Internships Program Overview

Program Overview

At ISA Internships, we connect career-driven students and recent graduates with resume-building opportunities in over 20 locations abroad. With many years of experience in advising and support, the ISA Internships team will work with you on your path of professional discovery and connect you with an internship that fits your career goals. In addition to pre-departure advising and on-site staff and support, you will have access to our distinguished Professional Development Toolbox, which is a collection of resources designed to help you discover and articulate your personal brand message. As the global job market becomes more competitive, it is increasingly important to differentiate yourself from other graduates through real work experience and enhanced global mobility and to communicate the value you offer to potential employers.

Custom-Matched Internship Placement

The ISA Internship's team works with the participant to learn about their personal and professional goals and past education, work, or volunteer experiences in order to custom-match the participant with a high-quality, hands-on experience relevant to their field of study. Please see our Placement Process Timeline to learn more about the individualized placement application and placement process. Samples of past placements can be viewed on our website, but this is by no means a comprehensive list of the breadth of internships that we can accommodate.

Comprehensive Advising & Support

A team of helpful Program Managers guide participants through the entire admissions process and abroad experience. ISA U.S.-based staff helps prospective participants with program selection, resume advice, and provides pre-departure services including assistance with immigration visas, airline tickets, and orientation. The U.S. staff is in regular contact with the resident staff abroad, who provide support to participants during their program. ISA Internships staff members also provide assistance to participants upon their return home after the program.

Bridging Cultures Program

This expereince is a multi-day, in-country orientation that blends adventure, lecture, and culture into an exciting and informative introduction to the participant's new host country. Each Bridging Cultures Program is designed to:

  • Provide participants an opportunity to socialize with other ISA participants.
  • Guide each participant through a goal-setting activity to encourage them to reflect on their expectations for their experience abroad.
  • Introduce participants to the local culture through a variety of activities including learning key words and phrases in the local language, tasting traditional food, understanding transitions, and more.
  • Prepare participants for health and safety issues in their host country.
  • Inform participants of the cultural and professional differences they may experience.

Housing

Housing is included in all programs. ISA Internships offer the following housing options to students: 

  • Homestay: Many ISA Internship programs offer the option for participants to stay with local families.
  • Apartments: Some ISA Internship programs offer the option of apartment-living. 
  • Residence halls: Dorms, guesthouses and student residencies are available in some ISA Internship locations. Each resident hall varies by site.
  • Student hostels: Some ISA Internship programs offer the option of living in student hostels.

Please refer to the specific site page for more information. 

Participants enrolled in a Study + Internship Combo program will use the housing option available for their ISA program.

Resident Staff Support

Full-time resident staff assist interns with all aspects of their experience abroad including orientation, cultural activities and much more. On-site staff arrange excursions, weekly meetings, cultural activities, and much more. Staff members are trained to ensure the well-being of each program participant and are dedicated to facilitating a positive and meaningful abroad experience. Most program sites have more than one on-site staff member. Interns are provided with a 24/7 emergency ISA number upon their arrival in-country to contact resident staff in case of emergency.

International Medical Insurance

ISA provides comprehensive medical insurance for ISA Internship participants during the official period of the program. Medical coverage can be extended for an additional fee if participants plan to be abroad before or after the program period. For more medical insurance information visit the ISA page.

Visa Support

Our U.S.-based staff provides participants with visa information and offers guidance for each of our program countries and their corresponding U.S.-based consulates.

Airport Reception

Transportation is provided from the airport for participants who arrive during the designated pick-up times. Airport reception is not provided for Custom Date programs.

Professional Development Toolbox

This resource is provided to all ISA Internship participants and includes:

  • Resume and Cover Letter Advising: Each participant will receive customized advice concerning their resume and cover letter prior to their application being sent abroad.
  • Online Video Portfolio: Dynamic portfolio to highlight your educational and professional experience
  • Social Media Development: Each participant will receive resources and/or online workshops which focus on utilizing LinkedIn for personal brand development.
  • Personal Brand Assessment: Each participant will receive a pre-departure assessment on their current brand strength in order to determine areas of focus while abroad.
  • Online Career Resources: Each participant will receive online career counseling, including interview preparation, and job search advice from former participants.

Transportation Pass

ISA Internship participants will need to use public transportation to reach their placement. In some locations, students will be provided with a public transportation pass with a small amount of money pre-loaded on the card. Interns will have to add additional money to cover the cost of getting to and returning home from your host organization. Other locations have the option to purchase a transit card for an additional fee.

Professional Development and Cultural Activities

In order to maximize cultural immersion, the ISA resident staff develops unique professional development and cultural activities. These custom-designed activities invite students to experience the local color of their host city, while learning about the history and culture of their new surroundings, as well as various aspects of the business culture of their host country. Speaking the native language with locals, tasting the regional cuisine, and partaking in the native traditions are just a few of the ways these cultural activities lead to full appreciation of the program city. Cultural activities may include city tours, museum visits, attending sporting events, dance classes, cooking lessons, art and cultural festivals, etc. Please note that cultural activities vary by site and may not be included for all Custom Date programs.

Subscription to The New York Times

All ISA students will receive a one year digital subscription to The New York Times This will allow access to thousands of articles, interactive media, videos and archived journalism dating back to 1851, the year the paper was founded. ISA resident staff will engage students with The New York Times to further learning in the areas of the ISA Discovery Model. This initiative, created to complement ISA's co-curricular programming, enables students to connect more deeply with the host culture and global community.

Optional Academic Credit

Participants have the option to receive a U.S. transcript and 6 credits for their internship program through Carroll College for an additional $300. Visit the Academic Credit page for more details.

Budgeting for Additional Expenses

To make sure our participants are prepared for additional expenses outside of what is already included in their program, we have outlined some items that should be taken into consideration to make it easier for them to properly budget. View additional estimated expenses for site-specific costs, or go to the country specific page for more infromation based on local prices:

  • Round trip international fare
  • Passport and visa fees (if applicable)
  • Personal travel
  • Personal spending money
  • Transportation (outside of transportation to  and from host-organization)
  • Optional excursions

The ISA Internships worldwide network is committed to facilitating your transformative experience abroad. As an ISA intern, here is what you can expect throughout your program:

Before You Depart

RESEARCH
Our website is a great place to start looking for an internship in your academic field and the advantages of interning in each of our sites. If you don't see what you're looking for, give us a call to further discuss what location may be best for your internships interests. Our Program Managers can answer any other questions you may have. It's also a good time to speak with your study abroad office or university internship coordinator about any requirements by your home university.

APPLY
The earlier you submit your application, the more time our on-site placement team has to find the perfect internship placement. Keep in mind that the application deadline is typically 4 months before the internship start date. Once you submit the initial online application initial online application and  you will be prompted to submit additional application materials.

ADVISING SESSION & INTERVIEW 
Once all application materials have been submitted, you will have an advising session with your Program Manager in order to learn more about your personal and professional goals and academic requirements so the placement team can match you with an internship that will meet these expectations. This is considered the first part of the Professional Development Toolbox as you will begin to articulate your internship goals, as well as receive tips on ways to strengthen your résumé and cover letter. One week after the advising session any recommended revisions to your application materials are due. A $300 referral fee will be due at this time.* At this point, your application is sent to the overseas team for placement.

REFERRAL
Patience is required during this time as the placement team reaches out to organizations to find a great match for you based on personal and professional goals. At this stage, which can last anywhere from 4-10 weeks, you will receive access to additional forms and documents to complete and the Online Orientation which contains valuable information about the program. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The Professional Development Toolbox is located in the Online Orientation and can be used to refine interview skills, learn about personal branding and read about expectations for your host country. During this time you will also be receiving emails to further enhance the development process.

OFFER
Once the placement team has found a great match, your Program Manager will notify you that you have an official offer via a letter detailing the name of the organization, your role, and your tasks and responsibilities. You will have seven days after receiving the offer to accept your placement. A $1,500 acceptance deposit is due at this time.*

FINAL FORMS AND PAYMENT DEADLINE
All forms and reaming balances for the internship program must be received 30 days prior to departure or your application could be cancelled. At this point you will also be instructed to reach out to your supervisor for an initial conversation to discuss the expectations and responsibilities of the internship and start working on your pre-departure paper.

PRE-DEPARTURE
Your Program Manager will hold pre-departure webinar with all interns on the program to discuss the host-country, goal setting, expectations and strategies for internship success two to three weeks before departure. Additionally, the Final Packet with housing and arrival details will be posted to the your account and the pre-departure paper is due.

*Does not apply to students from direct bill universities.

For a PDF version of the pre-departure timeline, click here.

Once You Arrive

WORKING WITH YOUR ON-SITE ISA INTERNSHIPS STAFF
From the moment you arrive in your host country and throughout your entire program, the ISA on-site staff will encourage, help and support you. For most programs, on-site staff will greet you at the airport and you will begin your experience through the Bridging Cultures Program. This comprehensive on-site orientation will give you a more in-depth understanding of your new home as well as equip you with the tools you need to navigate the city safely. In all our host countries, except Australia and New Zealand, our on-site staff will accompany you on the first day of at your host organization. Throughout your program, the ISA on-site staff will be available to ensure that your internship is going smoothly and to give you support and feedback when you need it.

WORKING WITH YOUR HOST ORGANIZATION
Each host organization has agreed to accept you into their workplace based on your past experiences and future goals. The on-site staff or ISA academic supervisor will check-in with your on-site supervisor periodically to ensure that everything is going well. If you are receiving academic credit, the on-site supervisor will complete an evaluation of your work at the end of your program.

You play an integral role in your success as well as the long-standing success of the ISA Internships program. You have agreed to dedicate your time and energy to your placement site, and they will count on you to help meet its mission and complete your job responsibilities. It is expected that as an ISA intern you are patient with yourself and with others, professional, proactive, flexible, open-minded, punctual, respectful, and communicative with your on-site supervisor. Remember that you are an ambassador for ISA Internships and your country, and that you have chosen to step outside of your comfort zone in order to learn about cross-cultural communication first-hand, contribute to a business/organization abroad and develop your resume.

When You Return

WORKING WITH ISA INTERNSHIPS IN DENVER
Once your program is complete and you return home, the ISA Alumni Team will provide you with re-entry resources and will keep you connected with the ISA Internships community through social media, the ISA photo contest, opportunities to serve as an alumni contact, and the Global Ambassador Program.

An internship is a stepping stone to beginning your professional career, and even more so, an international internship allows you to stand out from other interns. Yet, an internship is only going to be as valuable as you make it. In order to make the most of your internship, ISA has provided you with several professional development resources to help you before, during, and after your internship experience.

 

The Professional Development Toolbox is the key component to the professional development area of learning in the ISA Discovery Model. From the beginning of the program to your return home, the resources available in The Professional Development Toolbox will help you to identify the skills and knowledge you have acquired through your international, academic, and personal experiences. This ability to communicate the value you offer will help differentiate you from other graduates.  The resources provided to you as part of the Professional Development Toolbox include:

  • Resume and Cover Letter Advising
  • Online Portfolio Service
  • Personal Brand Workbook
  • Interview Tips
  • Goal Setting
  • Internship Pro Tips Resources
  • Career Resource Guide

ISA Internships are available to current students and recent graduates who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be proficient in English, as all application and enrollment processes are in English (internships will be conducted in either English or the language of the host country, depending on participant's comfort)
  • Must have graduated high school by the start date of the internship program
  • Must be at least 18 years old by the start date of the internship program
  • Must have a minimum of 2.5 GPA or be able to provide an academic letter of recommendation and a statement of intent

Program Eligibility by Citizenship

There are specific eligibility requirements for some program locations due to immigration visa regulations. Please select your home country from the following list to view your eligibility requirements and contact us for more information. 

Argentina

Australia:

  • Must be between the ages of 18-30 at the time of application

Valencia, Spain; Santiago, Chile; and Hong Kong:

  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application

New Zealand and Shanghai, China:

  • Must be a current student

London, England:

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time degree-level student or graduate intending to begin your internship no more than 12 months beyond the end of study
  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application
  • Must have a valid IELTS exam score of 6.0.

Australia

Australia; New Zealand; Valencia, Spain; Santiago, Chile; Shanghai, China; and Hong Kong:

  • Must be 18 or older at the time of participation

London, England:

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time degree-level student or graduate intending to begin your internship no more than 12 months beyond the end of study
  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application

Belgium

Australia and New Zealand:

  • Must be between the ages of 18-30 at the time of application

London, England; Valencia, Spain; Santiago, Chile; Shanghai, China; and Hong Kong:

  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application

 

Brazil

Australia, New Zealand, and Shanghai, China:

  • Not eligible

Valencia, Spain; Santiago, Chile; and Hong Kong:

  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application

London, England:

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time degree-level student or graduate intending to begin your internship no more than 12 months beyond the end of study
  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application
  • Must have a valid IELTS exam score of 6.0.

Canada

Australia and New Zealand:

  • Must be between the ages of 18-30 at the time of application

Valencia, Spain; Santiago, Chile; Shanghai, China; and Hong Kong:

  • Must be 18 or older at the time of participation

London, England:

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time degree-level student or graduate intending to begin your internship no more than 12 months beyond the end of study
  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application

Chile

Australia:

  • Must be between the ages of 18-30 at the time of application

Valencia, Spain; Santiago, Chile; and Hong Kong:

  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application

New Zealand and Shanghai, China:

  • Must be a currebt student

London, England:

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time degree-level student or graduate intending to begin your internship no more than 12 months beyond the end of study
  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application
  • Must have a valid IELTS exam score of 6.0.

China

Australia and New Zealand:

  • Must be between the ages of 18-30 at the time of application

Santiago, Chile and Hong Kong:

  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application

London, England:

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time degree-level student or graduate intending to begin your internship no more than 12 months beyond the end of study
  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application
  • Must have a valid IELTS exam score of 6.0.

Valencia, Spain:

  • Contact us

France

Australia and New Zealand:

  • Must be between the ages of 18-30 at the time of application

London, England; Valencia, Spain; Santiago, Chile; Shanghai, China; and Hong Kong:

  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application
  • Additional eligibility requirements may apply; please contact us for more information.

Germany

Australia and New Zealand:

  • Must be between the ages of 18-30 at the time of application

London, England; Valencia, Spain; Santiago, Chile; Shanghai, China; and Hong Kong:

  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application
  • Additional eligibility requirements may apply; please contact us for more information.

Hong Kong

Australia and New Zealand:

  • Must be between the ages of 18-30 at the time of application

Valencia, Spain; Santiago, Chile; and Shanghai, China:

  • Must be 18 or older at the time of participation

London, England:

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time degree-level student or graduate intending to begin your internship no more than 12 months beyond the end of study
  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application
  • Must have a valid IELTS exam score of 6.0.

Ireland

Australia and New Zealand:

  • Must be between the ages of 18-30 at the time of application

London, England; Valencia, Spain; Santiago, Chile; Shanghai, China; and Hong Kong:

  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application

Italy

Australia and New Zealand:

  • Must be between the ages of 18-30 at the time of application

London, England; Valencia, Spain; Santiago, Chile; Shanghai, China; and Hong Kong:

  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application

Japan

Australia and New Zealand:

  • Must be between the ages of 18-30 at the time of application

Valencia, Spain; Santiago, Chile; and Shanghai, China:

  • Must be 18 or older at the time of participation

London, England:

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time degree-level student or graduate intending to begin your internship no more than 12 months beyond the end of study
  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application
  • Must have a valid IELTS exam score of 6.0. 

The Netherlands

Australia and New Zealand:

  • Must be between the ages of 18-30 at the time of application

London, England; Valencia, Spain; Santiago, Chile; Shanghai, China; and Hong Kong:

  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application

 

New Zealand

Australia; New Zealand; Valencia, Spain; Santiago, Chile; Shanghai, China; and Hong Kong:

  • Must be 18 or older at the time of participation

London, England:

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time degree-level student or graduate intending to begin your internship no more than 12 months beyond the end of study
  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application

Norway

Australia and New Zealand:

  • Must be between the ages of 18-30 at the time of application

London, England; Valencia, Spain; Santiago, Chile; Shanghai, China; and Hong Kong:

  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application

South Korea

Australia:

  • Must be between the ages of 18-30 at the time of application

Valencia, Spain and Santiago, Chile:

  • Must be 18 or older at the time of participation

London, England:

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time degree-level student or graduate intending to begin your internship no more than 12 months beyond the end of study
  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application

Shanghai, China:

  • Only eligible if attending a university in the US, Australia, or the U.K.
  • Must be 18 or older at the time of participation

New Zealand:

  • Not eligible

Must have a valid IELTS exam score of 6.0.

Spain

Australia and New Zealand:

  • Must be between the ages of 18-30 at the time of application

London, England; Valencia, Spain; Santiago, Chile; Shanghai, China; and Hong Kong:

  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application

 

Sweden

Australia and New Zealand:

  • Must be between the ages of 18-30 at the time of application

London, England; Valencia, Spain; Santiago, Chile; Shanghai, China; and Hong Kong:

  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application

 

Taiwan

Australia:

  • Must be between the ages of 18-30 at the time of application

Santiago, Chile; Shanghai, China; and Hong Kong:

  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application

Valencia, Spain; Singapore; and New Zealand:

  • Not Eligible

London, England:

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time degree-level student or graduate intending to begin your internship no more than 12 months beyond the end of study
  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application

Must have a valid IELTS exam score of 6.0.

United Kingdom

Australia and New Zealand:

  • Must be between the ages of 18-30 at the time of application

London, England; Valencia, Spain; Santiago, Chile; Shanghai, China; and Hong Kong:

  • Must be 18 or older at the time of participation

 

United States

Australia and New Zealand:

  • Must be between the ages of 18-30 at the time of application

Valencia, Spain; Santiago, Chile; Shanghai, China; and Hong Kong:

  • Must be 18 or older at the time of participation

London, England:

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time degree-level student or graduate intending to begin your internship no more than 12 months beyond the end of study
  • Must be 18 or older at the time of application

Explore the following options to earn academic credit for your internship abroad.

Transfer Credit (Carroll College and Chapman University)

Beginning with our September Internship Program, ISA will now be offering the ability to add-on academic credit for the 8-week internship program only.

ISA Internships has partnered with Carroll College in Helena, Montana, to offer a U.S. transcript and award 6 upper division internship academic credits for ISA Internships set-date, 8-week programs.  Credit awarded will be based on the successful completion of written academic assignments, evidence of reflective learning, and an evaluation from your host organization supervisor. The additional cost of academic credit is $300, and includes a transcript with an A-F letter grade from Carroll College.

In order to be eligible for transfer credit from Carroll College, participants must be full-time students who have completed at least 30 credit hours, or recent graduates from a bachelor degree program. Participants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Please note that some placements may have more stringent eligibility requirements.

Add-on academic credit from Carroll College is not available for custom date internships or other durations.

Carroll College aims to educate students "Not for school, but for life" by being prepared to succeed in a global society with a multi-cultural population. Carroll College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Learn more about Carroll College at www.carroll.edu.

 

For Summer 2016, ISA Internships has partnered with Chapman University in Orange, California, to serve as our school of record offering a U.S. transcript for internship credit. Participants can earn 4 or 6 upper division undergraduate course credits from Chapman University based on the length of their internship. Students have the option to add an academic credit component to the 6 and 10-week internship programs (academic credit is not available for the Custom Date Internships).

Credit awarded will be based on the duration of the program, the successful completion of written academic assignments, evidence of reflective learning, and an evaluation from your host organization supervisor. The additional cost of academic credit is $500, and includes a transcript with an A-F letter grade from Chapman University.

In order to be eligible for transfer credit from Chapman University, participants must be full-time students who have completed at least 45 credit hours, or recent graduates from a bachelor degree program. Participants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Please note that some placements may have more stringent eligibility requirements.

Chapman University is an established university located in Orange, California, with a strong mission in developing global citizens. Chapman University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. Learn more about Chapman University at www.chapman.edu

Credit From Your Home Institution

Students may work with their home university to receive academic credit for their program. Each academic institution has a unique policy for granting internship credit. Each academic institution has a unique policy for granting internship credit, thus students should inquire about receiving academic credit with their home university advisors, professors, and/or academic department heads.

Prices and dates vary depending on program location and duration. ISA Internships standard set-date 6,8 and 10-week programs depart in January, May, June and September. However, Custom Date Internships can be arranged for any time of the year for durations of four weeks or greater. Deadlines for Custom Dates are 4-months in advance of planned arrival. For more information on Custom Date Internships please contact the Internship team at 512-480-8522.

 

For detailed prices, dates, and deadline information on set-date programs please click here.

ISA Internships has created a list of various resources to help your fund your program. Please take a look here for more information.

Scholarships

ISA Scholarships
View the full details of the other scholarships offered to our students for all ISA programs.

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program

Recipients are awarded up to $5000 to defray the costs associated with studying abroad.

Glimpse Correspondents Program Grants
The Glimpse Foundation and The National Geographic Society are seeking talented writers, photographers, and filmmakers. Each selected participant will receive a $600 grant and will see their work published in Glimpse and National Geographic media.

United Negro College Fund

Hispanic College Fund

Rotary International

Ambassadorial Scholarships

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)

Scholarships for Italian-Americans

Institute of International Education

This directory features detailed descriptions of hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, and professionals.

Scholarship Searches

Collegeboard.com

Features an online questionnaire that matches information with specific scholarship opportunities.

FastWeb

Provides details on more than 600,000 scholarships.

Scholarships.com

Contains a scholarship search and insights on a variety of related topics.

 

Study Abroad Loans

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