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Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

The opportunities listed below are in no particular order. If you are interested in an internship where you can use a language other than English, please use your browser's search tool to search this page for that language (French, Spanish, etc.). Most of these opportunities are unpaid. If you are seeking a paid internship, please search using 'paid'.

Volunteer Translator


Chinese translator needed to interpret for a group of Chinese mental health professionals at a training.This will include shadowing these trainees as they participate in the work of a particular mental health unit so as to interpret fot them.


Fluency in Chinese necessary.Interest in Mentl Health, psychology, social work, or counsweling would be a positive
CompensationUnpaid Internship
Time Frame9:00-4:30
Location: Worcester
Application Deadline: January 4, 2015


Congressional Internship Program

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Jet Program Assistant Language Teacher (ALT)


TheJapan Exchange and Teaching (JET) ptogram is a Japanese Government-sponsored program to improve English language education and promote  grass-roots level international exchange in Japan. Founded in 1987, the JET Program now includes 4000 participants from 40 nations.

ALTS--Assistant Language Teachers are placed in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan where they work in public schools aiding Japane4se teachers of  English. JETS become involved in school and community life, teaching about their own culture, while learning about Japan.

Qualifications: Candidates shiould be flexible, adventurous and enjoy working with children Japanese language is not required for the ALT position. Applicants must hole a  Bachelor's Degree by July 2015. JET is open to citizens of 40 countries, but candidates must apply in their country of citizenship. Candidates should be mature, flexible and interestd in learning about Japn while shar4ing their own dulture.
Time Frame:TBD
Application Deadline: August 28, 2015

Japan Internships


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ASL Internships


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After School Intern-Girls INC.


About Girls Inc. of Worcester:
Girls Inc. of Worcester, located at 125 Providence St. in Worcester, MA, works to inspire all girls to be
strong, smart, and bold by offering quality research-based programs in a safe environment, providing
opportunities for girls to take healthy risks, and helping girls to build leadership skills and master physical;
intellectual; social and emotional challenges. All internships offered through Girls Inc. of Worcester are
unpaid and run on a seasonal basis (Fall: September-December, Spring: January-April, and Summer: May-
Position Description:
The After School Intern will work directly with the girls, providing critical assistance to the program staff in
the after school program. Girls Inc. of Worcester’s current programs include: Homework Help, Computer
Lab, Health and Fitness, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and art.


College and/or work experience in any of the following fields: human services, education, health
sciences, and/or psychology
· Experience and sensitivity to working with people from diverse backgrounds
· Personal commitment to empowering and inspiring youth
· Strong communications skills
· Must successfully complete a CORI background check
· Teaming building skills are a plus

Compensation: Unpaid Internship
Time Frame: After school hours, approximately from 2PM to 6PM.
Location: Worcester
Application Deadline: June 01, 2015

Teen Program Intern-Girls INC.


About the Girls Inc. of Worcester:

Girls Inc. of Worcester, located at 125 Providence St. in Worcester, MA, works to inspire all girls yo be strong, smart, and bold by offering quality research-based programs in a safe environment, providing opportuniyirs for girls to take healthy risks, and helping girls yo build leadership skills and master physical; intellectual; social and emotional achallenges. All internships offered through Girls Inc. of Worcester are unpaid and run on a seasonal basis (Fall: September-December, Spring: January- April, and Summer: May- August).

Position Description:

The Teen Progran Intern will use personal expertise and talnts to enhance the current teen program offerings. girls Inc. of WOrcester's extensive teen programming includes: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum, confidence building exercises, Anti-bullying educaion, expressive arts performance, and much more. The Teen Program INtern will work closely wiyh yhe Program Director to bring these initiayives to life for the girls and further develop the present array.

Must have an interest in and affinity for working with teen girls
Must be a positive, hardworking, team player
Must help facilitate progaams in a way that respects girls and encourages them to take healthy risks and try new things.
Must successfully complete a CORI background check
Resulting skills and experience gained:
The opportunity to use personal skills yo help individuals and the community
Experience in quality, research-based, gender specific programming

Compensation: Unpaid
Time Frame: Mostly after school hours, approximately from 2 pm to 6 Pm and daytime hours for prep time and on MOndays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with some variance from program to program. Flexible hours are available.
Application Deadline: June 01, 2015

The Tandana Foundation: ESL Teaching Internship


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Latin American Association Internship Program


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Bilingual Hostel Internship

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Location:Location: Valencia, Spain

Public Education and Outreach Intern


Public education and outreach (undergraduates, law, or other graduate students). Students contact organizations that serve individuals likely to experience discrimination to schedule outreach presentations, and then conduct those presentations to the public. Excellent public speaking skills are required.


  • Bilingual ability in Spanish is preferred.
  • Applicants should possess good to excellent academic standing
  • An interest in civil rights
  • Relevant skills to each position, such as administrative, public speaking, investigative, and legal research and writing skills.

A knowledge of discrimination law is helpful, but not expected.

Compensation: Unpaid
Time Frame:
A minimum of 10 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters; full-time during the summer.
Location: Worcester, MA
Application Deadline: January 23, 2015



If you love to learn, we'd love your help. CourseWorld ( is the first online education platform for the liberal arts. A fast-growing nonprofit startup, our free video library includes over 19,000 lectures in the Arts and Humanities.
This is a virtual/remote opportunity -- i.e., you can work from anywhere.
Commitment is 5 to 8 hours per week for a minimum of two months. Unpaid. Course credit may be available depending on your school.

We offer two types of internships (or you may do a combination):
VIDEO INTERN: Help build our virtual library by adding, tagging, and categorizing videos (30 per week) within a desired subject specialty. Whether your passion lies in the Humanities (e.g., Literature, Languages, Philosophy) or the Arts (e.g., Art History, Music, Theater), you'll be helping to build a valuable educational resource--and hopefully learning a lot in the process.

MARKETING/PR INTERN: Help promote our grassroots initiative by growing our community on Facebook (, Twitter (, and Pinterest ( Write and edit status updates; contribute to online discussions; design witty image macros and quotes; and/or write and pitch guest blog posts.


Sincere love of learning -- and passion for a particular subject/specialty - Self-motivated, independent, and highly disciplined - Detail-oriented - Responsible and deadline-driven

Compensation: Unpaid
Time Frame: Commitment is 5 to 8 hours per week for a minimum of two months.
Application Deadline: September 18, 2015

Civil Liberties Research & Production Intern

Interns are needed to help in the office and to help with the interviewing of clients, investigations, legal research, preparation of forms, nd other duties. All volunters will receive on the job training. Intake responsibilities include screening telephone complaints to determine whether they donstitute civil lilberties violations, and writing up the complaint for review by he Director and legal Panel.
If the complaint is not a civil liberties matter, the assistant directs the caller to another agency. Other activities include writing interrogatories, summarizing cases, writing press releases and newsletters, and helping to pass legislation through outreach and advocacy. The intern is also invited to attend board and legal panel meetings, observe trials, and attend meetings with local governmenrt and civic organizations.

Ron Madnick was for thirty-one years the executive director of the Worceste County Chapter of the Ameican Civil LIberties Union of Massachusetts. He has had, he believes, over 100 interns from Clark University. He is a 1959 graduate of Clark University. He continuesto do Civil Liberties work. He is also state president of the Massachusetts Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State as well as a board member of other organizations. He has a television show: Civil Liberties with Ron Madnick: know your rights on TV 13 Worcester which are shown five times each week and can be seen on the internet. Interns would help with preparation for the shows. He has had on the show judges, attorneys, government department heads and others.

The person should be patient, concerned and even-tempered. One must be able to listen, ask pertinent questions, and maintain an objective attitude in dealing with people who are experiencing problems. The person should be able to maitain confidentiality with legal and personal information. We do not have requirements for the applicants major, GPA or year. People interestd in civil liberties from the fields of public policy, law, government, sociology, psychology and journalism have been succcessful in our office. There are year-round opportunities for work.

Compensation: unpaid
Time Frame: fall, spring, summer
Location: Worcester
Application Deadline: January 12, 2015

IES Abroad Internships

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Internships Abroad with Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD)


As an FSD intern, you will gain invaluable exprience by working directly on grassroots initiatives in your area of interest. As you work wih FSD's in-country staff, you ill receive on-site training and real-world skillbuilding. Our rigorous Internaional Internship program allows you to live with a host family and gain highly transferable skills in project design and managemeny, participayory leadership, community assessments, budgeting/financial managment, and corss-cultural communications


No specific qualifications

Compensation: unpaid;
Time Frame: academic year or summer
Location: various
Application Deadline: July 07, 2015

Teaching Assistant Program in France


Are you ready to expand your cultural horizons and share your lsngusge and cluture with French students?
The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, over  1,100 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools axcross all regions of metropolitan Fraance and in the overseas departments of  French Guiana, guadeloupe, Martinique and Reunion.
visit out prospective Applicants ( section to find out how you can gain valuable teaching experience, improve your language skills, and experience French culture first-hand through the Teaching Assistant Program in France.

Job Duties:

Assistants teach 12 hours per week in up to 3 schools. Classes are conducted in English. Teadhing assistants conduct all or part of a class, typically leading conversations in English. Duties include serving as a resourxw person in conversation groups, providing small group tutorials, and giving talks related to American studies. Assignments vary depending on the school's needs and the assistant's abilities.
Contracts are available at the elementary or secondary school level .

Elementary School - Children aged 8-11 years old. Assistant leads oral activities with small groups, or works alongside the teacher with the entire class present.
Good level of French required.
Secondary School - Students aged 11-18 years old. Assistant serves as a resource person in conversation groups, provides small group tutorials, facilitates Englilsh-language clubs, or works alongside the teacher with the entire class present. Proficient level of French required.


  • CITIZENSHIP: Candidates must be citizens or premanent residents of the United States. Foreign naionals with a u. S. Green Card may only apply if they are citizens of one of these countries.
    French nationals and french-American dual citizens are not eligible to apply
  • AGE: Candidates must be  between 20 and 30 years old on the start date of the program.
    The grant's age limit is strict and we cannot make exceptions. We do not offer any similar programs for people not meeting the TAPIF eligibility requirements.
  • EDUCATION: Candidates must have completed at least 3 years of higher (post-secondary) education by the start dare of the program. Years of community college studies can count towars this requirement.
    candidates  must be native speakres of English and must have completed the majority of their elementary, secondary, an university studies in the Unitd States.
    Proficiency in French is required (minimum B1 level on Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). French majors and minors are encouraged to apply. Candidates without a French major or minor may apply if they have developed at least a basic proficiency in French (equivalenty to 3 semesters of college French) and/or lived abroad in a Francophone country.
    Language skills are essential to facilitating work in the classroom and integrating into a new community. A personal statement in French and letters of recommendation attesting to the applicanty's French skills, attitude, and work ethic are required.
    If the applicant does not have proof of French courses or does not have access to a French professor for the application's language evaluation, h or she can submit scores from a standardized French language test (TCF, TEF, DELF, DALF) available through the Alliance Francaise. Applicants must have their test results before the application deadline, so it is imortant to research testing dates well in advance. For mor information, please contact your local branch of the Alliance Francaise.
  • OTHER:
    The selection process favors applicants who hae prior exprience teaching or working with children, adolescents, and/or adults. This is not required, but all applicants should demonstrate at least an interest in education.
    Candidatrs must possess the skills to promote cultural understaning between France and the United States. Prior experience livinb, weorking, snf/ot trveling abroad is helpul in demonstrating this ability and an appreciation of other cultures.
    Americans may participate a maximum of 2 times in the TAPIF program, however not in consecutive yers. Assisstants must sit out at least one3 year be3fore reapplying to participate again in TAPID.

Compensation: unpaid
Time Frame: 12 hours per week academic year or summer
Location: France
Application Deadline: January 16, 2015

U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program

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Compensation: unpaid

Location: Internships are available at many of the over 265 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S.

CIA Internships

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For students majoring in engineering, computer science, math, economics, physical sciences, foreign languages, business administration, accounting, international relations, finance, logistics, human resources, geography, national security studies, military and foreign affairs, political swcience or graphic design


a) US citizenship
b) 3.0 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale
c) Foreign langauage skills and previous international residency are pluses
d) Medical/polygraph examinations and background investigation required
Location: Washington DC metro area
Deadlines: Students may apply to the National Clandestine Service Undergraduate Internship Program for Summers 2016/2017 between 1 January to 30 April 2015.

Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce

compensation: Unpaid
Time Frame: Year- Round; full or part-time
Location: various Massachusetts offices

Orphanage Home Volunteer Opportunities


The Teshie Children's Home in Ghana began as a child care society which operates from Teshie-Nungua, a suburb of Accra, where the Cripples Home is now located. This is the most over looked Orphanage in recent years in the Capital. The society was established in 1994 by Mrs. Janet Parker with the help of several Ghanaian women to care for orphans and vulnerable children. The number of these children increased over time as a result of industrialization and urbanization. Presently, the number of children as at now, between the ages of 7 months and 20 years is 45. That is 23 boys and 22 girls. Teshie Orphanage has been in existence 8 years ago
The organization provides a home for these vulnerable children at all levels of education from senior high school, special needs schools, all the way down to pre-school. Basic schooling is done within the community and children are given the opportunity to make the best of their abilities without hindrance. This is achieved through the awarding of scholarships by several renowned schools, sponsorships by individuals and organisations, and the Children’s Home’s resources. It is the mission of Teshie Orphanage Home to provide children with appropriate care and clearly established regulations and procedures to afford them hope for a better future. This hope comes from the efforts to fully reintegrate all those children in the Home back into mainstream society.
It is the aim of the Teshie Orphanage with the help of Volunteers and any form of aid to run educational, health care clinics and awareness-raising programmes relating to women and children.
Placement categories
Teaching Assistant
A teaching assistant is needed to assist the children with their class work and home work. The volunteer will seek to offer one-on-one assistance to the children.

Volunteer Co-ordinator
A volunteer coordinator is needed to supervise and coordinate the work of volunteers at the orphanage. These will include both local and foreign volunteers.

Project Assistant
A project assistant is required to assist the Director in administering day-to-day affairs of the orphanage, including sourcing funds.

Care Assistant
A Care Assistant is needed to assist staff in providing needed care to orphans throughout the various developmental stages of the children’s life. The volunteer will need to help create a friendly, healthy, and loving environment for the children. This may include helping them get ready for school and generally giving them love, attention, and a smile.

Sports Teacher
A sports teacher is needed to design and implement an effective physical education programme for the Home. The volunteer will seek to help the children appreciate the importance of regular physical activity.

Nursery Project Assistant
The services of a project assistant are needed to help raise money for the nursery project as well as help in the construction and introduction of this new nursery.


You must be at least 18 years of age upon application.
• You must have a background of relevance to the individual position and have a strong interest in helping disadvantaged children.
• In order to maintain the sustainability and high performance of this project all interns are required to complete a detailed hand-over document for successive interns.
• You will need to be flexible and tolerant, show initiative and enthusiasm to face the many hurdles and challenges that you will encounter

Compensation: Unpaid
Time Frame: 20-30 hours per week
Location: Ghana
Application Deadline: December 31, 2014

School For the Deaf Volunteer Opportunities


Accra School for the Deaf (Accra Deaf) aims to give formal education to hearing-impaired children in Ghana. The school seeks to equip its students with basic literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills. Furthermore it teaches its students important skills such as carpentry, farming, and dressmaking, enabling the students to be participants in the socio-economic life of this developing nation. Accra Deaf is amazing, such a happy, vibrant and positive school.
The World Health Organization estimates that 80% of the world's 278 million deaf people live in developing countries and 25% became deaf as children. Only 10% of deaf children living in developing countries receive any education at all. Hearing impairment and deafness are serious disabilities that can impose a heavy social and economic burden on individuals, families, communities and countries. Children with hearing impairment often experience delayed development of speech, language and cognitive skills, which may result in slow learning and difficulty progressing in school. Both children and adults may suffer from social stigmatization and isolation as a result of hearing impairment.
The school uses Ghanaian Sign Language which is similar to American Sign Language. Volunteers with other sign languages are also welcome and in our experience adapt well to the different sign language.
Accra Deaf requires the following volunteers:
Grounds Men (or women!) Grounds men are required to help with the upkeep of the grounds, farmland and animals. No formal experience is required, but would be appreciated.
Classroom Assistant The volunteer will help supervise the children and check their work. Ideally the volunteer would have working knowledge of sign-language and an interest in teaching.
Playtime & Sports Assistant The assistant needs to be outgoing & proactive, should organize games for the kids, create lesson plans & generally encourage the students to pursue sport.
Please be aware that you do not need to be able to sign to apply for these volunteer opportunities.


You must be at least 18 years of age upon application.
• You must have a background of relevance to the individual position and have a strong interest in helping disadvantaged children.
• In order to maintain the sustainability and high performance of this project all interns are required to complete a detailed hand-over document for successive interns.
• You will need to be flexible and tolerant, show initiative and enthusiasm to face the many hurdles and challenges that you will encounter

Compensation: Unpaid
Time Frame: 20-30 hours per week
Location: Accra, Ghana
Application Deadline: December 31, 2014

China Internship Program-Get Work Experience Abroad!


CRCC Asia is seeking ambitious, talented and hardworking students and graduates for its 2014 China Internship Program. Chinese language skills are not necessary, fluent English is the only language requirement.
Our program has been featured in numerous high profile media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek and the BBC. Click here to read more:
This is an incredible opportunity to gain excellent professional experience and transferable skills in one of the worlds most important and fastest-growing economies. You will be working in a company in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, or Sanya where you will be required to work independently and in international teams. Our internships last 1, 2, or 3 months.
There are many sectors available including (but not limited to) Business Development, Finance, Marketing, Advertising, Legal, PR, Pharmaceutical, NGOs, Sustainable Energy and Engineering.
Typical tasks include: conducting research, writing reports, giving presentations, working in teams on strategy, accompanying colleagues on client meetings and business administration.
Our China Internship Program is highly regarded by employers and is certain to make a positive impact on your Resume. Many of our previous interns are now working in top international firms.

CRCC Asia offers other programs including: Intensive Mandarin courses, Hospitality Internships on the tropical resort of Sanya, and a China travel program, all of which can be done in conjunction with or in lieu of our Internship Program.We have internship programs running throughout 2014. More information can be found on our website,

All CRCC Asia Programs provide a full package of support, activities and networks from the moment you join the program until well after your return from China. Due to Republic of China visa regulations internships are unpaid. International internship experience in China can only be possible through an unpaid internship, however we ensure that every aspect of your trip to China from your internship to our regular social and cultural activities is managed in a friendly and professional manner.

Our Comprehensive China Internship Program Includes:
Guaranteed internship in a sector of your choice
Visa processing for China
Airport pickup
Accommodation for duration of internship
Welcome banquet
Welcome pack
SIM card and city guide
Induction course and cultural training
Weekly Beginner Mandarin lessons
Social and networking events
English speaking supervisor
Full support and guidance from our Beijing/Shanghai/Shenzhen/or Sanya office

How To Apply:
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All applicants must have completed or be currently enrolled in a degree program. We are also looking for you to exhibit a strong academic record, and an interest in foreign travel and culture. Fluent English is essential; if you speak some Chinese and would like to practice your language skills we can find you a company where this is possible.

Compensation: Unpaid
Time Frame: Our internships last 1, 2, or 3 months. 
Location:  Beijing/Shanghai/Sanya/Shenzhen

Study Abroad in China

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Teaching Intern

The intern's responsibilities will include supervised teaching under the guidance of an experienced mrmbrt of the department, observation of other classes, and teadhing or assisting in at least one other class. The fieles open to interns are English, Mathematics, History, Classics, French, Spanish, BIology, CHemisty, Physics, religion, the Arts (not Art History), and Asmission. Interns also help coach athletics during at least two but preperably three seasons, assist in dormitory supervision one evening per week and every fourth Saturday evening or as needed, and participate in other areas of school life commensurate with their interests and talents.
Teacher-intern appointments are for one year and carry a salaryof $27,300 plus living quarters, meals in the school dining hall, and full utilities except for telephone. Medical Insurande is provided with interns paying 25% of the premium for whichever plan is chosen.

Qualifications:None Specified

Compensation: Salary of $27,300 plus living quarters, meals in the School Dining Hall, and full utilitis except for telephone. Medical insurance is provided with interns paying 25% of the prmium for which3ver plan is chosen
Time Frame: One-year
Location: Groton, MA
Application Deadline: January 01, 2015

Spring Intern- Asian Studies:

Description: The Asian Studies internship will focus primarily on Asian security initiatives and U. S> strategy in the region. An intern will work undr AEI scholars Dan Blumenthal and Michael Auslin focusing on China, Japan, North Korea, and Southeast Asia. The major responsibility of department intens is concucting oprn doutcer reserch for short-term and long-term projects focusing on defense and security issues in the Asia Pacifc, including Chins'd militstry modernization, American alliances in Asia and other topics. Interns will lso assist in staffing department events

Qualifications:The ideal candidate will have an interest in Asian security affairs,research or previous relevant internship experience, good analytical ability, and the dicipline to work independently. Chinese and/or Japanese language skills are helpful but not required.

Compensation: Unpaid
Time Frame:Unspecified
Location: Washington, DC
Application Deadline: January 4, 2015

Summer Internship Program in Germany

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