The ISA Internships worldwide network is committed to facilitating your transformative experience abroad and we want you to be prepared as possible. This section will walk you through an ISA Internship program from start to finish. We want your experience to be as individualized as possible, playing to your strengths and offering support where needed. Don’t hesitate to be in touch with our team with any questions about how the process works.

As an ISA intern, here is what you can expect:

Before You Depart


Our website is a great place to start looking for an internship in your academic field and the advantages of interning in each of our sites. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, give us a call to further discuss what location may be best for your internships interests. Our Program Managers can answer any other questions you may have. It’s also a good time to speak with your study abroad office or university internship coordinator about any requirements by your home university.


The earlier you submit your application, the more time our on-site placement team has to find the perfect internship placement. Keep in mind that the application deadline is typically 4 months before the internship start date. Once you submit the initial online application initial online application and  you will be prompted to submit additional application materials.


Once all application materials have been submitted, you will have an advising session with your Program Manager in order to learn more about your personal and professional goals and academic requirements so the placement team can match you with an internship that will meet these expectations. This is considered the first part of the Professional Development Toolbox as you will begin to articulate your internship goals, as well as receive tips on ways to strengthen your résumé and cover letter. One week after the advising session any recommended revisions to your application materials are due. A $300 USD referral fee will be due at this time.* At this point, your application is sent to the overseas team for placement.


Patience is required during this time as the placement team reaches out to organizations to find a great match for you based on personal and professional goals. At this stage, which can last anywhere from 4-10 weeks, you will receive access to additional forms and documents to complete and the Online Orientation which contains valuable information about the program.


The Professional Development Toolbox is located in the Online Orientation and can be used to refine interview skills, learn about personal branding and read about expectations for your host country. During this time you will also be receiving emails to further enhance the development process.


Once the placement team has found a great match, your Program Manager will notify you that you have an official offer via a letter detailing the name of the organization, your role, and your tasks and responsibilities. You will have seven days after receiving the offer to accept your placement. A $1,500 USD acceptance deposit is due at this time.*


All forms and reaming balances for the internship program must be received 30 days prior to departure or your application could be cancelled. At this point you will also be instructed to reach out to your supervisor for an initial conversation to discuss the expectations and responsibilities of the internship and start working on your pre-departure paper.


Your Program Manager will hold pre-departure webinar with all interns on the program to discuss the host-country, goal setting, expectations and strategies for internship success two to three weeks before departure. Additionally, the Final Packet with housing and arrival details will be posted to the your account and the pre-departure paper is due.

For a PDF version of the pre-departure timeline, click here.

Once You Arrive


From the moment you arrive in your host country and throughout your entire program, the ISA on-site staff will encourage, help and support you. For most programs, on-site staff will greet you at the airport and you will begin your experience through the Bridging Cultures Program. This comprehensive on-site orientation will give you a more in-depth understanding of your new home as well as equip you with the tools you need to navigate the city safely. In all our host countries, except Australia and New Zealand, our on-site staff will accompany you on the first day of at your host organization. Throughout your program, the ISA on-site staff will be available to ensure that your internship is going smoothly and to give you support and feedback when you need it.


Each host organization has agreed to accept you into their workplace based on your past experiences and future goals. The on-site staff or ISA academic supervisor will check-in with your on-site supervisor periodically to ensure that everything is going well. If you are receiving academic credit, the on-site supervisor will complete an evaluation of your work at the end of your program.

You play an integral role in your success as well as the long-standing success of the ISA Internships program. You have agreed to dedicate your time and energy to your placement site, and they will count on you to help meet its mission and complete your job responsibilities. It is expected that as an ISA intern you are patient with yourself and with others, professional, proactive, flexible, open-minded, punctual, respectful, and communicative with your on-site supervisor. Remember that you are an ambassador for ISA Internships and your country, and that you have chosen to step outside of your comfort zone in order to learn about cross-cultural communication first-hand, contribute to a business/organization abroad and develop your resume.

When You Return

Once your program is complete and you return home, the ISA Alumni Team will provide you with re-entry resources and will keep you connected with the ISA Internships community through social media, the ISA photo contest,  and opportunities to serve as an alumni contact.