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International Internships in Policy & Government

Policy and government internships abroad offer a unique and enlightening experience for individuals interested in understanding and influencing international political landscapes and governance structures. These internships provide participants with the opportunity to work closely with governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or international organizations, contributing to policy analysis, legislative research and advocacy campaigns. Interns engage in diverse projects, from studying global policy trends to participating in international negotiations, enabling them to gain a comprehensive understanding of cross-border political dynamics, policy formulation processes, and the impact of international relations on various societal issues.

During these internships, individuals may be involved in drafting policy documents, conducting research on global issues and assisting in public relations efforts. The exposure to different political systems and cultural perspectives nurtures a nuanced understanding of international affairs and the role of governments in shaping global policies. By actively participating in diplomatic discussions and contributing to policy initiatives, policy and government interns abroad develop skills in negotiation, diplomacy, and strategic communication, ultimately preparing them to play a vital role in shaping international policies and fostering constructive collaborations across borders.

Every World Endeavors Internship Program Includes

Our internships are as unique as the countries that host them, but there are program features that unify all of our internship experiences.

YOUR INTERNSHIP

  • Professional customized internship placement
  • Year-round program availability
  • Flexible durations from 2 to 6 months

CAREER READINESS PROGRAM

  • Resume clinic and interview skills workshop
  • One-on-one coaching
  • Professional competencies development

ACCOMMODATION

  • Variety of options available – host family, shared apartment, student residence
  • Vetted and selected with quality, safety and proximity to your placement in mind

CAREER AND ACADEMIC INTEGRATION

  • Re-entry handbook and support
  • Academic credit facilitation
  • Post-program assistance with resume updates and completion certificate
  • World Endeavors Alumni Network

TEAM OF EXPERTS

  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator
  • Internship placement supervisor

PEACE OF MIND

  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance
  • Professional liability insurance

Our Top Intern Abroad Destinations

World Endeavors volunteers support communities in several destinations in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania. Our programs are located in a variety of sites, including urban and rural, economically developed and developing, and English-speaking and non-English speaking.

How to choose the best Internship program

Choosing your internship program is easy when you evaluate your priorities. Follow these steps to guide you toward your ideal program.

Explore a New Career

Interning abroad offers a great opportunity to explore your professional and personal interests, and help define your career path. Peruse our internship fields and past examples to find the best fit.

Choose Your Dream Destination

Finding a meaningful way to combine interning and travel to your dream location is a big incentive. Carefully consider which destinations suit your interests and international internship goals.

Improve Language Skills

Immersing yourself in a language-rich environment is the ultimate method for developing fluency. If language-learning is your goal, favor destinations that use your language of choice.

Fit your budget

Explore scholarships and financial aid to determine if these may impact your destination options. Consider the overall cost of the program and cost of living in-country to identify the optimal match.

Try our program finder to filter based on your choices.

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All our Policy & Government Internships

Explore our range of internship options and embark on a transformative journey that allows you to actively participate in shaping the future of policy and governance.If you would like to refine your search further then please use our Program Finder tool.

Intern Abroad
Argentina

International Relations Internship with Consulting Firm in Argentina

Intern with Latin America's leading consulting firm in the development of cross-cultural competencies and in the strategic management of cultural diversity in organizations.

International Relations Internship with Consulting Firm in Argentina

Intern with Latin America’s leading consulting firm in the development of cross-cultural competencies and in the strategic management of cultural diversity in organizations. They offer global reach solutions with their network of cross-cultural trainers in more than 50 countries.

Intern Abroad
Argentina

Government Internship with Think Tank, Argentina

Work with an independent think-tank that works to promote better public policies and build a more developed, equal, democratic and inclusive Argentina.

Government Internship with Think Tank, Argentina

Work with an independent think-tank that works to promote better public policies. Their goal is to build a more developed, equal, democratic and inclusive Argentina with the same opportunities for all, and solid, efficient public institutions. This organization has around 80 employees in their office, conveniently located just one block from the Argentine Congress.

Intern Abroad
Argentina

Law Internship in Technology, Argentina

Gain experience in law and technology with a firm of legal advisors to technology companies with operations in Latin America, as well as regional companies focusing on global markets.

Law Internship in Technology, Argentina

Gain experience in law and technology with a firm of legal advisors to technology companies with operations in Latin America, as well as regional companies focusing on global markets. The founder has degrees in business law, technology transactions and international taxation, and is regularly invited to speak on entrepreneurship and technology law topics by academic, governmental and business organizations.

Intern Abroad
Argentina

Government Internship in Public Information, Argentina

Gain valuable experience in the inner workings of politics in Argentina. It strengthens the legislative branch of Argentine politics and consolidates democracy.

Government Internship in Public Information, Argentina

Gain valuable experience in the inner workings of politics in Argentina. This organization strengthens the legislative branch of Argentine politics and consolidates democracy through dialogue, transparency and providing information to the public. One of the major projects involves producing an annual almanac listing every single senator and representative, their voting records, and the source of funds, campaign, and special interest donations they received over the course of that year.

Intern Abroad
Argentina

Government Internship in Mediation, Argentina

Join this organization that works to address complex and conflicting issues of the social agenda, conducting processes of inclusive dialogue between actors and/or sectors with diverse views and interests around a situation or conflict.

Government Internship in Mediation, Argentina

Join this organization that works to address complex and conflicting issues of the social agenda, conducting processes of inclusive dialogue between actors and/or sectors with diverse views and interests around a situation or conflict. These processes seek to build trust, identify consensus, make decisions and implement sustainable agreements in public policies.

Intern Abroad
Spain

Law Internship in Spain

Within the legal industry in Spain, law interns play a pivotal role in both law firms and corporations. Their responsibilities span across various tasks, including conducting thorough research, drafting persuasive briefs, summarizing court documents, organizing files, and carefully reviewing client documents.

Law Internship in Spain

Within the legal industry in Spain, law interns play a pivotal role in both law firms and corporations. Their responsibilities span across various tasks, including conducting thorough research, drafting persuasive briefs, summarizing court documents, organizing files, and carefully reviewing client documents.

Intern Abroad FAQs

Where will I intern?

While some organizations have a list of open internships and place applicants in those positions, we work in the opposite direction. We first learn about you, your interests, goals and experience, and then actively pursue the internship that provides you with experience directly relevant to your future career. 

What will I be doing at my internship?

Our internships are customized to fit each individual’s goals, interests, and skill level. We consider all of these things and then make a placement accordingly. Therefore, we don’t have specific internships “set aside” waiting for people to fill them. We have placed interns in both small and large companies, but due to confidentiality of our host companies and organizations we are not able to provide a list of companies.

If I am accepted into the program, am I guaranteed an internship?

We are confident in our ability to find impactful,  skill-building internships. If you are accepted into our program, we guarantee that we will find you a placement in your first or second choice field.

Do I need to have experience?

We arrange rewarding internship placements for people with all levels of experience. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an expert in your field, a successful experience requires a positive approach and a mind open to learning, growing and strengthening your skills.

Are the internships paid?

We really wish we could offer paid internships, but all of the internships we coordinate are unpaid placements. Paid internships abroad are few and far-between, as they require a different type of visa that is difficult to attain, and they also require sponsorship by the host company, which is quite costly for them. The goal of our program is to provide meaningful, hands-on experience in your specific profession or field of study that will give you a competitive edge in the job market and make you valuable to employers who are globally minded. If you are seeking a placement to help you gain international experience, improve your skills in your field and enhance your resume, our program provides the perfect opportunity.

What companies do you work with?

Our internships are customized to fit each individual’s goals, interests, and skill level. We consider all of these things and then make a placement accordingly. Therefore, we don’t have specific internships “set aside” waiting for people to fill them. We have placed interns in both small and large companies, but due to confidentiality of our host companies and organizations we are not able to provide a list of companies.

Is there a cost to particiate?

We strive to provide immersive, life changing, and professionally rewarding programs for our interns. Our programs are designed as a comprehensive “program” instead of just the internship so that we can provide a full experience for our participants. The program fees we charge include the in-country expenses (housing, insurance, orientation, etc.) and also the dedicated work that goes behind finding a customized, one-of-a-kind, international internship placement.

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How to apply for an Internship Abroad

You’ve decided to intern abroad – congratulations! Applying for your World Endeavors program is easy and stress-free. Get ready to PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE!

STEP 1
EXPLORE & ASK

Research and compare. If you can’t decide on a program, we can guide you toward the best fit.

STEP 2
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Fill out our online application form to share all your relevant details with our team.

STEP 3
ENROLL & PREPARE

Receive your official acceptance and enroll. We’ll give you all the info you need to get ready!

STEP 4
START YOUR ADVENTURE!

You’ve researched, planned and saved. Now you’re ready to gain skills and grow your network abroad!