Funding your internship abroad

Traveling abroad is a life changing experience that facilitates personal growth and allows you to open your mind. When planning to go abroad, you need to think about some of the practicalities of arranging your program. For many students, the most important consideration is fitting the travel costs into their budget. Traveling abroad can be expensive. The cost of flights, visas, and food add up. The good news is that you may not have to cover all the costs yourself…

Below is a summary of some options that may be available to you. For more detailed information, please see “Financing Your International Internship”.

University Funding

The first place you should look at is your university. Many universities offer travel grants for students. This may depend on your course or year of study, but many universities have grants available to everyone. You should speak to your faculty or look online for more information.

3rd Party Scholarship Providers

There are also 3rd party financial aid providers depending on your location or circumstances. Here are some helpful links and information about some scholarships:

If you are a student in the EU, you may qualify for an Erasmus Grant.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a scholarship for US citizens of limited financial means.

International Education Financial Aid: Financial Aid College Scholarship Search | IEFA

Black Excel is a major scholarship provider for African American students.

NAFSA, the Association of International Educators has included a list of U.S. Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List on their website.


Many people fund their internships by raising the money themselves. Working outside of your studies or during holidays is a good way to add to your savings and potentially fund all of your travels. Employers will also appreciate this kind of work on your CV as it shows that you are willing to work hard and that you have used your spare time productively. This will also help you to build up more experience, which will help you find a better internship and make you even more employable in the future.

Decisions, decisions…

Traveling and working abroad can be expensive, but it is also an investment in your future. Not only will you make some unforgettable memories, but you will also increase your employability. If you would like to gain the experience of a lifetime by interning abroad apply now to our award winning programs. With programs available in all industry sectors you will fast track your future career and learn valuable job skills.


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John Monahan

Before joining The Intern Group in 2014, John held senior positions in the investment operations field, including Senior Manager for Investment Application Services at Liberty Mutual (one of the USA’s largest insurance companies), and AVP at Bank of New York-Mellon. John holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Harvard University with a field of study in Economics, which he earned while working full-time. A travel enthusiast, John has visited over 30 countries, and believes deeply in the value of international experiences as a lever for educational, professional, and personal growth.
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  1. Betty Gonzalez on February 10, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    I am going to do an Internship at UN Habitat Kenya starting in September and currently I am looking for fundings, but I am an International Student (Mexico). Do you know any sources where I could search and apply?

  2. Raghib on October 19, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Į am going to do an internship at USA, Pennsylvania State University or UK, Durham University from May to July 18 and currently looking for funding. Į am From IIT Delhi. Do you know where į could apply?

    • Kaylea on October 20, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Hi Raghib,
      Thanks for your message. You can find more information on our financing page, here:

  3. Pierre on November 10, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    I am a French citizen studying in the UK. I want to do a summer internship in Vancouver (Canada). My potential employer is a start up. They have asked if I could find grants / wage subsidies to make it easier for them to employ me.

    • Kaylea on November 14, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      Hi Pierre,
      Thanks for your message. We don’t offer internships in Vancouver, but do have a Canadian program in Toronto. I’ll send you some more information today in an email.

  4. Charmaine Sandy on January 25, 2018 at 10:39 am

    I am going to do an internship in Italy ,Rome for a year. I am looking for a travel grant to Rome. I am Zimbabwean currently learning in South Africa At Stellenbosch University. Can you please assist me.

    • Kaylea on January 25, 2018 at 5:52 pm

      Hi Charmaine,
      Thanks for your message. Our program offers internships in London, Dublin, Madrid and Barcelona in Europe, we don’t have anything in Italy. I’ll send you some more information about our offerings and program inclusions.

  5. Sandeep Rijal on March 2, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    I am a graduates student of Nepal. I am going to do internship in WHO in Manila, Philippines from April to June. would it be possible to get any funding for my travel and overseas stay during internship?
    kind regards

    • Gabrielle Trasatti on March 6, 2018 at 5:02 pm

      Hi Sandeep, thanks for your comment! I’ve sent you an email regarding your question. Best regards

  6. Costanza on June 1, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Hi I am Costanza, I am Italian and I will start an unpaid internship in Geneva, Switzerland, with an american NGO called Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain. The problem is that I am not a student anymore, do you know any sources where I could search and apply?

    Thank you so much,

    • Gabrielle Trasatti on June 4, 2019 at 3:47 pm

      Hi Constanza, thanks for reaching out! Yes, on this same page, look for the three tabs labeled: US, UK, and International. You’ll want to look under the “International” tab to search through those third-party grants and scholarships to see which one(s) you may be eligible for.

      We wish you the very best in Geneva, cheers!

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