The organizations below are known and trusted partners with the Center for International Education (CIE). These programs will connect you to a safe and individualized opportunity specific to your interests and goals. Each program has its own application process, deadlines, dates and program fees. The program fee includes a guaranteed internship or volunteer placement, airport pick-up, housing, orientation, an onsite coordinator and in some programs, academic credit. There are automatic discounts given to NAU students so make sure you tell them you are from NAU. Always register with GRIPonline before applying to these opportunities.
ISA (ELAP Program):ISA's Service-Learning and Internship division, ELAP, was created to propel students beyond the original confines of the classroom by providing opportunities to work at local NGOs, schools, clinics and businesses through structured internship, service-learning and volunteer group projects year-round. ELAP programs address the needs of the community and organization abroad while encouraging personal and professional growth, developing language proficiency and facilitating meaningful community engagement. Includes 3-6 units of college credit. Prices & Dates
World Endeavors:Grassroots, local organizations serve as our partners for volunteer projects in order to maintain our commitment to sustainable projects that are useful to local communities. Students and interns learn and work side by side with the locals for an academically or professionally immersive experience, practicing their language skills and learning about local business cultures. We strive to offer meaningful, engaging, and challenging programs and opportunities to all of our participants. Rolling Deadlines
Absolute Internships: We are exploring this organization this summer as a potential internship partner. For that reason NAU students will recive 30% off the program fee.
Other GRIP Opportunities:
The opportunities below have been secured through our exchange partners or NAU faculty connections abroad. These opportunities are limited but are typically less expensive then going through one of our internship partners.
The Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT)Program at Northern Arizona University (NAU) is an NIH funded program designed to give students from health disparity populations an opportunity to participate in a 10-week international research experience throughout which they explores global health issues that relate to of health disparities among the world’s Indigenous populations. During the experience, students will learn how to apply current scientific literature to research design, and data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
This year, applicants will choose from study sites including: Indonesia (genetics of malaria resistance), Palau (developing sustainable obesity interventions), Malaysia (studying molecular pathways involved in a tropical pathogenic disease), the Philippines (uncovering the links between agricultural practices and pesticide exposure) and New Zealand (Maori oral health and injury prevention and/or a variety of biomedical research topics). For detailed information on 2015 research opportunities please visit: The MHIRT Research Opportunities page
Selected students will attend a one-week preparatory course at NAU prior to departing to their international study site for 8 weeks. Upon return to the U.S., students participate in discussions, exit interviews and data analysis, and are expected to summarize and present their data to research mentors and the NAU community over the course of one week.
Summer 2015 Dates:
* May 26 - June 1, 2015: Training Program at NAU
* June 2 - July 29, 2015: Travel/Research Abroad
* August 3 - August 4, 2015: Review and present research experience with mentor at NAU Cost: No cost to student; Grant funded plus stipend. Deadline to Apply: October 20th
Biology Research in Costa Rica Conduct research in Costa Rica at the Tirimbina Rainforest Reserve . This research program, run by Tirimbina, provides a unique experience to its participants in the development of their scientific knowledge of the tropical forest. Whilst collecting data for one of the long-term research projects at Tirimbina, the research volunteer will learn basic aspects of the ecosystem. The volunteer will develop skills in collecting and analyzing data, as well as writing reports. This way he/she will be part of a successful model promoting conservation, where scientific research contributes towards environmental education and the ecotourism offered to visitors.
Program Basics: Eligibility Requirements: 3.0 GPA or higher; sophomore status or above; student that are adaptable & self-motivated; department approval; and spanish language ability Summer 2015 Dates: Flexible Cost: $2,050 for 8 weeks Includes: 3 NAU credits, housing, shared kitchen, airport pickup and health insurance Deadline to Apply: April 1st
Non-NAU Internship & Research Opportunities:
There are many other fieldwork opportunities available which students can arrange independently Below you will find a general list of possible opportunities to get you started.
Please Note: NAU has neither vetted nor endorsed these organizations or opportunities. It is your responsibility to ensure that an opportunity found with an organization listed here or anywhere else meets your personal standards of safety and quality as well as your academic and professional goals.
Updated attached International Fieldwork Opportunities.Updated July 2014
Lindsay Saunders Global Research and Internship Program (GRIP), Ecuador
"My social work degree ends with a field placement (internship) for my last semester, and I have the privilege of doing mine in Quito, Ecuador. I will be involved with the project, Teen Single Mothers (TSM). TSM works with young mothers to equip them with the skills they will need for their future: such as, job training, education, or parenting." Read her blog!
Alexa Brooks Global Research and Internship Program (GRIP), Thailand
"Through World Endeavors, I will be traveling to Thailand this summer to intern with a physical therapist. I am so blessed to have this opportunity and am very excited to share my experiences with other students interested in traveling abroad!"
Katherine Rush Global Research and Internship Program (GRIP) - Dublin, Ireland
"I decided to walk through St. Stephen’s Green for the rest of my break. I sit down all day at my internship, so I like to take advantage of the park to walk and eat. It was absolutely beautiful today. I took some pictures but I doubt they do it any justice."