Accelerate your career with API
Get the jump on your professional future through career exploration and skills development. Our programs are designed to provide you with training and resources to prepare you for a meaningful and successful career.
Set yourself apart and
Get Career Ready
Mix and match experiences to build your ideal career playbook and set yourself up for success on your journey to enter the workforce. Intern abroad before starting a study abroad program, pair a virtual collaborative experience with an internship with a global company, or any combination!
Experiential Team-Based Labs
Work with a team of students from around the globe to create actionable gameplans to solve community issues, global-scale problems, and much more!
Intern Abroad to Build Your Portfolio
Set yourself apart from other job applicants after graduation with an internship abroad. Either virtual or in-person, API’s Global Internship program gives you a resume edge.
Project Based Internships
Brainstorm, prototype, and test ideas with a team of students like you to produce feasible, viable, and sustainable solutions that address a company or organization’s needs. Any of our intern abroad or virtual labs can be converted to a project-based internship – just let your program coordinator know you’re interested when you apply!
Find the resources you need to get ready for your internship and for your high-flying career afterwards!
Polish Your Resume
Create your resume to best communicate the unique skills and abilities you will bring as an intern. Doing these things will help API and future employers find a quality internship placement for you!
Get Interview Ready
With the right interview, you can show future employers that you have the top skills they’re looking for including problem solving, communication, taking initiative, self-confidence, and adaptability!
Learn from Alums
Our alumni have some great advice to share, and some fabulous stories to share. Learn from them and be inspired!
Why do an internship?
Invest in Your Future
In your internship, you’ll be challenged to expand your understanding of the world. You’ll build skills and experiences that employers value, which means you’ll differentiate your resume from peers, expand your employment options, improve your odds of getting hired faster, and your chances of a higher starting salary.
Develop Yourself Professionally
Whether it is through our virtual workspace where you are guided through professional skill building 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.
Develop Yourself Personally
Understanding your unique passions, interests, character, and natural abilities can help save valuable time and money as you begin your professional career.
Gain an Edge in the Global Economy
Get 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.
Earn Class Credit or Fulfill a Degree Requirement
Stay on track to graduate on time by including needed coursework in your program, or fulfill your degree’s internship requirements. All the while, you’ll be gaining marketable skills that make you more employable.
Develop In-Demand Skills
Problem solving, communication, taking initiative, self-confidence, and adaptability are just a few of the skills participants who interned with API indicate they gained – and are the top skills employers want to see more of in new hires.
Answers to Your Most Common Questions
What types of internships are there?
API can locate high-quality, customized internship placements in nearly all fields of study, with the exception of hands-on, clinical work.
How long does placement take?
The average placement time is 4-8 weeks, though it can take longer for ‘niche’ fields.
Are all placements available in English?
Yes, API can find English-speaking internships in our non-English destinations. Applicants that are unable to speak the local language may need to be more flexible with their placement.
Will there be other interns with me?
Because API intentionally places students with smaller to mid-size organizations when possible, the API participant will likely be the only intern at their placement site. However, in most cases, there are other API students in the host city, and all participants are supported 24×7 by API’s on-site Resident Directors/Coordinators.
How does API find placements?
API’s experienced on-site Resident Directors/Coordinators find our placements through professional networks, industry connections, and research. API intentionally seeks placements within small or midsized organizations when possible to allow participants to have more hands-on, relevant experience and a broader range of responsibilities.
How do I apply?
That’s the easy part! Just click the link below and we’ll walk you through the steps from there!
Not ready to apply? That’s OK, contact us to learn more and we can help you decide!
“The center and the team I worked with were absolutely incredible. They were very welcoming and helpful. I not only learned but enjoyed spending time at work! learned techniques used in my field and was able to embrace/understand how individuals with a different culture than mine live. It was interesting to see the similarities and differences in the way were are brought up and different our lifestyles are.”
– Katherine P, API Intern, Madrid
Personalized Application Assistance
Our Enrollment Management team will walk you through each step of the process, ensuring the proper forms are completed, providing detailed information and instruction, and helping to make your trip a total success.
Study or intern? Why not both!
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.
More details are provided on the respective program pages, but in general, the following features are included: customized internship placements and placement oversight, orientation materials and resources, workplace and culture orientation, safe, convenient housing, access to resident directors 24/7, optional academic credit and the API Career Development Badge.
Health and Safety
In concert with API’s Student Success team, our international personnel work to ensure that the best practices in risk management are employed around the world. Read more about our health and safety measures, insurance, emergency management and more here.
Top Rated and Convenient Housing
The location and type of housing provided depends on your program and country, but in all cases, we work to ensure you are in safe, attractive areas that are close to your internship work location.
Read more about Internships on our blog:
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Budget Abroad with API Alumni
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