There are numerous pathways to an international internship, and it is important to consider them in light of your individual conditions, aims, and capabilities.
Kalea Obermeyer - Lima, Peru
Working as a Global Intern was an extremely rewarding experience. Having the opportunity to work with such a revered organization, and to be directly involved in the process of creating a new student leadership program, was unprecedented. I’m so grateful to have worked for an organization that emphasizes the importance of student voice and empowers its staff to believe changing the education system #esposible. I hope to continue my connection with the work I started and people I met for many years to come.
Michael Hammaker - Santiago, Chile
My experience in Santiago was truly rewarding because it allowed me to gain perspective on a myriad of topics. Learning about the fundamental beliefs, daily lives, cultural norms and shared aspirations of a people that exist in a society that is diametrically opposite from - yet inherently tied to - the US was mind-boggling, to say the least. The ideologies I submitted to, which formerly governed many of my attitudes on so many widely accepted tropes of US culture, were challenged at every turn by people I met, situations I encountered, and stories I heard. As a result, I came to question and revise many beliefs that I previously considered to be concrete, and in turn experienced what I consider to be personal growth.
An internship abroad is likely to be an invaluable learning experience, but it will take resources (financial, time, energy, wits) to make it happen. Learn more about the feasibility of interning abroad and potential sources of financial support, including Global Internships's Summer Travel Grant.