Work in an exciting and challenging internship in the field of your choice that helps you gain self confidence, new skills, valuable work experience, and an outstanding résumé. Our internships are in authentic, challenging business environments. You won’t get paid, but the experience is worth much more than mere dollars. It’s an investment in your future career.
Your contribution will make a difference. Our interns are placed with government departments, international organizations, health centers, and world-class corporations. We can do this, because after over 40 years in the business, we have all the right contacts.
Working in a foreign country puts something very unique on your résumé that helps you stand out from others when job-hunting after graduation. Studies have shown that internships often lead to future employment. By working in a foreign country instead of just studying in it, you also become more integrated in the culture because your colleagues are locals, and you learn about how organizations work in other countries.
Foreign language skills can also be significantly strengthened with many more hours of practice per week than you would get simply by attending your foreign language classes and by interacting occasionally with the locals you meet.
After an internship with EPA you will come home with new skills, valuable work experience and incredible confidence.
Study academic courses taught at local universities that broaden your perspective and nurture your personal growth. At the same time as working, you’ll be taking academic courses to earn you the credits you need. The classes are taught at local universities or with local faculty. The classes generally meet once or twice a week with your fellow students and course tutor. Grades are based on essays, exams, and sometimes oral presentations.
Taking a semester off of classes to work or volunteer isn’t always possible, or even desirable, for everyone. Some schools do not give academic credit for internships, and working full-time might make it harder to get back in the rhythm of classes when you get back home. A combination of study abroad and working in an internship is ideal for many students, as it allows you to continue with your coursework and gain valuable work experience simultaneously.
Many of our credit-granting institutions have students keep an academic journal of their experiences to earn credit for the internship, others have different requirements. You’ll need to find out what your credit-granting institution expects from you — and we can clarify that for you if you’re unclear.
Explore new ways of thinking and living that deepen your knowledge and understanding of different cultures as well as international, political, and economic issues. Experiencing an entirely new culture is at the heart of an EPA Internship. There will be an orientation program when you arrive, and an EPA Program Director will be on hand to see you settled in and help you get the maximum out of your stay.
You’re likely to be living in an apartment with other students or with a local family, perhaps commuting to work on public transport. In some cities there are other forms of accommodation available. If you’re in a country where English is not the native language, you may be offered an intensive language instruction with special emphasis on verbal skills. The idea is to get you immersed in local life as soon as possible!
Above all, it’s up to you — the more willing you are to talk to people, join in and experience what the culture has to offer, the more enjoyment you will get out of it.
“The Bonn Program Director did a tremendous job in setting up an internship for me that was a terrific fit. I worked as a directorial assistant for a theater in (the stunningly beautiful) city of Cologne.”