In-Person Internships Abroad

In-Person Internships Abroad

ISA In-Person Internships Abroad are available in more than 10 countries worldwide. Each placement is customized based on the personal and professional goals that you specified during the application process. Once abroad, you will intern for 32-40 hours a week while you immerse yourself in the culture and explore the country. With in-country orientation, excursions, and cultural activities ̶ in addition to the academic programming and our Professional Development Toolbox ̶ your in-person global internship will provide you with a robust experience that is focused on your goals.

  • 10 countries available
  • 8 - 12 weeks in Duration
  • 32-40 hours a week
  • Start in May, June, September or January/February
  • Optional 6 academic credits
Career Semester

Check out our other program options.

The Internship Process

Before You Depart

Complete the Online Application

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The earlier you apply, the sooner our on-site teams can begin looking for the perfect internship for you. Application deadlines are typically 4 months before the program start date. You will be required to submit supplemental application materials after completing the initial online application. The application deposit is $95 and will be applied toward your total program fee.

Advising Session and Interview
Once all application materials have been submitted, you will have your advising session to discuss your professional goals, academic requirements, and personal interests regarding your internship. You will receive tips to strengthen your résumé and cover letter before we send to the overseas placement teams. A brief language assessment will be conducted, if needed. Recommended revisions will be due within 1-5 days of your advising session depending on how close to the deadline you apply. A $405 referral fee will be due at the time of scheduling your advising session.* At this point, your application is sent to the overseas team for placement.

Referral
The matching process can take anywhere from 2-10 weeks. During this time, you will receive access to our Online Orientation and receive our Pro-Tips email series addressing various aspects of professional development. You may be asked to interview with your prospective company prior to confirmation.

Confirmation
Your Confirmation Letter will provide details of your host organization, your role, and your tasks and responsibilities. You will have five days after receiving the offer to accept your placement. A $1,500 acceptance deposit is due at this time to confirm your placement.*

Final Forms and Payment Deadline
All forms and remaining balances for the internship program must be received 30 days prior to departure or your application could be canceled.

Pre-departure
Two to three weeks prior to departure, your Career Advisor will hold your Pre-Departure Orientation which covers work culture in your host country, goal setting, expectations, and strategies for internship success.

*Does not apply to students from direct bill universities.

Click here for a PDF of the ISA Internships pre-departure timeline.


Once You Arrive

Your On-site ISA Staff
From the moment you arrive in your host country through the end of your program, the ISA on-site staff and partners will support you. The on-site staff will greet you at the airport and you will begin your experience with an on-site orientation. Throughout your program, the on-site staff will be available to ensure that your internship is going smoothly and to give you support and feedback when you need it. The on-site staff will host cultural and professional development events throughout your program.

Your Host Organization
Each host organization has agreed to accept you into their workplace based on your past experiences and future goals. The on-site staff or ISA academic supervisor will check-in with your Host-Site Supervisor regularly to ensure that everything is going well. All interns are required to intern a minimum of 32 hours per week.


When You Return

Re-Entry Resources
Once you return home, the ISA Alumni Team will provide you with re-entry resources and keep you connected to the ISA community through social media, the ISA photo contest, opportunities to serve as an alumni contact, and the Global Ambassador Program.

Placements for In-Person Internships

We specialize in finding a placement that fits your goals. As part of your application, you will submit a cover letter and resume. The cover letter is where you will articulate what type of internship you are seeking and your personal and professional goals. You will then have an advising session to further define your areas of interest for our team before your application is sent abroad for placement. For more information, see What to Expect Throughout Your Program below.

Take a look at the Career Field page to see past internship placements.

What's Included

CUSTOM-MATCHED INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT

The ISA Internships team works with each applicant to learn about their personal and professional goals and interests, in addition to their education, work, or volunteer experiences. We believe that spending this time on the front-end with each applicant allows us to make great matches between each of our interns and one of our over 800 host companies.

Sample past placements can be viewed on our website, but this is by no means a comprehensive list of the breadth of internships that we can accommodate.

CUSTOM-MATCHED INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT

INCLUSIVE ADVISING & SUPPORT

Our team of trained Program Managers and Career Advisors guides participants through the entire admissions process and abroad experience. We'll help you with program selection, resume advice, and pre-departure services including assistance with immigration visas, airline tickets, and orientation. The U.S. staff is in regular contact with the resident staff abroad who provide support to participants during their program.

INCLUSIVE ADVISING & SUPPORT

ON-SITE ORIENTATION

The on-site orientation experience is a multi-day, in-country orientation that blends adventure, lecture, and culture into an exciting and informative introduction to the intern's new host country. Each orientation is designed to:

  • Inform participants of the cultural and professional experience that lies ahead.
  • Guide each participant through a goal-setting activity to encourage them to reflect on their expectations for their experience abroad.
  • Introduce participants to the local culture, in and out of the workplace.
  • Prepare participants for health and safety issues in their host country.
  • Provide participants an opportunity to socialize with other ISA participants.

Interns will have a welcome meal together as a group, be given a city tour, and shown how to navigate the public transport system for their daily commute.

ON-SITE ORIENTATION

FULL-TIME RESIDENT STAFF

The full-time resident staff is available to assist you with all aspects of your experience abroad. The resident staff provides support during official course registration and arranges the Bridging Cultures Program orientation, excursions, weekly meetings, cultural activities, and much more. Staff members are trained to ensure the well-being of each program participant and are dedicated to facilitating a positive and meaningful experience abroad.

FULL-TIME RESIDENT STAFF

PERSONAL CAREER ADVISORS

Our team of trained Program Managers guides participants through the entire admissions process and abroad experience. We'll help you with program selection, resume advice, and pre-departure services including assistance with immigration visas, airline tickets, and orientation. The U.S. staff is in regular contact with the resident staff abroad who provide support to participants during their program.

PERSONAL PROGRAM MANAGER

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TOOLBOX

The Professional Development Toolbox is designed to help develop your career readiness competencies before, during, and after your program. Through a series of resources, ISA will provide you the tools necessary for you to begin to reflect on and grow the key competencies as defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Our goal is that through these resources and tools, the gap between the classroom and the working world closes for you. The Toolbox includes:

  • Individualized Advising Session
  • Resume and Cover Letter Advising
  • Interview Coaching
  • Pro-Tip Email and Video Series
  • On-site Professional Development Activities
  • Career Resource and Alumni Guides

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TOOLBOX

24-HOUR EMERGENCY SUPPORT

Full-time resident staff or trusted ISA partners assist interns with all aspects of their experience abroad including orientation, navigation of the internship experience, cultural activities and much more. On-site staff arranges excursions, weekly meetings, cultural activities, and much more. Staff members are trained to ensure the well-being of each program participant and are dedicated to facilitating a positive and meaningful abroad experience. Interns are provided with a 24/7 emergency ISA number upon their arrival.

24-HOUR EMERGENCY SUPPORT

PLACEMENT SUPERVISION

The ISA Internships team works with each applicant to learn about their personal and professional goals and interests, in addition to their education, work, or volunteer experiences. We believe that spending this time on the front-end with each applicant allows us to make great matches between each of our interns and one of our over 800 host companies. Sample past placements can be viewed on our website, but this is by no means a comprehensive list of the breadth of internships that we can accommodate.

PLACEMENT SUPERVISION

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS

In order to maximize cultural immersion, ISA develops unique professional development and cultural activities. These activities invite students to experience the local color of their host city, while learning about the history and culture of their new surroundings, as well as various aspects of the business culture of their host country. Cultural activities may include museum visits, attending sporting events, dance classes, cooking lessons, art and cultural festivals, etc. Cultural activities vary by site. Professional development events may include company visits, teambuilding exercises, personal branding workshops, or guest speakers.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS

VISA SUPPORT

All participants will have acces to ISA Internships' Online Orientation which includes comprehensive information on accommodations, communications, health, internship expectations, money, packing, transportation, work culture, and other valuable information specific to your host city. All students will be provided a final packet with arrival information two - three weeks prior to departure.

Your admissions team will also provide you with visa information and offers guidance for each of our program countries and their corresponding U.S.-based consulates. More limited support will be provided to non-U.S. citizens. Visas are required for U.S. citizens for the following countries: Austrlalia, China, England, New Zealand, and Vietnam.

VISA SUPPORT

HOUSING

Housing is included in all in-country programs. ISA Internships offer the following housing options to students:

  • Homestay: Some ISA Internship programs offer the option for participants to stay with local families.
  • Apartments: Many ISA Internship programs offer the option of apartment-living.
  • Residence halls: Dorms, guesthouses and student residencies are available in some ISA Internship locations.
  • Student hostels: Some ISA Internship programs offer the option of living in student hostels.

Please refer to the specific site page for more information as housing options vary by site.

HOUSING

AIRPORT RECEPTION

Transportation is provided from the airport for participants who arrive during the designated pick-up times.

AIRPORT RECEPTION

Academic Credit

You have three options. We can help you find what’s right for you.*

Option 1 - Transfer Credit from University of South Florida

ISA Internships has partnered with University of South Florida to offer a U.S. transcript and award 6 academic credits for 8-week or 12-week programs. Credit will be based on the successful completion of written academic assignments, evidence of reflective learning, and an evaluation from your host organization supervisor. The additional cost of academic credit is $375, and includes a transcript with an A-F letter grade from University of South Florida.

In order to be eligible for transfer credit from University of South Florida, participants must be full-time students who have completed at least 24 credit hours, or recent graduates from a bachelor degree program. Participants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Please note that some placements may have more stringent eligibility requirements.

Option 2 - Credit from Your Home Institution

Students may work with their home university to receive academic credit for their program. Each academic institution has a unique policy for granting internship credit, thus students should inquire about receiving academic credit with their home university advisors, professors, and/or academic department heads.

Option 3 - Just Do It for The Experience

You can just participate for the experience and choose to not earn any academic credit at all. Please note that Australia requires credit for visa eligibility so you will need to select either Option 1 or Option 2 to intern in this location.

Academic Credit Types

Academic Credit Amounts:

In-Country Internships:

  • 8-week internships - 6 credits
  • 12-week internships - 6 credits

To get a better understanding of your options, reach out to an ISA Advisor by calling 512-480-8522 or emailing

internships@studiesabroad.com.

Housing Details

ISA Housing provides the opportunity for interns to experience aspects of the local lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. The experience of living in another culture will be both educational and rewarding so long as you stay open-minded. Housing options vary based on location, but in general, you will be placed in housing that has been vetted by ISA's on-site staff and is within an hour commute to your internship by public transportation. Your housing may be any of the following:

Homestay
Each homestay is carefully selected by the on-site staff and provides a great avenue for you to become immersed in the local community. The number of participants per room, internet access and meal inclusion varies from host family to host family.

Housing - Home Share

Apartments
All apartments are located near public transit routes and are fully furnished. Your apartment will have a fully-equipped kitchen. The number of participants per apartment, internet access and laundry facilities vary from apartment to apartment.

Student Residence
Student Residences are a cross between dorm-style living and a boarding house. They are located off campus and are not affiliated with a university, however all residents are students. The number of participants per room, internet access, kitchen facilities and the method of laundry vary by city.

Hostel/Goshitel
Hostels or Goshitels are the best option for housing in some locations. They are typically located in a central area near public transportation and points of interest. You may share a room with another ISA participant. Rooms offer single beds, an attached bathroom and a locked closet for personal belongings. Room cleaning and bed linen services are included.

Housing - Apartments
Housing - Student Residence

The Professional Development Toolbox from ISA
Included in Every Internship

The Professional Development Toolbox was designed to provide you with resources for success before, during, and after your internship.

Career Readiness Course

The Career Readiness Course was developed with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) career-readiness framework in mind. This optional course provides you with:

  • Resources to aid in your professional development
  • Webinars to learn about networking and discovering your strengths
  • Tips and tricks for delivering a winning elevator pitch.

By completing the course, you can earn a digital badge to post on your LinkedIn profile.

Skill Survey Assessment Tool

Premiere access to SkillSurvey's Career Readiness Project:

  • Access self-assessment tools and supervisor surveys that allow you to measure the skills you gain during your internship
  • Compare yourself to entry-level job applicants from over 100 different institutions around the U.S.
  • Analyze gaps and areas for improvement in 8 core areas of career readiness, providing a roadmap for your development

Advising Sessions

An individualized advising session that covers:

  • Resume and cover letter improvements and interview techniques
  • Ongoing advising/coaching before, during, and after your internship to assist you with any challenges and support your learning journey

On-Site Workshops and Support

Goal-setting tools and activities:

  • Professional development workshops and activities
  • Personal internship supervisor

Eligibility

ISA In-Person Internships are available to current students and recent graduates who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be proficient in English, as all application and enrollment processes are in English
    • Internships will be conducted in either English or the language of the host country
    • Interns must have a 6 or above on the IELTS or a minimum of 65 TOEFL score
    • An English language assessment may be conducted with non-native English speakers
    • A Spanish language assessment may be conducted for those students interested in interning in Spanish
  • Must be at least 18 years old and have graduated high school by the start date of the internship program
  • Must have a minimum of 2.5 GPA (3.0 for Tokyo)
  • Program Eligibility by Citizenship: There are specific eligibility requirements for some program locations based on immigration visa regulations. Please reach out to us via email if you have questions about eligibility.