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Complete an internship with an international organization to differentiate your resume, earn essential skills that employers value, and grow your professional network with the API Global Internship program. Full-time internships will require a commitment of 35 hours a week.

API’s global internship programming will support your success and engage you in activities designed to refine specific skills, our on-site staff will orient you to the international workplace culture, and guide you through in-person and virtual cultural workshops as well as local visits. Capstone your experience by earning a digital badge that you can add to your LinkedIn profile, e-portfolio, personal websites, digital resumes and more.

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


Customized Internship Placement and Advising

On Site Services

Airport Reception

Quality Housing

Workplace and Culture Orientation

Resident Directors/Coordinators

Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Experiential Programs

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

Academic Credit and Transcript (for an additional fee)

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 (3.0 for STEM) G.P.A.
  • Cover Letter
  • Two Letters of Reference
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Résumé/C.V.
  • University Approval Form (if applicable)
  • Advising session
  • All internships in Italy require that participants are enrolled for academic credit to meet immigration regulations for unpaid internships.
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 1 May 20, 2022 - Jul 17, 2022 $7,500 Feb 1, 2022 No Extension Apr 20, 2022
  • Application deadline is 4 months prior to the intended start date
  • You will arrive 3-4 days before the internship placement begins
  • You have the option to complete an 8, 10 or 12-week internship in most sites during the academic year
  • All summer internship sessions are 8 weeks only.
  • Dates are subject to change
  • Participants who wish to earn academic credit from API’s School of Record, Nichols College, will incur an additional fee.

8, 10 and 12-week API interns participate in 2-3 excursions. Cultural events may also be available alongside study abroad students. Availability may vary and participants are given the full excursion schedule prior to arrival on-site.

What You’ll Study

CREDIT OPTIONS - Up to 6 semester credits available on some internship programs for an additional fee.

API international internships provide unique opportunities for participants to explore and cultivate their future career path through a high-quality, customized, credit-bearing placement in several exciting fields and destinations. API internship programs encompass a number of career development and cultural resources to help participants maximize their personal and professional development.

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Following are a few sample placements that participants have done across the world. More information on placement options can be found in the lists below.

Hospitality Internship

This internship was held at one of the finest urban hotels in Barcelona. Internship placement duties include working in customer service, front desk operations, reservation management, group bookings, supplier management, marketing, and public relations.

Geographic Information Science Internship

The All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO) is working in collaboration with the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on the release of the results from Census 2016 in Ireland over the summer months. As part of this collaboration, AIRO develops a series of new mapping toolkits for use by planners, policymakers and the general public. AIRO is also undertaking a number of funded research projects using the results from Census 2016 that will feed into new policy documents by local authorities across Ireland. Our intern worked with the AIRO project team to develop toolkits and gain experience working with a variety of GIS web mapping tools (ArcGIS, Instant Atlas, etc.), as well as being responsible for the development of new map templates using the Adobe Creative Suite. The intern gained experience in team meetings (internal and with clients) as well as with data cleaning and preparation for integration within GIS.

Marketing Internship

This organization is an independent corporate service provider of choice for international companies and financial institutions seeking tailored solutions when doing business in the UK. The intern will assist with the development of the overall marketing plan and budget, identifying growth services and areas of expertise on which to concentrate; focused on digital marketing and liaising with website and digital marketing consultants to update the website for content and hit rates; contributed to social media engagement; developed the blog and articles for onsite and offsite attention; and assisted with brochures, events and networking.

Health Research Internship

This internship takes place at a graduate college dedicated to research, training, and extension programs in several fields of social sciences. The intern will work on a project that aims to analyze regional public health policies. The intern may assist the project leader in research activities, help organize an international conference, and assist with translating project documents and papers.NGO InternshipThis internship takes place at an NGO specializing in policy-oriented research in Argentina and Latin America. Internship duties include developing proposals and building strategies with partners in order to influence government policy.

Social Services Internship

This internship is at an NGO that develops social programs for helping needy residents (particularly women and children). It provides food, housing, educational and artistic activities. The intern may help participate in workshops about domestic violence, women’s empowerment, or fine art workshops pertaining to theater and literature.

Accounting and Finance Placements

Accounting and finance internships abroad are a great way to gain valuable work experience in an international setting and are available in all of our destinations. There is a wide range of opportunities working with companies and organization of all sizes. Example intern duties might include accounting, accounts receivable/payable, financial analysis, auditing, tax preparation, financial reporting, administrative, and research.

Common Internships:

  • Asset Management
  • Accounting
  • Banking
  • Economics
  • Financial Analyst
  • Investment Banking
  • Taxes

Language of Instruction: English   

Advertising, Communications, and Journalism Placements

Those seeking careers in advertising, communications, and journalism are well suited for global work experience. Many advertising companies work with global clients and journalism often is international in scope. Having a global perspective in these fields is an asset, so stand out with an international internship experience! Example intern duties might include client relationships, copywriting, editing, writing, creative, event management, social media management, website content development, branding, press releases, filming, and communication strategy.

Common Internships:

  • Advertising
  • Broadcasting
  • Copy Writing
  • Event Management
  • Film
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Social Media

Language of Instruction: English   

Architecture, Landscape, and Planning Placements

Want to be inspired for your future career with an architecture, landscaping or planning internship? Whether it is seeing Gaudi’s work in Barcelona or the neoclassical architecture in Santiago, learning about urban planning projects in London or walking through the landscape architecture in the Grand Canal Square in the Dublin Docklands, you will be able to bring these concepts back with you into your future profession. Example intern duties might include project conception, design, and management, meeting with clients, honing technical skills with AutoCAD, budgeting, construction, and administration.

Common Internships:

  • Architecture
  • Construction
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Design

Language of Instruction: English   

Arts and Design Placements

Create international style and skill to your portfolio through an art or design internship abroad. It will also be a unique chance to learn what inspires other designers and artists abroad in a wide variety of placement options in galleries, studios, museums, theaters, and schools. Example intern duties might include event planning, designing products, curating shows, installation, creating event signage and promotions, performing, sewing, budgeting, textile use, and administration.

Common Internships:

  • Curating
  • Graphic Design
  • Fashion
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Performing Arts

Language of Instruction: English   

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Management Placements

In a world where borders are increasingly fluid, it is imperative that business leaders of the future recognize how to navigate global challenges through cultural understanding, market knowledge, and cross-cultural communication skills. Because many companies have international operations or clients overseas, global skills and experience are often a prerequisite. Real world international work experience such as an international business, entrepreneurship, or management internship can also open up employment opportunities in a competitive job market. Example intern duties might include administration, developing a marketing strategy, creating proposals, budgeting, analyzing data, client relationship management, research, and presentations.

Common Internships:

  • Business Administration
  • Business Development
  • Business Operations
  • Customer Service
  • Financial Analyst
  • International Trade
  • Logistics
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Startups

Language of Instruction: English   

Education Placements

Bringing global awareness and understanding into the classroom can add to the educational experience that you offer future students. That is why more and more teaching students look to complete part of their qualifying practicums abroad through an education internship. There are many international schools abroad that will host interns in their classroom or administrative offices. Example intern duties might include lesson planning, one-on-one tutoring, teaching, classroom management, meetings, and administrative support to the supervising teacher.

Common Internships:

  • Preschool Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Education Administration
  • Physical Education
  • Special Education

Teaching and education related applicants may need to be flexible with destination and program dates as school academic calendars abroad vary greatly by location. Most destinations in the northern hemisphere have a similar calendar and experience extended summer breaks during May, June, July, and August making placements limited during this time. The Southern Hemisphere locations are a great alternative during this time of year as this is their winter months.

Language of Instruction: English   

Environmental Placements

Start building your career abroad by helping sustain, protect, and advocate for wildlife and natural resources in a wide variety of destination options through an environmental internship with API. Spending time working abroad can help uncover your passions, skills, and talents to help you stand out from other graduates. Example intern duties might include monitoring, recordkeeping, data analysis, lab work, research, specimen collecting, advocacy work, and administration.

Common Internships:

  • Climate Change
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Forestry
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Planning
  • Environmental Policy
  • Natural Resources
  • Sustainability

Language of Instruction: English   

Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism Placements

Those looking for careers in hospitality, recreation, and tourism need to be able to work with a broad spectrum of customers from all parts of the world. What better way to prepare for your future career than participating in an international internship with a hotel, spa, resort, or restaurant in one of the world’s key international travel destinations? Example intern duties might include creating tour packages, developing marketing, strategy, hotel management, client services, sales, cooking, event planning, vendor relations, activity coordination, food and beverage management, catering and administration.

Common Internships:

  • Culinary
  • Event Planning
  • Hotel Management
  • Resorts
  • Restaurant Management
  • Sales
  • Tourism Marketing

Language of Instruction: English   

Law Placements

Participating in a law internship abroad can be a wonderful way to learn about the legal system in another country, advocate for rights for a certain cause or group of people, and add value to your resume! Example intern duties might include legal research, attending court sessions, reviewing court cases, meeting with clients, preparing court and legal documents, and administration.

Common Internships:

  • Human Rights
  • Legal Administration
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Legal Research

Language of Instruction: English   

NGO Placements

Make a difference during your international experience through an internship with a non-governmental organization (NGO) working to support communities, solve global issues, or assist the disadvantaged while gaining valuable career skills at the same time. Example intern duties might include advocating for social justice issues, assisting with community development, educating on healthcare access, planning and facilitating fundraising events, and administration.

Common Internships:

  • Advocacy
  • Charities
  • Conservation
  • Environmental
  • Family Planning
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • International Development
  • Social Welfare

Language of Instruction: English   

Psychology and Social Science Placements

Learning first hand about social welfare programs and psychology practices in other parts of the world can be a very rewarding and career enriching experience. Many of these psychology and social science internships may be working with locals giving you an opportunity to give back to your host country’s local community. Example intern duties might include observing client cases, research, program development, client services, awareness campaigns, and administration.

Common Internships:

  • Addiction
  • Autism
  • Mental Health
  • Research
  • Social Welfare
  • Social Services
  • Youth Work

Language of Instruction: English   

Sports Placements

Have a passion for sports? There are sports related internship opportunities to meet a wide variety of majors that will offer a high-quality learning experience abroad. Imagine interning with a soccer or rugby league, helping plan a sporting event, assist with corporate ticket sales, or gain experience in sports journalism writing for a local newspaper. Those are just a few of the areas that are feasible for an internship in this area. Example intern duties might include developing a marketing strategy, ticket sales, training athletes, promotional activities, event planning and management, writing, editing, coaching, and administration.

Common Internships:

  • Coaching
  • Exercise Science
  • Sports Events
  • Sports Journalism
  • Sports Management
  • Sports Marketing

Language of Instruction: English   

STEM Placements

STEM majors can find it more challenging to study abroad. However, a STEM internship can provide a great alternative allowing you to gain valuable practical hands-on experience and cultural immersion at the same time. STEM grads can benefit by having international experience in this global economy. Added bonus—STEM students also have access to a number of scholarship opportunities not available to other majors as well! Example intern duties might include monitoring, research, data collection, lab work, data analysis, teaching, and more.

Common Internships:

  • Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Structural Engineering
  • Research
  • Website Development

Students applying for STEM-related placements are very likely to be placed in a research-based internship. Research placements are strong opportunities to learn about cutting-edge technologies before they are put into commercial practice, and are also ideal for boosting graduate school applications.

All STEM placements must be a minimum of 8 weeks, and in some cases may need to be longer.

Note that many employers will only accept interns who demonstrate at least two years of completed university-level coursework (sophomore status or higher) and a 3.0 GPA.

Language of Instruction: English   

Veterinary Science and Zoology Placements

Imagine spending a summer or semester strengthening your resume by completing an internship with a veterinary clinic, wildlife park, or zoo abroad. You will get to learn about vet practices and animal care overseas working alongside locals. Not only can your international internship help bolster your credentials for future employment, it can also add value to future graduate school applications if continuing your studies is the goal. Example intern duties might include assisting veterinarians and technicians with animal check-ups, monitoring animals, helping maintain zoo grounds, feeding, cleaning, maintenance, and administration.

Common Internships:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Research
  • Vet Clinic
  • Wildlife Parks
  • Zoo Keeping

Language of Instruction: English   

  • Customized internship placements
  • Workplace and Culture Orientation
  • Career Development Badge

Our internship program includes safe and secure housing in the cost of the program fee. Housing types and amenities will vary by location. Participants in Syracuse will have a shared, furnished apartment or they will have a single bedroom with a local host family.

Internship participants should expect the accommodation to be centrally located and easily accessible to public transportation. Each participant’s commute will vary, as internship placements are located in different areas in each location. Average commute times range from 30 minutes up to an hour. Housing placements may be mixed gender (by apartment, not by bedroom). Participants will receive their confirmed housing assignment approximately three weeks prior to departure.