Internships in Non-Profits, Non-Governmental Organizations, Research Institutes, and Universities
Adam Smith Institute
Located in London, the Adam Smith Institute is the UK 's leading innovator of market economic policies. Named after the Scottish economist and author of The Wealth of Nations, its guiding principles are free markets and a free society. The Institute is politically independent and non-profit. It works through research on policy options, publications, conferences, and seminars to help shape public debate in the media and among opinion-formers. The Institute researches a range of key public policy issues, including welfare, health, education, transport, public services, culture and media, industry, employment, justice, and security.
American-Mideast Education & Training Services (AMIDEAST)
AMIDEAST is a private, nonprofit organization that strengthens mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. AMIDEAST provides English language and professional skills training, educational advising, and testing services to students and professionals in the Middle East and North Africa; supports institutional development projects in the region; and administers educational exchange programs. Founded in 1951, AMIDEAST is headquartered in Washington, DC with field offices in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank/Gaza, and Yemen. If you are interested in working in a field office, you must apply directly to the field office of your choice (see website for contact information). Submit a cover letter describing your interests and needs, along with a resume outlining your study and/or work experience and two references to the Country Director managing that particular field office. If have any questions, contact AMIDEAST Personnel at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Americas Foundation: Colegio La Esperanza
The Americas Foundation is a California-based, nonprofit, non-sectarian organization dedicated to community development and directly aiding the disadvantaged children in the impoverished neighborhood Colonia Esperanza in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
Amigos de las Americas
Amigos de las Americas is an international, voluntary, nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization that provides leadership development opportunities for young people and promotes community health in Latin America. Volunteers live with families in small communities in rural and semi-urban areas and are supervised by more experienced volunteers and officials.
Brazil-U.S. Business Council
The Brazil-U.S. Business Council was established to foster understanding among the private business sectors of Brazil and the United States and to enhance the relationship between their two countries. The unifying purpose of the Council is to protect, maintain, and advance the free market enterprise system in both countries and, specifically, to increase the flow of trade and investment and the transfer of technology by improving the business climate in both countries. Unpaid internships are offered to assist with marketing studies and research on the Brazilian economy. Knowledge of Portuguese is preferred and familiarity with the country’s history is important.
Council on Hemisphere Affairs
Internships offered at COHA provide entry level practical experience in dealing with a variety of hemispheric political, economic, diplomatic, and trade issues. COHA internships in Washington and Latin America are awarded on a highly competitive basis, with summer positions (which require a 14-week commitment) being the most sought after. Some knowledge and/or interest in U.S./Latin American affairs or international relations is essential, and candidates should display impressive research and writing skills. Language ability in Spanish or Portuguese is desired, although an interest/major in journalism, English, or one of the social sciences may be substituted. COHA encourages applications from candidates with high computer literacy.
DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst--German Academic Exchange)
RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering)
RISE gives students in the fields of biology, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering and physics the chance to spend a summer working with German doctoral students on serious research projects. The doctoral students help integrate the undergraduate directly into the lab work and serve as personal and professional mentors. All participants receive stipends from DAAD to help cover living expenses, and the partner universities and research institutions provide housing assistance.
DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst -- German Academic Exchange)
internXchange: Summer Internship Program in Berlin for American Journalism Students
The program consists of two complementary segments. The first six weeks will be spent at the Freie Universität Berlin, where participants will expand their academic understanding of the politics, society and culture of Germany, and the country's current social conditions and media scene. With these theoretical building blocks in place, participants will do a week of project work with journalism students from the Independent States of the former Soviet Union and subsequently embark on an intensive four-week internship with a German newspaper, magazine or radio station. If no journalism major is available at your university, you may still apply if significant interest/activity in journalism can be demonstrated (e.g. university newspaper, internship).
International Peace Bureau
The International Peace Bureau is dedicated to the vision of a World Without War. It supports peace and disarmament initiatives taken by the UN, by governments, and especially by citizens. It devotes its main resources to informing and servicing grassroots peace campaigns and creating international projects. In addition, it acts as publishing house, conference organizer, and Geneva logistical support for visiting NGOs. IPB does not normally accept interns on a short term basis, i.e. anything less than 2, and preferably 3, months.
Nexos Voluntarios is a non-profit non-governmental organization located in Lima, Peru, that provides opportunities to caring individuals to make a significant contribution to the development of Peru’s poorest communities, by living and working as volunteers in the country on projects related to health, education, environment, micro-business, human rights, and fine arts.. Volunteers are assigned to the organizations that best match their interests and skills. A minimum participation of six weeks is required.
Pasteur Foundation/Institut Pasteur
Located in the heart of Paris, the Institut Pasteur is one of the world's leading biomedical research organizations. With 130+ laboratories and 2,500 people on campus, it is a vibrant, international community devoted to basic scientific research primarily in the area of infectious disease. The Pasteur Foundation Summer Internship Program provides U.S. undergraduates with the rare opportunity to conduct summer research at the Institut Pasteur. The foundation’s goal is to encourage students in the pursuit of a scientific career and to expose them to an international laboratory experience. Each year, four laboratories at the Institut Pasteur are chosen to host U.S. undergraduates. Visit The Pasteur Foundation Summer Internship Program website for more information. The deadline is in mid-December. Note: An IIP placement has also been created at the Institut Pasteur in the Cell Biology and Infection Department. See the country page for France for details.
ProWorld's mission is to promote social and economic development, empower communities, and cultivate educated, compassionate, global citizens. ProWorld teams work year round in Peru, Belize, and Mexico assessing needs and setting long-term goals for sustainable development. Students join ProWorld projects through NGO internships, semesters abroad, and faculty led group programs. Projects match the skills of each student with the needs of the community. Placements start every month of the year and include conservation, health care, education, human rights, journalism, and business. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in international development.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
The purpose of the RFE/RL Internship program is to offer meaningful work experiences for university students and recent graduates to support RFE/RL's mission by providing independent journalism experience to young people from their broadcast regions who will return to their countries to practice good journalism; assist RFE/RL's outreach efforts; and provide interns an opportunity to develop their skills through practical experience, thus increasing their prospects for employment. RFE/RL offers a limited number of places for interns, which are filled subject to the current needs.
Rempart is a federation of 170 French associations dedicated to the rehabilitation and restoration of historical buildings and archaeological sites. It was created in 1966 and has been approved by the French ministries of Culture, Youth, Education and Environment. Volunteers from all parts of Europe participate in REMPART work camps in different regions of France, working approximately 35 hours per week, with two days for leisure and cultural activities, mostly organized by each camp.
La Sabranenque undertakes projects in restoration and reconstruction of historic monuments in France and Italy. Volunteers contribute to the restoration of sites dating often to Medieval times, earn traditional building techniques from experienced technicians, share in a multinational experience with volunteers from many places. Working knowledge of Italian or French is desirable, but not essential.
Trickle Up Program
Trickle Up is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the alleviation of poverty through micro enterprise development. It provides individuals in underdeveloped countries with conditional seed capital grants and business training to enable them to start their own businesses. The Program operates in eight core countries: India, Nepal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Princeton students interested in applying for summer internships with Trickle Up should make an appointment with Luisa Duarte-Silva, IIP director.
University of Tokyo Research Internship Program (UTRIP)
The University of Tokyo Research Internship Program (UTRIP) is a summer internship program for students majoring in natural science and related fields. The program is a good trial for students to test their aptitude for rigorous graduate study in the natural sciences. Participating students work closely with leading researchers of the Graduate School of Science (GSS) at the University of Tokyo (known as Todai). The program includes off-campus activities such as a field-trip to a World-Heritage site in Japan, and social and cultural events to promote a better understanding of Japanese culture and build good relationships with current students at Todai. Lectures on cross-disciplinary scientific areas are also part of the program.
Village Education Project
Volunteers with The Village Education Project will teach Math, English, or Computer Skills at a rigorous summer program for underprivileged children in the rural villages surrounding Otavalo, Ecuador. Including pre-departure and on-site training, the program not only allows volunteers to experience Ecuador from one of its most vibrant cities, but to make a substantive difference in the lives of children. Classes are focused on seventh graders that the foundation will sponsor to attend high school, an opportunity currently granted to less than 10 percent of Ecuador's rural population. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to work with children of all age groups, and to branch out of the three core subjects to teach sports, music, art and other subjects. Outside of working hours, volunteers in the past have taken salsa lessons, traveled to the nearby cloud forest, climbed volcanoes, visited the rain forest, and gone on numerous hikes through the stunning Andes Mountains.
Visions in Action
Visions in Acrtion is a nonprofit NGO that sends volunteers to Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Burkina Faso, and Mexico on six-month and one-year programs. There are also short-term summer and winter programs in Tanzania and Mexico. Volunteers work in a variety of development sectors, including human rights and law, small business, children and youth, health, women, journalism, the environment, housing, democratization, appropriate technology, education, and relief work. Programs leave throughout the year. Some Spanish is required for Mexico, volunteers must be proficient in French for Burkina Faso, and fluent English is necessary for all other programs.
WorldTeach is a non-profit non-governmental organization based at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. It was founded by a group of students in 1986, in response to the need for educational assistance in developing countries. It provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers overseas. Most volunteers teach English, though teaching placements have also expanded into other fields such as Information and Communication Technology and environmental education.