Internships Program Overview

Program Overview

We’ve been doing international internships for nearly two decades. We connect career-driven students and recent graduates with internships in 9 countries. Our goal is to not only prepare you for success at your internship abroad, but also in your future, by delivering an intentionally-designed program with excellent support to help you develop your intercultural and career readiness competencies.  As the global job market becomes more competitive, it is increasingly important to differentiate yourself from other graduates through real world experience and to be able to communicate the value you offer to potential employers. And, ISA is here to support you at every step of the process—from comprehensive pre-departure advising by our U.S.-based Internships team, to the dedication of our on-site staff, to the work of our Alumni Relations team upon your return home.

Custom-Matched Internship Placement

The ISA Internships team works with each applicant to learn about their personal and professional goals and interests, in addition to their education, work, or volunteer experiences. We believe that spending this time on the front-end with each applicant allows us to make great matches between each of our interns and one of our over 800 host companies.

Sample 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. 

Housing

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

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

Please refer to the specific site page for more information as housing options vary by site.

Professional Development Toolbox

The Professional Development Toolbox is designed to help develop your career readiness competencies before, during, and after your program. Through a series of resources, ISA will provide you the tools necessary for you to begin to reflect on and grow the key competencies as defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).  Our goal is that through these resources and tools, the gap between the classroom and the working world closes for you.

The Toolbox includes:

  • Individualized Advising Session
  • Resume and Cover Letter Advising
  • Interview Coaching
  • Pro-Tip Email and Video Series
  • Career Nuts & Bolts Webinar Series
  • On-site Professional Development Activities
  • Career Resource and Alumni Guides

Bridging Cultures Program

The Bridging Cultures Program (BCP) experience is a multi-day, in-country orientation that blends adventure, lecture, and culture into an exciting and informative introduction to the intern's new host country. Each Bridging Cultures Program is designed to:

  • Inform participants of the cultural and professional experience that lies ahead.
  • 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, in and out of the workplace.
  • Prepare participants for health and safety issues in their host country.
  • Provide participants an opportunity to socialize with other ISA participants.

Interns will have a welcome meal together as a group, be given a city tour, and shown how to navigate the public transport system for their daily commute.

Comprehensive Advising & Support

Our team of trained Program Managers guides participants through the entire admissions process and abroad experience. We'll help you with program selection, resume advice, and  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. 

Pre-Departure Orientation Materials & Visa Support

All participants will have acces to ISA Internships' Online Orientation which includes comprehensive information on accommodations, communications, ihealth, internship expectations, money, packing, transportation, work culture, and other valuable information specific to your host city. All students will be provided a final packet with arrival information two - three weeks prior to departure.

Your admissions team will also provide you with visa information and offers guidance for each of our program countries and their corresponding U.S.-based consulates. More limited support will be provided to non-U.S. citizens. Visas are required for U.S. citizens for the following countries: Austrlalia, China, England, and New Zealand.

24/7 Emergency & On-Site Support

Full-time resident staff or trusted ISA partners assist interns with all aspects of their experience abroad including orientation, navigation of the internship experience, cultural activities and much more. On-site staff arranges 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. Interns are provided with a 24/7 emergency ISA number upon their arrival.

Airport Reception

Transportation is provided from the airport for participants who arrive during the designated pick-up times.

Insurance

A Blanket Accident and Sickness Policy is included in the price and covers the program participant while abroad for the official on-site period of program. This is not an optional benefit; every ISA participant will be covered by this policy. Coverage can be extended before or after a program, up to four weeks total.

We recommend that all program participants maintain comprehensive health insurance while abroad. This is particularly important if you have any pre-existing conditions, but is also beneficial if you have an injury or illness while abroad and require further treatment upon your return home. Consult with your current insurance provider to confirm coverage policies while traveling abroad.

For more medical insurance information visit the ISA page.

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.

Professional Development and Cultural Activities

In order to maximize cultural immersion, ISA develops unique professional development and cultural activities. These 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. Cultural activities may include museum visits, attending sporting events, dance classes, cooking lessons, art and cultural festivals, etc. Cultural activities vary by site. Professional development events could may include company visits, teambuilding exercises, personal branding workshops, or guest speakers.

Transportation Pass

ISA interns will need to use public transportation to reach their placement. Upon arrival, interns will be provided with a public transportation pass with a small amount of money pre-loaded on the card. Interns will need to add additional money to cover the cost of getting to and returning home from their internship.

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.

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)
  • Meals
  • Personal travel
  • Personal spending money
  • Transportation (daily commute to and from internship)
  • Optional excursions
  • Housing deposit (if applicable)

 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 exploring opportunies in your career field. If you don't see what you're looking for, send us an email and we can discuss what location may be best for your internships interests. Remeber to speak with your study abroad office or university internship coordinator about your interests in pursuing an international internship.

APPLY
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The earlier you apply, the sooner our on-site teams can begin looking for the perfect internship for you. Application deadlines are typically 4 months before the program start date.  You will be required to submit supplemental application materials after completing the initial online application. The application deposit is $95 and will be applied against your total program fee.

ADVISING SESSION & INTERVIEW
Once all application materials have been submitted, you will have your advising session with your Program Manager to discuss your professional goals, academic requirements, and personal interests regarding your internship. You will receive tips to strengthen your résumé and cover letter before we send to the overseas placement teams. A brief language assessment will be conducted, if needed. Recommended revisions will be due within a week of your advising session. A $405 referral fee will be due at this time.* At this point, your application is sent to the overseas team for placement.

REFERRAL
The matching process can take anywhere from 2-10 weeks. During this time, you will receive access to our Online Orientation and receive our Pro-Tips email series addressing various aspects of professional development. 

CONFIRMATION
Your Confirmation Letter will provide details of your host 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 remaining balances for the internship program must be received 30 days prior to departure or your application could be canceled. 

PRE-DEPARTURE
Two to three weeks prior to departure, your Program Manager will hold your Career Readiness webinar which covers wok culture in your host country, goal setting, expectations, and strategies for internship success. 

*Does not apply to students from direct bill universities.

Click here for a PDF of the ISA Internships pre-departure timeline.

Once You Arrive

YOUR ON-SITE ISA STAFF
From the moment you arrive in your host country thru the end of your program, the ISA on-site staff and partners will support you. The on-site staff will greet you at the airport and you will begin your experience with the Bridging Cultures Program. Throughout your program, the 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. The on-site staff will host cultural and professional development events throughout your program.

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 Host-Site Supervisor regularly to ensure that everything is going well. All interns are required to intern a minimum of 32 hours per week.

When You Return

Once you return home, the ISA Alumni Team will provide you with re-entry resources  and keep you connected to the ISA 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. Through a series of intentionally-delivered, multi-media resources, ISA provides you the tools necessary to begin to reflect on and grow the key competencies as defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).  Our goal is that through these resources and tools, the gap between the classroom and the working world closes for you. The Toolbox includes:

  • Individualized Advising Session
  • Resume and Cover Letter Advising
  • Interview Coaching
  • Pro-Tip Email and Video Series
  • Career Nuts & Bolts Webinar Series
  • On-site Professional Development Activities
  • Career Resource and Alumni Guides

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
    • must have a 6 or above on the IELTS or a minimum of 65 TOEFL score
    • an English language assessment may be conducted with non-native English speakers
    • a Spanish language assessment may be conucted for those students interested in interning in Spanish
  • Must be at least 18 years old and have graduated high school by the start date of the internship program
  • Must have a minimum of 2.5 GPA (3.0 for Toyko)

Program Eligibility by Citizenship: There are specific eligibility requirements for some program locations based on immigration visa regulations. Please reach out to us via email if you have questions about eligibiligy.

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

Transfer Credit from Carroll College

ISA Internships has partnered with Carroll College in Helena, Montana, to offer a U.S. transcript and award 6 academic credits for ISA Internships set-date, 8-week programs. Students willl be enrolled in SA425: International Internship. 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.

Academic credit is only available for ISA's standard 8-week programs. 

Learn more about Carroll College at www.carroll.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, thus students should inquire about receiving academic credit with their home university advisors, professors, and/or academic department heads.

Interns earning credit through their home institution will still have select assignments required to be completed by ISA as part of their program. 

For detailed prices, dates, and deadline information on available programs please click here. All prices are listed in USD.

 

As of 2019, ISA will no longer offer Custom-Date internships for individual students. Customized university programs are still available for groups of 8 or more. For any inquiries about customized university internship programs, contact the Internships team.

 

Below is a list of various resources to help you fund your program. We also encourage you to speak with your campus study abroad office.

Scholarships

ISA Scholarships

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

Freeman-ASIA
Specifically for internship programs in Southeast Asia with a minimum of 8 weeks.

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program

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

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.

NAFSA: Work, Intern, Volunteer & Research Abroad: Funding Resources for Students

The Education Abroad Knowledge Community’s (EA KC) Subcommittee on Work, Internships, Volunteer and Research Abroad (WIVRA) compiled a list of scholarships and awards for students seeking experiential learning programs abroad.

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.

 

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