Barcelona, Spain | Dublin, Ireland | London, U.K. | New York City, U.S.A | Paris, France | San Jose, Costa Rica | Stockholm, Sweden | Sydney, Australia | Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Program fees & start dates
Below are examples of our international Education Internships. It is not guaranteed that you could get placed in one of the internship examples, but there are plenty of opportunities within the field. New opportunities are created every year. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, let us know!
Intern at a Creative Writing and Mentoring Center
This organization uses storytelling to inspire young people, and believes that writing stimulates the imagination and builds communications skills as well as confidence and self-respect. Education internship tasks may include: assisting workshop leaders; preparing equipment and materials; helping the students settle in; working alongside and supporting new mentors; supervising and leading work with small groups; providing additional assistance to those in need; acting as a floating mentor.
Educational Outreach Intern
During this education internship, interns can expect to research countries and cultures, collect cultural artifacts, create educational activities and curricula, manage the International Resource Library and Culture Box programs, and assist in other various office tasks. Interns are expected to have some knowledge of the US public school system, an interest in education and cross-cultural learning, good writing skills, creativity, and the initiative to become an active member of the office team.
Education Internships at a Community Resource Center
This community resource center is operated by one of the largest charitable and voluntary organizations in the world. The center offers numerous educational (adult and youth), community, youth, and childcare programs aimed at addressing social exclusion and the needs of the local community in Dublin’s north inner city. They engage as many volunteers/interns as possible to support staff in organizing activities and programs, mentoring children, facilitating activities where skills allow, and acting as role models to the children throughout.
Housing and Language
Most programs are located in very English-friendly areas, and do not require prior knowledge of the local language. Depending on your placement, you may have the opportunity to integrate further into the community by attending language lessons.
* If your internship takes place in Paris, you’ll have the chance to experience full cultural immersion by living with a local host family. (French language skills are required for an internship in this location — French language proficiency will be evaluated via Skype interview.)
Preparing for your future in education
Selecting your internship
Before you depart, you’ll be introduced to your internship advisor for one-on-one support and career guidance. Your advisor will help you prepare for your education internship interview, build an effective cover letter and resume, and choose the right placement. Working with your advisor, you’ll use the Clifton StrengthsFinder Assessment to identify your top five strengths. These strengths will be useful in determining future opportunities and helping to focus your interests into clear career goals well beyond the scope of the program.
Before your internship
Once you and your advisor have selected your education internship, you’ll have access to a pre-departure orientation video series to help you get ready for the transformational experience of working and living abroad. You’ll also have career skills training videos and articles at your fingertips to help you build your resume in advance. We want you to succeed and thrive abroad, and will provide countless resources to ensure you have what you need to do so.
During your internship
When you arrive at your destination, you’ll attend a welcome orientation to help you settle in and start your experience with your best foot forward. Midway through your program, you’ll have another opportunity to check in with local advisors at a career coaching session. During this visit, onsite staff will interview you and your employer to identify your strengths and areas where you could improve. We find that this feedback-loop is essential to success.
Before the conclusion of your internship, you’ll attend a program debriefing touching on reverse culture shock and career training. When you return home, you’ll join a network of alumni across the world who have used the skills they gained in their education internships abroad to advance their lives and careers!