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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.

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.

Students must also review the Yale Travel Policy and the US Department of State Travel Advisories, where students can also find Country Information.

Structured Locations: An In-country Support person in each of the following locations provides an on-the-ground contact, support for city-related and cultural questions, and organizes professional and cultural activities for students in a Yale-coordinated Internship. Activities may include a welcome dinner, an outing to a city landmark or museum, a networking event with the Yale Club, and a farewell gathering. Optional coordinated housing is available in the starred locations.

  • Athens, Greece
  • Beijing, China
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Hong Kong
  • Jerusalem, Israel*
  • Kampala, Uganda*
  • London, England
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Shanghai, China
  • Singapore
  • Tel Aviv, Israel*

Unstructured Locations: Yale-coordinated Internship in the following locations do not have an In-country Support person on the ground, and does not provide activities. Coordinated housing is not available.

  • Accra, Ghana
  • Amman, Jordan
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Bristol, England
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Fatehpura, India
  • Jakarta, Indonesia*
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Malaga, Spain
  • Mexico City, Mexico*
  • Munich, Germany
  • Oxford, England
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Vancouver, Canada

FAQ: How can I stay connected with Yale during my Yale-coordinated International Internship?

When considering a Yale-coordinated International Internship, many students look for ways to stay connected with the Yale community while they are interning around the world. To begin with, OCS provides information regarding how to connect with the Yale Club in the city of interest. Many students reflect on the wonderful opportunity they had to connect with the alumni network at a variety of events throughout the summer. In addition, interns are given contact information for in-country support, and they stay connected with OCS through email and written reflections during their internship. Furthermore, interns abroad are able to connect with other Yalies who are doing fellowships, internships, or simply traveling. Some Yalies also choose to coordinate group housing with other Yalies in the city, consequently meshing unique summer experiences while feeling a sense of community and home.

It is important to conduct research on the location of interest to learn more about the culture, current events, and safety of your destination.  Use the Yale Travel Toolkit, which provides assistance to Yale University faculty, students, post-docs and staff conducting international activities, whether abroad or on campus (look for the correct section on the bottom left of the International Toolkit home page to enter the Toolkit). Also check out 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.

Please also review Yale Study Abroad's detailed webpages on Health and Safety Abroad.

Note:In case of an emergency abroad, call in order:

  1. Local emergency service (NOTE: 911 is not a universal emergency number)
  2. In-country Support if available in location
  3. United Healthcare Global: (call collect) 1-410-453-6330. Provide the Yale Group ID # 364416 for travel assistance. If you were enrolled in or purchased health insurance through UHC Global, also provide your personal health insurance ID #.
  4. 24-hour Yale Security: 1-203-785-5555
  5. Yale Office of Career Strategy: 1-203-432-9435


Estimated Budget and Funding

All Yale-coordinated International Internships are International Summer Award (ISA) eligible.   

The 2018 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 2018 ISA Estimated Budget are miscellaneous items, such as towels, Tupperware, or sheets that may need to be purchased upon arrival.

FAQ: 2018 ISA Estimated Budget for Yale-coordinated International Internships

Please read the following information carefully:

  • Locations in Italics are where optional Yale-coordinated housing is available. The housing cost for these locations is based on a shared room (the cost will increase for singles).
  • Airfare and Meals are CIPE ISA budget standards across all CIPE programs; other amounts are estimates based on Numbeo Cost of Living Calculator (November 2017).
  • Visas & Work Authorization are estimates based on preliminary research on consular websites; these will vary depending on whether the individual requires, on the consulate where the visa applicaiton is received, and/or your country of origin.The Office of Career Strategy does not advise on visas but can assist those going to England or Hong Kong.

In Israel, housing is provided by the Alec Ellison ‘84 and Tamar Sadeh ‘85 Israel Travel Fund.

In Kampala, Uganda, transportation to/from the internship Monday-Friday is provided by the Office of Career Strategy.

Attending a Yale Health Travel Session is mandatory in the International Internships Program.  Please see the Yale Health Travel website for details.  Review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travelers' destinations website for vaccination recommendations. The World Health Organization is also a helpful resource to learn more about your destination.

Location Roundtrip Airfare to/from JFK Housing for 9 weeks Meals Work Commute Health Insurance Travel Vacc. & Consult Visas & Work Authorization Total ISA Budget
Argentina 1200 1750 945 150 80 0 0 4125
Australia 1300 3500 945 240 80 0 600 6665
Belgium 900 2500 1260 120 80 0 0 4860
Brazil 1000 1500 945 150 80 280 600 4555
Canada 400 3000 1260 200 80 0 0 4940
China - Beijing 1100 2500 945 150 80 0 600 5275
China - Shanghai 1000 2300 945 100 80 0 600 5025
England 1000 3500 1260 500 80 0 1500 7540
Germany 800 2600 1260 160 80 0 0 4900
Ghana 1300 2000 630 500 80 1027 500 6037
Greece 1000 1500 1260 200 80 0 0 4040
Honduras 700 1000 945 100 80 1027 0 3852
Hong Kong 1000 3500 945 150 80 0 450 6125
India 900 1500 945 150 80 1027 450 5052
Indonesia 1000 1500 945 150 80 280 500 4455
Israel - Jerusalem 1000 0* 945 150 80 0 60 2235
Israel - Tel Aviv 1000 0* 945 500 80 0 60 2585
Jordan 1000 2000 945 200 80 0 430 4655
Malaysia 1000 1500 945 150 80 1027 40 4752
Mexico 300 1500 1260 150 80 0 390 3680
Singapore 1000 2000 945 200 80 0 150 4375
South Africa 1100 1600 630 150 80 115 60 3735
Spain 1000 2500 1260 200 80 0 0 5040
Taiwan 1000 1500 945 150 80 0 0 3675
The Netherlands 700 2500 1260 250 80 0 0 4790
Uganda 1300 1500 630 0 80 1027 290 4827

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

2018 Work Dates

Monday, May 28 - Friday, July 27

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 - July 29.  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

During the Internship

Students in a structured Yale-coordinated International Internship location have numerous opportunities to engage in career exploration and professional support through activities coordinated by alumni. These include networking events where students can connect with alumni and other professionals, tours of various organizations, and some cultural events around the city.  Students also have support through appointments with Office of Career Strategy advisers throughout the summer via phone or Skype.

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

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

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 2018 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 20, 2018. 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 adviser and must be postmarked to our in-country support no later than Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
  • 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

It is preferred that students live in coordinated housing where available. The dates for coordinated housing are noted:

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina through Puentes Abroad - May 27 - July 28
  • Jerusalem, Israel through Aardvark Israel - June 3 - July 30
  • Tel Aviv, Israel through Aardvark Israel - June 3 - July 30
  • Singapore at Yale-NUS CollegeMay 27 - July 28
  • Kampala, Uganda at Nkwanzi Court - May 27 - July 28

The Office of Career Strategy will only coordinate housing for these dates.  For example, if you arrive Saturday, May 26, 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 30 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.

  • Athens, Greece - Dionysis Cabolis
  • Beijing, China - Doria Yang, WildChina
  • Brussels, Belgium - Bill Echikson, Yale Club of Belgium
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina - Ann Glotzbach, Puentes Abroad
  • Hong Kong - Vivian Chiu, Hong Kong America Center
  • Jerusalem, Israel - Debbie Goldsmith, Aardvark Israel
  • Kampala, Uganda - Carole Nakigudde
  • London, England - Nixi Cura (activities only)
  • 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

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.