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Internship

Gain incredible business experience in one of the regional capitals of today’s global economy. On an EF Gap internship, you’ll be placed with a respected organization, mentored by professionals, and live independently with fellow interns in shared accommodations in your breathtaking host city.

Learn the basics of global business

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BUSINESS
CULTURE

Experience local business culture firsthand by interning as a full-time team member at the office of a host organization.

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INDUSTRY
KNOWLEDGE

Gain insight from your office
colleagues and on-the-ground support staff about how a global industry works.

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HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

Learn the key functions of an enterprise or non-profit through daily support of its goals and initiatives.

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PROFESSIONAL
SKILLS

Improve your communication skills, navigate office etiquette, and expand your personal and professional networks.

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ON-SITE
MENTORSHIP

Benefit from the advice and support of a dedicated, on-site supervisor at your host organization.

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What you will do

The focus of an EF Internship is on learning the fundamentals of business and building a solid base of professional skills by immersing yourself in the key activities of an international company or non-profit organization. The amount of responsibility you are given will depend on your skills, willingness to learn, and positive attitude. Typically, your day includes completing independent projects or assignments and performing entry-level support tasks. Students who excel at their internships can also ask for a recommendation from their host organization.

EF Gap Year - Internship - Matching process

How it works

Soon after you enroll in the program, you begin working with an EF Internship Advisor via webinars and one-on-one chats to build a compelling internship profile and resumé. We then match you with an organization that best fits your current skill level and career interests. The next step is to conduct a phone or Skype interview with your potential supervisor at that organization. If all goes well, you are offered an internship shortly thereafter. Gap Year students finalize their internship assignments before they return home to the US for Winter Break. Gap Semester students get their internship assignment before leaving home.

EF Gap Year - Internship - Accommodation & leisure

Accommodation and leisure

Your accommodation is a single room in an apartment or residence that you share with other interns in your host city. You’ll live in a vibrant neighborhood with easy access to public transportation. There is no meal plan during the internship module. You'll buy your own food and prepare your own meals in on-site cooking facilities as part of the independent living experience. Throughout your stay, we organize occasional outings, events, and excursions for all the EF interns in your host city so that you can relax, connect, and network.

Internship examples

Learn the fundamentals of business and gain professional skills. Past EF Gap students have successfully interned in a wide variety of industries. Where you are placed will depend on your current skill level, your career interests, and how well you showcase these on your resumé.

EF Gap Year - Internship - Business

Business

Intern in sales, finance, customer service, information technology, or in any area of business.

Sample placements:
• Researching new strategic partnerships
• Client services and new client outreach
• IT programming and support

EF Gap Year - Internship - Finance

Entrepreneurship

Gain firsthand experience in the fast-paced environment of a startup in an emerging industry.

Sample placements:
• Research and development
• Sales and operational support
• Testing and focus-grouping

EF Gap Year - Internship - Marketing

Marketing &
social media

Help an organization promote its products and services in print, online, or via social media.

Sample placements:
• Competitive analysis
• Social media content creation
• Event planning and support

EF Gap Year - Internshp - Travel & tourism

Travel & tourism

Plan travel logistics, assist local guides on tour, or intern as a concierge at international hotels.

Sample placements:
• Hotel and resort guest relations
• Food and beverage service
• Back office planning and support

EF Gap Year - Internship - Education

Education

Teach conversational English to children, or mentor local youth in sports and the arts.

Sample placements:
• English teaching
• Youth mentorship
• Community awareness outreach

EF Gap Year - Program Guide - Nonprofit

Non-profit

 Intern for a good cause and gain insight into the culture of a respected non-profit or NGO.

Sample placements:
• Community outreach
• Social impact polling and research
• Office administrative support

Where in the world will you do your internship?

EF Gap Year - Internship - Language Study - Berlin

BERLIN, GERMANY

Berlin is one of Germany’s chief centers for finance, banking, and technology. It’s also the national center for culture, art and government. (2019 Fall Gap Year deadline: July 31)
2019 Fall Gap Semester is now closed for this destination.

EF Gap Year - Internship - Dublin

DUBLIN, IRELAND

Dublin enjoys world status as a new media and service industry hub. Many social media and tech companies maintain European headquarters here.

EF Gap Year - Madrid

MADRID, SPAIN

Spain’s capital city is also its hub of business and commerce. Many of Spain’s largest and most influential companies are headquartered here.

EF Gap Year - Welcome Tour - Internship - Language Study - Paris

PARIS, FRANCE

Paris is France’s undisputed capital of culture, art, fashion, and commerce. Many multinational firms maintain European headquarters here. (Basic French and current enrollment in an accredited university are required.)

EF Gap Year - Internship - Bangkok

BANGKOK, THAILAND

Bangkok is Southeast Asia’s capital of commerce and trade. The focus of our Internship program here is on social enterprises and non-profits.

EF Gap Year - Internship - Language Study - Seoul

SEOUL, KOREA

Seoul has emerged as one the world’s major players when it comes to technology, consumer products, and the automotive industry. (Additional fees apply.)

EF Gap Year - Immersion Tour - Internhip - Sydney

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Sydney is Australia’s premier center for finance, technology, and commerce. It’s also the headquarters of dozens of global manufacturing companies. (Additional fees apply.)

EF Gap Year - Internship - Language Study - Tokyo

TOKYO, JAPAN

Tokyo remains the Pacific Rim’s capital of finance, commerce, retail, and technology—with many tech and automotive companies headquartered here. (Additional fees apply.)

Which internship location is right for you?

CITY VIBE IDEAL FOR... NOTABLE INDUSTRIES FACTOID
BANGKOK Exotic
Urban
Cultural
Authentic
Globetrotters
Asian art lovers
Street food fans
Bargain-hunters
Social enterprise
Non-profit
Education
Bangkok anticipates that 10,000 new social enterprises will open in the city over the next decade.
BERLIN Hip
Edgy
Urban
Entrepreneurial
Hipsters
Entrepreneurs
Street art lovers
Night owls
Business
Entrepreneurship
Marketing
There are 180 museums in Berlin—more than the average number of rainy days (106).
DUBLIN Dynamic
Cultural
Friendly
International
Culture-seekers
Techies
Folk music lovers
Foodies
Business
Entrepreneurship
Non-profit
Google’s European headquarters is located in Dublin. Its massive campus sprawls across 47,000 square meters.
MADRID Cultural
Vibrant
Sophisticated
Social
Culture-seekers
Soccer fans
Tapas lovers
Night owls
Business
Entrepreneurship
Travel & Tourism
Madrid is Europe’s largest city, and home to 21 Fortune Global 500 company headquarters.
PARIS Sophisticated
Cultural
Urban
Historic
Culture-seekers
Romantics
History buffs
Fashionistas
Business
Marketing
Travel & Tourism
Paris is home to nearly a million businesses and generates 4.6% of the European Union’s GDP.
SEOUL Exotic
Cutting-edge
Urban
Tech-driven
Adventurers
Foodies
Techies
K-pop fans
Business
Entrepreneurship
Marketing
Seoul is the world’s most wired city. It also boasts the world’s fastest internet connection.
SYDNEY Laid-back
Cultural
Hip
Social
Hipsters
Surfers
Sun-lovers
Opera fans
Business
Entrepreneurship
Travel & Tourism
Sydney sprawls over nearly 700 square miles—double the size of New York.
TOKYO Exotic
Cultural
Sophisticated
Bustling
Culture-seekers
Foodies
Asian art lovers
Fashionistas
Business
Marketing
Travel & Tourism
Tokyo is the largest metropolis in the world, with 36 million inhabitants.
All sample placements are representative only. Your placement will depend on your skills and availability. Note that visa fees and passport fees are the responsibility of the participant. For some locations in Asia and Australia, this can cost $150 to $350.

Questions? Speak with an EF Gap Year Consultant.

   

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