Internships Resources


The fields of Experiential Education and Work Integrated Learning are constantly evolving. The following are resources to consider to learn more about developing and operating a meaningful international internship program. Please reach out to us to advocate for other resources that could benefit the community.

Internqube’s Starting an Internship Program

Internqube’s “Starting an Internship Program” manual is now in its 10th edition. Click the link to download the manual for free. Also, check out the website pages for other resources:

NAFSA Internships

NAFSA Internships, Service Learning and Research Abroad Member Interest Group (ISLRA MIG) is an evolution of the NAFSA WIVRA (Work, Internships, Volunteering and Research Abroad) Subcommittee which was in turn an evolution of the NAFSA WIVA (Work, Internships and Volunteering Abroad) Subcommittee. NAFSA membership is encouraged but not required to become actively involved in the ISLRA MIG community. The MIG provides a network with which to connect, a library of resources, a list of events, and discussion board to ask questions and share input. Directions to access NAFSA ISLRA MIG are available via Note you will need to create a free account to access the online community.

ISLRA Organizations

IIN. The International Internship Network (IIN) is an organization dedicated to the fields of international experiential education and work integrated learning. The IIN is a collaborative community of program providers, universities & colleges, employers, governments and students which promotes best practices, professional development, diversity & inclusion, and partnership in the field of International Internships. 

  • IVPA. The International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA) is a nonprofit accrediting body dedicated to promoting awareness and access to quality volunteer abroad programs. 
  • BBC. The Building Bridges Coalition (BBC) is a consortium of leading organizations working collaboratively to advance the quality, impact, and scale of international volunteering. 
  • CUR. The mission of the Council on Undergraduate Research is to support and promote high-quality mentored undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry. 
  • ACEN. The Australian Collaborative Education Network Limited (ACEN) is the professional association for practitioners and researchers from the tertiary education sector, industry, community, and government representatives, involved in work integrated learning (WIL) in Australia. 
  • Campus Contact. Campus Compact advances the public purpose of over 1,000 colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.  
  • CEIA. The Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA) elevates the field through a member-driven community of educators, employers, researchers, students, and partner agencies, providing opportunities for professional development while advocating for best practices in co-ops, internships, and other forms of experiential education. 
  • CEWIL. Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada), formerly Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE), is the lead organization for work-integrated learning in Canada with a mission to build the capacity develop future-ready students and graduates through quality work-integrated learning. 
  • EAIE, Employability Expert Community. EAIE is the European centre for expertise, networking, and resources in the internationalization of higher education. The EAIE Employability Expert Community is a platform for addressing all aspects of employability skills, careers guidance and international internships.  
  • The Forum. The Forum on Education Abroad is a non-profit, membership association recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission as the Standards Development Organization (SDO) for the field of education abroad. 
  • GIC. The Global Internship Conference (GIC) is a forum dedicated to advancing the knowledge of academic work placement and experiential education. 
  • IARSLCE. The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) is an international non-profit organization devoted to promoting research and discussion about service-learning and community engagement. 
  • NACE. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is a professional association that connects college career services professionals; university relations and recruiting professionals; and business solution providers that serve this community. 
  • NAGCAS. The National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (NAGCAS) is Australia’s peak professional body for career development in the higher and tertiary education sectors. 
  • NCDA. The National Career Development Association (NCDA) provides professional development, publications, standards, and advocacy to practitioners and educators who inspire and empower individuals to achieve their career and life goals.  
  • NSEE. The National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) is a nonprofit membership organization composed of educators, businesses, and community leaders that strives to cultivate educators who effectively use experiential education as an integral part of personal, professional, civic, and global learning.   
  • WACE. WACE is an international professional organization dedicated to developing, expanding, branding, and advocating for cooperative & work-integrated education programs within industry and educational institutions. 
  • WERA. World Education Research Association (WERA) is an association of national, regional, and international specialty research associations aimed at advancing education research as a scientific and scholarly field. 


INTERNSHIP listserv. Join the community listserv to take part in daily communications on the latest challenges, solutions, questions and best practices in the field of internships. To join the community, go to and click the “Join the Listserv” button.

Recommended Reading

  • Guidelines for Internships Abroad. The Forum on Education Abroad (2018).
  • International Internships. Mission, Methods & Models: A Collection of Papers from the Global Internship Conference. Berquist, Milano and Moore (2018)
  • The International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning (
  • Internships, Service Learning and Volunteering Abroad. Nolting, Donohue, Matterhly and Tillman NAFSA (2013)
  • The Successful Internship: Personal, Professional, and Civic Development in Experiential Learning, Fifth Edition. Sweitzer and King (2019)

Starting an Internship Program

How can organizations meet the needs of today and prepare the workforce of the future? One solution is to develop a high quality internship program. This booklet will assist you in doing just that.

Download Starting An Internship Program Booklet -10th Edition – Compiled and Edited By Michael True

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