The world is full of opportunities for you to make a difference. Follow the links below to explore internships, fellowships, training, and careers in international sustainable development.
Offers 6-month internships in many fields (e.g. water and sanitation, hygiene education, journalism) in Africa and Asia. Travel, housing, and a stipend provided.
Internships available for 3-12 months in Guatemala and Haiti, working in rural communities on projects relating to electricity, water, and sanitation. Housing and a stipend provided.
Offers several types of internships in economic development, health, education, and human rights at its offices in Bangladesh. Expenses are borne by the intern.
Through BUNAC, current students and recent graduates can obtain a work visa in Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Most of the jobs that are found in this program are in restaurants, hotels, etc. These jobs can be used to fund a volunteer position at the head office of an NGO based overseas (e.g. Merlin, GOAL).
Offers 6-9 month internships at their offices around the world, working on a range of projects. Graduate students are eligible for the CARE-USA Fellowship Program, which provides year-long placements. Travel, housing, and a stipend provided.
Offers 1-year internships at its offices around the world in a variety of programs. Travel, housing, and a stipend provided.
Arranges internships of various lengths with NGOs in Latin America, Kenya, Uganda, and India, relating to many aspects of international development. Program fees are paid by interns.
Offers paid internships around the world for students in technical fields. Most assignments will not be very D80-like, but are an opportunity to gain international work experience.
Arranges 9-month internships in Sub-Saharan Africa with organizations including Africare, CARE, Save the Children, and Technoserve. Assignments are available in many fields. Travel and a stipend provided. For U.S. citizens only.
One-semester internships are offered in field offices around the world. Interns must receive class credit for their participation. Areas of specialization include civil engineering, construction, and water and sanitation.
Offers internships and volunteer positions around the world.
Offers 1-2 year internships in their projects around the world, some of which are related to water and sanitation. Travel, housing, and a stipend provided.
Offers internships at projects around the world. Housing, food, and occasionally travel provided.
MI-AWWA covers the expenses of a science or engineering major from a Michigan university to accompany them on their week-long annual trip to Ecuador.
$10,000 awards for graduating seniors to carry out year-long service projects anywhere in the world.
Consider volunteering in the home office of an organization. Here are some of the big ones, but do not overlook local non-profits.
- American Red Cross
- The Carter Center
- Save the Children
- International Rescue Committee
- Action Against Hunger
- Mercy Corps
The classic. For U.S. citizens only.
Internships are available at United Nations offices around the world. Many are restricted to graduate students, but some are open to undergraduates as well. Expenses are borne by the intern.
Help organizations around the world without leaving home. Positions are available in many fields, including proposal writing, website design, translation, and fundraising.
Volunteer placement for 6 to 24 months in over 30 countries. Many skills are needed, including engineering. For volunteers with previous experience, travel, housing, and stipend provided. For those with less experience, fundraising is required.
Set up your own internship! If you can creatively fund yourself (think student loans), many organizations are happy to host a hard-working intern. The D80 Center has worked in over 30 countries. Chances are good that you know someone (who knows someone) who knows an NGO that specializes in your field of interest.
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