Round-out your study abroad program with an internship, teach, or volunteer opportunity!

So. Many. Options,

In addition to our dedicated Intern, Teach, Service-Learning, and Volunteer programs, API also offers students the option to experience these opportunities 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 of these opportunities are included in the cost of the program, though a few are offered for an additional fee.

Study Abroad + Internships

Argentina

  • Buenos Aires - Universidad de Belgrano - SUMMER (3 semester credits; placement opportunities in teaching positions)
  • Buenos Aires - ALL SEMESTER PROGRAMS - SEMESTER (no academic credit; placement opportunities with the Buenos Aires city government; additional fee required)
  • Mendoza - Universidad de Congresso - SEMESTER (3-4 semester credits; placement opportunities include accounting, architecture and design, communications, construction, cultural heritage, environmental management, finance, historical research, hospitality and tourism, journalism, legal, marketing, office/administrative, technology, and wine industry)

Australia

  • Brisbane - Griffith University - SEMESTER (3-4 semester credits; placement opportunities in a variety of fields)
  • Gold Coast - Griffith University - SEMESTER (3-4 semester credits; placement opportunities in a variety of fields)
  • Melbourne - La Trobe University - SEMESTER (3-4 semester credits; placement opportunities include media studies and sports journalism)
  • Sydney - Macquarie University - SEMESTER (4 semester credits; placement opportunities include non-profits, government agencies, or local businesses)

Bhutan

  • Thimphu - Royal Thimphu College - SEMESTER (3 semester credits; placement opportunities include NGOs, community service, and environmental organizations)

Chile

China

Costa Rica

  • San José - Universidad Veritas - SEMESTER (2-3 semester credits; study Spanish and/or complete coursework in a broad array of subject areas while completing an internship in your major)
  • San José - International Center for Development Studies - SEMESTER (3 semester credits; service learning course allowing for placement within NGOs within urban San José combined with Spanish language and additional coursework in English)

Croatia

  • Dubrovnik - Libertas International University - SEMESTER (no academic credit, though a certificate of participation is awarded; placements through local NGOs and local news/media services.)

Ecuador

  • Quito - Universidad San Francisco de Quito - SEMESTER (3 semester credits; service learning course working with NGOs in Quito and surrounding areas)
  • Quito - Universidad San Francisco de Quito - SUMMER (3 semester credits; government internship provides for placement within the city of Quito; ideal for students interested in public policy and administration and/or international cooperation)

England

France

  • Grenoble - Université Grenoble Alpes - SEMESTER (3 semester credits; teaching internship placements)
  • Paris - Institut Catholique de Paris; Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne; Université de Paris Dauphine; Université de Paris Diderot - SEMESTER (3 semester credits; teaching placements)

Ireland

Italy

New Zealand

  • Auckland - AUT University - SEMESTER (6-8 semester credits; placement opportunities in a wide variety of majors and fields)

Poland

  • Kraków - Jagiellonian University - SEMESTER (no academic credit; placements through the Galician Jewish Museum and Krakow's Volunteer Center and Children's Friends Society.)

Scotland

  • Edinburgh - University of Edinburgh - SEMESTER (15-17 credits for the program; placement in the Scottish Parliament)
  • Stirling - University of Stirling - SUMMER (3 semester credits; various placement opportunities in summer 2 session)

Spain

  • Bilbao - Universidad de Deusto - SEMESTER (4 semester credits; placements with local businesses, organizations, and educational institutions)
  • Granada - Universidad de Granada - SEMESTER/SUMMER (credit available for academic year internships; placements with local businesses, organizations, and educational institutions)
  • Madrid - Suffolk University - SEMESTER (credit available; placement opportunities in a variety of fields including global business, communications and journalism, economics, government, history, management, marketing, philosophy, psychology, sociology, theater, science, and women's and gender studies).

Study Abroad + Teach

Argentina

  • Buenos Aires - Universidad de Belgrano - SUMMER (3 semester credits; teaching placement opportunities at a local primary school)

Australia

  • Melbourne - La Trobe University - SEMESTER (no academic credit; placement opportunities in ESL volunteer teaching positions)

France

  • Grenoble - Université Grenoble Alpes - SEMESTER (3 semester credits; teaching internship placements at local middle schools; also Teacher Track for up to 16 semester credits)
  • Paris - Institut Catholique de Paris; Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne; Université de Paris Dauphine; Université de Paris Diderot - SEMESTER (3 semester credits; teaching internship placements in Parisian primary schools)

Hungary

Italy

Spain

  • Bilbao - Universidad de Deusto - SEMESTER (4 semester credits; internship placements with local educational institutions)
  • Granada - Universidad de Granada - SEMESTER/SUMMER (credit available for academic year internships; placements with local educational institutions)
  • Salamanca - Universidad de Salamanca - SEMESTER (no academic credit; teaching internship placements available with local educational institutions)

Study Abroad + Volunteer Add-On

Argentina

Buenos Aires

  • Cost - Starting at $1,190
  • Duration - minimum 2 weeks
  • Placements - Administration, child care, coaching, construction/maintenance, medical/health/nutrition, social justice, teaching/tutoring
  • Special Requirements - 18+, some placements require intermediate Spanish language ability

Chile

Santiago, Valparaíso

  • Cost - Starting at $1,380
  • Duration - minimum 2 weeks
  • Placements - Child care, coaching (surfing), reforestation/environmental education, youth empowerment, social justice, NGO administration, teaching/tutoring
  • Special Requirements - 18+, some placements require intermediate Spanish language ability

Costa Rica

San José, rural placements

  • Cost - Starting at $1,350
  • Duration - minimum 2 weeks
  • Placements - Child care, sustainable farming, environment/ecology, social justice, education
  • Special Requirements - 18+

Ecuador

Amazon, Galapagos, Quito, and various other locations throughout Ecuador

  • Cost - Starting at $1,350
  • Duration - minimum 2 weeks
  • Placements - child care, social services, environment/ecology, education, wildlife conservation
  • Special Requirements - 18+

Germany

Berlin

  • Cost - Starting at $1,880
  • Duration - minimum 2 weeks
  • Placements - child care, coaching, construction/maintenance, environment/ecology, medical/health/nutrition, social justice, teaching/tutoring
  • Special Requirements - 18+, high-beginner German language ability

Study Abroad + Service-Learning

Argentina

Mendoza - Society, Development, and Spanish Language program at Unviersidad Congresso

Students interested in hands-on experience with “mendocinos” as the local inhabitants of Mendoza are called, are welcome to volunteer at local NGOs committed to the protection of wildlife, the environment, and at-risk children. Students who wish to gain professional experience while earning academic credit are recommended to select the internship course offered by the Universidad de Congresso.

Australia

Brisbane / the Gold Coast - Direct Enrollment programs at Griffith University - Community Internship

Griffith offers a 10 credit point free-choice elective course to all students who have completed a minimum of 80 credit points of study. It provides an opportunity for students to develop a range of professional and personal skills while making a difference in their community by combining volunteering with academic learning through a community internship organized by the University. The 50-hour minimum volunteering activity may be related to the student's discipline studies or could be an opportunity to explore working with an organization outside of their normal discipline learning context. Community Partners who have joined with the University to offer volunteering internships to students include organizations, schools, government departments and corporations engaged in not-for-profit community activities. The community-based volunteering is aligned with a structured academic program of learning that provides insight into the student's role in the world and explores a range of issues that relate to improving a variety of community needs.

Costa Rica

San Joaquín de Flores - Spanish Language and Latin American Studies at the Instituto San Joaquín de Flores

Advanced-level students who seek active involvement with local community members in San Joaquín are encouraged to select the Advanced Spanish Conversation course, which is designed to promote the interaction between ISJF students and the local community. As part of the course, students complete 20 or more hours of community service at local schools, libraries or retirement homes. Students' volunteer experiences allow them a closer look at Costa Rican societal issues within a framework of respect for cultural differences, while at the same time benefitting the hosting institutions. Students will learn about theories of service and will reflect on their experiences through guided group discussions.

San José - International Center for Development Studies (ICDS)

This program combines academics, service-learning, and cultural immersion to provide students with the opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge of human rights, analyze challenges to environmental sustainability, and understand human development in greater complexity. The program's central course, “Community Engagement and Sustainable Human Development,” is a service-learning course in which students participate in regular community-based volunteer work. This work is complemented by guided reflection sessions to properly contextualize their experiences and analyze the cause and effect of service-learning.

Ecuador

Quito - Integrated Liberal Arts at the Unviersidad San Francisco de Quito

The Integrated Liberal Arts program at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) offers students the opportunity to complete a service-learning course which includes work with diverse organizations in Quito and the surrounding areas. Students complete 80 hours of service in addition to meeting in an academic setting once per week. The course examines the social issues of Ecuador and is offered in Spanish or English.

Ireland

Dublin - Direct Enrollment Program at University College Dublin

University College Dublin (UCD) offers a module through the School of Business-Service Learning (BMGT20080). Students on this module will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills by completing a business project for a local charity or non-profit organization. By making that important link between theory and practice, students will be able to explore the key management issues affecting the non-profit sector, while also making a valuable contribution to the local community. This is a project-based course with a considerable amount of group work. All students will be assessed on both their group work and their individual contribution to the project. **This course does indicate limited availability

Galway - Direct Enrollment Program at National University of Irleand, Galway

The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI, Galway) has introduced a service-learning module designed specifically for study abroad students. This semester long, credit-bearing course, "Literacy and Learning in the Community," teaches students about literacy, reading awareness and reading strategies and involves working on a one-to-one basis with elementary and high school students in homework clubs based in Galway. Visiting Students who do not get the opportunity to participate in this course can volunteer their services through the University’s ALIVE program (A Learning Initiative and the Volunteering Experience).

Limerick - Direct Enrollment Program at the University of Limerick

The University of Limerick (UL) has introduced two new service-learning modules designed specifically for study abroad students. These options, called “Community Wellness, Empowerment, Leadership and Life Skills (CWELL)” and “English Immigrant Understanding of Irishness,” consist of an elective course/project worth 3 U.S. credits focusing on community health, social work, and public outreach.

Italy

Florence - Semester Programs at Lorenzo de Medici, The Italian International Institute

Students may choose to participate in an internship or service-learning project while attending LdM. Students earn 3 credits for this option, which is counted toward their total academic load for the semester, and appears on the academic transcript along with a pass/fail notation. Students are assessed based on a weekly journal, a minimum of two papers, and an evaluation by their academic advisor/tutor at LdM. Internship options, which include service-learning opportunities, are listed on the API course schedules on the website.

Tuscania - Semester Programs at Lorenzo de Medici, The Italian International Institute

Students have the opportunity to earn valuable credits through service-learning and internship experiences with LdM in Tuscania! Students earn 3 credits for their project, which is counted toward their total academic load for the semester, and appear on the academic transcript along with a pass/fail notation. Students are assessed based on a weekly journal, a minimum of two papers, and an evaluation by their academic advisor/tutor at LdM. Service-learning projects include: Working with women, children, elderly, disabled, and/or immigrants; Language exchange with local high school; and Environmental projects.

New Zealand

Wellington - Direct Enrollment Program at Victoria University of Wellington

The Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) offers several opportunities for personal exploration and professional development through innovative leadership certificate programs, such as the Victoria Plus Certificate Service & Leadership Development Program. The goal of this service program is to develop leadership, social responsibility, and employability skills among students. The program may be customized to fit students’ interests, and consists of three different components: extracurricular work with community groups and NPOs/NGOs; personal and professional development; and reflections and building of an ePortfolio focused international leadership, cross-cultural communication, global connectedness, and sustainability. Participants are required to attend and submit feedback on two seminars (at least one New Zealand-focused); attend two speaker events; and complete at least 20 Experiential Activity points.

Spain

Bilbao - Business, International Relations, and Spanish Language Program at the Universidad de Deusto

The University of Deusto offers students at an advanced level of Spanish language the option of enrolling in “Service Learning: Social Participation and Development” valued at four (4) US credits. The course focuses on developing attitudes and values such as opening up to social reality and sensitivity towards global injustice, social exclusion, and the situation of the victims of such reality. The course will be based on the service-learning methodology and includes a solidarity service that aims at meeting actual community needs and favoring students' learning process through experience.