Since our organization was founded in 2011, we have had over 20,000 applications annually. We boast a diverse cross section of participants, with candidates coming from over 100 countries, speaking over 40 languages and attending over 500 universities worldwide. We have forged long lasting partnerships with world-class international companies and organizations in which we place our interns. Similarly, we have partnerships with universities all over the world from which we source world-class interns.
What our Partners Say
Our first summer working with The Intern Group has been very positive and we look forward to continuing our partnership. The team respond to questions quickly and thoroughly and have ensured our students’ placements in Colombia have gone smoothly. Feedback from our students has been equally positive: “The experience in Colombia was great – an invaluable, incredible eye opening experience which has given me a lot of hope for the future.” (Daniel H).
Last November I visited the Intern Group in Medellin for a site visit. My full itinerary made by visit very worthwhile and I got a real sense of the work that they do. I was able to connect with staff from the Intern Group Office in Medellin, meet with partner companies, attend an alumni event and see a little bit of the city as well as where our students would live.
I was really impressed, not only with the high level of support and service that interns receive from staff in the Medellin Office, but the very positive relationships they have developed with the companies they work with. There is a clear sense of mutual benefit. Interns are given valuable projects and tasks to undertake which, importantly, develop their skills and allow them to learn about the world of work in an international context, but also adds real benefit to the host company. Companies genuinely welcomed the fresh insight of interns and what they could bring to the organisation.
It’s a wonderful place, and I met some of the most friendly and welcoming people I have come across, who have a real sense of pride in introducing their city. The current interns, and alumni I met while there were having a very worthwhile and enjoyable experience, many commenting that they didn’t want to leave.
Cardiff University, UK
Your Student’s Career Development
At The Intern Group we pride ourselves on the professional development tools we offer to all interns on our program. Our career development program includes: a personalized introductory career coaching Skype interview for each participant; a written pre-departure welcome pack; access to a workplace personality and skills assessment (DISC); intercultural competence training video series; a personalized, one hour session with an Alumni Success Coach and professional expert training materials. All participants will also benefit from professional development workshops and networking events throughout their program. Post-program, all of our participants are invited to become members of our alumni network, whereby they can keep in touch, share advice and network amongst themselves.
Our alumni are guaranteed to stand out from the crowd when applying for post-graduation employment given the training and activities that they have completed with us. As well as gaining hands-on experience from the internship, our programs also include: a professional development workshop; an industry-leading workplace performance assessment; and expert training materials on key topics. These tools ensure that participants get the most out of their experience. Additionally, the internship can be used to gain academic credit. We work with universities worldwide to help their students receive academic credit if it is required for their studies.
Health & safety
Here at The Intern Group, our interns’ health and well-being are our top priorities. As an organization that promotes international experiences, we understand that while it is exciting for interns to move to a new city, it is also essential for them to be aware of the various cultural differences they may face. We try to prepare our interns as much as possible for these cultural differences by providing them with a welcome pack at the start of their program and 24/7 support from our local staff.
We recognize the importance of students making informed decisions about overseas travel. We regularly monitor safety and security in each program location and advise students and their universities of any risks that would potentially affect them. The information we act upon is based on the recommendations from the U.S. Department of State’s travel warnings, UK Government, local law enforcement in our overseas destinations, NAFSA and the World Health Organization.
Emergency communication: We insist that each intern has an emergency contact listed on their application whom we can notify in case of emergencies.
Key local contacts: It is equally as important that each intern keeps their contact information updated and has the on-site program coordinator’s contact information.
Keeping in touch with home: We encourage our participants to stay in touch with their families and universities so as to keep them updated on their welfare.
Copies of travel documents: We advise that participants make a copy of their passport and carry it with them while leaving their hard copy in a safe place in their accommodations. Interns should also keep travel and medical insurance information with them.
Be smart: Interns are given extensive pre-departure information about their host city and safety procedures. However it is up to each individual to make smart choices like learning local laws and customs, telling others where they are going, avoiding walking alone at night, and keeping valuable items in safe places.
The Intern Group has set standards regarding acceptable behavior that are made clear to participants early on. These are firmly reiterated during the welcome orientation and can be found in our terms and conditions, which all participants are required to sign.
We encourage students to bookmark travel sites with useful information as well as regular travel updates on their destination of choice, like the following:
- US State Department: Travel Warnings
- US State Department Tips for Students Traveling Abroad
- UK Government Travel Abroad
- Australian Government Travel Advice
- Canadian Government Travel Advice