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

Access to quality medical care is a challenge for many populations around the world. In communities where resources and treatment facilities may be scarce and where many lack the ability to take charge of their healthcare needs, you’ll explore issues surrounding international health equity and justice. As a CCS Medical Intern in a hospital, clinic, NGO, or healthcare center you’ll work alongside medical professionals to observe procedures, learn new techniques, provide care to patients, and assist with health education and outreach. Through your internship, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of international medical systems and the unique challenges faced in underserved communities. Build the foundation you need to become a globally-minded medical professional while gaining valuable new skills, as you’re making a difference for those in need.

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




 

Public Health Internships

The absence of up-to-date information and educational resources is a struggle for many individuals looking to take charge their own health. 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. You’ll learn how marginalized, neglected, and socially excluded populations face special challenges. By assisting with community outreach programs, participatory research, and efforts to improve access to resources and information, you’ll empower and educate communities, while breaking down stigmas and stereotypes. Improve health by exploring the core challenges facing access to water and sanitation, and provide education and resources to communities struggling with malaria and HIV/AIDS. Your work with a community mentor will make a positive difference in the health 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 global connectedness of health, illness, and disease. As a CCS Nursing Intern, you’ll work alongside a community mentor to understand nursing issues in a global context and engage in a professional dialogue across cultures. Focus on patient care through home visits, counseling, companionship, and support. Work alongside community-based organizations focused on positive health outcomes. Through your collaboration, 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
**Note: Interns in Peru and Costa Rica 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

Globally, millions of women die each year due to pregnancy-related causes and complications. In some countries, as many a one in eight women will eventually die in childbirth. With often inadequate access to basic prevention, education, and treatment, women and mothers face unique challenges in obtaining quality care. Advance the human right to quality healthcare by providing access to information and resources surrounding sexual, reproductive, and maternal health. As you work alongside your community mentor as a CCS Women’s Health Intern, you’ll provide valuable prenatal and postnatal care, education on nutrition and childcare, and improved community outreach programs for teen pregnancy and reproductive rights. By focusing on maternal health and gender equity, your work will help the entire community live longer and healthier lives.

Minimum Duration: 4-6 weeks
See if you meet an intermediate level of Spanish knowledge
 
Women’s Health Internships Offered In These Locations.

> Ghana > Guatemala > India, Dharamsala > India, New Delhi




 

Dental Internships

Oral health, an often neglected global health issue, unevenly impacts many underserved populations. Often, communities lack access to both the care and information provided by oral health professions. As a CCS Dental Intern, you’ll work alongside oral healthcare professionals to provide necessary education to adults and children while working with community organizations to improve dental practices and resources. As you learn about the administration of dental care in an international context, you’ll explore the prevalence of oral disease burdens and risk factors including dental caries and periodontal diseases. Gain practical experience as you work to reduce global oral health inequalities and understand oral disease and oral wellness in the context of community health.

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
 
Dental Internships Offered In These Locations.

> Peru > India, Dharamsala > India, New Delhi


 

Physical & Occupational Therapy Internships

In our globally-connected world, physical and occupational therapists are encountering challenges in responding to evolving social needs. With enormous disparities in education and access to therapy, CCS Physical & Occupational Therapy Interns work to improve and expand 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 and marginalized populations in international communities. You’ll learn about the techniques, resources, and education provided to community partners working to support the lives and livelihoods of those impacted by injury or disability. Through hands-on practice and educational outreach, your work will directly benefit individuals and community members struggling to improve or regain skills and mobility.

Minimum Duration: 3-6 weeks
**Note: Interns in Peru and Costa Rica 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 and Costa Rica 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

Economic inequity and scarcity of resources impact opportunities available to families and communities. Hone your leadership skills as you explore social innovation and entrepreneurship. You’ll provide 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 develop skills in finance, marketing, and sustainable business practices through your work with a community mentor. Consult with local microfinance organizations and small businesses to introduce income-generating activities. Improve business practices, assist with marketing and public relations campaigns, help implement a community savings program and improve financial literacy. Conduct research or plan cultural-environmental education campaigns to help global communities thrive. In a field where globalization is quickly accelerating, your international experience in leadership and innovation will be essential skills to take the next step in your education or career.

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
 
Social Entrepreneurship & Microfinance Internships Offered In These Locations.

> Ghana > India, Dharamsala > India, New Delhi > Peru > Tanzania


 

Education Internships

Education remains inaccessible to millions of children and adults around the world. Income, access to resources, transportation, gender inequalities, and stigmas due to ethnicity or population group impact both the availability and quality of education. As a CCS Education Intern, you’ll explore the obstacles to quality education. With your community mentor, you’ll understand school curriculums, challenges to attendance, family and community challenges in accessing education, standards and funding, and methods to measuring educational development in students. As you work in a school or community education center, you’ll gain practical experience assessing the individual needs of each student. You’ll learn and assess classroom leadership and educational techniques. Gaining real-world experience by leading educational activities, you’ll be introducing literacy skills and making new educational techniques available 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 and Costa Rica 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, these hopes are 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, daycare 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 impacting 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 and Costa Rica 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 marginalized 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 determinants that impact 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 and Costa Rica must have an intermediate knowledge of Spanish.
See if you meet an intermediate level of Spanish knowledge
 
Community-based Gerontology Internships Offered In These Locations.

> Peru > Costa Rica > Guatemala > Brazil


 

International Development & Human Rights Internships

Discrimination in all its forms, often due to gender, religion, and ethnicity, lives at the roots of global poverty. Discrimination creates not only uneven access to resources, but also an inequitable realization of 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’ll engage in community outreach, education, and participatory research. As you immerse yourself in your new community, you’ll think critically about the impacts of culture, values, historical and political issues in development, and the role of contemporary issues in religion, ethnicity, and gender. As you advocate for empowerment, social justice, and equal human rights, your work will support those dedicated to a sustainable and positive change in their communities.

Minimum Duration: 4-6 weeks
**Note: Interns in Peru and Costa Rica 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
 
International Development & Human Rights Internships Offered In These Locations.

> Peru > Costa Rica > Guatemala > Morocco > Ghana > Tanzania > India, Dharamsala > India, New Delhi


 

Environmental Sustainability Internships

To create environmental and social justice, we must recognize the interconnectivity of human beings and the environment. As an Environmental Sustainability Intern, you’ll work with communities as they make decisions to meet current needs while taking action to ensure future generations can meet their own needs through careful preservation of the natural environment. Work with community experts to launch outreach and education campaigns surrounding environmental impacts and recycling. Help implement recycling programs and strength or grow existing infrastructures dedicated to environmental sustainability. Your work will provide meaningful insights into the individual community capacities and challenges in tackling our world’s most pressing issues surrounding our natural resources, and will contribute to the existing protections in place for this crucial global issue.

Minimum Duration: 2-4 weeks
 
Environmental Sustainability Internships Offered In These Locations.   

> Brazil > Tanzania


 

Custom Internships

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, and the performing arts to participatory community research projects -- and even yoga & zoology – we have the resources and expertise to work with you to meet your learning goals. Speak 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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