As you navigate the world (and your academic career), you may find yourself wondering where you can access opportunities for professional development beyond the classroom. It's no secret how valuable it can be to have a hands-on, informative, and impactful internship experience before you graduate. Interning gives you access to knowing yourself more than you did before, helping you see what kind of work can fit into your life's story. You learn your likes and dislikes, what you value in a company or the work done, and you explore the character of your professional self. Interning abroad takes that to the next level, and the best part is, virtual internships are now also an option to help you expand your professional toolkit. While interning is an incredible experience, figuring it out on your own isn’t always easy.
But we'll let you in on a secret: the best thing you can do to find the perfect internship is to go through a provider. And that's where we come in—as a not-for-profit study abroad and internship organization (a.k.a provider), IES Abroad and IES Internships support students and interns before, during, and after they study or intern abroad with the help of our U.S. and international staff, faculty, Centers (which house our offices and classrooms abroad), and academic and internship employer partners.
So, you're probably wondering why these kinds of unpaid internships even exist, right? We get it, but our mission with providing these opportunities is to help students globalize themselves and provide access. That's why we emphasize both in-person and virtual options. Study abroad opens so many doors for your life overall, we want to make sure to give attention to your working world as well. Yet, we also emphasize transparency. Our programs do cost, and our internships are unpaid, but an array of scholarships helps make your dream a tangible reality. When you choose to intern through a provider like IES Internships, and whether you opt to do a part-time or full-time internship, you can rest assured that we take care of the logistics so you can focus on that incredible, life-enriching experience. But don’t just take our word for it! We checked in with past IES interns who gave firsthand insight into why working with a provider makes the placement process easier.