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
Fostering a community of transatlantic leaders, the Robert Bosch Foundation providers a fellowship placement in Germany to fifteen (15) American citizens. The fellowship is comprised of three parts: customized practical placements, professional seminars, and German language training. Prospective fellows should have a graduate degree in the fields of business administration, journalism, law, public policy, urban planning, or cultural management. This annual fellowship program is open to applicants until November 1 each year.
INTERNSHIP IN JAPAN SCHOLARSHIP -Type A, Type B, & Type C
Take your first step to a global career with Internship in Japan’s Scholarship Program! The International Cross-cultural Committee (ICC) in Tokyo offers international students a chance to culturally experience Japan and gain international skills in their field of choice. Individuals can choose from the three types of scholarships, depending on their comprehension of the Japanese language.
Whitaker International Program
The Whitaker International Program aims to assist emerging leaders in the field of biomedical engineering and bioengineering enhance their career through international experience and broadened perspectives. Grantees must have U.S. citizenship or be a permanent legal resident of the United States.
Luce Scholars Program
Launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974, the Luce Scholars Program’s purpose is to increase awareness of Asia. This unique, competitive fellowship program targets American young professionals and students looking for an opportunity to learn more about Asia. Scholars must be under 30 years old and possess at least a bachelor’s degree.
Alfa Fellowship Program
Cultural Vistas’ Alfa Fellowship program aims to expand the networks of American, British, German, and Russian professionals, develop intercultural understanding, and advance American/Russian and British/Russian relations. The program offers awardees language training, a monthly stipend, housing, insurance, and three regional excursions throughout Russia. Eighteen students from the U.S., Great Britain, and Germany are accepted annually.
CRCC Asia Annual Scholarship
For almost a decade, CRCC Asia has been helping students who demonstrate academic excellence and an immense commitment to professional development. Through CRCC Asia’s scholarship program, students with financial constraints can actively participate in CRCC Asia’s China Internship program. Every student selected will receive a scholarship worth $30,000.
International Internship Need-Based Scholarships
The Intern Group offers financial help to four (4) exceptional full-time undergraduate students annually. This need-based scholarship provides students with a professional internship placement in the field of their choice, quality accommodation, transportation, and visa costs. Applications for this annual scholarship are accepted until April.
LIVFund offers financial assistance to individuals who are interested in learning, interning, and volunteering in one of the 21 countries in Latin America. This competitive scholarship program is open to anyone and accepts applications year-round. Two (2) scholars are selected and awarded a scholarship of $500 per month.
EMGIP - Bundestag Internship
DAAD aims to create goodwill and professional relations between Germany and North America. Through the Émigré Memorial German Internship Program (EMGIP), U.S. and Canadian students can get internship experience in Germany. Selected participants are given the opportunity to become an intern in the German Parliament (the Bundestag) for two (2) months.
Established in 2006, the InterExchange Foundation’s Christianson Grant awards young Americans who wish to help further their cultural awareness through meaningful travel (work, internship, and volunteer) abroad. Grantees receive $2,500-$10,000, in two installments.
Goldman Fellowship Program
The American Jewish Committee providers undergraduate and graduate students with the unique opportunity to work abroad. AJC’s Goldman Fellowship is designed to develop future leaders in the field of management, politics, and public relations. Chosen fellows receive $3,000 toward their international experience as well as major travel expenses.
The Kloeck-Jenson Scholarship for Peace and Justice Internships
Established to honor the memory of the Kloeck-Jenson family and continue their courageous work, St. Olaf College provides financial support to students interning in the fields of international development and social justice. The Kloeck-Jenson Scholarship Program awards students with scholarships of up to $4,000, covering expenses during summer internship programs.