“I think about my time abroad ALL THE TIME, and believe it or not, it comes up in almost all of my conversations. It truly was the best experience of my life!”
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About IFSA Summer Remote International Internships
Acquaint yourself with the professional culture of another country while establishing an international network of colleagues, wherever you are, with an IFSA Summer Remote International Internship. Whether placed in a family-owned business, non-profit organization, start-up incubator, or community group, this credit-bearing, project-based internship will enhance your ability to navigate a global, multicultural business world. We will work one-on-one with you to find the best-fit placement based on your personal background, skills, and goals—with opportunities in nine countries and a wide range of industries, we are sure to identify something meaningful for you.
The IFSA Summer Remote International Internship is an ideal opportunity to fulfill your institution’s international education requirement in a time when international travel may not possible. Or if you have already completed a study abroad program but were unable to participate in an on-site internship, our remote internship program gives you an additional opportunity to strengthen your understanding and skills with your original host culture, or perhaps with another country and culture altogether.
Academics at IFSA Summer Remote International Internships
IFSA offers a wide array of competitive, remote internship placements in a variety of industries and worldwide locations. Students will complete at least 120 total hours in their placement throughout the term, and participate in the online International Internship Seminar every week.
- A part-time internship option of 15 hours per week plus the online International Internship Seminar is worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours and is available year-round.
- A full-time internship option of approximately 30 hours per week plus online the International Internship Seminar is worth 6 U.S. semester credit hours and is available only during summer sessions.
Internships are jointly supervised by your internship site supervisor and the International Internship Seminar instructor, and coordinated by the host country’s resident director.
Your placement’s office will be located in a country such as Argentina, China, Czech Republic, India, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Spain, or Sri Lanka.
A wide range of internship industries are available and may include:
- Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Arts and Culture
- Business and Trade
- Education and Social Services
- Financial Services
- Health Services
- Government and Law
- Information Technology
- Leisure and Hospitality
- Media and Communications
- Transportation and Utilities
IFSA is committed to finding an opportunity for every student that will provide a meaningful and credible internship work experience. However, we cannot guarantee placements in any particular industry, company, or location. Final placements are highly dependent on the prior experiences and skills you may have to offer, availability of companies (and the local environment for these positions), and interests.
Get ready to jump-start your professional journey with an IFSA Remote International Internship.
Once you submit your application, resume, and Internship Intent Form, our experienced advisors will connect with you individually to identify your professional strengths, review your goals, and refine your internship interests. We will also provide internship preparation resources to further set you up for success, such as:
- Tips for interview preparation
- Guidance on workplace cultures around the world
- Strategies for a successful remote internship
Our team will match you with meaningful and credible internship opportunities tailored to your interests, strengths, and background. You will interview with your internship match before the program starts. Keep in mind, final placements are highly dependent on the prior experiences and skills you may have to offer, availability of companies (and the local environment for these positions), and interests.
Once your placement is finalized and the program begins, your Remote International Internship Seminar instructor and internship site supervisor will be your main points of contact throughout the term.
A majority of internships will be with English-speaking organizations. However, specific placements may require competency in Italian (Italy), Spanish (Latin America and Spain), or Chinese (China). Students interested in non-English speaking internships should have completed at least four semesters of the required language, or the equivalent, or have demonstrated proficiency in the required language.
The following list showcases the variety of recent Remote International Internship opportunities. While some of these internship opportunities may be available for upcoming terms, internship placements do vary from term to term. We will work with you individually to identify a placement that meets your unique personal, academic, and professional goals.
AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES
Peru Organization: This non-profit organization works to protect the Peruvian Amazon through long-term research, reforestation, and education projects that seek to understand the core issues behind the loss of the Amazon and their solutions.
Potential Projects: You might contribute in areas such as marketing research and analysis, marketing materials development, grant search and writing, and fundraising strategy.
Italy Organization: This historic Italian association focuses on the protection of the environment and landscape. The local chapter organizes initiatives to raise awareness on environmental issues and urban sustainability, including exhibits, “Clean the World” days, and park maintenance.
Potential Projects: You might help create and edit short videos and other materials about the association’s activities, with a special focus on urban gardens and beekeeping.
Italy Organization: This family-run, award-winning organic winery on the outskirts of Rome specializes in organic wine production and revitalizes native grape varieties.
Potential Projects: You might work with the owners to optimize the winery website and social media presence, and to launch a new e-commerce option.
ARTS & CULTURE
Argentina Organization: This NGO works to defend women’s rights and gender equality through art.
Subject Areas: Arts Administration/Management, Human Rights, Social Justice, Women and Gender Studies
Potential Projects: An intern would be involved in the improvement and systematization of the organization’s archive and documents, the creation of dissemination material, the production of artistic and cultural events, and the co-management of financial support.
Argentina Organization: This organization encourages language practice with people from all over the world, with a focus on the cultural exchange and the values of Argentine cultures. It aims to enrich vocabulary and communication through play and conversation.
Subject Areas: Communications, Cultural Studies, Marketing, Media/Multimedia Studies
Potential Projects: You will participate in various projects such as the coordination of conversation club events, the management of social networks, the creation of content for radio, podcast, Twitch, and TikTok, the writing of articles on interculturality, and the search for national and international funding sources.
Czech Republic Organization: This coaching institution shows artists how to step into their power so they can create art they’ll love and create the kind of world in which they want to live.
Subject Areas: Business, Communications, Marketing
Potential Projects: As an intern, you can assist with operations management, support community management and social media, conduct marketing research, advise on marketing strategies, or develop website content.
BUSINESS & TRADE
Spain Organization: A global manufacturer and provider of hybrid packaging solutions for beauty brands
Subject Areas: Communications, Human Resources, Marketing, Organizational Management
Potential Projects: You can work in areas of the organization including human resources, marketing, international business relations, and global manufacturing.
Spain Organization: Provider of subscription-based meal kits in Barcelona
Subject Areas: Communications, Marketing, Media/Multimedia Studies
Potential Projects: Work on marketing, communications, and web and app design projects.
Czech Republic Organization: This school, one of the largest language services in Prague and the Czech Republic, serves more than 140 corporate clients providing in-company language training programs and independent language testing. In addition, it provides foreign language courses for the public, including private lessons and semester-long classes for groups.
Subject Areas: Communications, Information Technology, Marketing, Teaching English as a Second Language
Potential Projects: You may review marketing strategies and a campaign for a teacher-training program; produce, edit, and review content for international target audiences in various media; assist with reestablishing alumni engagement; help create a pilot English as a Foreign Language teaching program; or develop strategy for implementing a new remote learning program.
China Organization: This is a large venture capital startup incubator with a focus on tech companies. Start-ups apply to the incubator, which matches them with resources to help them grow their business through a successful venture capital funding.
Subject Areas: Finance, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Information Technology, Marketing
Potential Projects: Depending on qualifications and skills, the intern may work directly for the incubator company itself on projects related to venture capital financial analysis or marketing. Alternately, an intern could be placed with a larger startup to work on projects related to project management.
China Organization: This incubator provides innovation and community services to innovators and professionals who aim to accelerate their personal growth and build networks around start-ups, scale-ups, and corporates.
Subject Areas: Business, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Marketing, Media/Multimedia Studies
Potential Projects: You may engage in market research, website management, or business development.
Spain Organization: Coworking, mentoring and networking team
Subject Areas: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Organizational Management
Potential Projects: From design to international business to sports events planning, you can work on different projects within the coworking community of entrepreneurs and start-ups.
Spain Organization: Education and mentoring organization
Subject Areas: Education Studies, Marketing
Potential Projects: You can work on marketing and social media for education campaigns, or mentor students to match them with potential future employment.
Mexico Organization: This K-12 school has an ambitious English curriculum but struggles to maintain a high level of English language education. Serving a low-income community, challenges include a lack of teacher training and few native English-speaking tutors.
Subject Areas: Early Childhood Education, Education Studies, Elementary Education, Teaching English as a Second Language
Potential Projects: You can tutor and lead remote English language classes, work with the English coordinator on revising and redeveloping the school’s English curriculum and extra-curricular activities, or work with the school’s English teachers on phonetics, grammar, and general support to better serve their student body.
Italy Organization: This school of Italian language has a special focus on assisting U.S. study abroad programs, while offering a variety of courses in Italian studies, guided tours, advanced training for teachers, and online didactics.
Subject Areas: Education Studies, Marketing, Media/Multimedia Studies
Potential Projects: You would work on renewing the school’s website and social media communication to better appeal to American students. Additionally, the school can assist Education majors in the preparation of lesson models and teaching materials.
India Organization: This “inclusive” preschool through 10th grade school accepts students from all socio-economic backgrounds, including those with physical and mental disabilities. One of the school’s extension is a center for children with severe disabilities, while another extension teaches secondary school students arts and crafts as a vocation.
Subject Areas: Education Studies
Potential Projects: With teaching plans prepared for the coming academic year, you would work to develop teaching materials and tools to assist the preschool and first grade to fourth grade teachers.
India Organization: This K-10 school serves more than 800 children from underprivileged families residing in the old central parts of Pune. Many of the students are the first-generation learners in their family.
Subject Areas: Education Studies, Elementary Education
Potential Projects: You would assist in developing personality development workshops for fifth grade to ninth grade students. Other projects available based upon your skill set.
Spain Organization: Corporate finance company focused on acquisitions and mergers.
Subject Areas: Business, Finance, Organizational Management
Spain Organization: Accounting and finance firm
Subject Areas: Accounting, Finance, Marketing
Potential Projects: You can work on market research and analysis, financial trends, multinational consulting, and auditing projects.
Mexico Organization: This public hospital specializes in health care for the entire south east of Mexico. You will work with a medical doctor on two projects related to post-COVID-19 social impact and educating the general public on health practices.
Subject Areas: Medical Anthropology, Public/Global Health,
Potential Projects: You can study post COVID-19 behaviors including the inequities of society; incidents of gender violence as a result; intrafamily violence; racism and discrimination; hunger; increase in crime levels. Or, you may assist in teaching the general population what it means to go to the doctor, working on myths and stereotypes, and developing strategies to provide a health education to the larger community.
India Organization: The mission of this NGO hospital research center is to conduct research in areas which affect the life of common people, with an emphasis on women and children. Areas of research include reproductive and child health, adolescent health, HIV and AIDS, quality of health services, women’s development, and various clinical topics. In addition to its ICU facilities, it has medical, surgical, and pediatric departments.
Subject Areas: Public/Global Health
Potential Projects: You may work on projects related to literature review, data analysis, and preparing awareness materials for COVID-19, reproductive health, mental health, child sexual abuse, and HIV.
India Organization: This independent charitable organization works to better the lives of low-income communities in Pune through a range of family welfare programs such as education, healthcare, child development, and women’s empowerment.
Subject Areas: Public Health
Potential Projects: On the background of COVID-19, the organization would have you prepare awareness material for their target population. They also work with women, adolescents, and HIV+ people regarding their health and nutrition. Depending on student interest, the work may be designed for a team of students.
China Organization: This digital health solution provider aims to build the largest digital healthcare ecosystem of its kind in the region.
Subject Areas: Business, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Health Administration/Management, Information Technology
Potential Projects: You may work in market/product research or database development.
GOVERNMENT & LAW
Argentina Organization: This international NGO promotes citizen participation, transparency, and access to public information to strengthen democratic institutions through collective action. It is also engaged in research and actions in areas such as elections, justice, legislative work, and corruption.
Subject Areas: International Studies/Affairs/Relations, Law/Legal Studies, Political Science, Public Policy/Policy Studies
Potential Projects: You may work in areas such as oversight of public expenditures; monitoring the functioning of the executive, parliament, and judiciary; assisting in the presentation of bills; assisting with reports on campaigns and the electoral processes; and translation and production of dissemination material.
Czech Republic Organization: This non-profit, human rights organization works to protect the rights of foreigners in the Czech Republic.
Subject Areas: Communications
Potential Projects: You will engage in international research and write reports to support the fair migration policy project.
Czech Republic Organization: The mission of this U.S. not-for-profit institute, based in Prague, is to advance the rule of law in the world. It works to protect fundamental rights and individual liberties; promote transparent, incorruptible, accountable governments; lay the foundation for economic opportunity and growth; and encourage peaceful resolution of disputes.
Subject Areas: Communications, Law/Legal Studies, Public Relations,
Potential Projects: As an intern you may collaborate on event organization, write research reports, and producing and editing content for the institute’s local and international activities.
Spain Organization: A crowdfunding site which focuses on projects which generate a collective return through promoting the common, open source code and/or free knowledge.
Subject Areas: Advertising, Communications, Social Work
Potential Projects: You can work on different projects to promote the organization and expand its visibility.
Spain Organization: Developer of professional software for retail management
Subject Areas: Business, Computer Science, Marketing
Potential Projects: Work on operations, sports business, and retail projects.
Czech Republic Organization: This independent consulting firm, based in Switzerland with a branch office in Prague, provides technology consulting guidance, services, and solutions to more than 1,000 businesses worldwide.
Subject Areas: Business, Computer Science, Human Resources, Marketing
Potential Projects: You may work in Human Resources assisting with recruitment support; in Marketing supporting communication management market analysis; in Computing reviewing code and helping with in-house software development; or in Finance helping with basic account and payroll services.
China Organization: This tech company represents a wide array of ticket sales across China and Asia for events such music and art, movies, theatre, sport, comedy, tours, and classes.
Subject Areas: Information Technology, Marketing
Potential Projects: This company relies heavily on data analysis of customer engagement and ticket promotions to maximize discounts and sales. You would engage in ongoing data analytics strategy, and analyze different approaches to various forms of customer engagement and sales across multiple social media platforms.
LEISURE & HOSPITALITY
Argentina Organization: This Buenos Aires city government office promotes Buenos Aires as a destination for study abroad and provides services to and activities for foreign students in the city.
Subject Areas: Advertising, Communications, Marketing
Potential Projects: You would be involved in the implementation of marketing projects.
Spain Organization: Government tourism agency
Subject Areas: Communications, Marketing
Potential Projects: Work on social media marketing and international campaigns promoting Cataluña tourism.
Mexico Organization: Working with one of largest hotel chains in Latin America, you will have an opportunity to think about tourism and what that represents in a country that so heavily relies on it, the type of population this is catered to, and its impact on a fragile economy and ecosystem.
Subject Areas: Hospitality & Tourism, Media/Multimedia Studies, Marketing, Sociology
Potential Projects: You can work on marketing research and analysis, handling social networks, and translation of specific ads and promotional materials.
Italy Organization: This small, family-run cooking school specializes in English-speaking clients and study abroad. The school works only with small groups to offer a tailored service, and aims to recreate an authentic and shared experience by stressing the value of good food prepared at home, even without previous experience or expensive equipment.
Subject Areas: Communications, Hospitality & Tourism, Marketing
Potential Projects: You would on the school website to enhance its appeal, including possibly adding cooking lesson videos. Projects may also include expanding the school’s audience through social media.
MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS
Italy Organization: This online blog publishes content for the creative industries in the areas of fashion and technology.
Subject Areas: Communications, Fashion Marketing and Merchandising, Marketing
Potential Projects: If you are interested in the areas of digital marketing or content marketing, this internship would allow you to create blog posts for the website, learn about inbound marketing, and develop highly marketable skills in the fashion industry.
Italy Organization: This Rome-based, independent, English-language, online magazine covers everything Italy-related, offering news and opinion about politics, economy, culture, and sports.
Subject Areas: Communications, Journalism, Marketing
Potential Projects: You will help with content creation for the magazine and promotion.
Italy Organization: This English-language event and lifestyle magazine is targeted to tourists and expats visiting or living in Rome. It includes a daily listing of the latest and most diverse cultural and lifestyle events in and around Rome.
Subject Areas: Communications, Journalism, Marketing
Potential Projects: You will help with content creation for the magazine and promotion. You can also be involved in the creation of a new Florence branch of the magazine.
Argentina Organization: This NGO’s objective is to raise awareness about the importance of the Right to Play in every child’s life. To this end, it proposes recreational and educational activities to enrich the social and cultural environment.
Subject Areas: Human and Child Development, Human Services, Social Policy, Social Work
Potential Projects: As an intern, you may assist with translation of specific bibliography, social media management, or investigate financial aid, grants, fundraising opportunities, and potential donors.
Argentina Organization: This NGO promotes initiatives for women, young people, and families in the vulnerable, suburban neighborhoods of Buenos. It focuses on housing, education, and labor integration.
Subject Areas: Human and Child Development, Human Rights, Social Justice, Women and Gender Studies
Potential Projects: You may be assisting with data systematization, report elaboration, production of dissemination material in English, and organization of training events.
Peru Organization: This non-profit organization works on behalf of paid domestic workers to ensure their labor rights are respected including fair pay, worker benefits, and safe working conditions.
Subject Areas: Finance, Human Rights, Marketing, Student Teaching
Potential Projects: You may work as a community manager for the organization’s social media accounts or assist with fundraising strategy.
India Organization: This organization focuses on sustainable socio-economic development through granting micro-finance loans, imparting skills and vocational training, and availing health services through micro-insurance plans. Additionally, the organization successfully runs training, family security, education, and awareness programs.
Subject Areas: Finance
Potential Projects: Projects will be based on your specific skill set.
China Organization: A not-for-profit charitable organization registered in Shanghai with a mission to improve the education and general welfare of disadvantaged children in China.
Subject Areas: Elementary Education, Human and Child Development
Potential Projects: You will assist in teaching material development and class coordination.
After you complete your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your program. This service is included in your IFSA program at no additional cost.
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Student, Remote Internships
“The IFSA advisors were extremely communicative and made an effort to learn about my interests and career goals. I couldn’t be happier with my internship placement in Prague!”
Student, Remote Internships
“I asked the study abroad office at my college which provider they recommended. My college mentioned that IFSA has done a wonderful job in the past with in-person internships and said they would be best.”
Student, Czech Republic
“I chose IFSA because they stressed not only the scholarly element of studying abroad but the benefits of cultural exposure.“
Student, Sri Lanka
“I chose IFSA because they had an independent study component implemented in the program. My Cultural Anthropology professor also recommended me the IFSA ISLE program because I could study primates there.“
Student, Costa Rica
“I chose IFSA because I was impressed with how well it was organized, how accessible the staff was, and how immersive the program was. I also really liked that IFSA organized excursions, making it easier to see Costa Rica’s highlights and hidden treasures.“
“I now have a new sense of independence that has certainly stuck with me, and it will continue throughout my life. I can finally cook for myself!“
“IFSA Peru offered cool classes relating to my majors as well as a host family. I really appreciated having the ability to live in a city (it was a first for me) with a host family and learn how to navigate the wild transportation to the uni and other places in Lima.“
“I chose to study abroad in Lima, Peru with IFSA because of its community-based research and volunteer opportunities. I thought it would be fascinating to see how social work functions in developing countries.“
“I chose IFSA because of the interesting classes offered, the ability to hold an internship while abroad, and the organized group field trip to Western China. It was incredible to be able to learn both inside and outside the classroom!“
“I chose IFSA for the comfort and security of knowing there are staff members there to help. I was impressed and surprised by the amount of support we had at orientation and throughout the semester and the opportunities the IFSA staff provided!“
“IFSA was there to support me along every step of my study abroad decision. Pre-departure resources made planning and preparing so much easier, while also working to support me in understanding how my personal identity might affect my time abroad.“
“I chose IFSA because they did so much more than just send me abroad or provide basic services. They gave me innovative strategies and professional support for preparing to study abroad and understand my culture holistically.“
“While in Wales, take every chance you can to go to the countryside, explore the hills, learn about the miners, eat the foods. This was everyday life for most people.“
Student, Costa Rica
“I chose IFSA for the freedom it gives to students as well as its emphasis on cultural immersion!“
Student, Czech Republic
“I chose IFSA because I was able to participate in computer science courses with a tight-knit group in a beautiful, central, and historic city. I also expanded my network with a professional internship. IFSA sets students up to be successful!“
“I chose IFSA because of their standout dedication to immersion and their commitment to allowing students to explore with independence.“
“Going abroad in London meant I had to conquer the city myself. London will forever be my city because I chose it and chose to conquer it to the extensive level that I did.“
“I ultimately chose IFSA because of its unique option to study at University of Oxford, which I have wanted to do for a long time. Also, the level of support and guidance that I received throughout the application process was unparalleled.“
“IFSA was super organized and helpful in my entire journey! It was so easy to go through IFSA’s program and I would highly recommend them! They quickly answered any question I had and made the whole process very smooth! “
“I chose IFSA because I wanted to live with a host family and direct enroll in university as well. I also wanted a more focused program that would be able to help and communicate closely with me as an individual.“
“IFSA allowed me to take classes taught by Chinese professors from several local universities while also directly familiarizing us with urban China. I also got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel around central China through an IFSA-led trip!“
Student, New Zealand
“I don’t know what my abroad experience would have looked like if I hadn’t chosen IFSA, but I am confident that choosing IFSA helped to make my semester abroad the best it could be!“
“IFSA simplified the process with stories from previous students, help with the application and class selection process. From the first information pamphlet, to the lifelong friends, and the comforting knowledge that there was always support available, IFSA was a gift to my time abroad.“
“IFSA allowed us to have so much independence and flexibility, which allowed us to engage with the local culture and explore the city right from the start.”
“The biggest thing I learned is the value of immersing oneself in a culture unlike that which you come from. Even though Australia speaks English, the culture has taught me to relax and take everything one step at a time.”
“I enjoyed the academic and personal freedom of my IFSA program. Being able to take whatever classes I wanted/needed in order to satisfy my requirements for major and what happened to interest me set the foundation for my study abroad experience.”
Student, New Zealand
“For two years, I have tried to manage and exist with depression and anxiety. Coming to New Zealand enlivened me and gave me the tools to function and create the life I want and need. I was able to live somewhere for the first time away from family and friends and thrive in it. It allowed me to realize my potential and ability.”
“I think I’ve learned a lot about myself and my behavior—how I tend to act and react in situations. I’ve also become more assertive, courageous, and confident through this experience.”
“My IFSA program was amazing. They really do a great job making sure you adjust well and are well equipped for your time abroad.”
“Through IFSA, I learned to enjoy the small things in life, was able to better understand a culture different from mine, developed intellectually through independent study, and improved my Spanish.”
“The connections I made during my time in Scotland was the most enjoyable aspect of my IFSA study abroad abroad experience. Being part of the St. Andrews basketball team really facilitated my relationship with the campus and its students.”
“Through my IFSA program, I volunteered at a travel startup where I initiated and developed a six-month lesson plan for the first English teaching program in a Mayan community, created a cost plan for program volunteers, and translated itineraries.”