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Internships, Research, & Volunteer




NOTE: Any current NAU student MUST register for their internship, research, and volunteer program for academic credit or for noncredit at the Center for International Education. This does not apply to NAU alumni. 

To register, make an appointment with 
Holly Wheeler (International Internship Coordinator) to discuss your goals and to explore which international GRIP opportunity might be right for you!

The NAU Education Abroad office maintains this web site as a service to NAU students for their international fieldwork seeking efforts.
Registering a fieldwork experience with the Education Abroad office for both credit and non-credit experiences does not indicate an endorsement or recommendation from NAU or the NAU Center for International Education (“NAU”).
It is the applicants’s sole responsibility to ensure that any fieldwork opportunity found with an organization listed on the Education Abroad website or anywhere else meets the applicant’s personal standards of safety, integrity, and quality as well as the user’s academic and professional goals. For more information on how to evaluate fieldwork opportunities, please contact the Education Abroad advisor.
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 Funded Fellowships | Financial Aid and Scholarships | Search Strategies for Independent Internships 



If you are interested in interning, researching, teaching, or volunteering abroad, click the picture below to view our prezi presentation.



The Global Research & Internship Program (GRIP) is an NAU program that assists NAU students to search and secure international internship, research and volunteer opportunities that meet their academic and career goals. GRIP helps to connect students to opportunities abroad that meet their academic and professional goals as well as guidance to find possible funding sources to offset the cost. 


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Because each GRIP opportunity is unique so is the credits you can receive. Some GRIP opportunities supply you with transfer credits that count toward NAU courses. Other opportunities offer no transfer credit so you will need to register for credit with your NAU department or the Center for International Education. 

GRIP students gain credit in the following ways:

Enroll in credit through your academic department: Students should speak to their academic advisor about obtaining credit directly from their department for a fieldwork experience abroad. Your department will determine which credit is appropriate and how it will count toward your graduation requirements. A faculty member in your department will supervise and grade your credits. Credits students typically receive include: Research (485/685); Independent Study (497/697) or Fieldwork Experience/ Internship (408/608)

Enroll in credit through the sponsoring organization and transfer it to NAU: Some opportunities offer academic credit as part as the program fees. You will still need to gain pre-approval through your academic department to transfer these credits and have them count toward your graduation requirements.



_Carmen_Mexico_GRIPCarmen Robles Barron
Fully-funded biomedical nanotechnology training program: BioNanoIngeniería | NAU Sponsored Program
Hermosillo, Mexico
Biomedical Science Major, Spanish Minor 

Carmen trained at the Núcleo de Investigación Científica y Desarrollo Tecnológico (NICDET) laboratories during the summer of 2018. She worked on a projects testing the biocompatibility of specific materials for safe use in biomedical applications and conducted their own research using these materials in a high-tech and cross-cultural research context.



Nanxue_GRIPNanxue Zhao
Asia Internship Program | Provider Program
Accountancy and Information Systems Major

"The most fascinating parts of interning in Singapore was that I got a chance to live like a local. It was a fully emerging experience into the culture. After this experience, I know how capable I am to be on my own. I was proud that I did this, and I think everyone should have study/intern abroad experience at least once in life because you never what's actually out there unless you are there."


Caleb_GRIPCaleb Reynolds
Child Family Health International (CFHI) | Volunteer Program
Cape Town, South Africa 
Biology Major, Chemistry Minor (Pre-Med)

“I could not have been more grateful to have completed my abroad volunteer program with CFHI at the Red Cross Memorial Pediatric Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. I was able to build my knowledge base for clinical practices and sit in during all the meetings, lectures, surgeries and follow any local medical student around during their rotations. Living in a developing country eradicates the focus of consumerism and the individual. You begin to appreciate the human race as one body and find your role in this world.”

1Sierra Campbell
The School for Field Studies (SFS) | Research Program
Turks and Caicos
Microbiology Major, Chemistry Minor

"I helped conduct one of the first fish surveys on South Caicos after Hurricane Irma and Maria. It was an incredible and unforgettable experience that was full of adventure. SFS is a great program for field research, and GRIP helped me every step of the way."


2Kali Swichtenberg
The Germanic  Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) | Provider Program
Bielefeld, Germany 
Microbiology and Chemistry Major, Studio Art

“I had the amazing opportunity to research in Bielefeld, Germany for three months through the DAAD RISE program. While I was there, I was able to learn and practice applicable laboratory techniques and be professionally mentored by a PhD student. I was also immersed in the German culture and participated in both day-to-day activities and special summer festivities throughout Germany. I also had the opportunity to travel to the Czech Republic, Belgium, and various German cities. Overall, this experience was highly valuable to me academically, professionally and personally.”



International Internship & Research Opportunities
A number of internship, research and volunteer opportunities are listed below. However, many NAU students find opportunities on their own through NAU faculty connections or their own research endeavors. We encourage students that have specific career interests connect with relevant international companies and organizations directly regarding possible internship, research or volunteer opportunities.

Please note that it is the student's responsibility to ensure that an opportunity found with an organization listed on the GRIP Opportunity page or anywhere else meets the student's personal standards of safety and quality as well as their academic and professional goals. The opportunities listed are meant to be a resource for further research.

Paid Programs
There are some very competitive opportunities that are funded and will provide support for travel or housing expenses. Many international internship and volunteer providers charge students a program fee to participate and in exchange theses organizations provide a more supported experience abroad. These program fees usually cover guaranteed placement in the internship, research or volunteer experience, housing, airport pickup, orientation, insurance, in-country staff support and sometimes food and additional trips. 
See the programs below

For scholarship information click here

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Funded Programs

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NAU Sponsored Programs:


The Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHRT): MHRT funds U.S. institutions to offer research training opportunities in domestic and international settings to undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students, as well as residents, fellows, and postdoctoral students from health disparity backgrounds.



NAU Hospitality on Easter Island, Chile: Student interns will complete a full-time workload at Explora Hotel, contributing to the hotel’s various areas of operation, as well as sustainability initiatives. Free days and vacations during the internship period will allow students to explore the wonderful culture and landscape of the island—much of which is designated as a National Park.


NAU Anthropology Internship on Easter Island, Chile - Terevaka Archaeological Outreach: Interns will take part in all aspects of the intensive program, from project design to project publications. In many cases, TAO staff and interns will work long, hard days. Interns will be expected to serve as role models, teachers, and friends for local high school students. Interns will also help to guide local students in fieldwork, archival research at the Padre Sebastián Englert Anthropological Museum, and computer work for organizing data. Interns will also serve as chaperones for the 15-20 local high school students that camp out on the hotel property for a two-week span.



NAU Faculty Led Programs: Students can complete field work with faculty led programs.   

Government Sponsored Programs:

gBoren Awards: Boren Awards provide funding for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S interests and underrepresented in study abroad: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle east.



gDoDDS: The Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) is a special opportunity for teacher candidates within the College of Education programs ONLY in  Europe, Pacific, and Eastern United States and Caribbean areas. The schools are operated by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). 

A lengthier application process is in place along with additional requirements to be considered an applicant to one of these international student teaching programs.  Please check with your advisor or for more details before applying here.



Fulbright Commission: The Fulbright UK Summer Institute offers Fulbright Awards and Summer Institutes for US students, academics and professionals interested in studying, researching or teaching at higher education institutions in the UK. Spend 3-4 weeks in he UK next summer, all expenses paid for!

usU.S. Department of State Internships: Programs provide students with opportunities to explore Federal careers while being paid for the work performed.


unUnited Nations Internships: If you are thinking of entering the world of diplomacy and public policy, an internship at the United Nations could be the ideal start for you.The objective of the internship is to give you a first-hand impression of the day-to-day working environment of the United Nations. You will be given a real chance to work with our people.

If you are interested in internships with other United Nations funds and programmes listed, please apply with them directly through the links below.

Research Programs:


sfsThe School for Field Studies: SFS creates transformative study abroad experiences through field-based learning and research. Our educational programs explore the human and ecological.




SIT: School for International Training:  SIT offers 4- to 6-week, for-credit internships abroad in approximately 30 locations in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and has broad networks in nonprofit, private, and government sectors. SIT offers internships for topics in climate/ environment, development/economy/inequality, global health. media/arts/social change, migration/identity/resilience/, and  peace/human rights/social movements.


wlsWildlands Studies: Wildlands Studies has offered exciting and challenging opportunities. Our field studies programs put you in the field.  Hike across mountain meadows, ford streams and camp in the forest. Swim in warm ocean waters and examine coral reefs and sea life.


Provider Programs:

laAcademia Latinoamerica de Español: At the Academia Latinoamericana de Español, you will not only learn Spanish. You will also live exciting experiences and be in touch with Nature. Join the adventure and learn Spanish in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru.​


acAmerican Councils: American Councils' mission is to advance scholarly research and cross-border learning through the design and implementation of educational programs grounded in key world languages, cultures, and regions. 
Check out their internship opportunities

Asia Internship: Work with a wide variety of companies and organizations to best suit our participants’ needs based on career interests and academic/professional backgrounds.

CEA Internships: All interns participate in CEA's "The Multicultural Workspace" seminar and earn academic credit for the program.  


CIS Abroad: Intern in multiple countries in various fields and earn academic credit.


Human Connections: Human Connections is a social enterprise that connects local partners with travelers through cultural tours and student programs. These experiences channel resources into local communities while giving visitors a deeper understanding of Mexico.

The Intern Group Internship: The Intern Group provides international internship programs that enable qualified individuals to gain valuable professional experience at leading companies and organizations, while exploring exciting new places and developing extensive global networks.


Learn International: Intern in the UK or Ireland in various fields and earn academic credit.


nzMassey University: National Expedition and Internship in New Zealand: Travel through some of the planet's most spectacular scenery, immerse yourself in Kiwi culture, and see parts of New Zealand open only to locals, all while earning university credit over your summer break. The National Expedition and Internship will take you across the North and South Islands and place you in an internship where you’ll work on real-world problems relevant to your degree: agriculture and environment, communication and marketing, creative.​

piaUSAC Internships: Intern in multiple countries in various fields and earn academic credit. USAC includes internships in fields such as business, health, education, teaching English, and more.



piaChild Family Health International: CFHI's 40+ programs in 11 countries connect students with local health professionals and community leaders transforming perspectives about self, global health, and healing.
gGIVE: GIVE offers amazing, once-in-a-lifetime volunteer abroad programs that transform the lives of its volunteers, igniting new passions and inspiring incredible personal growth. Work and play side by side with welcoming locals. Immerse yourself in extraordinary new worlds abroad. Break down cultural barriers and build up lifelong relationship.

islInternational Service Learning (ISL): International Service Learning (ISL) is a non-governmental organization that has been offering volunteers experiential learning opportunities in health care, education, ecology, and community development since 1994 while offering sustainable aid in developing communities. ISL programs are open to volunteers, both students and professionals, interested in gaining valuable experience in their chosen field, exploring another culture, and assisting those in need. Fields: community enrichment, dentistry, ecology, global health, internships, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, veterinary, and more! 
ubUBelong: UBELONG offers affordable 1 week to 6 month international volunteer trips. Immerse yourself in a community abroad and volunteer on a humanitarian project to make a lasting impact. Thousands have already volunteered with UBELONG and collectively served 4 million hours. They offer programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.

ubNational Volunteer Center: The English Opens Doors Program: The English Opens Doors Program is a fee-free Program serving the students, teachers, and school communities of Chile’s public education system. EODP volunteers make a lasting impact on the lives of their students, motivating them to improve their English and participate in cross cultural exchange.



cieeCIEE Teach Abroad: The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) offers paid and volunteer teaching positions around the world for university graduates looking to teach English abroad and immerse themselves in a foreign community. General requirements for Teach Abroad programs are a bachelor’s degree in any subject, native English speakers, and a kind, patient, and enthusiastic attitude that will inspire students. CIEE provides job placement, visa assistance, and 24 Hour In-Country support throughout your program duration.

aifClinton Fellowship for Service in India: The Clinton Fellowship pairs a select number of highly skilled young professionals with leading NGOs and social enterprises in India in order to accelerate impact and create effective projects that are replicable, scalable, and sustainable. Through ten months of service and fieldwork, Fellows gain knowledge of development on the ground in the fields of education, livelihoods, public health, and social enterprise, honing and harnessing their growing skills as change agents capable of effecting lasting change.​

clsCritical Language Scholarship Program: The Critical Language Scholarship(CLS) Program offers fully-funded summer language institutes for U.S. university students and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. In 2013, approximately 600 scholarships were awarded for thirteen languages, including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.​
ccspConfucius China Studies Program: The Confucius China Studies Program is a fellowship program that offers generous funding to doctoral students focusing on China. The Research Ph.D. Fellowship, which ranges from six months to two years, provides funding to U.S.-based students who wish to pursue doctoral research in China. The Ph.D. in China Fellowship, which ranges from three to four years, provides funding to students holding master's degrees who wish to pursue their Ph.D. degree in China.

islCultural Ambassadors: North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain: The English Language and Culture Assistants provides university students and graduates, native speakers of English, with the opportunity to work in Spain supporting English teachers. 
cvCultural Vistas: U.S. Internship, Trainee, and Teacher Exchanges that facilitate dialogue and the sharing of ideas, and promote global understanding through the lens of career exploration, civic engagement, leadership development, and professional training.

daadDAAD: The German Academic Exchange Service or DAAD (German: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) supports prospective students, undergraduates and graduates from all over the world in finding their path to studying in Germany and offer all prospective students the study possibilities and funding opportunities which individually suit them best.



English Language Fellow (EL Fellow): Through the English Language Fellow (EL Fellow) Program, highly qualified U.S. educators in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) participate in 10-month-long fellowships at academic institutions throughout the world.

gFulbright: The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. There are a number of specialized Fulbright opportunities by country, and including the Fulbrights listed above and the recently developed Fulbright–National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, which provides a unique platform for American Fulbright students to develop global narratives and discuss commonalities across borders around a common issue or theme. 

scFulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship: The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and international area studies. Students may request funding for a period of 6 to 12 months. Institutions of higher education (IHEs) in the U.S. are eligible to apply for grants under this program. As part of the application process, students submit individual applications to the IHE, which then submits all eligible individual student applications with its grant application to the U.S. Dept. of Education.​
gcGlobal Health Corps: A leadership development organization focused on health equity. They are building a global community of diverse young leaders changing the face of global health.

hiaHumanity in Action​: The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of Fellows to study minority rights and produce original research exploring how and why individuals and societies, past and present, have resisted intolerance and protected democratic values.

icwafInstitute of Current World Affairs Fellowship: The Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA) fellowship program aims to nurture deep expertise in foreign countries and cultures by supporting a Fellow who carries out a program of self-designed, independent study abroad for a minimum of two years. The organization’s mission is to foster understanding of the world by immersing promising individuals in a region, country, or globally important issue and by sharing the benefits of their knowledge with society. Language proficiency required.​

The Japan Exchange & Teaching Program (JET): The JET Program is a competitive employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan

pcPeace Corps: A volunteer program that offers the opportunity to serve abroad and make the most of your world. Peace Corps service can be the first step toward a career or the continuation of a life's work. Sharpen your skills in a field you've always loved, or challenge yourself with a new opportunity.

piaPrinceton in Africa: Princeton in Africa develops young leaders committed to Africa’s advancement by offering yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent. Young alumni and graduating seniors from any accredited college or university in the United States are eligible to apply. Prior experience in Africa is not a prerequisite.


piaPrinceton in Asia: Princeton in Asia offers service-oriented fellowships in the fields of education, media/journalism, international development (NGOs), and business, with a majority of fellows working as English teachers at universities and high schools. PiA fellowships are open to graduates or graduating seniors from all accredited colleges and universities.
pilaPrinceton in Latin America: Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) is a non-profit organization that partners with non-profits throughout Latin America to match them with young, public sector professionals seeking full-year fellowships in development work. PiLA placements offer important field experience to recent college alumni who cannot otherwise find NGO work in Latin America and who are eager to pursue careers in development work; no other program like this exists. Requires working knowledge of the target language (Spanish, Portuguese, or French).
t6The Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF): The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, over 1,500 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of France such as French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion.
scTeaching English in Czech Republic: The Academic Information Agency assists people interested in teaching English in the Czech Republic to find teaching posts mainly at primary and secondary state schools. Teachers from abroad are not expected to speak Czech. They teach mostly conversation classes, but some schools, which do not have a Czech teacher of English, may require their teacher also to teach grammar. 

tkTeach and Learn in Korea: The TaLK Program (Teach and Learn in Korea Program) is designed by the South Korean Government to award current undergraduates and recent University graduates with the opportunity to contribute their English speaking abilities and transition this ability into the skill of becoming an international English teacher.

yuYenching Scholars: The Yenching Academy of Peking University Yenching Scholars program aims to build bridges between China and the rest of the world through an interdisciplinary master's program in China Studies. The Yenching Academy provides full fellowships to its scholars, and offers them a wide array of interdisciplinary courses on China within broadly defined fields of the humanities and social sciences.
​Websites to find other internship, research or volunteer opportunities:


Financial Aid
Students enrolled in GRIP gain academic credit for their fieldwork experience and are thus eligible for financial aid and education abroad scholarships. Be sure to start planning early to secure all necessary funding. Make an appointment with the study abroad financial aid advisor to discuss your specific aid package. Keep in mind that your financial aid will usually be based on the number of credits in which you enroll. 

Typically GRIP students can use all their NAU financial aid (except for waivers) including pell grants, loans and any scholarships that apply to the term you are going abroad.

GRIP Scholarship
This scholarship is meant to offset the tuition costs for GRIP students and amount awarded is based on the number of credits you are enrolled for the term of participation. The award will be automatically applied to your LOUIE account as long as you meet the following criteria:
  • Register your internship with CIE through the GRIP application
  • Be enrolled in NAU credits through CIE for your fieldwork experience (part of the GRIP application)
  • NOT be receiving an NAU tuition waiver during the term of participation.
  • $100 per credit hour
NAU Hooper Undergraduate Research Award​
The intent of the Hooper Undergraduate Research Award (HURA) is to encourage greater participation of undergraduate students from all disciplines in research, scholarly, and creative activities supervised by a faculty mentor.