INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS

Break out of the traditional classroom and develop your global skills through a service-focused international internship. Learn from top experts in the field, work alongside inspiring community members, and experience a new culture through an internationally-recognized Intern Abroad program.

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CCS international internships are designed for students ages 18 and older seeking a real-world, globally-minded experience in their chosen field. As a CCS intern, you’ll become part of a team of dedicated and experienced professionals who provide unique opportunities to learn, explore, understand, and change critical social issues impacting communities around the world. As you engage in your global internship, you’ll hone your cross-cultural communication skills and expand your knowledge through meaningful service. Learn and serve in Ghana, Guatemala, India, Peru, Tanzania, Morocco, Costa Rica or Brazil, where your work will be complemented by engaging Cultural & Learning Activities and incredible opportunities for independent exploration.

When you include Cross-Cultural Solutions—the most recognizable name in the field of international volunteering—on your resume, you'll stand out as a driven, socially responsible leader. We offer our interns the type of international leadership, learning, and service opportunities that top employers, graduate schools, and universities are seeking. Your unique understanding of your field, global issues, and impacts will set you apart from your peers in an increasingly global workplace.

It’s more than an internship. It’s the experience of a lifetime, a chance to make a difference, learn, and immerse yourself in another culture. .. Start your CCS journey today!

 
Medical Internships

Many people around the world do not have access to quality medical care. As a CCS Medical Intern, you will explore issues surrounding international health equity and justice in communities where resources and treatment facilities are often scarce and where people cannot take charge of their healthcare needs. You will work alongside medical professionals in a hospital, clinic, NGO, or healthcare center to observe procedures, learn new techniques, assist with health education, and provide care for patients. Through your internship, you will learn valuable new skills, gain an in-depth understanding of international medical systems and the unique challenges faced in underserved communities, and build the foundation you need to become a globally-minded medical professional.

Minimum Duration: 4-6 weeks
A letter from your school confirming your status in a medical program is required.
**NOTE: Interns in Peru must have an intermediate knowledge of Spanish
See if you meet an intermediate level of Spanish knowledge
 




 

Public Health Internships

Individuals looking to take charge of their own health struggle with the absence of up-to-date information and educational resources. As a CCS Public Health Intern, you’ll explore the challenges in building equitable public health systems and structures to meet the unique needs of community members--especially for marginalized and neglected populations. You will break down stigmas and stereotypes and help educate and empower communities by assisting with community outreach programs, participatory research, and efforts to improve access to resources and information. Specifically, you will enhance health by examining these core challenges: increasing access to water, improving sanitation, and providing educational resources for communities struggling with malaria and HIV/AIDS. Your work with a community mentor will make a positive difference in the well-being of communities as you’re gaining experience-based insights into some of the world’s most pervasive health challenges.

Minimum Duration: 4-6 weeks
**NOTE: Interns in Peru must have an intermediate knowledge of Spanish
See if you meet an intermediate level of Spanish knowledge
 




 

Nursing Internships

In an increasingly global healthcare environment, nurses are challenged to consider the connectedness of health, illness, and disease in a global context. As a CCS Nursing Intern, you’ll work alongside a community mentor to understand nursing issues on an international scale, You’ll engage in a professional dialogue across cultures. You’ll focus primarily on patient care through home visits, counseling, companionship, and support. Through your collaboration with community-based organizations, you’ll gain valuable hands-on nursing experience while helping communities strengthen their approach to health, hygiene, and patient care.

Minimum Duration: 3-6 weeks
A letter from your school confirming your status in a nursing program is required.
**Note: Interns in Peru must have an intermediate knowledge of Spanish. Interns in Brazil must have an intermediate knowledge of Portuguese.
**Note: A letter from your school confirming your status in a nursing program is required.
See if you meet an intermediate level of Spanish knowledge
 




 

Women’s Health Internships

Millions of women die each year due to pregnancy-related causes--in some countries, as many as one in eight women will die in childbirth. Women face serious challenges in obtaining quality care given their inadequate access to basic prevention, education, and treatment. Working alongside your community mentor as a CCS Women’s Health Intern, you’ll improve access to information and resources surrounding sexual, reproductive, and maternal health. In particular, you will provide prenatal and postnatal care, education on nutrition and childcare, and community outreach programs for teen pregnancy and reproductive rights. By focusing on maternal health and gender equity, your work will advance the human right to quality healthcare and help the entire community live longer and healthier lives.

Minimum Duration: 4-6 weeks
See if you meet an intermediate level of Spanish knowledge
 




 

Dental Internships

Oral health is a serious, but often neglected, global health issue. Underserved communities lack access to information and care from oral health professionals. As a CCS Dental Intern, you’ll work alongside oral healthcare professionals to provide necessary education to adults and children, while also working with community organizations to improve dental practices and resources. You will explore the prevalence of oral disease burdens and risk factors, including dental caries and periodontal diseases; learn about dental care administration in an international context; and gain practical experience as you work to reduce global oral health inequalities.

Minimum Duration: 1-6 weeks
**Note: Interns in Peru must have an intermediate knowledge of Spanish.
**Note: A letter from your school confirming your status in a dental program is required
See if you meet an intermediate level of Spanish knowledge
 


 

Physical & Occupational Therapy Internships

Throughout the world, physical and occupational therapists encounter serious challenges when responding to evolving social needs--especially with enormous disparities in access to therapy. CCS Physical & Occupational Therapy Interns work to expand and improve services provided to the elderly, people with disabilities, and those recovering from illness or injury. With your community mentor, you’ll explore the stigmas and obstacles faced by individuals within marginalized populations in international communities. You’ll learn about the techniques, resources, and education provided to community partners who are working to support the livelihoods of those impacted by injury or disability. Through hands-on practice and educational outreach, your work will directly benefit community members struggling to improve or regain skills and mobility.

Minimum Duration: 3-6 weeks
**Note: Interns in Peru must have an intermediate knowledge of Spanish. Interns in Morocco must have a conversational language ability in either French or Moroccan Arabic.
See if you meet an intermediate level of Spanish knowledge
 


 

Social Work Internships

Sustainable change begins with a community-focused approach to empowerment and education. As future leaders of the public and social service sector, CCS Social Work Interns learn about the development, implementation, and sustainability of community responses to social need. In collaboration with a community mentor, you’ll explore the rights of children and families, support campaigns to de-stigmatize HIV/AIDS, and work to increase the accessibility and accuracy of reproductive and postnatal health resources. As you focus on the macro components of social work in communities, you’ll become an advocate for positive social change and gain important leadership and social innovation experience.

Minimum Duration: 4-6 weeks
**Note: Interns in Peru must have an intermediate knowledge of Spanish. Interns in Morocco must have a conversational language ability in either French or Moroccan Arabic.
See if you meet an intermediate level of Spanish knowledge
 


 

Social Entrepreneurship & Microfinance Internships

The most productive way to address economic inequality and scarcity of resources is to focus on wealth-creating opportunities that will empower community members. You will support sustainable aid initiatives by providing tools for financial literacy and business development to individuals looking to improve their lives and communities. As a CCS Social Entrepreneurship & Microfinance Intern, you’ll gain international experience and develop skills in finance, marketing, and sustainable business practices by working with a community mentor. There are many creative opportunities for you to hone your leadership skills and explore social innovation--for instance, you can consult with local microfinance organizations and small businesses to introduce income-generating activities, improve general business practices, assist with marketing and public relations campaigns, help implement a community savings program, improve financial literacy education, or plan cultural-environmental education campaigns to help global communities thrive.

Minimum Duration: 2-6 weeks
**Note: Interns in Peru must have an intermediate knowledge of Spanish.
See if you meet an intermediate level of Spanish knowledge
 
Learn More About the Locations Where We Offer Social Entrepreneurship & Microfinance Internships                        

> Ghana
(minimum: 4 weeks)
> India, Dharamsala
(minimum: 6 weeks)
> India, New Delhi
(minimum: 6 weeks)
> Peru
(minimum: 2 weeks)
> Tanzania
(minimum: 5 weeks)


 

Education Internships

Millions of children and adults around the world do not have access to quality education due to many factors, including income disparity, lack of access to resources and transportation, gender inequalities, and stigmas due to ethnicity or population group. As a CCS Education Intern, you’ll explore these obstacles to quality education. With your community mentor, you’ll understand school curricula, standards, and funding; family and community challenges; and methods to measuring students’ educational development. As you work in a school or community education center, you’ll gain practical experience assessing the individual needs of each student. You’ll gain real-world experience by leading educational activities, learning and evaluating classroom leadership and educational techniques, as well as introducing literacy skills and new educational techniques to students, teachers, and community members.

Minimum Duration: 4-6 weeks
**Note: Interns in Peru must have an intermediate knowledge of Spanish. Interns in Morocco must have a conversational language ability in either French or Moroccan Arabic.
See if you meet an intermediate level of Spanish knowledge
 


 

Special Education Internships

In under-resourced school systems struggling to provide basic instruction to students, those with special needs are too often denied their right to education. Facing daily stigmas from community members and sometimes their own families, students don’t receive the individual attention and support they need. As a CCS Special Education Intern, your work to examine and improve education will make a difference in the future of children, and will help to break down barriers and stereotypes. With your community mentor, you’ll learn about the obstacles faced by community organizations working to provide quality educational opportunities. You’ll work with students and teachers who face a diverse range of challenges, share special education techniques, and work individually with students to gain practical experience. Your work will not only further your global perspective of special education, but will also bring important visibility, legitimacy, and respect to those community organizations and partners working with students with special needs.

Minimum Duration: 4-6 weeks
**Note: Interns in Peru must have an intermediate knowledge of Spanish.
See if you meet an intermediate level of Spanish knowledge
 


 

Child Development Internships

Communities look to the next generation – their children – as hope for a better future. Too often, this hope is threatened by economic inequality, scarcity of resources, and lack of access to education and healthcare. As a CCS Child Development Intern, you’ll work directly in a community organization, orphanage, day care center, or school to explore the issues most profoundly impacting child development globally. Together with your community mentor, you’ll examine the physical, cognitive, linguistic, and socio-emotional development of children in the community. You’ll experience the resources available to community providers actively involved with child development. As you gain an understanding of policies and programs affecting nutrition, early child education, child protection, and poverty alleviation, you’ll work to enhance efforts to support the growth and development of future generations.

Minimum Duration: 2-6 weeks
**Note: Interns in Peru must have an intermediate knowledge of Spanish. Interns in Morocco must have a conversational language ability in either French or Moroccan Arabic.
See if you meet an intermediate level of Spanish knowledge
 


 

Community-based Gerontology Internships

In an ever-changing world, the ability of families to sustain intergenerational support is diminished by resource scarcity, migration, and changes in social constructs surrounding aging populations. In many under-resourced communities, aging populations face difficult challenges, including abandonment by family members, limited access to healthcare, severe financial constraints, and discrimination. As a CCS Community-based Gerontology Intern, you’ll explore these social issues alongside your community mentor as you work at a community center or home that supports the aging population. As you better understand the cultural, historical, and familial factors that affect the care of an aging population, you’ll have opportunities to provide care, compassion, and companionship to these inspiring older individuals.

Minimum Duration: 2-6 weeks
**Note: Interns in Peru must have an intermediate knowledge of Spanish.
See if you meet an intermediate level of Spanish knowledge
 
Learn More About the Locations Where We Offer Community-based Gerontology Internships      

> Peru
(minimum: 3 weeks)
> Guatemala
(minimum: 4 weeks)
> Brazil
(minimum: 2 weeks)


 

International Development & Human Rights Internships

Global poverty and discrimination are inextricably linked: discrimination--often due to gender, religious, or ethnic differences--creates not only uneven access to resources, but also debases basic human rights. As a CCS International Development and Human Rights Intern, you’ll explore the roles of change agents through your work with individuals and community organizations focused on economic empowerment and social justice. Guided by your community mentor, you will engage in community outreach, education, and participatory research. As you immerse yourself in a new community, you’ll think critically about the impacts of culture and values, the role of historical and political issues in development, and the contemporary issues related to religion, ethnicity, and gender. As you advocate for social justice and empowerment, your work will support those dedicated to a sustainable, positive change in their communities.

Minimum Duration: 4-6 weeks
**Note: Interns in Peru must have an intermediate knowledge of Spanish. Interns in Morocco must have a conversational language ability in either French or Moroccan Arabic.
See if you meet an intermediate level of Spanish knowledge
 


 

Environmental Sustainability Internships

At the heart of environmental and social justice lies the belief that we must recognize the interconnectedness of human beings and the environment. As an Environmental Sustainability Intern, you’ll work with community members as they make decisions to meet their immediate needs while ensuring the careful preservation of their homeland for future generations. Your work might include helping community experts launch outreach and educational campaigns about environmental impacts, implementing recycling programs, or strengthening infrastructures dedicated to environmental sustainability. You will gain meaningful insights into the community’s capacities, as well as a broader understanding of the challenges related to protecting our world’s natural resources.

Minimum Duration: 2-4 weeks
 
Learn More About the Locations Where We Offer Environmental Sustainability Internships                  

> Brazil
(minimum: 2 weeks)
> Tanzania
(minimum: 4 weeks)


 

Custom Internships

We’ve spent many years developing strong relationships with local partner organizations, and our in-country directors are experts both within their communities and the field of international development. Our deep community connections give us the opportunity to explore your specific goals and interests in a unique way to provide a custom internship experience. From exploring world religions, LGBTQ issues, or performing arts to engaging in community research projects -- even studying yoga or zoology – we have the resources and expertise to work with you to meet your learning goals. By speaking with an experienced CCS Program Specialist today to discuss your interests, CCS can likely create a customized internship experience for you.

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