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Why Intern Abroad?

One of the best outcomes from spending time interning abroad is the opportunity for personal development and awareness. Understanding your unique passions, interests, character, and natural abilities can help save valuable time and money as you begin your professional career. By stepping outside your comfort zone and into new surroundings, you will have the chance for self-reflection and the opportunity to unlock new skills and abilities..

API Global Internships are the perfect way to accelerate your career path through career exploration and skills development. In addition to test-driving a career through a customized internship abroad, our program has been developed to give you the best career development training and resources to prepare you for a meaningful and successful career.

Problem solving, communication, taking initiative, self-confidence, and adaptability are just a few of the skills participants who studied or interned abroad indicate they gained through participation. The good news is these skills match what employers say graduates are lacking when entering their professional careers.

Working overseas presents unique challenges and pushes you outside of your comfort zone, it can also be a great way to grow your soft skills and cultural competency. More and more employers are saying that work experience is more important than G.P.A, field of study, or the name of your school.

API Global Internships give you an edge in a global economy where companies work with international clients, have global operations, and employ a diverse workforce made up of people from many different cultures. Far fewer participants engage in international internships, giving you a unique experience to help you stand out from other graduates.

What Will You Get Out of it?

One of the best outcomes from spending time interning abroad is personal development and awareness. Understanding your unique passions, interests, character, and natural abilities can help save valuable time and money as you begin your professional career. By stepping outside your comfort zone and into new surroundings, you will have the chance for self-reflection and the opportunity to unlock abilities that you never realized you had.

Whether it is through our virtual workspace where you are guided through professional skill building in fields such as cross-cultural communication, time management, leadership and work ethic, orientation materials and resources, or onsite during our Workplace and Culture Orientation, you will have access to a wealth of information to help you take charge of planning your professional future.

One of the best outcomes from an internship abroad is the opportunity for personal development and awareness. Understanding your unique passions, interests, character, and natural abilities can help save valuable time and money as you begin your professional career. By stepping outside your comfort zone and into new surroundings, you will have the chance for self-reflection and the opportunity to unlock abilities that you never realized you had.

Ready to Intern Abroad? Now What?

The first step to discovering the world is finding the placement that's perfect for you. Explore our Program Finder to see what internships abroad interest you.

How Do I Apply?

It’s easy to get started! To be accepted into an API Global Internship program, fill out an online application and information form, and attach a transcript and a letter of recommendation. It can take as little as 10 business days to receive approval.

Here’s how to get started.

Financial Information

Financing your API program is one of the most important parts of study abroad. API encourages students to start planning as soon as your application is accepted.

For information about scholarships, funding your internship program abroad, and more, check out our Financial Information section!

There are a number of benefits of earning academic credit for your internship abroad. Internship coursework requires students to complete a variety of reflective assignments, which will help the student recognize skills and learning gained through participation. This can be essential for communicating the experience and earned competencies to future employers. Also, earning academic credit may open up financial aid and scholarship opportunities through your home institution.

There are two ways for students to earn credit for their API internship experience:

1. API School of Record

API has partnered with Nichols College to offer academic credit for some API Global Internship programs. Students will receive an official Nichols College transcript at the conclusion of the program. Nichols College is a private institution located in Dudley, Massachusetts.

Please let your Internship Manager know as soon as possible if you plan to seek academic credit from Nichols for your internship abroad. Please note there is an additional fee involved.

2. Through your Home Institution

In many cases, students can earn credit for the API Global Internship programs through their home institution. In most cases, this will be arranged through your academic department. All tuition fees are paid directly to your home institution and are in addition to the API program fees. It is important to arrange any academic credit before participation in the program as academic credit normally cannot be given retroactively.

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In addition to our full-time internship programs, API also offers students the option to participate in an internship while on a semester, academic year, or summer study abroad program. In most cases, students can earn academic credit, though some opportunities are offered without credit. Most internship opportunities are included in the cost of the program, though a few are offered for an additional fee.