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International Volunteer and Intern Programs

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities
  • These programs have not all been reviewed and approved by Purchase College
  • These programs will not typically offer students academic credit, unless they are affiliated with an institution of higher education
  • Students are required to fully review these programs to determine if these programs are appropriate for your needs
  • Many students seek options to engage in alternative learning experiences while abroad.
International Volunteer and Internship opportunities are fantastic ways to immerse yourself in a local culture abroad, while working in or serving a host community. A variety of programs make it possible for Purchase students to obtain academic credit for such endeavors.

SUNY Programs & Partnerships

While a number of these programs are accredited and can offer Purchase students credit for their intern or volunteer (service learning) experiences, SUNY schools offer a number of choices for experiential overseas programs as well. Purchase students have access to any of the SUNY schools' programs abroad. Many SUNY schools partner with intern and volunteer abroad organizations, and send students on non-traditional programs worldwide.

SUNY Albany + Global Service Corps: global service corps.gifGlobal Service Corps (GSC) is a nonprofit international volunteer organization providing service-learning opportunities for people worldwide to live and work abroad in Thailand and Tanzania. Programs are offered year-round from two weeks to six months. Personalized service-learning programs, including HIV/AIDS Prevention, Sustainable Agriculture, Healthcare, English Instruction, Buddhist Immersion, and the Seeds of Sustenance Fellowship, begin with in-depth training sessions, and provide rewarding hands-on challenges for volunteers. As an accredited NGO with a complete in-country staff, Global Service Corps has become an established part of each community it serves, and tailors its development programs to offer the most benefit to the community and participating volunteers. Visit the Global Service Corps website at http://www.globalservicecorps.org/site/

SUNY New Paltz +IPSL: ipsl.jpg The International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership (IPSL), is a not-for-profit educational organization serving students, colleges, universities, service agencies, and related organizations around the world by fostering programs that link volunteer service to the community and academic study. Today, IPSL offers 13 undergraduate service-learning programs in 11 nations—programs in which nearly 3,000 students from more than 400 universities or colleges in the U.S. and 25 other nations have participated.

SUNY Brockport + Internships Abroad: Gain work experience in a company, organization, or agency affiliated with their own area of study and interest while increasing their independence and cultural sensitivity by immersing themselves in another way of life. Brockport offers International Internship programs around the globe in a wide variety of settings. Both full-time and part-time internships are available. International internships through SUNY Brockport are offered in the following locations: Australia, Costa Rica, England, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain, and Switzerland

SUNY Oswego + Internships Abroad: CAPA Internship Students participate in an interactive seminar to prepare them for their internship experience. Group orientation exercises are used to examine issues of culture and integration, and focused individual sessions examine site-specific information. Students take courses run by CAPA faculty in London, England or Sydney, Australia while also participating in an internship with a business, company, or organization in the respective city. One of the courses links the learning from students’ internships to the classroom. Oswego also offers an internship opportunity through the University College Dublin in Ireland.

Additional Resources

KEI Internships Abroad: kei.jpgKEI offers study abroad programs at institutions abroad, while also offering student participants links to internships in host cities. KEI programs offer a wide selection of major-specific courses and professional internships in English as well as the language of the host country. In addition, students can take courses in foreign languages, area studies, humanities and liberal arts. KEI offers such programs in China, France, India, Italy, Kenya, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the United Kingdom. http://www2.cortland.edu/studyabroad/study-abroad/

Cross Cultural Solutions: CrossCulturalSolutions.jpg Cross-Cultural Solutions is a non-profit organization whose Volunteer Abroad programs were started in 1995. Volunteers may be placed for 2-12 weeks and choose from over 20 program sites in 12 countries. Intern Abroad was created for students or recent graduates interested in having an international internship or earning academic credit. Intern Abroad is offered from 3-12 weeks.

Volunteers for Peace: vfp.jpgVFP is a non-profit membership organization, partner to a large network of similar organizations worldwide: International Voluntary Service (IVS) projects, historically known as International Workcamps. Projects provide intercultural education through community service. At each project, volunteers from diverse backgrounds, typically from four or more countries, work and live together. The sharing of everyday life, both with the local community and among the international volunteers, is an integral part of the learning and serving experience. There are many types of work available because projects arise from grassroots local community needs. Most projects are 2-3 weeks long.

ProWorld: Intern, Study, and Volunteer abroad Opportunities worldwide.
i-to-i: Volunteer, Work and Intern abroad opportunities worldwide. (visit www.onlinetefl.com)
IEP: Volunteer, study and Internship opportunities worldwide.
WorldEndeavors: Volunteer, study, and internship opportunities worldwide
Global Crossroad: Volunteer and internship opportunities worldwide

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