Interning is an amazing way to gain hands-on experience and add multicolored razzle-dazzle to your resume. Interning abroad takes that one step further by immersing you in a new culture, stretching your flexibility, and potentially adding a new language to your repertoire. That’s not even mentioning that you get to travel to an exotic location and eat gelato/kulfi/mocha/faloodeh every day.
It all sounds like perfection until you realize that the interning position isn’t paid. Not only that, but you need to find a place to live and you need to buy a transcontinental plane ticket to reach your new workplace. Uh-oh.
But where there’s a will, there’s a way. Don’t discard a great professional and personal growth experience because of the price tag. Instead, read forth and learn how to finance the most transformative trip of your life.
Who Qualifies for Intern Abroad Scholarships?
Unfortunately, the trend of interning abroad isn’t as popular as merely going to college or studying abroad (but it definitely should be), so there’s not many scholarships offered specifically for interns. Many internship scholarships look at the experience from a scholastic angle, so they are only available to current students. This isn’t always the case, though; read specifications carefully.
If you have particular skills or fall under demographic minority classifications, now is the time to shine.
What Kind of Intern Abroad Scholarships are there?
Internship abroad scholarships are a tricky horse to handle. They’re a rare breed that might take some extra research and creativity, since you’re probably not part of an educational institution that’ll help you anymore.
The two most common types of scholarships available for interning abroad are program internships and country internships. Some programs provide full financial aid packages (airfare and accommodation included!), even if they do not offer a salary. Inquire and apply directly with your internship provider. Certain awesome countries provide scholarships for international students/volunteers/interns as incentive to spend time there, as the arrangement usually benefits both the program participant and the country.
If you are planning an internship while studying abroad, stop by your financial aid office. Some universities consider internships as course work and know scholarship options to sponsor the educational work experience.
When Should I Apply?
When looking for scholarships, the “better late than never” ideology won’t cut it. The research process takes time, applications always ask for supplementary materials that take unexpected time to process, and the decision-making window seems to take forever.
Start the hunt for scholarships at least a scholastic semester before your intended intern abroad term. Researching now lets you dedicate more time later to the actual application content.
Grab your post-it notes and whip those highlighters out. Clearly mark all deadlines on a calendar, and hang it somewhere you’ll see it every day. Set alarms on your phone. Write yourself notifications. Be aware of deadlines!
Don’t procrastinate! Some scholarship applications require additional materials, such as recommendation letters or videos. If you didn’t even look at the application requirements until the night before, you’ll never have time to get it done by midnight. Play it safe and aim to finish ahead of time!
Why Should I Apply for an Intern Abroad Scholarship?
Internships are the highlight of any resume, so it’s worth making the investment. Unfortunately, most pay with experience and references, not hard cash. Consider various components of your internship and see how much they add up.
If you found a paying scholarship, congratulations. Even if they don’t offer a full salary, some internships do offer a symbolic monthly allowance. Usually, this stipend is enough to cover basic food costs, monetary amount calculated on country of work.
Some internships offer accommodation in their offer. Usually, these are shared apartment with other interns. Depending on location, this might be worth more than receiving a salary and then having to pay for your own housing.
Plane tickets are usually up the program participant, and transportation might prove to be the highest expense of the internship. If you need additional help to raise the money, consider a crowdfunding initiative, such as FundMyTravel.
Now that you’re in the loop, it’s time to start on homework and send off applications. Remember that scholarship options change daily, and be ambitious in your applications. Apply to every scholarship that is relevant, don’t give up after the first rejection, and stick to your financial goal. After this, interning abroad is going to seem a piece of cake!
Top Internship Scholarships
The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program
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INTERNSHIP IN JAPAN SCHOLARSHIP
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Whitaker International Program
The Whitaker International Program is a competitive grant that sends emerging leaders in biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) overseas to increase international collaboration in the field. The grant can be used for internship, conducting academic or scientific research in a university or laboratory, pursuing coursework at an academic institution, or improving expertise as scientists. Projects can occur worldwide, and ...
Luce Scholars Program
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Alfa Fellowship Program
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CRCC Asia Annual Scholarship
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Scholarships in Hong Kong, Madrid, Australia and Latin America
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LIV Fund Scholarship
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EMGIP - Bundestag Internship
EMGIP (Emigre Memorial German Internship Program) offers internship opportunities for US and Canadian students in the German parliament, the Bundestag. The internships are two months long in positions matching the student's interest and experience. Interns will be placed within the Verwaltung, preferably with a Sekretariat working for their preferred Ausschuss. In addition to contributing to the respective offices, interns ...
The InterExchange Foundation Grant Program was established in 2006 to provide grants to young Americans who wish to help further cultural awareness through meaningful work abroad experiences. Grant awards are intended to defray the costs of transportation, participation fees, travel insurance, housing, and meals related to a work, internship, or volunteer abroad program. By providing financial assistance to eligible reci...
Goldman Fellowship Program
The American Jewish Committee Goldman Fellowship in International and Domestic Affairs is designed to develop future leaders in the areas of international and domestic politics, diplomacy, public relations, and management. This competitive Fellowship gives students the unique opportunity to work in offices throughout the world - from San Francisco to Geneva, Switzerland, and from New York to Melbourne, Australia. Fellow...
The Kloeck-Jenson Scholarship for Peace and Justice Internships
The Kloeck-Jenson Scholarship for Peace and Justice Internships was created to honor the memory of Scott Kloeck-Jenson, his wife, Barbara, and their two children, Zoe and Noah; this scholarship was put into place to partially allay expenses for internships related to peace and social justice. It is meant to support and continue the courageous work to which Scott and Barbara dedicated their lives. Kloeck-Jenson Internatio...