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Gain valuable work experience and increase global competency with United Planet's International Internship Program!
Why Intern Abroad with United Planet?
Receive dedicated support from an advisor in the Boston Office who will link you to an international placement in your area of study and skills
Connect with a coordinator abroad who is available 24/7 for emergencies, conducts an orientation, acts as a 3rd party support on the ground between you and your placement
Work with an experienced professional supervisor at your host organization abroad who will meet with you about learning objectives and provide feedback
Immerse in another culture and language through living with a host family, taking language classes, and participating in cultural activities
Receive an official certificate of internship completion from United Planet
Internship candidates fill out an additional online enrollment form which asks for: learning objectives, area of study, and school requirements
Interns are placed with a specific organization based on their skills in one of the following areas: education, healthcare, psychology & social work, community development, tourism & hospitality, and the environment
- Minimum internship length is 4 weeks
- Interns pay the program fee for their length of stay in chosen country with a $100 additional fee for internship placement and support
Internship Compared to Standard Volunteer Quest
The internship option is great for those seeking academic credit or individuals who seek to set specific learning objectives with a supervisor for their career development. We will work closely to place interns with a project and supervisor to fit these goals. Internship site supervisors have been identified based on extensive professional experience in the field and the capacity to supervise an intern. The internship and individual volunteer program include the same program elements such as language classes, excursions, etc.
Quest Program Briefs
As a strong educational background has become greatly valued by employers in our increasingly globalizing world, the need for teachers in various subjects has increased. An education placement allows interns to address this growing need, while offering an opportunity to gain real world experience in the classroom. Interns may assist teachers, plan and lead activities for students, work in a small group setting, and act as a mentor to the children. Placements available in Chile, Peru, Ecuador, and New Zealand. Read More!
Curious about medical practices in another country? Intern in a clinic or hospital abroad! Internships are available in a number of countries with various target populations including HIV/AIDS patients, cancer patients and children. While tasks will vary, they may include: rounding with doctors, working with patients, taking vital signs, giving injections, teaching patient populations about hygiene and preventative medicine, and assisting with home based care and other outreach education in the community. Placements available in Ecuador, Peru, and Ghana. Read more!
Psychology and Social Work
Community development internships have the goal of making a positive impact on local societies by connecting interns with host organizations in their desired field. Tasks will depend on the placement, but all interns will gain practical experience with nonprofit, grassroots, or non-governmental organizations while developing strategies for future programs. The valuable work experience will help interns explore potential career paths while contributing to meaningful projects in communities abroad. Placements available in Romania and New Zealand. Read more!
Tourism and Hospitality
Intern abroad with a local tour operator and learn about the booming tourism industry from a whole new perspective. Interns will gain hands on experience with organizations that serve local and/or international travelers. By providing administrative support and assisting with daily activities, interns will improve their customer service skills while working in friendly and supportive offices in an international setting. Placements available in Nepal and Peru. Read more!
Greater awareness of how we use our planet’s valuable resources has pushed sustainability initiatives to the forefront of the political and social arenas. Therefore, United Planet offers internships for individuals hoping to make a change, working with conservation experts and local populations. Interns will be involved with the planning and implementing of conservation projects, teaching local residents about conservation and sustainability, and advocating for better practices in the field. Placements available in New Zealand. Read more!
Three Easy Steps to Apply
Step 1: Choose your Intern Abroad Quest Country and then fill in the online application.
Step 2: Submit your deposit ($300 for 1-12 week placements, $500 for 6-month or 1-year placements) at the time of application. You may pay the deposit online with a credit card as part of your application process, call our office at 1-800-292-2316 to provide your credit card information or send a check to our Boston office.
Step 3: The Regional Coordinator in the Boston office will contact you to arrange a phone interview.
Questions about applying?
Call one of our friendly regional Quest coordinators today. We will walk you step-by-step through the application process and answer any questions you may have.
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