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Best International Internships Around the World for 2023

Gain international work and travel experience on one of our internships abroad

By Jen Southern | 06th November, 2019
Updated on 20th December, 2022

We’re here to give you that much-needed pearl of wisdom. Start interning ASAP. 

You might have only just started university, but it’s usually the best time to begin looking for an internship. Your workload is still manageable so you have more time to think about big life choices like what your future career entails. You also have many university holidays between now and the end of your course where you can take time out to intern - this is especially important if you’re looking to combine your internship with international travel! You can gain so many skills while interning abroad. You’ll even get to explore a whole new country at the same time. 

Conservation intern collects data during a beach clean up in Fiji.

At the end of the day, an internship gives you a head start and helps you decide if it is the right career for you in the first place! Rather find out sooner than later, right?

You may be wondering how you’ll get an internship or summer project abroad. You just needed to know where to look and who to talk to. Speak to your university counsellors and professors or troll the overcrowded notice boards in the cafeteria. 

Alternatively, you can start looking for internships through external organisations. All you need to decide is what industry you’d like to intern in. The bonus would be being able to complete an internship abroad! Now, how great would that look on your CV?

To get you started, we’ve put together a list of the best international internships for 2023.

Learn basic medical skills and provide free healthcare to communities

Medical interns measure the blood pressure of a local in the Philippines.

As if getting the grades you need for medical school wasn’t hard enough, you have to complete internships and other community services before they even consider you!

Get a head start by learning basic medical skills and providing free health checks to communities in developing countries.

You’ll even get to learn from professionals on a Medical & Healthcare internship abroad.

There are many fields of medicine that you can go into. Here are our most popular healthcare internships:

If you’re already studying in the medical field, don’t overlook the importance of a good internship. You can still learn plenty of new skills and expand your medical knowledge during your next university break.

Raise awareness about human rights and learn about legal systems abroad

Human Rights intern does research at a firm in Tanzania.

We often take our human rights and access to legal services for granted. A legal internship abroad will give you real-world insight into the social challenges developing countries face. You’ll learn about the legal practices of another country, educate communities on their basic human rights and develop your own leadership skills at the same time. 

If you want to learn more, here are our most popular Legal & Human Rights internships abroad:

Protect the environment through research and other conservation efforts

Conservation intern collects data about sea turtles during his internship in Thailand.

If you’re a passionate climate defender like Greta Thunberg or fancy yourself more of a naturalist like David Attenborough, then you can’t go wrong with a Wildlife Conservation internship or Marine Conservation internship abroad. 

The question is, do you want to hike through jungles and work with wildlife or wade through crystal clear waters and collect data about coral reefs?

You’ll participate in practical field studies, and gather scientific research data that contributes to future conservation policies. These new skills will be hard to overlook on your CV when you start applying for any future job.

No matter which project you choose, you’ll be making great strides towards a successful career in conservation. 

Here are our most popular conservation internships abroad in 2023:

To find out what research you’ll cover and what you can learn, we put together detailed guides on our Marine internships and Wildlife internships for you to go through.

Explore the world of business and finance abroad

Beneficiary pays back her loan during the Micro-finance internship in Cambodia.

Whether you’re looking to study business or you simply have a goal of owning your own business one day, the skills you learn from an internship abroad will come in handy. Not only will you develop your communication and leadership skills, but you’ll help businesses grow abroad.

You might assist entrepreneurs with their small business on a Micro-finance internship or learn vital business skills on a Business internship.

If you aren’t sure what to choose, here are our most popular projects:

Assist local teachers and learn about various teaching techniques abroad

Teaching intern talks his students through a classroom activity in Cambodia.

Education is vital for a successful future. By sharing skills, we encourage the development and growth of the next generation. However, many developing countries lack sufficient teaching support which often results in children struggling through lessons.

With your help, teaching staff will have more time to focus on those who are falling behind while teaching you new classroom techniques.

You’ll also have the opportunity to share your knowledge from back home which encourages the sharing of information, languages and culture. 

Here are our top Teaching internships abroad:

At the end of the day, it’s never too early to start your internship experience. You might even figure out that you’re more of a financial wizz than an environmental enthusiast. An international internship experience in 2023 can help you decide on your future career path while building up skills some people only develop later in life. 

With all this in mind, which internship do you think is for you?

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