Home sweet home. IGS started in Hawaii in the 90’s and has placed students in twelve states and counting.
Marine research on coral reefs, spinner dolphins, and reef sharks are popular internship topics in Hawaii and Florida.
Our law interns have worked for personal injury, business, and criminal law firms in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
Highly customized placements find fertile ground in the U.S. as well.
We have placed students in Minnesota with a Native American Tribe, Texas with a landscape design firm, and Illinois with a stand-up comedy club to name a few.
Students seeking internships where they can commute from their own houses has become popular of late. One student commuted from their Brooklyn home to work with a sound studio we set up in Manhattan.
Mexico Is there a better day-trip than touring a Mayan temple in the morning, snorkeling a cenote (crystalline pool) in the afternoon, and watching the sunset from a beach bungalow? Mexico has surprised many a student with its rich culture and limitless activities.
How does interning with a company that conducts whale shark tours sound? One of our clients split her time between the tour company and a sea turtle hatching project.
Great life! Another IGS student interned at a regional newspaper in the ancient city of Oaxaca. Covering local politics, he received a crash course in provincial hobnobbing.
Our students have traveled to the coastal town of Tulum and the premier beach on the Gulf Coast. And they visited the Piramides de Teotihuacán to unravel the mystery of the ancients.
England is a time-tested student favorite. Many of our placements are in London proper, within easy reach of Big Ben. Our most recent client worked for a digital marketing firm near the Tower of London.
He helped on a Facebook ads campaign for an international client. Another student gave rave reviews to a Kurdish advocacy organization in the city. She conducted original research on Kurdish contributions to Great Britain. Newspaper work is a big draw. Past clients have interned at a major Daily.
Students with a writing talent have hit the streets to cover political events, arts, and culture. Those on a marketing track have launched online campaigns to recruit local business sponsorship. One of our veterinary students headed to a small town in the northern country to assist at a clinic. She did animal prep, surgery recovery, emergency field calls and basic administration.
Museums are likewise a big draw for interns. Our favorite is a maritime museum with a replica trade ship. Our student gave tours on the ship and conducted original research on the backgrounds of 18th-century sailors. Side excursions have taken students up to Glasgow for pub crawls and over to Stratford-upon-Avon and the birthplace of Shakespeare.
Spain has produced some of our best-reviewed internships. In Barcelona, we partner with one of TripAdvisor’s top tour companies. This organization conducts food tours and classes on the local cuisine.
Our students join their staff in the field at upscale restaurants and eateries. Work behind the scenes included PR and marketing in the main office. A commercial casting company in Madrid has likewise received high praise from our students.
Headed by an American ex-pat, the company contracts with actors to film commercials for international brands. Museum work is also a favorite for IGS clients. We partner with some of the top cultural sites in the country. Finally, there is no shortage of politics in the Old World.
We placed a student with a political party that matched his ideology and he promoted a candidate for office. Our students make time for side trips to the south of Spain and cities like Seville and the resort town of Malaga. Immersing oneself in the art and history of the country is a transformation experience.
India is one of life’s must-see mysteries. The contrast between the ancient gods and the modern high rises leave one perplexed, but happy to have dipped a toe in its currents. India internship options are vast.
The country can host all our topics and many a custom request as well. India is easy to navigate from a setup standpoint as there is a get-it-down spirit and government regulations are reasonable and negotiable. Some fun projects to consider are event planning positions that get you out and about the cities.
Photography work is another great option. We can pair you with a studio or freelancer and you can create a meaningful portfolio.
Excursions to consider include the famed Taj Mahal. Along with the design and history, what makes it a unique experience is contrast to the low brow villages just outside the gates. Mix and mingle with Hindus and Muslims living side-by-side and learn how history brought them together against the backdrop of a great world icon.
Japan is a portal through which the uber-modern and the timeless meet. Be it in a teahouse or amidst the rock garden of a Buddhist temple, there is harmony amidst the hustle.
One of the more memorable IGS placements came of the heels of the tsunami that devastated the northern provinces. A student came to us in search of an internship that would allow him to help the victims and their families.
We confirmed him with a Red Cross organization delivering food to people struggling to get back on their feet. Business and marketing internships in Tokyo are another great option for students looking East.
They look great on a resume provide insight into international trade. For getaways, our students have traveled to Mt. Fuji to seek the iconic volcano up close and personal. And in Tokyo, they have watched prized fish at tuna auctions sell for thousands of dollars.
Australia is a huge draw to our U.S. clients. Sydney is one of the most sought-after cities in our catalog. With vast white sand beaches a ferry ride away from the city center, our clients find a nice city/beach balance.
Digital marketing students are drawn to our placement with one of the premier international firms in the world. And those more inclined to working near the water have interned with top marine scientists. A recent student just signed on to assist the Manly Lifeguard Station forty minutes from the downtown. We have likewise place students Back of Bourke—the Aussie euphemism for the middle of nowhere.
One of our students worked at an Aboriginal Radio Station near Darwin. Two of our Japanese students worked with an eco-tour company in Cairns. There is no shortage of options for finding your place under the sun.
Many of our students do a side trip to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkeling or diving. Those with terrestrial passions head to the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves—a two-hour drive from Sydney.
South Africa is a great location for internships and study abroad. IGS students have mainly shown interest in shark research projects on the southern coast.
Commerce and business in the city of Cape Town proper is also a draw for students. Animal conservation is a third area of interest conducted primarily in game parks. There may also be an opportunity to work with aquariums.
Excursions should include at least one game reserve like Sabi Sand. For those in search of big city nightlife, popping up to Johannesburg will do the trick.