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Thank you for your interest in our custom internship placements. Custom placements are a great way to match your finely-tuned skills to a specific employer in a specific location. We have a very high success rate in completing custom placements owing to our global network and fifteen years of placing interns throughout the world. We can do custom placements in any U.S. state as well as many countries including those on our website and beyond..

  • You choose the country and city you want to work in.
  • You choose the topic of your internship.
  • You write up the job description you are willing to accept.
  • Costs will be the same or a few hundred dollars more than those posted on the pricing page


Typically, we need three weeks or less to locate a custom internship placement. We will tell you from the outset based on how specific your location is and the job description provided how likely we are to be able to place you. If we think it is too specific we will make suggestions as to what we think is a doable project and you can decide if you want to make adjustments.


Here is an example of an actual custom internship placement that we recently completed.

Kathryn approached IGS about doing marine research on the East Coast of the United States. While we had nothing listed in that location and area, Dr. Adams was able to call upon his global contacts to locate the premier marine research center in the Southeast. The result: Kathryn was able to conduct original research on marine life distribution patterns in near coastal waters, in Charleston, South Carolina. We also set up a great housing option for her close to the marine research center. See Kathryn’s comments below.

Dear IGS Staff . . .The SCDNR staff were really nice and supportive, from day one they made me feel like I was really part of their research team as a valuable member. The lab and research facilities were top notch and it was really cool to have the college right there. I was also able to go out in the field electrofishing and trammel net fishing. This was really cool because these techniques of fishing can only be done with a special permit and for research purposes exclusively. It was the first time in my life I really got to handle live fish and the boating staff was so knowledgeable they could tell me anything about any of the marine life we saw. The house I stayed at was cute and comfortable. The host was so nice and really helped me in getting acclimated by showing me all the best places to eat, shop, and go to the beach, as well as give me a taste of all of the fascinating history that the area holds. I worked hard, had fun, and made great contacts; what more could you want?


  • In the online application under Letter of Intent write a few paragraphs describing: internship topic(s) and location(s) that you are willing to accept. State both your ideal placement: for example: Dolphin Ecotourism Park / Cancun, Mexico. Also include a more general placement that you would be willing to accept if that is the case: Marine Ecotourism / Mexico, Hawaii, Fiji.
  • Whatever you list in your description must be something that you are willing to accept if we find it so only put down what you would be happy doing. We always start with the most specific before moving to a broader descriptions if necessary.
  • We will tell you at the outset if we think your most specific request or general requests are doable projects. We will give you other options in similar fields to consider before you finalize your statement.
  • Once a statement is agreed upon by both the intern and IGS we both sign it and it serves as a binding agreement.

IDEAL LOCATION: Kathmandu, Nepal WILLING to CONSIDER: Any location in Nepal

I’d like the internship to include…

  • Orientation to Nepal politics, cultures, and systems.
  • Introduction to the public health issues in the region
  • Development of monitoring and evaluation plans for public health projects in the region, involving field-based data collection, data analysis, write-up, and presentation.
  • Community outreach activities, including education campaigns, help with a local clean water development project, and working in a monastery
  • Final presentations to community partners, including local health care providers.

I hope to learn…

  • The historical, socioeconomic, cultural, environmental, political, and health aspects of life in Nepal.
  • Cultural practices and traditional beliefs and their relationship to health issues in communities including health seeking behaviors in the communities of interest.
  • The organization of health care services in Nepal with specific focus on the ecosystem.
  • Health issues and health seeking behaviors in communities of interest.
  • How the local environment impacts community health.
  • Assessing and analyzing health issues and reporting findings and recommendations to key stakeholders and communities of interest.
  • Theory and practice of monitoring and evaluation plans for health projects and programs.
Additional Requirements

YOU CHOOSE THE COUNTRY/CITY! (Does not have to be on website. We will check availability)

Finding the ideal internship can be a very consuming experience for a busy student or professional. Let us use the resources we have to give you a quality option. There is no risk for you as your deposit is refundable if we cannot match your expectations. Imagine just writing up a few paragraphs about your ideal placement and then getting back to your life while we make it happen for you. You choose the country/city/topic. Again, we have contacts in countries all over the world and not just those listed on the website. Dream Big!

Accounting , Admin (Health Services), Admin (Hospitality, Sports), Admin (Recreation, Parks)Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Sciences, Agriculture, Agronomy, Animal Sciences, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Art/Fine Arts, Astronomy/Astrophysics, Aviation, Biochemistry, Biology(General), Biomedical Sciences, Botany, Business Admin, Management, Call Center, Camp Counselor / Trip Leader, Chemistry, Comm. Sci & Disorders,Communications, Computer Science, Cooking, Counseling, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, Dentistry,Development Ecology, Economics,Education,Engineering (Chemical), Engineering (Civil), Engineering (Mechanical), Engineering (Electrical), English as a Second Language, Entomology, Environmental Management, Environmental Sci (Atmosph.), Environmental Studies, Family and Home Studies, Fashion Business, Fashion Design, Field-Study, Finance, Food Science and Nutrition, Forestry, Fourth World Studies, Geology, Graphic Design, Health Sciences, History, Horticulture, Hotel/Restaurant/Hospitality, Human Resources, Human Rights, Humanities, Industrial Psychology, Information Systems, Interdisciplinary, Interior Design, International Relations, International Trade, Journalism, Kinesiology /Exercise Science, Labor & Industrial Relations, Landscape Architecture, Law, Liberal Arts, Library & Info Science, Linguistics, Marine Science, Marketing, Ad, PR, Mathematics, Media (Radio, TV, & Film), Medicine, Meteorology, Museum Studies, Music, Music Business, National Park Employment, Nursing, Occupational, Envir. Health, Performance Design, Pharmaceuticals, Philosophy, Photography, Physical Therapy, Physics, Political Science/Politics, Psychology, Public Admin, Public Pol, Govt, Ranch Employment, Real Estate, Religious Studies, Resort Employment, Sales, Scuba, Ski Resort Employment, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Sports, State Park Employment, Statistics, Sustainable Development,Technology, Theater, Drama, Dance, Theology, Tourism, Urban & Regional Planning, Web Design, Women’s Studies, Zoology & Wildlife Sciences

A Antigua & Barbuda Argentina Australia Austria
B Bahamas Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia & Herzegovina Botswana Brazil Brunei Bulgaria
C Cambodia Canada Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic
D Denmark Dominica Dominican Republic
E Ecuador Egypt El Salvador England Equatorial Guinea
F Finland France Fiji
G Germany Great Britain Greece Grenada Guatemala Guinea
H Haiti Honduras Hungary
I Iceland India Indonesia Ireland Israel Italy
J Jamaica Japan Jordan
K Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea Kuwait
L Laos Latvia Liberia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg
M Macedonia Madagascar Malaysia Maldives Marshall Islands Mauritania Mauritius Mexico
Micronesia Moldova Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Morocco
N Nepal The Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Norway Northern Ireland
O Oman
P Palau Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru The Philippines Poland Portugal
Q Qatar
R Romania Russia Rwanda
S St. Kitts & Nevis St. Lucia St. Vincent & Samoa Saudi Arabia Scotland Senegal Seychelles Singapore Solomon Islands South Africa Spain Sri Lanka Sweden Switzerland
T Taiwan Tanzania Thailand Tonga Trinidad & Tobago Tunisia Turkey
U Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay
V Vanuatu Vatican City Venezuela Vietnam
W Wales
Z Zambia Zimbabwe

Fill out a full online application

In the line that asks: “Which program(s) are you interested in?” Type in CUSTOM INTERNSHIP in the box for Internship Location followed by the country and city you are most interested in. List the internship topic below that.

There is a box for a 300 word “Letter of Intent.” Use this to describe your ideal internship placement and include both the specific and general internship placement(s) and location(s) that you would accept.

Email your resume to: with CUSTOM INTERNSHIP in the subject line.

Feel free to call us at 202 557 8182 to discuss your ideal placement anytime

Placements are available year-round. Minimum length of stay is 6-weeks.

In your letter of intent on the IGS Application form, please be sure to indicate the source of your interest in this position, what you hope to contribute to the program indicated, and what you hope to learn or experience through your internship–this letter of intent will be distributed to internship providers. In addition, be sure to submit a resume or acceptable equivalent indicating any relevant knowledge or skills.

Washington, DC (Animal Rehabilitation)

Lu Zhang came from China and wanted to do animal rehabilitation near the DC area. I.C.E. found her a private foundation helping to re-establish native bird and mammal populations in the area. Lu had hands-on work with both with the animals and the public.

“The house, the town and weather are great! We went to the Capital last Sunday it’s really convenient from where we live. The rehabilitation is center is great! In one word, I like this internship and enjoy my time. Thank you very much for your work.”

– Lu Zhang

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (Aboriginal Heritage Project)

Kiyomi Juillerat wanted a general introduction to anthropology and exposure to Aboriginal cultures in Australia. I.C.E. located a cultural museum and research center that allowed her to explore anthropological field methods as well as share what she learned with the public in a museum setting. The center is located in Sydney, close to the bustling downtown. Kiyomi had the best of both worlds with the city and the outback!

“I’m glad to hear you’ve heard good news about me from the Director because I’ve truly, truly been enjoying this internship! I filmed a video walking through the museum just yesterday. As for the internship itself- it’s really, really great!! Thank you again and again for organizing everything!”

– Kiyomi Juillerat

HILO, HAWAII (Marine Laboratory and Field Work)

Beatriz Romero came from Puerto Rico and wanted to gain experience working in a marine laboratory and conduct field research. I.C.E. lined her up with a top researcher at the University of Hawaii campus. Her duties included lab phytoplankton research and collecting water quality samples off Hawaiian coastlines.

“Hawaii has been awesome! The house is super nice and tidy, and the people are really friendly. I went on the field trip this week, snorkeled with dolphins and helped out the people taking the water quality samples. Super fun! Overall it has been a great experience and I have a feeling it will stay this way. Oh and also I got to know 2 girls from Puerto Rico, so I don’t feel so far away from home!”

– Beatriz Romero

KATHMANDU, NEPAL (Buddhist Studies/Social Services)

Louise Williams wanted to combine study of Buddhist philosophy and temples with a social service project to help disadvantaged youth. I.C.E. put together a 30 day structured study of Buddhist principles and meditation at a leading Buddhist Institute. This was followed by a placement with an organization that helps at-risk youth and their parents.

“The program was fantastic. I learned a lot! I would definitely recommend it to anyone with an interest in Buddhism and helping children. It’s great opportunity to get comfortable here while making new friends from all over the world. I even got to know a couple of the monks pretty well. I am now working with the kids after their school. It’s been a little challenging at times, but really fun.”

– Louise Williams

TOKYO, JAPAN (Tsunami Relief Agency)

“Actually helped the office in the northeast with tsunami relief operations and helping refugees with soup kitchen and non-food item delivery. I also got to represent the NGO I was working in at a NGO networking meeting in the U.S. embassy! My supervisor was great, she always had tasks to give me, but also was open to me asking her for assistance, which I did a lot. I felt very welcomed and accommodated at the office.”

– Nael Kerzabi

HONOLULU, HAWAII (eco-tourism park/reef education)

Saskia Wurm came from Germany and wanted to do two internships: marine park and coral reef education. I.C.E. successfully lined up both locations for her. At the marine park she assisted in mammal and seabird rehabilitation. For the coral reef education project she worked in one of Hawaii’s most scenic bays to educate visitors on reef species and health.

“First I want to thank you for your efforts. I’m enjoying my time here so much, met a lot of new friends and had already many exciting experiences! The house I live on the harbor is really nice as well. My roommates are really cool! I have been working with native seabirds on a rehabilitation project and doing reef education as well.”

– Saskia Wurm