International Internships through The Intern Group

The Intern Group

About

The Intern Group is one of the leading providers of international internships. Our programs are located in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia & Latin America. We place participants from all over the world in international internships that propel their career development forward. The Intern Group is built on the foundations of adventure, ambition, internationalism and curiosity. We take those applicants we accept to the next level professionally, while also providing them with a global experience that broadens minds and enriches lives.

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Founded
2011
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North Road
London
N7 9DP
United Kingdom

Final Places Available for Summer Internships

There are only a couple of places remaining on The Intern Group's summer internship programs in the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America. Apply now to secure a space!

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Sam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Originally, I applied for a two month internship in Dublin without thinking much of it, I just wanted a reason to justify going abroad for a few months, and doing an internship seemed like the perfect way to do it. Little did I know I was about to partake in the most incredible, rewarding experience of a lifetime. From the moment I stepped foot in Dublin I was welcomed with warm, open arms, everyone I encountered was so lovely and helped me feel at home almost instantly. Over the next two months I engaged in what I believe was the perfect work-life balance, feeling rewarded with both the experience and opportunities I was gaining in my professional life, as well as the cultural and social experience that took place outside of the office. Despite only being in Dublin for a short period of time, I made friend and connections that I truly believe will last a lifetime, and got to witness so much of the beautiful cities, country towns and scenery that Ireland has to offer...I was constantly in awe. I am so thankful for my experience with The Intern Group and would highly recommend this program to anyone who is looking to gain both professional and cultural experience in a fun, laid-back environment, and can proudly say that thanks to this program I am already now growing in my career and building a strong path toward my future. If I could relive my time in Dublin all over again, I would do it in a heartbeat.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Perhaps it’s not that unfamiliar depending on where you come from, but we don’t eat Black Pudding in Australia...and I ate it in Ireland. For breakfast. That’s one thing I definitely don’t recommend. It’s pigs blood.
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Han
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I walked into this internship with the expectation of gaining international work experience but what came along with this experience exceeded my expectations.

I interned at a financial firm for investment banking and although it had made me realize that it was something I did not want to do it had allowed me to immerse myself in the Japanese workplace and taught me the importance of working with a team and collaborative work. Even though I had no background in finance, my colleagues were supportive and gave me a reasonable amount of work that I was able to do that allowed me to develop my Japanese skills.

Although the sharehouse was out of the way and a bit dirty sometimes, I had made life-long friends with other interns and locals living there. The Tokyo program internship coordinators Shaina and Airi went above and beyond to ensure we all had a great experience by organizing many events that allowed us to explore Tokyo and were always there whenever we needed help. They will forever be one of my closest friends I have made here during my stay.

Being in Tokyo and traveling around Japan gave me a sense of who I want to be and where I want to be. Towards the end of my program, I realize that Tokyo is where I want to start up my career and my life as well.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go out and meet new people and explore everything Japan has to offer! Don't limit yourself to just Tokyo, it's okay to ask a couple of days off work for weekend trips to explore other parts of Japan. Enjoy every moment of your time there because it will fly by.
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Patricia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I spent 3 months interning in Medellín, Colombia, with the Intern Group. It has been one of the best experiences of my life - so much so that even though I haven't left Medellín yet, I'm already planning on coming back!

The Intern Group was very professional and supportive throughout my entire internship. They placed me in a law firm that was absolutely PERFECT for me! I was able to work in a field that I enjoy doing, with workmates who have become like a second family to me. I learned so much about the international legal field, as well as how to adapt to different work cultures.

My accomodation was amazing. I specifically asked to be placed in an apartment with other Colombians in order to improve my Spanish, and the Intern Group found me an apartment with the best roommates I could possibly ask for. The view was beautiful, and the location so convenient - we lived right above 2 supermarkets, and the metro station was a short walk away. The apartment complex also had a pool, jacuzzis, and a gym! It was a luxurious place to live in.

The Intern Group planned social events and professional development workshops for us, and were always there for us when we needed any slight thing. These events were always enjoyable, and allowed us to really get into Colombian culture. As a group of interns, we were a close, tight-knit family. It is a wonderful feeling to leave Medellín knowing that I now have life-long friends from all over the world.

Overall, the Intern Group organised the most incredible internship, and because of them, I was able to really enjoy my time in Colombia. I learned so much academically and professionally, and have gained so many close friends. I wholeheartedly recommend this program!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers on this program is: keep an open mind and an open heart. Always be willing to try new things, to meet new people, and to put yourself out there! The Colombian culture and the people are so warm and welcoming, and the best way to enjoy it is to dive headfirst and really live it. The first step you should take is to the step that takes you outside of your comfort zone.
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Alexandra
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I recently embarked on an internship in Dublin with the intern group. I was welcomed with open arms by my employer and my intern director. The program is well organised and great value for money. The internship completely exceeded all my expectations! Incredible housing and location, and the extra social activities outside of work. Dublin is a small and interesting city with plenty of night life and something for everyone. Full of Viking history and exciting people. The cost of living was extremely reasonable and I always felt safe. Overall it was an absolute blast and would give anything to do it all again!! I would absolutely and have recommended this to all my friends. The people and the beautiful scenic Dublin environment made this experience one I’ll never forget and have learnt so many transferable and practical skills I look forward putting into practice into a professional workplace after completing my degree!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Do as much as you can and enjoy every moment! And if you ever find it tough you have plenty of support and people to support you.
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Devana
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My time in Bangkok has been amazing. The food, the people, the support truly unmatched! I truly love it and would definitely consider moving here for full time! The intern group did a great job with finding an internship placement that was perfect for me! I have had several internships in the states but this is by far the best internship I have ever had. When I first arrived they made it easy transporting from the airport to my accommodations. In addition Tarn the coordinator for Bangkok is always there when I need her and willing to provide any tips, tricks and suggestions. She is more than a coordinator but also become more like a friend or older sister. This had been the most rewarding experience of my life. I highly recommend! If you have any questions or want to hear more about my experience please follow me on IG @simply__dv or Facebook (Devana Turner)

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would say bring more money than you think you need. Unfortunately I was in the hospital for a series of bites. That visit took a chunk out of my savings for the trip.

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Alumni Interviews

Alumni interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Sarah Imperatori

Sarah loves exploring the world. She always tries to find opportunities abroad and she looks forward to learning more about new cultures and trying new lifestyles.

Sarah Imperatori

Why did you choose this program?

I graduated in July 2018 and I wanted to gain experience while traveling. Asia is quite strong in the industry I will one day be working for, so this program was an amazing opportunity. The intern group offers lots of destinations and their website is well organized. It was easy to apply and I got a reply the day after. Each program is based on the city you pick and they offer to get you an internship whatever your field is. They’re friendly and for any extra questions, you can contact them by email or Skype.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Being an internship program, the agency helped me with finding an internship role in my career field, an accommodation and they kept in contact with me throughout the whole interview process.

Although I had to sort out the visa myself, they helped me figure out how to fill in the visa application, what kind of visa I needed and what documents I needed in order to apply.

The program includes activities such as trips around near cities, dinners together, Chinese/ language classes, mainstream tourists activities haha and you will be sharing all these adventures with all the other interns too so you are literally never alone.

The guys from the agency here in Shanghai love to organize extra dinners or cinema nights with us as extra activities just to keep in touch with us, which is appreciated by all of us, interns.

I had to sort out my own flight, but as soon as you’re done with that they will organize a taxi ride from the airport to the hotel and vice versa for your departure back home so you don’t have to worry about missing your flights/ finding your accommodation. You get a SIM card organized as well with credit for the first month and a metro card with credit for the first month as well.

In the welcome pack, there’s a bunch of apps they recommend to download.

They won’t tell you to get a VPN, but your workplace probably will.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

The agency explains everything you need to know, they tell you which apps are blocked in China, they organize a language class / cultural class in your first weekend so that if you have questions on how to behave in China you can get answers and tips.

I probably just wished I knew how cool and fashionable people are here.

The only piece of advice is to get a good VPN; even Google is blocked and, trust me, you don’t want to have to research stuff in Chinese on Baidu (well, unless you speak the language).

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

I wake up, quick breakfast and then I go to work until 6:30pm, then I usually meet up with few internships to have dinner and a walk around the city, Tianzifang by night is absolutely gorgeous.

We go on an adventure on Saturdays and Sundays. Shanghai is massive and visiting all of it can take quite the time.

Saturday nights we usually go clubbing (and clubbing in Shanghai is an experience as well, haha). It’s great for foreigners and the agency knows few PR’s us interns can ask for deals and free entry clubs.

There are lots to do so we always try to organize things together, but going on exploration alone is something I always do, so some Sundays I just wander by myself.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

Personally, I am used to travel to other countries.

I have never been outside Europe before, though, so I didn’t know what to expect. You know, you can read about things and try to imagine, but it is never how you expect it to be so I just let it happen.

I had no fear. I got told that Shanghai is an international and strong city and I just went with it.
It’s a rich city and, although poverty is a reality here as well, I got to realize how safe Shanghai is.
Maybe the only big question in my mind was “what if I don’t like it?”.

Well, guys, at the end it’s only a short amount of time and it’s all experience gained. You might have to stand some behaviors and you have to be understanding of another culture, so it might go against your beliefs and point of views, but traveling is all about adapting and understanding.

Luckily, it’s not my case. Shanghai is amazing and I love the people, the food, everything! It’s a real shame I will have to go back to normal life soon.

I totally recommend visiting Shanghai.

What's your advice to other travelers?

Don’t be afraid to travel. It’s an eye-opening experience and the most interesting people I got to meet were all travelers.

I am from Italy, but I moved to the UK about 6 years ago and I have traveled to Germany a few times and France and places, haha. You get to realize things, seeing the world from different prospectives helps you to understand. I’m glad I went to China, I had no clue what a beautiful place it is and what a culture!

Hopefully, I will be able to explore Japan and South Korea soon too, with all the other countries here in Asia. You’re never too young or too old to visit new places. Mixing an internship experience with traveling was a great idea and not only it looks good on your CV, but it really does improve who you are as a person.

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Staff Interviews

Staff interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Sau Yi

Job Title
Program Manager

Sau is born and raised in Hong Kong, and has a degree in Asian & International Studies. He loves backpacking in Southeast Asia, and he spent six months living in Singapore. He has been with The Intern Group for 3 years now and is very excited about the launch of the Bangkok program in 2019.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite was travelling to Mrauk-U, Myanmar in 2017. Mrauk-U was an Angkor Wat-like archaeological site, but much untainted. I was always fond of historiography and re-imagining the glory of a fallen kingdom. The trip also took place at a time when there was a huge refugee crisis bordering Myanmar and Bangladesh. It was eye-opening to understand how the locals and the world put the issue in perspective.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have absolutely grown! I have met people from all walks of life, and picked up important soft skills in communication and emotional intelligence. For the past three years of working in this young, energetic company, I have constantly been reminding myself how to scale up whatever I am doing. It helps me see the bigger picture and be more strategic in planning.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

It is always a delight to hear success stories from our alumni. There was one who won our scholarship and joined a marketing agency in Hong Kong for a short internship. He did so well in the internship which led him an invitation by his supervisor to co-found an AI start-up focusing on chatbot. He is now the CTO, and manages a team of Software Engineers in Pakistan!

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Bangkok! This is one of the newest and an excitingly different one from the mainstream destinations. Bangkok is more affordable, English-speaking, environment friendly, and is arguably a working holiday! It is a good place if you are keen about emerging economy. Southeast Asia is the hub for growth in the coming decades!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

The Intern Group is the most diverse in terms of program destinations we offer. Our organization places equal emphasis on interns' professional experience as well as their cultural enrichment. I am most proud when my team goes the extra mile, and surprises our clients with extra benefits. We are looking for not only a deal, but a friendship that lasts.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

As a company in the service industry, good customer service is always the key. Swift communication and emotional intelligence are the guiding principles. Being able to think two steps ahead and addressing inquiries proactively are qualities clients would appreciate. When a company grows in scale and streamlines its operations, it is equally important that they do not lose the personal touch with their customers! Feeling the presence is a form of customization!

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