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.

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

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Let's get to those top internships

1. Dream Careers Summer Internships

Dream Careers has exciting internship opportunities available in Los Angeles and Chicago this summer. Individuals can gain work experience in a variety of industries, ranging from tech to real estate, to public relations, finance, and marketing. Dream Careers also offers additional internships in cities across the United States throughout the year, such as New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. 

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2. EPA Internships in Europe

EPA offers internships in cities across Europe working and is integrated with a strong network of successful companies. They also give you the opportunity to take courses for academic credit while living in student housing with peers from all over the world. Choose from a variety of placements in London, Edinburgh, Madrid, Brussels, and Germany. 

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3. Twin Work & Volunteer - Hospitality Internship in Spain

Immerse yourself in the Spanish language and culture while interning in Spain’s hospitality industry. Interns can work in hotels, bars, and restaurants in several regions across the country while developing valuable interpersonal communication skills. Interns can also enroll in Spanish courses during their internship to gain an extra edge in the job market and increase Spanish language proficiency.

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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. Topview International Education Internships in China

Intern for leading companies in China through Topview International Education. Topview gives interns a tremendous degree of flexibility and control in customizing their own internship, but all interns will no doubt gain professional experience in a booming economy. Interns can work in a diversity of fields, including architecture, fashion, and even green technology.

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Shanghai Skyline

Shanghai Skyline

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 Project - Medical Internships in Spain and Portugal

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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