Internship Placement Agencies
Listed below are several non-Princeton programs and organizations that may be useful for finding internships abroad. Note that costs for placements offered through placement agencies are often higher than for IIP Placements.
Present in more than 90 countries and territories, AIESEC, the world's largest student organization, is the international platform for young people to discover and develop their potential to have a positive impact on society. They provide positions in business, marketing, community development, information technology, teaching, curriculum development. Companies that are members of AIESEC hire student trainees for periods from 8 weeks to 18 months to work in finance, economics, education, marketing, sustainable development, etc. Your salary will cover your living and housing expenses while abroad but you will be responsible for your travel expenses.
American Friends Service Committee
AFSC carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world. Founded by Quakers in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian war victims, AFSC's work attracts the support and partnership of people of many races, religions, and cultures. The Quaker Information Center lists additional related volunteer and service opportunities—Quaker and non-Quaker; domestic and international.
American Scandinavian Foundation
ASF promotes international understanding through educational and cultural exchange between the United States and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The ASF's training program enables young Americans and Scandinavians to receive practical working experience while living abroad. A small number of Americans find training assignments in Scandinavia, mostly in technological fields.
AmeriSpan is a private company that arranges internships and volunteer placements with organizations throughout Latin America. Their website lists opportunities classified by fields and by countries.
Connect-123 Internship and Volunteer Programs
Connect-123 facilitates career-related internship and service learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in Cape Town, South Africa and Buenos Aires, Argentina in a wide range of fields including public health, medicine, education, economic development, business consulting, human rights, and journalism. For all programs, Connect-123 provides substantial local support, including secure housing, logistical support, and regular social programs (ranging from cultural tours to community service activities). They also advise program participants prior to departure and provide ongoing support and guidance, from academic advice and mentoring to hands-on help in case of an emergency.
Cross Cultural Solutions
(CCS) is a non-profit international volunteer organization that operates service programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Projects are mainly in community development, supervised by country-based staff. Volunteers are matched to individual projects according to their interests and skills and according to the needs of the project.
Cultural Vistas seeks to create memorable and transforming global learning opportunities that enrich career and leadership development.
Foundation for Sustainable Development
FSD is dedicated to supporting community development initiatives in the developing world, with summer internship opportunities in Nicaragua, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Kenya, Uganda, and India. FSD supports the work of grassroots organizations working to develop their own communities.
Initiated in Kenya in 1986, Global Routes is a non-governmental, non-sectarian organization committed to strengthening the global community. The college-level teaching internship program focuses on developing the individual’s sense of self-sufficiency. While interns receive support from their in-country director and fellow interns, they spend the majority of each week living somewhat independently in their host villages where they teach in local schools. Currently, volunteer work programs are offered for college and gap-year students in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Kenya, or Thailand.
Global Service Corps
GSC offers life changing volunteer, internship, or fellowship experiences in Tanzania or Thailand. As a registered U.S. 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, GSC has become a leader in the field of international volunteerism by designing and implementing effective community development volunteer service-learning programs since 1992. Volunteer vacations and community training programs are offered year round. Community training programs are available from two weeks to one year, in HIV/AIDS education and prevention, sustainable agriculture and food security, international public health, cultural immersion, orphanage care, and English education. Through the development of these community training programs, GSC has attained NGO status and become recognized as a respected international development organization. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global Volunteer Network
GVN places volunteers in community projects throughout the world, giving them the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational, environmental and community aid programs. Examples of the exciting and rewarding activities available to volunteers include teaching English, environmental work, AIDS education, and assisting in an orphanage.
The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE), founded in 1948, is an international network that coordinates on-the-job training for students in the fields of engineering, computer science, mathematics, natural/physical sciences, architecture, and agricultural science. IAESTE internships are paid, and positions are available in industry, research institutes, universities, consulting firms, labs, and other work environments. Most placements are for 8-12 weeks during the summer.
Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with offices in the U.S. and Argentina. The Idealist website covers nonprofit and volunteering opportunities in 140 countries, classified by name, location, or mission.
InterExchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cultural awareness through a wide range of work and travel, language, volunteer, professional training, internship, and au pair programs within the United States and around the world. Internships are available in New Zealand and France. Volunteer opportunities are available in Costa Rica, Australia, India, Peru, Kenya, Namibia, and South Africa. Placement fees vary according to countries.
International Cooperative Education Program
The International Cooperative Education Program arranges for paid positions in a wide variety of employment fields including retail sales, hospitality, banking, education, and engineering. Work permits are facilitated. Internships run between 8 and 10 weeks and usually begin in June. To be eligible, applicants must have completed at least one year of college-level German, French, Spanish, Chinese, or Italian, and/or a minimum of two years of college-level Japanese. Placements are made between February and May.
International Development Exchange (IDEX)
IDEX promotes sustainable solutions to poverty by providing long-term grants and access to resources to locally-run organizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Among the tasks interns perform are project evaluations, grant writing, Web site development, and the organization of community groups. Overseas IDEX internships are located in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
International Volunteer Program
IVP offers volunteer opportunities abroad in France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Costa Rica. IVP volunteers work on a variety of projects in the areas of social justice, arts and culture, and the environment. Participants in the volunteer program are assigned to an organization that works with underprivileged youth, the elderly, the disabled, and/or immigrant populations in addition ot museums, historic preservation organizations, and environmental justice projects.
International Volunteer Programs Association
International Volunteer Programs Association is an alliance of nonprofit, non-governmental organizations involved in international volunteer and internship exchanges.
Live, Learn, and Intern in China (LLIC)
The University of Hong Kong’s Learn, Live, and Intern in China (LLIC) program consists of a two-week seminar at HKU followed by a seven-week internship placement. The seminar component, which includes lecture, course work, and field trips, is offered by HKU’s Faculty of Social Science and is part of the Asia as a Global Future Summer Institute. For the internship component, participants work in either Hong Kong or Shanghai at selected companies, ranging from small to medium enterprises, including a range of industries from finance and non-profit to media and commercial enterprises. The internships vary from year to year and may change based on circumstances. Applicants are asked to indicate their industry preferences and city preferences on their application and can request to be considered for a particular company, but there are no guarantees.
People to People International
People to People, originally called the "President's People to People Program," was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, with the basic goal of advancing tolerance and world peace. Through its Overseas Internship Program, students are placed in eight-week assignments, consistent with their academic background, experience, and career goals. The positions cover a wide variety of fields and locations, including Guatemala, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, London, and Dublin. Proficiency in language of host country is highly recommended, although not a requirement.
Projects Abroad offers a diverse range of teaching, care, conservation, medical, journalism, and work experience projects, plus the opportunity to become part of one of a local community overseas. With over 150 trained staff at their destinations and offering over 100 generic placements and a wide choice within these placements, Projects Abroad is the leading volunteer placement organization in the U.S. Regardless of their qualifications, volunteers with Projects Abroad do real, meaningful work.
Universal Giving is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization with a web-based free service that matches volunteers with international NGOs.
Volunteers for Environment and Education Program (VEEP) Nepal
VEEP Nepal is a non-profitable, non-governmental social development organization that works in rural areas of Nepal. It aims to tap the youth, school children, and people in the community to involve them in national development as well as to achieve its goals in the field of environment awareness, health and sanitation awareness, educational development, andactivities concerned with people's real needs. VEEP Nepal is legally registered as non-governmental organization and affiliated with the social welfare council.VEEP sends trained volunteers to remote areas to raise awareness about environmental issues, primary health, and sanitation. Opportunities exist in teaching conversational English in local schools; creating awareness about basic health issues, environmental issues, sanitation issues; and building business skills and self-confidence. Note: Princeton University will not fund or sponsor undergraduate student travel to countries on the U.S. State Department Warning List. Please contact Luisa Duarte-Silva, director of the International Internship Program, if you are interested in an internship in Nepal.
Volunteers for Peace, Inc.
Voluneers for Peace is a non-profit membership corporation whose services include providing consultation and a placement service for a short-term form of international voluntary service called "workcamps." These grass-roots programs vary according to the local needs. They include construction and restoration of low income housing or community buildings; environmental projects such as trail building and organic farming; social services working with children, the elderly, physically or mentally handicapped, refugees, minority groups, etc. VFP is a member of the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service at UNESCO and works in cooperation with Service Civil International, the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations, and the International Youth Action for Peace.
Youth Challenge Costa Rica (Reto Juvenil International)
Youth Challenge is a Costa Rican organization that, together with Australia, Canada, and Guyana, carries out volunteer programs where community development is complemented by personal growth, group work, and community service. The organization offers support to communities through unskilled manual labor for construction projects in communities, as well as environmental initiatives in national parks and rural communities.