTEX-affiliated universities and institutions are able to apply for a £500 scholarship to be used towards international education
- Many other universities and schools administer scholarships and grants which can be used to support an internship abroad. Be sure to contact the financial aid, career resources, or international studies office at your school to learn more.
- Refer a friend to The Intern Group program and get 300 USD to put towards your program fee.
- If you are a college or university student in Australia receiving Youth Allowance, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs
- Study Portal Scholarship awards a grant of 1000 Euros every quarter
- DAAD offers several scholarships for German students going abroad
- European applicants interested in our London or Madrid programs should explore the grants available to them through Erasmus. The Erasmus+ Program is a European funding program designed to offer European university students the possibility of studying or doing an internship abroad in another European country. The grants given vary and depend on the hosting and sending country but range from 350-400 euros per month. In order to qualify for the grant, applicants must be in Higher Education and must be undertaking a project abroad for at least 2 months. Before applying you should verify the application deadlines. This information can be found by visiting the the Erasmus + website or asking for details at your university’s Study Abroad Office. For an international internship in Europe, you can apply for the Erasmus + Mobility for Traineeships. Apply through the International Office or Erasmus office of your home university.
- Applicants from New Zealand should explore the scholarships available to them through the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Latin America. You can find out more about the requirements here.
Fundraising can be a fun and effective way to help pay for your time abroad. Some popular fundraising ideas include:
- Theme and holiday parties
- Dinners and banquets
- Sports tournaments and marathons
- Auctions and sales
For many more fundraising ideas, visit these websites:
Crowd funding websites help you tap into your extended personal network and receive small donations from a large number of friends, family members, and other supporters. Create a profile, describe how you will use the money, and encourage people to donate. Be sure to promote your cause using social media.
If you are interested in funding your internship program this way, then check out fundmytravel, The Intern Group’s crowdfunding partner.
Sublet your apartment
If you have your own apartment or flat, you may be able to sublet your place while you are away on your internship program. Check with your landlord and your roommates to make sure they are OK with it. If they are, sites like AirBnB or Craigslist can help you find someone to take your place, and pay you rent, while you do your internship abroad.
A part time job in the evenings, weekends, or summer can help you save a significant amount of money. If you earn (for example) 9 dollars per hour, then working just 10 hours per week could bring you almost $400 each month, or $4680 in a year. This can be an excellent resource for your international internship experience. Furthermore, future employers will be impressed by the independence & initiative you have shown, and by the additional experience you have gained.
You can also work online part time before and even during your period abroad to earn additional money. Your visa status may not allow you to take a job in your host country outside of your internship program, but you can work remotely for individuals or companies located elsewhere. Sites such as freelancer.com list many, many opportunities to pick up extra money using your skills in graphic design, writing, photography, telephone sales, data entry, programming, or other fields.
Loans are another way to help pay for your internship abroad. However, keep in mind that loans must be repaid with interest. If this is an option for you, then contact your local bank to discuss your options for student loans and personal loans.
Citizens or residents of Australia may wish to explore the OS-HELP loan supported by the Australian government.
Many interns find that their living costs are lower during their internship program, which helps to make the program more affordable. Accommodation and utilities are included in the program fee, and remaining expenses (such as food, entertainment, haircuts, etc.) sometimes cost less in our program destinations than they would in your home country.
Numbeo publishes a “cost of living index” which can help you compare cost levels in your city with our program cities.
For further cost-saving advice, see our tips on “How to not spend all your money while living abroad“.
If you are in school, also remember that many universities will grant academic credit for participation in our program. This can bring you additional savings by reducing the number of classes you need to take in order to graduate. The Intern Group is happy to provide any documentation or other support you may need in order to obtain academic credit from your school – check with your academic advisor or study abroad office to learn your school’s requirements.