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 Nonprofit 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!
Bioethics Nonprofit Internships
Intern abroad with a bioethics organization focused on issues relating to global health. This organization aims to promote an international forum on ethical guidelines in medical sciences and practice through a scientific lens. They work in the areas of organ donation, healthy aging and age management medicine. The ideal candidate should have an interest in global bioethics issues.
Children’s Health Organization
Intern abroad with a registered foreign aid agency dedicated to assisting children in developing countries with severe health issues. This organization works with major UN and governmental aid agencies to improve the quality of life of children living with chronic diseases in countries around the world. Intern tasks may include: writing proposals, assisting with fundraising strategies, engagement with indigenous communities at home and abroad, preparing newsletters, and communicating with projects on location. Specific projects can be developed to meet the needs and interests of the interns.
Housing and Language
Where you’ll live
Depending on your nonprofit 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. 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 discuss your experiences at your nonprofit internship posts.
Your language learning
Most locations 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 will 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 — language proficiency will be evaluated prior to program attendance via Skype interview.)
Preparing for your future in the nonprofit world
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 nonprofit 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 internship, you’ll have access to a pre-departure orientation video series to help you prepare 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 for success.
Before the conclusion of your internship, you’ll attend a program debrief touching on reverse culture shock and career training. When you return home, you will join a network of alumni across the world who have used the skills they gained from their nonprofit internships and other professional experiences abroad to advance their lives and careers!