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Web Resources for International Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

Parts of the following list of resources were compiled by the International Service & Travel Center to help you begin your search for an international internship. These sites generally offer a variety of information ranging from specific volunteer or internship possibilities to how to buy travel insurance to what you should bring with you if you go to a particular country. 

Global Campus, Study Abroad

Internships for University of Minnesota students who want to combine internships with a classroom experience abroad. 

International Service & Travel Center

U of MN Resource library and experienced peer advisers provide information about a variety of international employment and volunteer or internship possibilities as well as guidance regarding what to do before, during and after an international experience. Information such as how to get travel insurance, visa requirements, funding options, full graduate programs abroad, safety and health concerns is also available here. This is an excellent site with a tremendous amount of practical information. The office for the International Service and Travel Center is located in 94 Blegen Hall where they offer a variety of resources relating to volunteer and intern experiences. Make sure to check out How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas by Joseph Collins, Stefano DeZerega, and Zahara Heckscher as well as International Directory of Voluntary Work edited by Victoria Pybus. Both are excellent resources on volunteering abroad, profiling 100 and 700 organizations, respectively that offer short and long term projects. 

Career & Community Learning Center

This site offers on-campus advising on internships, gaining academic credit, and directed study opportunities. The Career and Community Learning Center provides career resources and information, access to job, internship and volunteer listings, service learning, opportunities to get involved in the community, and exchanges to other U.S. colleges. This web site is designed to help you learn about CCLC services and find valuable information and resources. If you would like to speak with a staff member personally, you can stop by 135 Johnston Hall on the East Bank campus. 

CDS (Carl Duisberg Society) International

CDS administers programs ranging in duration from three to twenty-four months. Every program consists of an internship component; some have academic or language training elements as well. The variety of program formats enables you to choose the one that best fits your skills and requirements. Internships are possible in any of the following fields: Management, Business, Commerce, and Finance; the Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics, and Industrial Occupations; Information Media and Communications Agriculture Arts and Culture. Specific internships abroad are set up and sometimes funded through CDS international. 

Foundation for Sustainable Development

FSD was formed to provide college students, graduates, and professionals the opportunity to gain hands on development experience with grassroots development organizations in Latin America and Africa. They offer internship programs in which interns are completely immersed in the language and culture of Latin America or Africa. Placed with an organization in the intern's area of interest, interns are able to work with the day to day activities of the host organization and/or complete a self designed project that is in line with the goals of the organization. A family homestay, orientation and evaluation sessions, host organization supervisor, and program coordinator are integrated with the internship for a complete experience. Internships are available in Nicaragua, Bolivia, Peru, South Africa, and Tanzania. Participants must be college students or graduates with intermediate Spanish or above for the Latin American Programs. Internships are available all year round and undergraduate and graduate credit is available.

GoAbroad.com is a good source for international internships. Search for paid and volunteer, academic and non-academic internships, as well as college credit practical training programs around the world. It is a comprehensive site with search options for program type and desired country. The site also offers a search engine for possible funding. 

Idealist.org - Action Without Borders

This site provides a listing and description of over 23,000 non-profit and community organizations in 153 countries. You are able to design the perfect volunteer opportunity for yourself by setting up one or more Volunteer Profiles with your interests, skills and schedule. These Profiles can then be searched by organizations in Idealist. There is also an ample catalog of available internships and volunteer programs according to topic or region. 

International Association for the Exchange of Students of Technical Experience

AIPT can assist American students and professionals in most scholastic majors and career fields who want to grow personally and professionally through international, on-the-job training experiences. The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) offers placement assistance to college and university students majoring in technical subjects and can also help some non-technical students. The Prearranged Training Program assists professionals and recent graduate in nearly any career field. Knowledge of the language in the country where the training takes place is usually required. 

International Association of Students in Economic and Business Management

AIESEC's primary activity is facilitation of work abroad exchange programs between its member countries. These internships or employment opportunities are business-related. AIESEC in the U.S. sends students from the U.S. to work abroad and receives students from around the world to work for companies in the U.S. Paid and unpaid positions are available. 

International Feminist Internships

This site offers an online brochure of a consortium of groups at the University of Minnesota that sponsor feminist internships for graduate students. Information on past internships, specific NGOs, how to have successful internship experience, and funding is provided.  


On this site, you can choose intern or volunteer programs by country and subject. Travel guides, study essentials and country advice are provided. 

U.S. Government Internships

This site presents information on internships with State Department, Department of Commerce, and other agencies abroad and in Washington, D.C. About half of the internships are in Washington, D.C. From time to time, intern positions may be available at Department offices in other large cities in the United States. The remaining internships are at our embassies and consulates abroad. The majority of internships are unpaid. 

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Women's Leadership Scholarship

The Women's Leadership Scholarship (WLS) program (formerly the Native Leadership Scholarship) creates educational opportunities for women activists, grassroots leaders, and organizers from the Global South and/or from indigenous groups. WLS invests in women's leadership by supporting non-doctoral graduate education in human rights, sustainable development, and public health in many places around the world.


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