Want to kickstart your career by interning abroad?

Interning abroad is an excellent way to gain real-world experience in your chosen career path. Check out our top guidebooks about professional development abroad, or click on one of the top-rated intern abroad programs listed here!

1.Learn about internships abroad

For a crash course on what to expect on an internship overseas, have a look at our guidebooks, which walk you through the many different types of opportunities worldwide, and how they can benefit you.

Top internship abroad guidebooks

Best internships abroad - Volunteer Forever

2019-2020 Best Internships Abroad: Medical Care, Marine Biology & More

By Sarah Vandenberg 20 Nov 2019
Volunteer Forever - Veterinary Volunteer Programs and Internships

Veterinary Volunteer Programs and Internships

By Robin Van Auken 1 Jun 2019
Marine conservation, research, biology, scuba internships

Marine Conservation, Research and Biology Internships Abroad

By Sarah Vandenberg 17 Oct 2019
Volunteer Forever - Travel Photography Internships

Travel Photography Internships and Volunteer Opportunities Abroad

By Robin Van Auken 9 Apr 2019
VolunteerForever

STEM Internships to Build Your Career: Science, Engineering Opportunities

By Robin Van Auken 19 Sep 2019

Guidebooks for all different degrees and careers

Best internships abroad - Volunteer Forever

Best Internships

2019-2020 Best Internships Abroad: Medical Care, Marine Biology & More

By Sarah Vandenberg 20 Nov 2019
VolunteerForever

College Credit

How to get College Credit for an Internship Abroad

By Robin Van Auken 26 Mar 2019
VolunteerForever

Leadership Development

Leadership Development Abroad: Volunteer & Professional Internships

By Robin Van Auken 14 Mar 2019
VolunteerForever

Career Break Internships

Career Break: Professional Internships for Young and Mid-Career Travelers

By Rachel Roderick 1 Feb 2019

2. Decide which program is right for you

Already know what you'd like to do? Read these guidebooks to find the perfect intern program for your degree or career!

Guidebooks by program type

Mental, Dental

Doctors

2019-2020 Best Internships Abroad: Medical Care, Marine Biology & More

By Sarah Vandenberg 20 Nov 2019
VolunteerForever

Dentists

Dental Volunteer Abroad & Medical Mission Trips | Dentists & Students

By Nick Callos 23 Aug 2018
VolunteerForever

Nurses

Nursing Volunteer Abroad Projects for Students & Professional Nurses

By Sarah Vandenberg 3 Aug 2019
VolunteerForever

Pre-Med

Intern Abroad Programs | Overseas Pre Med & Healthcare Internships

By Brittany Edwardes 23 Aug 2014
2019-2020 Best Volunteer Abroad Programs, Projects, and Opportunities - Volunteer Forever - Maximo Nivel Infographic

Public Health

Public Health Internships & Volunteer Programs Abroad

By Robin Van Auken 18 Feb 2019
VolunteerForever

HIV/AIDs support

HIV/AIDS Volunteer Abroad Programs

By Steven Weddle 19 Apr 2017
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Mental Health

Volunteer Abroad in Mental Health, Psychology and Special Needs

By Danielle Forshay 4 Oct 2019
VolunteerForever

Midwifery

Midwifery Internships and Volunteer Programs Abroad

By Nick Callos 25 Jun 2018
VolunteerForever

Physical & Speech Therapy

Physical, Speech, and Occupational Therapy Internships Abroad

By Rachel Roderick 28 Feb 2019
VolunteerForever

Veterinary

Veterinary Volunteer Programs and Internships

By Robin Van Auken 1 Jun 2019
VolunteerForever

Marine Conservation

Marine Conservation, Research and Biology Internships Abroad

By Sarah Vandenberg 17 Oct 2019
VolunteerForever

Wildlife Conservation

Wildlife, Marine Animal, Veterinary, & Conservation Volunteer Abroad

By Volunteer Forever 22 Aug 2018
Volunteer Forever fundraising

Big Cats

Big Cat Conservation: Work with Cheetahs, Tigers, Lions & Leopards

By Robin Van Auken 29 Mar 2018
Teen and high school volunteer abroad programs - under 18 mission trips - Abroadly

Sea Turtles

Volunteer for Sea Turtles: Conservation in Costa Rica | Bali | Greece

By Steven Weddle 6 Apr 2017
VolunteerForever

STEM Internships

STEM Internships to Build Your Career: Science, Engineering Opportunities

By Robin Van Auken 19 Sep 2019
VolunteerForever

PADI Certification

PADI Open Water Certifications & Internships for Divers & Divemasters

By Robin Van Auken 14 May 2018
VolunteerForever

International Development

International Development Internships Abroad | International Relations

By Robin Van Auken 2 Apr 2019
VolunteerForever

Energy & Sustainability

Volunteer & Intern Abroad: Sustainable Construction & Renewable Energy

By Rachel Roderick 20 Sep 2018
VolunteerForever

Law & Legal

Law & Legal Internships & Volunteer Programs Abroad

By Nick Callos 15 Feb 2019
VolunteerForever

Human Rights & Social Work

Human Rights & Social Work Internships Abroad: Women’s Support, Law & More

By Robin Van Auken 3 Feb 2019

3.Find a program

Ready to narrow your options? Here's how to use Volunteer Forever to find an amazing intern program abroad!

Visit our Intern Abroad Programs page, where you’ll find many different organizations and projects worldwide.

Click on an organization name to learn more about who they are, what they do, and how you can get involved.

Want to know more about internship opportunities with that organization? Follow the link to their website to explore and start your application!

4.Plan your travels

Once you’ve decided on your dream project, it’s time to apply!

Maximo Nivel

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Maximo Nivel provides high quality volunteer, intern, study, and teach abroad programs in Latin America. Since 2003, they have offered volunteer programs to travelers in medical and healthcare, teaching, childcare, and much more. Programs are located in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru!

Intern Abroad HQ

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Affordable internships in top destinations around the world.

Projects Abroad

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Projects Abroad is one of the largest volunteer abroad organizations in the world, sending 10,000 travelers of all ages around the globe each year on a variety of volunteer projects. Programs range from childcare, to teaching, to sports, and beyond.

GVI

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Degree- and career-related volunteer trips and internships worldwide.

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

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Established in 2007, IVHQ is the world's leading volunteer abroad organization offering projects in over 40 international destinations. Whether you are traveling for one week or even taking a gap year, or simply wishing to assist a community abroad, IVHQ has the program for you.

Cross Cultural Solutions

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A leader in the field of international volunteer travel for over 18 years, with community-based programs.

Naturally Africa Volunteers

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Making a sustainable contribution to communities across Africa through education, medical and healthcare, sports and conservation projects.

A Broader View Volunteers Corp (ABV)

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Nonprofit organization offering volunteer travel placements in 25 countries, supporting local organizations in low-income communities.

Fronteering Travel Service Inc

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Fronteering takes you off the beaten path and offers many different volunteer abroad opportunities, from wildlife conservation, to husky care, to helping save the Amazon Amerindian way of life.

Frontier

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Over 400 projects in countries throughout Africa, South America, Europe, and Australasia, offering you amazing adventures and excursions in beautiful locations.