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 with fellow interns in a shared apartment in your breathtaking host city.

EF Ga Year - Documented proof - Internship - How it works

How it works

As an EF Gap Year student, you begin preparing for your internship during Orientation. You participate in a special seminar dedicated to assembling a compelling application profile for potential host companies which includes a resume of your skills. You also select three career fields of interest available in your host country. EF Gap Semester students begin this process before they leave home, working one-on-one with their EF Gap Advisors via email or Skype. At the end of your internship you will receive an official EF certificate of completion, detailing the type of work you’ve done for your host organization. You can also request a letter of recommendation from your supervisor.

EF Gap Year - Internship - Matching process

The matching process

While you complete the first module of your gap experience, our internship coordinators match you with an organization that best fits your interests and skills. The next step is to conduct an interview with your potential internship supervisor by phone or Skype. If you’re a gap year student, you are assigned to your internship organization before you return home to the US for Winter Break. If you’re a semester student, you’ll get your internship assignment before you leave home. What you ultimately do during your placement will depend on your interests, skills, and availability.

EF Gap Year - Internship - Accommodation & leisure

Accommodation and leisure

Your accommodation is a single room in a centrally located student apartment with a kitchen. There is no meal plan during the internship module, as students usually prefer to buy their own food and prepare their own meals as part of the 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 fields of interest

We offer a wide range of career options to explore in each internship city. What you ultimately do during your placement will depend on our interests, skills, and availability. Following are our most widely offered career focuses.

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 creations
• Events 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 - 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 required.)

EF Gap Year - Internship - Milan

MILAN, ITALY

Milan is Northern Italy’s premier hub for commerce, banking and manufacturing. It’s also one of the world’s meccas for fashion and design.

Enrollment is now closed for the 2018 Gap Year

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.

Waitlist only for the 2018 Gap Year

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.

EF Gap Year - Internship - Language Study - Shanghai

SHANGHAI, CHINA

Shanghai is at the heart of China’s efforts to develop a global economy. Many of the West’s multinational companies are headquartered here. (Additional fees apply.)

EF Gap Year - Internship - Hong Kong

HONG KONG, CHINA

Hong Kong has long served as South Asia’s hub for shipping, finance, manufacturing and retail. Many multinational firms maintain headquarters here. (Additional fees apply.)

EF Gap Year - Internship - Bangkok

BANGKOK, THAILAND

Bangkok is Southeast Asia’s capital of commerce and trade. Most Asian corporations maintain regional head offices in the city’s bustling business quarter.

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.)

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 - 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.

Which internship location is right for you?

CITY VIBEIDEAL FOR...NOTABLE INDUSTRIESFACTOID
BANGKOKExotic
Urban
Cultural
Authentic
Globetrotters
Asian art lovers
Street food fans
Bargain-hunters
Business
Non-profit
Education
200,000 US millionaires are reported to live and do business in Bangkok.
BERLINHip
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).
DUBLINDynamic
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.
HONG KONGExotic
Urban
Bustling
Multicultural
Adventurers
Shoppers
Street food fans
Hikers
Business
Marketing
Travel & Tourism
Hong Kong’s business district boasts the world’s longest outside escalator—climbing over half a mile.
MADRIDCultural
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.
MILANSophisticated
Cultural
Urban
Fashionable
Culture-seekers
Fashionistas
Pasta lovers
Opera buffs
Business
Marketing
Entrepreneurship
Milan is widely considered one of the world’s fashion capitals. Many top designers are located here.
PARISSophisticated
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.
SEOULExotic
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.
SHANGHAIExotic
Bustling
Urban
International
Culture-seekers
Asian art lovers
Shoppers
Dim sum fans
Business
Education
Travel & Tourism
Shanghai is China’s largest city with over 25 million inhabitants.
SYDNEYLaid-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.
TOKYOExotic
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 Advisor.

   

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