Kaya internships abroad enable students, graduates and career breakers to gain hands-on experience with organizations operating in a variety of fields that benefit communities and environments, in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Intern on a graphic design internship abroad

Intern Abroad Projects

Whether you want to gain practical experience, complete an elective or practicum or carry out a research project, Kaya can offer you a wide variety of interesting internship options throughout the world, in a surprising number of academic areas.

What are the benefits of interning abroad?

The benefits of interning abroad are endless, but these are the top 6 reasons why we think everyone should consider internship in a foreign country:

stand out as an intern with kaya volunteer internships abroad

To be different and make your resume standout!

Employers receive approximately 39 applications for every graduate job*. An internship abroad helps improve your job prospects by making your resume standout from the crowd. Not only you will gain experience in your field, but you will gain it in a different environment, bringing you over the edge!  *The Graduate Market report, 2016
Learn a language abroad as an intern

Discover a new country, learn a new language and develop your intercultural skills!

Cross-Cultural experience and foreign language skills are always attractive to recruiters operating in a global economy, as well as any business with a diverse workforce or client base. Demonstrating how you adapted to working abroad can make you a desirable recruit.
Make long lasting friends on an internship overseas

Meet interesting (and possibly useful!) new contacts from all over the world

During your placement, not only you will meet like-minded individuals from all over the world with the same goals in mind for their future. These will become your lifelong friends that can turn into professional contacts over time.
Female medical intern working with staff in a hospital

Get out of your comfort zone, gain confidence and independence!

Getting out of your bubble will challenge you and help you become more independent as you will be forced to make wise decisions on the spot. The long term effects will be priceless as it will show your flexibility and desire to learn. Another important skills to showcase to employers!
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Demonstrate that you are the candidate that embraces challenge, thinks differently and has real drive!

The world of work is full of challenges and uncertainty and by taking part in an internship abroad you prove that you are comfortable with that. Through your internship experience, you will improve your soft-skills and become more confident and independent, while displaying your flexibility and desire to learn.
Gain academic credit when on an internship abroad

Receive academic credit while making a difference

The internships we offer are based with organizations that work to improve communities, environments and the quality of life in their locations. Because of that, Kaya interns know that, while they are developing their own skills and experience, they are also contributing to an organization making a real difference.

Why should I intern Abroad with Kaya?

Kaya internships all share one common, unique and important feature – they make a difference. All Kaya placements are within organisations that align with our mission to provide genuine community or environmental benefit.

Our internship placements have been developed to provide in-depth opportunities and experiences for participants looking to work within specific fields.

Compared to traditional Kaya volunteer placements, internships require a longer time commitment, are focused on a specific area of an organization, and ensure interns are placed to work under the guidance of a supervisor who can provide feedback and assessment of the work being carried out.

Internship placements generally are at least four weeks long, with regular start dates throughout the year but we encourage students to participate longer wherever possible.

We recently launched five new internships in Vietnam, you can read our blog post about them here. | Read about a recent conservation interns experience in Swaziland and Mozambique here.

What does a Kaya internship include?

  • Structured placements with learning goals
  • Engagement with your university or institution to ensure that the position fulfills internship or credit hour requirements.
  • Regular monitoring and feedback from an experienced supervisor
  • Internship completion certificate
  • Detailed pre-departure information
  • Airport pickup and drop off (except on 6 month placements)
  • Accommodation (some placements may include meals)
  • On-site orientation 24 hour access to support in-country

What areas can I work in?

We have placements in a wide variety of fields including:

  • Business
  • Communications and Marketing including Graphic Design
  • Community Development
  • Hospitality
  • Journalism
  • Medical and Health
  • Environment and Conservation
  • Veterinary



Merle Santema’s Experience in Bolivia
"What I have learned during my time in Bolivia is how to handle animals and how to read their behaviour.I worked with a guy called Emerson who worked at the zoo. He took me with him into different enclosures of animals and always explained to me what kind of animal it was, what they did. During my internship, I learned a lot about the hierarchy of animals. At the fox, badger and monkey enclos ...
Merle Santema

Customizable Internships

At Kaya, we are all about personal treatment and relationship building. So if you are looking for an elective or a practicum to support your studies that is not on our list, Kaya may be able to find a suitable placement for you. Your Kaya advisor can work to find a placement in one of our destination that matches the requirements of your course. You can give our advisors a call to discuss what you are looking for on 01618706212 or 1.413.517.0266.

Funding Your Internship Abroad

While an internship abroad can be a very valuable experience, funding it can also be a challenge between the costs of the placement, the flight, the visa fee and the food. Below are a few resources to look at before dismissing doing your internship abroad due to its costs:

  • University Funding – Your first stop should be your university as they might have scholarships or travel grants for students. You should speak to your school advisor or a faculty member from your program to find out more.
  • Fundraising – There are many fundraising options out there. Once you secure your placement with Kaya and pay your deposit fee, we provide you with an extensive fundraising guide to help you with this process.
  • Independent Scholarship Providers – You might qualify for a scholarship or a grant depending on your location and situation:
    • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship – This scholarship is available for U.S. Citizens.
    • For U.S. students, check out with your fraternities, sororities, and honor societies who might have funding options for internship abroad.
    • Fulbright Grant – Depending on your field of studies and your destination country, there might be a few grants available for you for traveling abroad.

This is just a few ideas, but there are many more resources out there, we suggest you search for either Industry specific grants or minority student specific grants or destination specific grants to help you pay for your internship and embark on your next adventure!

Get University Credit for internships

You may be able to use your experience for university credit if you are a student. We recommend speaking to your study abroad advisor or academic department about your options. Many universities offer internship, experiential education, global experience or academic department credit for internship placements and here at Kaya we can work with you to meet any specific requirements. Your institution may already be affiliated with Kaya to provide these credits, so ask a Kaya advisor for more details.

Doing your research projects

Whether you are looking at doing public health research, conservation and wildlife research, your focus your thesis on community involvement or a medical practicum, we have a number of placement that are research based and can work with you to help carry out your research. Contact us with preliminary ideas and we will work with you to find the most suitable option for your needs.

Our Internship projects

If you are looking for an elective or a practicum to support your studies or one that is not on our list, Kaya may be able to find a suitable placement for you. For a small fee of £35 / $61 you can work with us to find a placement in one of our destination that matches the requirements of your course. Give one of our advisors a call to discuss this on 01618706212 or 1.413.517.0266. Speak to a placement advisor for advice on which placement best suits your needs. Discover the options available to help you to develop your job prospects and career through completing an internship with Kaya.

Human rights and girls’ empowerment volunteering in Quito
Human rights and girls’ empowerment volunteering in Quito
Women’s Empowerment internship in Morocco
Get involved with women's empowerment projects in Morocco and help local women build their future!
Tourism Internship in Rural Thailand
Get involved with tourism development in a rural community of Thailand and help build the future of the local community!
Journalism Internship in Rural Thailand
Develop your reporting and writing skills and gain an insight into journalism in Thailand while learning and living the Thai lifestyle in rural Thailand
Veterinary Internship on South Africa Wild Coast
Veterinary internship in South Africa Wild Coast catering to 2nd and 3rd-year students
Special Needs Equine Therapy Internship in Bolivia
Intern abroad on our specialised project and help to provide physical therapy to disabled children and young adults in Bolivia
NGO Business Development Internship in Vietnam
Join this NGO Business Internship in Vietnam and develop your business knowledge by working with local community projects.
Medical and Healthcare Internship in Vietnam
Develop your practical and theoretical skills as a professional on this Medical and Healthcare Internship in Vietnam
Speech Therapy Internship in Peru
Intern in Cusco for a social centre that supports young mothers
Dentistry Internship in Ghana
Our dental placement in Ghana is based in a hospital in Accra, supporting dentists as an intern
Social Work Internship with Young Mothers in Peru
Intern in Cusco for a social centre that supports young mothers
Multimedia Internship in Peru
Multimedia internship in Peru to develop your CV/resume and help while supporting biodiversity conservation

Easy 3-step application process


Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.


Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.


When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.


We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.

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