Winter internships, occasionally known as “winternships”, give applicants from all over the world the opportunity to make the most of their winter break. Our winter internships span all career fields, from business and finance, to law, engineering and everything in between.
Spending your winter break gaining hands-on experience, growing your network and challenging yourself in a global internship setting is exactly what employers are looking for. This commitment to your professional development will make you stand out from your peers. Winter internships demonstrate that you’re highly motivated.
Remote winter internships
Our remote winter internships are flexible opportunities to complement your commitments. You choose from 10, 20, 30 or 40 hours per week depending on your schedule. A remote winter internship is the best way to boost your career from wherever you are. View our remote internship program.
Destinations for winter internships abroad
Europe: Visiting Europe in the winter provides ambitious applicants with the chance to benefit from professional development and magical travel experiences. Interns can experience some of the world’s most popular Christmas markets and festive activities alongside their customized placement. Our winter internships in London, Dublin, and Madrid are some of our most popular programs. Learn more about our internship program in Europe.
North America: Winter is a wonderful season to explore North America. In NYC, you can marvel at the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center and ice skate in Central Park. There are endless reasons that winter is a great season to intern abroad in North America. Learn more about our internship program in America.
Latin America: Medellin, Colombia is known as the “City of Eternal Spring,” given its mild and pleasant weather year-round, making it a great winter destination. December through February are the summer months in the Southern Hemisphere, so interns will enjoy very warm weather. Learn more about our internship program in Latin America.
Australia: A winter internship in Melbourne allows applicants to escape their colder climes and benefit from the Southern Hemisphere’s summer. A winter internship in Melbourne is the perfect way to make the most of winter break. Learn more about our internship program in Australia.
Asia: Winter internships in Asia allow young professionals to avoid the heat that takes over many of the region’s top cities in the spring and summer, while still taking in all of the benefits. Our winter internships in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Bangkok offer a unique opportunity to learn more about culture, language, and business. Learn more about our internship program in Asia.
Schedule an interview to speak with an international admissions officer about which destinations are right for you.
Why do a winter internship in 2024?
Given that fewer interns tend to dedicate their winter break to internships, this is an ideal time to create a close-knit network with other interns on the program and your host organization’s team. Winter interns benefit from one-on-one mentorship opportunities and, depending on performance, may secure internship opportunities for the summer, or even full-time future positions for after graduation.
Private bedroom in shared accommodation
In-person winter interns get to experience all that their global city has to offer while still enjoying the comforts of home, with a private bedroom in a fully-furnished apartment. Interns live in their city’s safest neighborhoods, alongside other interns or international students. Every apartment has all the necessities, including lockable bedrooms, cooking utensils and of course, WiFi. While interning abroad, interns will commute the way locals do – via public transportation. Most interns commute between 30 and 60 minutes to their internship, by walking, biking, or taking the bus or metro.
Career Advancement Training
Interns benefit from career advancement tools before, during, and following their internship program. These tools enable you to successfully prepare for your internship before you start, make the most of your experience while you’re there, and successfully sell your experience in interviews to future employers.
You will be asked to take a pre-program DDI International workplace personality and skills assessment and will be given access to a library of training materials designed to help you succeed. These materials include tips and advice on interview techniques, adapting to international working environments, making a lasting impression in the workplace, and building your personal brand.
During your internship, training is delivered through a combination of videos, podcasts, articles, quizzes, and projects and you will receive a LinkedIn badge upon completion. Subjects include critical thinking, oral/written communication, teamwork, digital technology, leadership, professionalism, career management, and global/intellectual fluency.
You will also be granted access to our CV improvement tool, helping you to effectively communicate your achievements and skills to future employers program.
Alumni Success Coaching
We partner with experienced career coaches to provide participants with a personalized, one hour career coaching session upon completing the program. Participants choose from our portfolio of experts who they would like to guide them through their next steps after their international internship. These are just a few of the topics covered:
- Selling your international internship experience
- Building a stand-out CV/resume
- LinkedIn branding
- Salary negotiations
- Landing your dream job
- Strategies for interviewing
Keynote speaker series
Our internship program includes 12 months access to our interactive keynote speaker series featuring global business leaders. Our accomplished keynote speakers are well known for their extensive expertise and success across different career fields. These live online talks take place every two weeks and give you the chance to learn what it really takes to make it. You have the opportunity to ask live questions in the Q & A section of every talk.
The reason Fortune 500 companies invest large sums of money for an in-person keynote address from a global business leader to their staff is because their insights are first-class. Our previous speakers include well-known experts, CEOs, and Co-Founders. See our How it Works page for more information.
Our previous speakers include well-known experts, CEOs, and Co-Founders such as:
- Sue Liburd MBE DL - a multi award-winning businesswoman with 25 years of experience and a Non Executive Director for the UK’s National Health Service.
- Amir Salihefendic - Founder & CEO of Doist, the remote-first company that built Todoist (one of the world’s most popular productivity apps).
- Claire Diaz-Ortiz - best-selling author, influencer & investor, was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company.
Community & Events
One of the most incredible benefits of interning abroad is being immersed in a diverse and inspiring community. The Intern Group’s international community is made up of the world’s most passionate and talented students and professionals, who come from over 150 countries around the globe. In all of our global cities, interns will truly be immersed in a global setting and will have the chance to make both local and international connections. In addition to creating valuable professional contacts, interns make lifelong friends and mentors.
Our teams in all of our destinations know their cities inside out and will show you the best of them. Our winter internships include a series of cultural events specific to the destination. Here are some examples of the events around the globe: