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An international internship can be a life-changing experience, offering you the opportunity to grow in confidence, embrace a new culture, open doors in your career and learn more about yourself and the direction you want to head in next.

The Intern Group’s international programs are more than just internships. Our purpose is to inspire and encourage people to believe in and challenge themselves, discover their passion and realize their potential. We provide a comprehensive program focusing on professional development as well as cultural immersion. Our team will guide you through the whole process, securing you an excellent opportunity to develop professionally, as well as providing accommodation and offering 24/7 in-country assistance and a range of training and events. After completing your internship, you join our 10,000+ alumni network and benefit from our career coaching and ongoing events.

The idea started when our CEO and Co-founder, David Lloyd, experienced the difficulties of setting up an internship abroad first-hand. Determined to learn a second language and fulfil his love of travelling, he travelled to Argentina with no idea how hard his journey 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 without any internship opportunities confirmed. From there, the idea of The Intern Group was born.

We know that your decision to invest in joining our program is an important one, so we want to be transparent about how we use your program fee to enhance your experience from start to finish.

We use your program fees to cover program costs, professional services, operational costs and technology. The exact percentages per destination will vary depending on the context of that destination, but we always ensure we are making the best use of the program fee to create a high-quality experience wherever you choose to do your internship.

Note: These are global averages, the exact percentages per destination will vary depending on the context of that destination.

What is the program fee going towards?

50%

Program costs

The Intern Group’s international programs are more than just internships. We provide a comprehensive program focusing on professional development as well as cultural immersion. Each destination has a unique offering, but wherever you choose you will benefit from cultural events, airport transfers, accommodation and access to a range of services, including Talkspace, a DISC workplace assessment and a one-on-one career coaching session after your internship.

30%

Professional services

By joining our program, our global and in-country teams support you over several months throughout your experience, from your admissions process, placement process, visa assistance, pre-arrival support, 24/7 in-country support, as well as access to our ongoing alumni network. Throughout your time in the country, our team will deliver cultural events and professional development training. We invest in our team and their ongoing professional development to ensure you are supported by experts in their field and destination.

10%

Operational costs

We allocate a proportion towards our organization and infrastructure and this investment helps ensure we offer the best quality service to you. This includes management, global partnerships, legal and professional services, insurance, travel, office rent, program evaluation and development, amongst other costs.

10%

Technology

We invest in the latest technology in order to communicate with our multinational offices and to create a smooth interview and onboarding 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.

In-country spending per week

The program fee includes your accommodation, airport pick up and drop off, in-country transportation, cultural events, professional development tools, career coaching, 24/7 support and more. Outside of this, you will need to budget for food, drink and extracurricular activities, such as travel. Depending on the program, the cost of living differs. In-country spending will also depend on your lifestyle choices. Here are the average costs of living per week in each destination.

  • London: £100-£200 (GBP)
  • Madrid: €100-€200 (EURO)
  • Dublin: €100-€200 (EURO)
  • Barcelona: €100-€200 (EURO)
  • New York: $200-$300 (USD)
  • Toronto: $200-$300 (CAD)
  • California: $200-$300 (USD)
  • Australia: $150-$250 (AUD)
  • Hong Kong: $1000-$2000 (HKD)
  • Shanghai: $150-$250 (USD)
  • Tokyo: ¥15000-¥30000 (JPY)
  • Bangkok: $100-$200 (USD)
  • Colombia: $100-$200 (USD)
  • Chile: $100-$200 (USD)