16 Top Summer Internships for 2018

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Want to use your summer to gain a leg up in the job market? Want to travel the world and immerse yourself in a different language and culture? An internship abroad is the perfect opportunity for you.

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In today’s fast paced global economy, employers are on the look out for candidates who have good cross-cultural communication skills, are highly ambitious, and can adapt to a diverse work environment and task load. What better way to develop these skills and show them off than by completing an internship abroad? We wanted to give you a head start in your search for summer internships so we’ve compiled a list of our top 16 summer internships for 2018: 

The Golden Gate Bridge, San Franciso USA

The Golden Gate Bridge, San Franciso USA

Let's get to those top internships for summer 2018


1. Asia Internship Program

From Vietnam to Malaysia to Japan, Asia Internship Program (AIP) is the expert when it comes to internships in Asia. Founded in 2013 with a home base in Thailand, AIP has a growing network of placement companies throughout eight distinct Asian countries that will surely give interns more than they bargained for. But their programs don't stop at internship placements, interns are also provided with cultural immersion opportunities and personalized support during their internship. 

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2. Connect-123 International Internships

Connect-123 offers interns five distinct internship destinations throughout the globe, from the exciting cities of Dublin and Barcelona to the extraordinary cities of Cape Town and Shanghai.

All internships with Connect-123 are tailored experiences customized to each interns needs, and of course, each one comes with extensive support to ensure every placement is a great success.

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3. The Intern Group - Internships in Madrid

Immerse yourself in the Spanish language and culture while interning in Madrid with The Intern Group. Benefit from The Intern Group's extensive business connections with placements at some of the best companies in all of Spain. You'll boost your CV while building a global network that will help your career long after your internship concludes, and you might even learn some Spanish along the way too!

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4. Boston University Study Abroad Summer Internships 

Boston University is an innovator when it comes to academic internships, offering great opportunities to earn both course credit and practical work experience in premier locations all over the world. Students can enjoy customized internships and onsite support this summer through Boston University’s internships in cities that range from Paris to Sydney to Shanghai, and more!

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5. VACorps Professional Internship

VACorps provides customized internship placements year round in Cape Town, South Africa in nearly every industry. While gaining incredible international experience and building professional skills, interns will also learn more about themselves by living in one of the most dynamic cities in the world. One of the best parts of VACorps internships are the free Friday excursions, which any past intern will tell you are a "can't miss"!

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Shanghai Skyline

Shanghai Skyline

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6. Capital Placement - Mumbai & Chennai Internships 

Intern in Mumbai or Chennai, two of India’s fastest growing and most prominent global cities, with Capital Placement! India’s market is booming and Capital Placement gives applicants the opportunity to intern for a variety of successful companies, both international and domestic. Capital Placement also offers internships in London, Dubai, and Bangalore throughout the year.

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7. Spain Internship 

Spain Internship features a large variety of internships located all across the country. From online marketing in Valencia to graphic design in Barcelona to social media management in Madrid, international interns can gain work experience in almost any field while improving their mastery of the Spanish language. 

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8. CAPA International Education - London

Combine study abroad in London with an internship offered by CAPA International Education. CAPA maintains an extensive network of businesses, nonprofits, and NGOs in London, so that students can easily intern in their field of choice. 

Interns will have the chance to experience London, in all its glory, while interacting with individuals from around the globe.

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9. ELI - Medical Internship in Vietnam

ELI offers English speaking medical internships throughout Vietnam. Students pursuing a career in medicine can gain professional experience, by shadowing doctors at health clinics in both Ho Chi Minh and Dalat, and undergo valuable hands on training. All interns will develop great communication skills while helping underprivileged locals get the medical attention they deserve.

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10. IES Internships - Sydney Summer Internship 

IES Internships offers a wide array of summer internship opportunities in the fun, multicultural city of Sydney. Students can bask in the city life while interning for prestigious companies and organizations in many fields, from law to event management to tourism. Sydney is one of the most highly ranked global cities in the world, and there is never a shortage of exciting cultural opportunities to take advantage of!

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11. Red Tree Study - Film & Media Internships

Red Tree Study presents the opportunity to intern in Colombia’s rapidly growing film and media industry. Interns can gain hands on experience with leading film and media companies for up to two months while living in a homestay, improving their Spanish, and exploring the vibrant Colombian culture.

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12. Go Abroad China Internships

China is the fastest growing economy in the world and a leading world superpower. Go Abroad China guarantees an internship for any intern with a desire to work in the nation’s highly promising, emerging market. Throughout internships, participants will benefit from onsite support and guidance, tremendous professional networking opportunities, and linguistic and cultural studies to enhance their experience.

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13. CISabroad Intern in Australia

Embrace the “work hard, play hard” mentality with an internship in Australia through CISabroad. Interns will enjoy a highly personalized internship experience, with a variety of placement options located across the country. CIS interns will also be able to take advantage of the great outdoors by surfing, snorkeling, or just soaking up the sun. Participants will gain global work experience and get the chance to work in fields ranging from sports management to food studies to fashion design. 

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

14. Atlantis Fellowship

Want to enjoy a beautiful summer in southern Europe while giving back to local communities and gaining professional experience in the field of medicine? Atlantis Project offers internship opportunities in both Spain and Portugal, where interns can shadow medical professionals in public hospitals and explore their host country’s natural beauty on their free time. Whether fully committed to a medical profession or still deciding on a specialty, Atlantis Project is the perfect opportunity to gain exposure to health professions in an international environment.

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15. Corkscrew - Hybrid Internship Programs 

Corkscrew Startup School presents unique hybrid programs that combine internships at exciting startup companies with entrepreneurial training that will put you well on your way to starting your own business. Applicants can enroll in four-week programs in Dublin, Barcelona, or Madrid, and benefit greatly from working in an innovative and collaborative environment.

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16. Academic Programs International

API offers flexible summer internship opportunities in countries throughout Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Covering numerous professional fields, such as medicine, engineering, and fine arts, prospective applicants can select from a diverse range of potential placements and locations. Most importantly, if you are busy this summer, API offers great academic internships that run year round too!

Your perfect internship is out there!

And if you still haven’t found your the best fit…Check out GoAbroad’s extensive internship directory and you are sure to find the program that is just right for you this summer!

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