Please contact your AFSNext specialist to confirm availability in the following cities at
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
The below description has been provided by our implementing program administrator and is subject to change.

Program Overview

Internship Examples

Below are examples of our international Human Resources 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!
Internship with Recruitment Company for Fortune 500 Clients

Recruitment Company for Fortune 500 Clients

This recruitment and consultancy company works with major fortune 500 companies and is quickly becoming a major player in Europe. Responsibilities during your human resources internship may include research, database management, marketing, business development, and more. The ideal candidate will want to work in recruiting or research, and will be bright, articulate, and very determined.


Internship in HR at an Organic Beauty & Cosmetics Company

Human Resources at an Organic Beauty & Cosmetics Company

This is an all-natural, organic, and non-toxic health & beauty start-up whose mission is to bring pregnancy-safe and high-performance hair care and body care products to moms and moms-to-be. Located in the heart of Tribeca, New York City, this company offers human resources internships in which interns will shadow and directly support the HR team in all onboarding processes for open positions and current staff members.


Human Resources Internship

Nonprofit Human Resources Internships

This nonprofit organization is seeking interns on a rolling basis to learn about Human Resources in a practical environment, as a supplement to their studies. Interns will be involved in supporting an active, internationally-focused nonprofit organization in many different facets of HR. Interns will be able to gain wide exposure to recruiting, employee relations, benefits administration, training and meeting coordination, audits, and other projects as they occur day to day in the department.


Housing and Language

Where you’ll live

Depending on your internship location, you can expect to stay in a shared room in an apartment, in a college dorm, or in a student residence. A local program advisor and coordinator will be available to help you settle in and answer any questions during your program. Your accommodations will likely be within walking distance of your city’s public transportation system.

During your stay, you’ll operate within the same network as the students and/or interns you live with with. It is often through these relationships that you can learn the most, as you explore the highlights of the city together, share career-building advice, and compare experiences at your human resource internships.

Your language learning

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 human resources

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 human resources 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 human resources 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 human resources internships to advance their lives and careers!