IEP offers customized internship programs to students and recent graduates from a wide variety of academic backgrounds. All placements are tailored to meet the individual's needs, meaning that the internship is based on the desired country location, length of stay, career field, and the applicant's academic and experiential background.  For an idea of the quality of IEP internships, see some past placements.  Or, view more detailed descriptions according to academic discipline by clicking here.

Some things to think about when considering an Intern Abroad program:

Who? Internships are recommended for college students with a solid academic foundation and recent graduates looking for a personal and professional enhancement.  If you're still not sure what your academic focus or career will be, an internship can help you figure it out, but will likely not be as focused or practical as if you already had a solid academic foundation to apply further.  In this case, a Volunteer Abroad experience can be very rewarding and help you set your personal and academic goals. 

What? All internships are practical experiences based on your academic background, any relevant work experience, and your career goals - we give you a lot of input as to what type of internship you want, but can at least guarantee a placement according to your experience.  The fee you pay goes to provide the customized placement, housing, travel insurance, airport pickup, on-site orientation and support services. Additional amenities such as Internet, social events, and language training may be included.  All internships are unpaid (with the exception of a monthly stipend in China), and instead reward participants with invaluable personal and professional experiences that are sure to make an easy return on the investment of time and money made. 

Where? The Intern Abroad locations are listed above, or scroll through the photo icons above.

  • This is often reflective of the TYPE of internship or EXPERIENCE you're looking for (i.e. an internship in Health in a "developing" country would have you exposed to much more hands-on/field opportunities, whereas the same focus in a "developed" country would provide more of a clinical, academic, or professional setting.

When? All internships run throughout the year, with the exception of Intern in London and Intern in Dublin (summer only) and programs during December in Christian-based communities due to local holidays.

Why? Personal and professional development, international living and working, a practical experience that is oftentimes suitable for a young professional a year or two out of college, a huge resume booster, a great way to get abroad before you hunker down and focus on your long-term future!

How? Browse through the countries above to find a good fit for your country of interest and placement type.  To make it easier, contact either a Program Advisor or Ginny, our Internship Coordinator. 

IEP internships focus on practical international experience in the workplace. Our goal is to provide placements where interns can enter into a professional environment and gain a global perspective in the industry that they hope to begin a career in.

IEP does not issue credit for internship placements. Students who wish to receive credit should speak with their academic advisor and/or study abroad office on their home campus to learn about how they can obtain credit for their internship. In most cases, financial aid can be applied to an internship program awarding credit.


Why Intern Abroad

Professional Experience & Resume Builder

In today's competitive global work environment, it is increasingly important to demonstrate that you have international experience. Interning abroad not only gives you international work experience but also provides a highly marketable resume experience! Read more about marketing your international experience to a potential employer.

Practical Experience

Interning abroad is an incredible way to gain real world experience in a particular academic field or future profession. For example, international business majors can learn more about global markets simply by shopping in downtown London or Dublin. Marine biology majors can observe marine life in Australia and fashion merchandising majors can learn about Italian fashion in the storefronts of Florence. Think of all of the things you could learn in an international internship!

Unforgettable Experience

Internship programs give individuals the out-of-classroom exposure to cultures, language, environments, people groups, ideas, and traditions that they may not otherwise have an opportunity to experience in their hometown. Traveling overseas often gives participants a new perspective on life and provides lasting memories and stories to share with others upon returning to their hometown.

Contact IEP to learn more about our programs.

Intern or Volunteer? What to Expect.

The term "internship" generally refers to a professional placement where you work for a company or business. You may be required to conduct a phone interview with the company prior to being given a placement offer. You may have to report to a supervisor. An evaluation of your performance will be submitted to IEP upon completion of your internship. Internships overseas tend to be similar to a structured internship in the United States. Interns generally live with other interns or students in shared apartments or houses.

A "volunteer program" generally places students and volunteers in a community service or humanitarian aid project. Usually an organization will offer a placement without conducting a phone interview to a participant based on the information that the individual submits in the application. Flexibility and patience are needed to participate on a volunteer program in a developing country because the comforts and amenities that most Americans are used to are generally not readily available. Volunteers live with local families in the community.

However, for some career fields and majors, a "volunteer" project may be an internship or vice versa. For example, business majors can intern with a company in Ecuador, go on medical missions in the Philippines, or veterinary science majors can work on a wildlife preserve in Costa Rica or at a zoo in New Zealand. Conversely, Social Science majors can work for an NGO in London or Barcelona or ecotourism majors can work at a "green" hostel in New Zealand!

The possibilities are endless! Browse the internship and volunteer country locations to see what types of placements are available. And remember, if you do not find what you are looking for, contact an IEP representative to discuss your options!

Past Placements

IEP does not, in any way guarantee that past placements with specific companies will be available for future students. These past placements are only a small sampling of past placements and are listed to demonstrate the quality and variety of IEP internship placements.

AustraliaUniversity of Technology, Dimension Studios, University of New South Wales

EnglandThe Royal Free Hospital, Straight No Chaser Magazine, NGO's and think tanks

IrelandCitiGroup, Atomic Sports, film production

ItalyGelleria Tornabuoni (art gallery), Team Cerbaia (soccer team), event planning

New ZealandPark Road Post (Peter Jackson's Film Company), Helipro Aviation Training Ltd., Business incubator

SpainClub Atletic de Madrid (soccer team), ESL, public relations


Am I guaranteed a placement?

Once a completed application and deposit is submitted to IEP, we guarantee that all applicants will be placed in an internship within their career field, or you receive a full refund and deposit back. While IEP and affiliates work diligently to place students in an internship that meets most if not all of their specifications, IEP only guarantees placement within the career field. IEP will inform a student early on in the process if the student's first country choice does not offer their desired placement.

What is included?

Your customized placement, housing, airport pickup, travel insurance, pre-departure materials, and support services. Additional amenities such as Internet access, language training, and excursions may be included.

What other costs are involved?

You need to purchase your roundtrip plane ticket, visa & passport (when applicable), meals in country (with the exception of home stays that offer meals), transportation in country, and personal items. Please see the Dates & Costs chart to view estimated additional cost.

Can I get an internship placement in my field even if it has never been done before?

Absolutely! Every year, IEP finds new internship placements with international companies. If your career field is less traditional, make sure you submit your application as soon as possible and speak with an IEP representative about country options.

After I apply, when do I find out what company I work for?

Securing an internship placement takes time, in some cases, months. IEP frequently communicates with the overseas coordinators about individual student placements. Once a company has agreed to host a student, they will make a placement offer. They may wish to set up a phone interview to "meet" the student and ensure that the internship is a good fit for both parties. The student then accepts or denies the placement offer and the terms and conditions are arranged and agreed upon.

What if the placement offer isn't what I had in mind?

On rare occasion, a student may not wish to accept the initial placement offer. IEP will work with the overseas coordinators to arrange a second placement offer that matches more closely with the student's expectations. If the student rejects the second placement, IEP and the student will discuss a third placement offer or student withdrawal. If a placement is found within the student's chosen career field and they reject all placement offers, they will be refunded any program payments but not the initial deposit.

Why doesn't IEP issue credit for internships?

Each college and university evaluates internship credits and standards for receiving credit differently. IEP facilitates the internship placement process but not the issuance of credit. In the same way that a corporation or business in the United States does not issue credit for an internship, the companies that partner with IEP and IEP affiliates do not issue credit but rather provide a professional learning environment.

How can I earn credit for my internship?

Students should meet with their academic advisor to discuss what their college or university requires in order to issue credit. Most institutions require that students work a certain number of hours per week and receive an evaluation from a supervisor at the end of the internship placement. Your home study abroad office or career center may be another great resource when learning about international internship requirements. IEP works with students who wish to receive credit to ensure that the proper documentation is provided to the student in order for them to receive credit.

Why do I have to pay to intern abroad?

  • Interns are essentially paying for a professional international experience that could not otherwise be obtained without the connections and partnerships that IEP and IEP affiliates have built over the years with local companies in the host country.
  • You have a team of people in the United States and overseas actively searching for and securing your placement!
  • Many international corporations and companies are willing to mentor an American student and give them real-life work experience if the student is there for the express purpose of learning and not for a short-term salary.
  • In many countries the visa process is more difficult for both the company and the student if the student will be receiving a salary. Understandably, it's unfair for foreigners to come in and take locals' jobs.
  • IEP takes care of everything you need for a comprehensive experience, including housing, support staff, and various cultural and adventure activities depending on the program.

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