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Summer 2016 Africa Health Placements interns in the Yale-coordinated Internships Program.

The Yale-coordinated International Internships Program allows students to gain international career experience and broaden their perspectives by working and living abroad for 8-10 weeks during the summer. Each location offers internships in a variety of career fields including the arts, politics, global health, technology, community advocacy, think tanks, finance, journalism, and law. There are both paid and unpaid internships, with some offering other perks such as free lunches or covering commuting costs. Opportunities are offered by Yale alumni, Yale Greenberg World Fellows, and friends of Yale. 

All international travelers must hold a valid passport.  A visa or work authorization may be required and students are strongly encouraged to conduct their own research to verify their process. The Office of Career Strategy has compiled numerous visa/work authorization resources.  Additionally, students can process visas/work authorizations through CIBT Visas, who serve Yale at a discounted rate (Yale's ID number: 40634).  Students traveling to England and Hong Kong should contact the Office of Career Strategy to discuss applying for work authorization.


Locations & Support

The Office of Career Strategy works with employers in all fields and in numerous locations to provide opportunities in a variety of student interests.  There are structured and unstructured locations to meet the range of student needs.  It is important to consider your familiarity and comfort level living in an international location with and without In-country Support.  Even international students returning home through a Yale-coordinated Internship must attend a pre-departure orientation and engage with Career Strategy in a variety of ways.

Structured Locations: In-country Support & Activities, Optional Coordinated Housing

  • Accra, Ghana
  • Athens, Greece
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jerusalem, Israel*
  • Kampala, Uganda*
  • Singapore
  • Tel Aviv, Israel*

Semi-structured Locations: In-country Support, Some Activities, No Optional Coordinated Housing

  • Amman, Jordan
  • Beijing, China
  • Hong Kong
  • London, UK
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Shanghai, China

Unstructured Locations: No In-country Support or Activities, No Optional Coordinated Housing

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • India
  • Indonesia*
  • Japan
  • Mexico*
  • The Netherlands
  • Oxford, UK
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan

Note: Please note that starred locations are a level 4 in the UnitedHealthcare Global threat level ratings, or have additional safety concerns. It is necessary that students review safety and security information and understand risks involved with travel to any country. To read more about these locations, please log into your UnitedHealthcare Global account and see the internship descriptions in Yale Career Link.

It is important to conduct research on the location of interest to learn more about the culture, current events, and safety of your destination.  Here are several resources to assist you:

  • Yale Travel Toolkit: The Toolkit provides assistance to Yale University faculty, students, post-docs and staff conducting international activities, whether abroad or on campus. Visit here:, and see the section on the bottom left to enter the Toolkit.
  • Goinglobal: As a Yale student, you have access to Goinglobal’s Country Career guides. Visit their sections on Financial Considerations, Cultural Advice, and General Resources.

Estimated Budget and Funding

All Yale-coordinated International Internships are International Summer Award (ISA) eligible. The 2017 ISA Application opens on February 1, 2017.  

The 2017 ISA Estimated Budget for Yale-coordinated International Internships below represents the estimated costs for living and interning for 9 weeks in these international locations. 

There may also be competitive fellowships available for a student pursuing a professional experience and/or research within an internship.  The Fellowships Office and the Student Grants Database are great places to start.  Please note however that fellowships are competitions, and are not a certainty.  You will likely receive an offer from a Yale-coordinated International Internship without knowing a fellowship decision.

It is important to consider all expenses involved in accepting a Yale-coordinated Internship.  In this section, you will find information on expenses for:

  • Housing
  • Roundtrip Airfare from John F. Kennedy Airport, New York City
  • Yale Health Travel Session & necessary immunizations
  • Visa or Work Permit
  • Work Commute
  • Health Insurance
  • Food

Not included in the 2017 ISA Estimated Budget are miscellaneous items, such as towels, Tupperware, or sheets that may need to be purchased upon arrival.

FAQ: 2017 ISA Estimated Budget for Yale-coordinated International Internships

  • Locations in Italics is where Yale-coordinated housing is available (housing cost is based on a shared room, cost will increase for singles)
  • *In Israel, housing, airfare, and some in-country transportation is provided by the Alec Ellison ‘84 and Tamar Sadeh ‘85 Israel Travel Fund
  • Amounts are estimates

In locations where there is optional coordinated housing, the housing column reflects the amount of a shared room at the location of the coordinated housing (the cost will increase for singles). This is also true of other locations. Attending a Yale Health Travel Session is mandatory in the International Internships Program.  Please see the Yale Health Travel website for dates (under “Group Travel Sessions”).  The costs of a visa or work permit may depend on the consulate or your country of origin.

City/Country Housing (62 Nights) Roundtrip Airfare from JFK Health Insurance Immunizations & Yale Health Travel Session Visas and/or Work Authorization Work Commute Food  Total ISA Budget
Argentina 1750 1100 80 0 260 300 945 4435
Australia 3000 1300 80 0 490 200 945 6015
Belgium 2500 800 80 0 0 200 1260 4840
Brazil 2000 1100 80 160 565 300 945 5150
Canada - Toronto 1800 400 80 0 0 300 1260 3840
China - Beijing 2600 1100 80 165 250 200 945 5340
China - Shanghai 2500 1100 80 165 250 200 945 5240
Germany 2200 1000 80 0 100 300 1260 4940
Ghana 2200 1300 80 672 60 0 630 4942
Greece 2000 1200 80 0 100 300 1260 4940
Honduras 2240 700 80 597 0 0 945 4562
Hong Kong 3000 1100 80 0 450 300 945 5875
India 1500 1000 80 597 185 400 945 4707
Indonesia 1500 1100 80 672 100 200 945 4597
Israel - Jerusalem 0* 0* 80 0 60 0* 945 1085
Israel - Tel Aviv 0* 0* 80 0 60 500 945 1585
Jordan 2000 1000 80 165 115 200 945 4505
Malaysia 1500 1300 80 597 50 200 945 4672
Mexico 1500 400 80 165 40 150 1260 3595
Singapore 2950 1200 80 0 150 300 945 5625
South Africa 1500 1100 80 165 230 100 630 3805
Spain 3000 1100 80 0 100 400 1260 5940
Taiwan 1300 1100 80 165 360 300 945 4250
The Netherlands 1600 1000 80 0 0 180 1260 4120
Uganda 1500 1400 80 672 150 0 630 4432
UK 3000 900 80 0 1500 500 1260 7240

A summer internship is a valuable experience, but it means preparing for expenses by looking at the overall budget and identifying your goals for savings.  It is important to consider internship wages (if the internship compensates), any type of funding available such as an International Summer Award or fellowship, and the amount you are able to allocate towards your professional summer experience for housing, food, and airfare.  Yale-coordinated International Internships have compiled the estimated budget on the following page for students to begin thinking about their upcoming summer. It is also never too early in the year to start planning. Begin with a list of how much you might receive from an ISA, any incoming amount from family or friends, and how much you must contribute by either beginning to save now or looking at options for extra income through the academic year. 

Quote: My time at [the Reut Institute] was transformative. I grew immensely on the job both personally and professionally, and have created relationships and found mentors that I know will last through much of my career. I did not know what to expect in this first internship, but the experience was phenomenal.

Matthew Stone, Ezra Stiles College, Class of 2017

Application Process

How do I apply?

The positions are available for students to apply in Yale Career Link under Job/Internship Search. To apply you must complete the Yale-coordinated Internship Policies & Registration in Yale Career Link, in the Document Library under the Resources tab.

When do I apply?

Positions are open in Yale Career Link on Thursday, December 1, 2016. The application deadline for the majority of positions is Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 9:30am. Employers will continue to post positions throughout December and January, so check back often!  You can apply to as many positions as you like, but the Office of Career Strategy strongly encourages you to only apply to those you would seriously consider accepting. Interviews happen in February, and offers are extended in February and March.

What material do I need?

For most positions, apply with a resume and a cover letter. Some employers may have additional application requirement, such as the inclusion of a writing sample or an unofficial transcript.

What is the interview and acceptance timeline?

Employers will contact students directly who they would like to interview. Interviews take place during February, with offers being extended from February 13 through the first or second week of March via the Yale Career Link system. Students have five (5) business days to accept an offer for a Yale-coordinated Internship. Please refer to the Yale-coordinated Internship Policies & Registration for details.

Once an internship is accepted, an email is sent to students outlining next steps.


  • You will likely receive an offer from a Yale-coordinated Domestic Internship without knowing a fellowship decision.
  • Opting into coordinated housing, when offered, is optional.  After you accept your position offer, you will be asked to complete a program registration survey.  Students can identify whether or not they wish to opt into the coordinated housing at that time.  Of course, you can always contact the Office of Career Strategy with any questions you might have.

2017 Work Dates

Monday, May 29 - Friday, July 28

These dates coincide with international coordinated housing. The dates are flexible as long as the internship is at least 8 weeks, full-time, and are agreed upon by the intern and employer. If your work dates start before or end after coordinated housing, you are responsible for your own accommodation during that extra time. Exceptions: Work dates in Israel are June 4 - August 3. Work dates in Singapore are June 12 - August 11. It is important to confirm your start and end dates with your employer directly!

Quote: I think that living and working abroad gave me a sense of resourcefulness, confidence, and intercultural understanding that cannot be replicated.  It was an amazing transition between first year and sophomore year.  I know that I would not have found the internship without OCS and CIPE.  The Yale program in Jordan is pretty hands-off, which I really enjoyed because I had a sense of freedom and independence without feeling completely disconnected from Yale.

Lina Goelzer, Davenport ‘19 - Oasis500, Amman, Jordan

Professional Support & Experiential Learning

Pre-departure Orientation

Attending a Pre-departure Orientation is mandatory for students in a Yale-coordinated International Internship. All Pre-departure Orientations take place at the Office of Career Strategy (55 Whitney Ave, 3rd floor, Room 369). Students can attend any of the following orientations, and must RSVP in Yale Career Link:

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at:

  • 10am-11am
  • 12pm-1pm
  • 2pm-3pm
  • 4pm-5pm

During the Internship

Students in a Yale-coordinated International Internship have numerous opportunities to engage in career exploration and professional support. During the internship period, students have access to a series of webinars, focusing on the career readiness competencies identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Students also have support through appointments with Office of Career Strategy advisors throughout the summer via phone or Skype.  Furthermore, the Yale-coordinated Internship Program supports activities in many locations. These including networking events where students can connect with alumni and other professionals, and some cultural events around the city.

Students are required to complete reflections of their experiences, and will learn more during the Pre-departure Orientation.

For Students in London: the Yale Club of London is invites students to join its Mentorship Program.

The program is intended for alumni and current Yale students that hail from or are located in the UK, and/or are interested in joining the Yale Club of London. The program is open for signups year-round, matching mentees to mentors on a quarterly basis based on mentee preferences and mentor approval. Each 'mentorship session' consists of three meetings over the course of three months, with set guidelines for mentors and mentees. Every member can be a mentor and mentee as many times as needed, and need to be a member of the Yale Club of London (website signup).

  1. To learn more and sign up, go to:
  2. For any questions, contact us at:

Health Insurance & Visas and Work Authorization

Health Insurance

The Office of Career Strategy offers a group health insurance policy through United Healthcare Global as part of the Yale-coordinated International Internships Program. The health insurance costs are extremely reasonable and can be seen in the 2017 ISA Estimated Budget. Once a student accepts an internship, they will receive the UnitedHealthcare Global Health Insurance policy information via email. Students must sign up for UnitedHealthcare Global through their internship registration in Yale Career Link by April 12, 2017. We understand that some students may have equivalent health insurance through their families or home country; therefore, students can opt-out of this policy. Prior to opting out, we strongly encourage students to thoroughly investigate their current insurance policy and the coverage it will offer while abroad.

Visas and Work Authorization

All international travelers must hold a valid passport.  A visa or work authorization may be required and students are strongly encouraged to conduct their own research to verify their process. 

Career Strategy has compiled numerous visa and work authorization resources as a starting point as you research the correct visa type and/or work authorization necessary.  You must research your own Embassy for individual application instructions (i.e. your consulate will be different if you live in New York or New Mexico).  In some locations (Hong Kong, the UK), there are specific protocols; CIBT Visas is available for many locations (Yale ID 40634) and serves Yale students at a discounted rate, while other locations require you to determine your visa process independently.


  • If you are interning in Hong Kong, it is essential that visa application materials are reviewed by an OCS advisor and must be postmarked to our in-country support no later than Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
  • The Danish work authorization process takes at least 3 months.
  • It is essential to allot at least 2 months (if not more) for the UK Tier 5 work authorization process, and review the specific requirements from BUNAC (the visa sponsor).

Housing & In-country Support

Housing dates are Sunday, May 28 - Saturday, July 29

It is preferred that students live in coordinated housing where available. The dates for coordinated housing are May 28 - July 29, unless otherwise noted:

  • Athens, Greece - CYA Athens
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina - Puentes Abroad
  • Copenhagen, Denmark - DISAbroad
  • Jerusalem, Israel (June 1 - August 3, 2017) - Aardvark Israel
  • Tel Aviv, Israel (June 1 - August 3, 2017) - Aardvark Israel
  • Singapore (June 10 - August 13) - Yale-NUS College
  • Kampala, Uganda - Kampala Suites
  • Accra, Ghana - Yiri Lodge
  • Brussels, Belgium - BBF Apartments

The Office of Career Strategy will only coordinate housing for these dates.  For example, if you arrive Saturday, May 27, you must either book your own accommodation independently for one night, or coordinate your additional dates and payment directly with the housing provider. Housing costs in the 2017 ISA Estimated Budget are an estimate and may vary.  Housing costs for Yale-coordinated housing are based on a shared room; the cost will increase for singles. Students must notify the Office of Career Strategy by March 20 if they want to live in coordinated housing. Students who do not notify the Office of Career Strategy by March 20 will need to locate their own housing for the summer. Students interning in Kampala or Accra must live in the coordinated housing. 

Note: Information about coordinated housing as well as additional housing resources are located in the Housing Resources document.

Please note that there are certain risks assumed when using the additional, non-coordinated housing resources provided in this document; the Office of Career Strategy and Yale provide these resources as a convenience, do not vet them, and make no representations as to the qualifications or experience of the resources. Students must perform their own due diligence and use their own discretion and judgment when making decisions about housing. Students are also encouraged to ask their employers directly about additional resources.

In-country Support

The contact information for the following In-country Support may be provided upon request. If needed, please contact Lori Ferrara.

  • Accra, Ghana - Ruth Botsio, Yale Club of Accra
  • Amman, Jordan - Nafez Al Dakkak
  • Athens, Greece - Dionysis Cabolis
  • Beijing, China - Doria Yang, WildChina
  • Brussels, Belgium - Bill Echikson, Yale Club of Belgium
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina - Ann Glotzbach, Puentes Abroad
  • Copenhagen, Denmark - DIS Danish Institute for Study Abroad
  • Hong Kong - Vivian Chiu, Hong Kong America Center
  • Jerusalem, Israel - Debbie Goldsmith, Aardvark Israel
  • Kampala, Uganda - Carole Nakigudde
  • London, England - Joanne Bowers, AngloEducational Services
  • Madrid, Spain - Antonio Vasquez, Yale Club of Madrid
  • Shanghai, China - Nick Chen, Yale Club of Shanghai
  • Singapore - Sara Amjad, Yale-NUS
  • Tel Aviv, Israel - Debbie Goldsmith, Aardvark Israel


FAQ: What is the difference between a Yale-coordinated Internship and an independent internship?

A Yale-coordinated Internship means that the Office of Career Strategy works closely with the employers who have posted these positions. All Yale-coordinated Interns receive professional development support from the Office of Career Strategy. Some Yale-coordinated Internships have coordinated housing where students have the option to live together. OCS coordinates, but does not fund, the housing arrangements. An independent internship is posted in Yale OCS Symplicity directly by the employer. That employer will handle all of the application and hiring efforts.

FAQ: Do I apply to the program in general and then I will be placed in an internship position?

Please see the Application Process section. Students must complete the Yale-coordinated  Internship Policies & Registration in Yale Career Link to be eligible to apply directly to Yale-coordinated Internship positions.  The positions will be viewable once you complete the tutorial under the Jobs Section. Employers will continue to post positions throughout December and January, so students are encouraged to check often.

FAQ: Is there a language requirement for the International Internships?

This depends on the country, employer, and the type of work and responsibilities. If there is any type of language requirement, it will be in the job description.

FAQ: For the International Internships do I need to use a CV instead of a resume since the hiring employers are not from the U.S.?

You do not need to use a CV instead of resume. As you will see in the internship postings, the employers request a resume.

FAQ: Can I apply to Yale-coordinated International Internships if I am not a U.S. Citizen?

Yes, however, because everyone’s situation is unique, OCS advises any student who is not a U.S. citizen to conduct their own research regarding visa requirements to intern in an overseas location.

FAQ: Once I submit my application, how soon will I be contacted by an employer?

The deadline to apply for most Yale-coordinated Internships is January 24 at 9:30am. After the application deadline, employers have three weeks to conduct interviews with applicants. The timing will depend on the employers’ response. Students will receive offers via Yale Career Link and must accept or reject them through the system. Students will be given five business days to decide about an open offer. No extensions will be permitted. Obtaining work authorizations can be a lengthy, timely process. Positions need to be filled quickly so that students have time to secure these work authorizations before the summer.

FAQ: Will the employers conduct interviews?

Yes, OCS encourages the employers to conduct interviews via Skype or phone.

FAQ: How does health insurance work for International Internships? What does it cover?

OCS offers a group health insurance policy through UnitedHealthcare Global as part of the International Internships Program. The health insurance costs are extremely reasonable. We understand that some students may have equivalent health insurance through their family or home country; therefore, students can opt out of this policy. Prior to doing so, we strongly encourage students to thoroughly investigate their current insurance policy and the coverage it will offer while abroad.

FAQ: Can I accept an internship but live with friends/family or find my own housing instead of living in the Yale-coordinated housing?

Yes. Students must notify OCS by March 30 if they want to live in coordinated housing. If OCS does not receive this information by March 30, the student will not be included in the coordinated housing and the student will secure their own housing.

FAQ: If I accept an offer with an independent internship in one of the Yale-coordinated Internships locations, can I be housed with the Yale-coordinated Internships interns?

This is a case-by-case situation which depends on the housing contract and availability in each location. Students in this situation should contact OCS as soon as possible to discuss the possibility.

FAQ: Do I need to apply for a visa or work authorization permit and if so, how does that work?

Maybe, depending on the country you are interning in and your country of citizenship. OCS has resources for required work authorization in the Visa and Work Authorization section. However, please keep in mind these are general guidelines because each student’s situation may differ (such as non-U.S. citizens or the type of work); students are strongly encouraged to conduct their own research to verify their process.

FAQ: I have some concerns about security in some of the Yale-coordinated International Internships locations. Is there anything you can do to reassure me about this?

Yes, for several Yale-coordinated International Internships locations, OCS works closely with an In-country Support person who is responsible for our students during their nine-week program. This support provides 24-hour, 7-day support in the case of illness or emergency. In addition, each Yale student is a member of UnitedHealthcare Global (FrontierMEDEX) Travel Assistance, which provides emergency assistance all over the world. Finally, OCS will conduct a Pre-departure Orientation to address specific tips on the region and answer student’s questions. Learn more about travel assistance here.

Contact the Office of Career Strategy at with any questions.

Link: Helpful Links for International Experiences

Center for International and Professional Experience

CIPE Travel Resources

U.S. Department of State: Alerts and Warnings

Note: Yale is retiring its old travel registration database and moving to a new system built on the software platform Veoci.  Prior to recording travel in the new system, you will need to create and set up a user account. Access and instructions for setting up an account on Yale’s new travel registry are found here.  The account setup is a one-time process and takes less than 5 minutes.  If you have any difficulties, try a different browser or contact Carolyn Marks.