International Aid and Development

Resource sites

Here is a list of sites which guide you to organisations that advertise for internships across many international sectors:


Australian Council for International Development
The Australian Council for International Development is the peak Council for Australian not-for-profit aid and development organisations working to attain a world where gross inequality and extreme poverty is eradicated. This resource site will guide you to a myriad of aid and development organisations.


Anglicord is an overseas relief and development agency of the Anglican Church of Australia. We have been working for over twenty years towards a peaceful, just and sustainable world free from poverty.
Location: Global, Head Office in Melbourne
Formal Application: NO- Contact organisation for possible opportunities.
Costs: Volunteer positions are unpaid

AusAid- Summer Vacation Employment and AusAid Internship Program
Summer Employment
AusAID’s Summer Vacation Employment Program is an annual employment program aimed at providing employment to university students from the beginning of December to the end of February. This program is for students who are currently studying towards a bachelor degree or higher and are continuing studies in the following year. The work students are asked to perform ranges from general administrative duties to specific project support.
Internship Program
AusAID participates in the Australian National Internships Program administered by the Australian National University. The internship allows individuals studying development-related fields to undertake projects in AusAID as part of their study program. If you are interested in an internship with AusAID, see the link above which will guide you to further details.
Location: Canberra
Formal Application: YES – see website for annual cut off dates
Costs: The Employment Program is a paid position. Some cost incurred with the Internship Program

Australian Red Cross

Australian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement (the International Movement) with millions of members and volunteers operating in over 186 countries. The mission of the movement is to prevent or reduce human suffering, wherever it is found.  The Australian Red Cross deploys volunteers to Asia, the Pacific and Africa.
Location: Asia, the Pacific and Africa
Formal Application: YES- check website for further information
Costs: NO- Red Cross Volunteers are fully supported with expenses and pre-departure training.

Australian Volunteers for International Development
(Formally: Volunteering for International Development from Australia (VIDA) )
Australian Volunteers (formally VIDA) is funded by AusAID, and managed by Austraining. The organisation places skilled volunteers in long term assignments as part of Australia’s overseas aid program. Applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent Australian resident.
Location: Asia, Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean
Formal Application: YES – 4 stage application process. Check on website for most up-to-date information.
Costs: NO- Some costs are involved, but the placement is supported. Check the website for up-to-date information.

Australian Volunteers
AVI is a long-running volunteer agency that manages projects on behalf of AusAID. It runs a variety of programs in many different regions.
Location: Asia, Pacific, Africa, Middle East
Formal Application: YES – submit resume and a document addressing each of the Selection Criteria
Costs: NO-Some costs are involved, however some placements are supported. Check the website for up-to-date information.

Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD)
The AYAD program is managed by Austraining on behalf of AusAID. The program aims to place 18-30 year olds on short-term assignments in developing nations across the Asia-Pacific region, and Africa. Applicants must be between 18 – 30 years old.
Location: Asia, Pacific and Africa
Formal Application: YES – seven stage application process
Costs: NO- Some small costs are involved (Visa), but the placement is supported with a living allowance and all flights covered. Check the website for up-to-date information.

Cardno Acil
Cardno Acil provides services to plan, manage, design and deliver sustainable infrastructure for international communities
Location: Papua New Guinea
Formal Application: YES – resume, application form
Costs: YES – check website for more information

Casas de la Esperanza, Nicaragua
Casas de la Esperanza, La Esperanza Housing & Development (EH&D) is a non denominational, non political NGO. It develops housing and provides technical education to families who are currently squatters, living on the outskirts of Granada, Nicaragua. EH&D is also helping these families with volunteer’s assistance for sustainable development through direct support, courses and technical education, small business and cooperatives, thereby increasing their expectation of a better future.
Formal Application: Yes – online application process.
Location: Nicaragua
Costs: Yes – costs involved. Longer-term placements may be supported in some ways.

Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem, Palestine
Holy Land Trust (HLT) is a not-for-profit organization established in Bethlehem in 1998. HLT seeks to empower the community through mobilizing its strengths and resources. Through a commitment to the principles of nonviolence, the Holy Land Trust seeks to strengthen and empower the Palestinian community in developing spiritual, pragmatic and strategic approaches that will allow it to resist all forms of oppression.
Location: Bethlehem, Palestine
Formal Application: YES – Download form from website
Costs: YES – check website for more information

Hope for Himalayan Kids (HFHK)
HFHK is a non-profit, child protection organisation based in Nepal and Australia that aims to protect and care for orphaned, abandoned and at-risk Nepalese children.
Location: Nepal
Formal Application: NO – contact the organisation for more information
Costs: Yes – Interns are expected to pay for your own accommodation, meals, travel expenses etc.

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
IFAD is a United Nations agency with the goal to empower poor rural people in developing countries to achieve higher incomes and improved food security. IFAD offers internships to young university students and graduates. Interns are fully involved in the work program of their division under the supervision of a staff member and may have a chance to visit IFAD-funded projects. Internships are for up to six months.
Location: Head office in Rome, Italy, but possibility of visiting projects in other countries.
Formal Application: YES- check website for further information
Costs: Some costs are involved, however a living allowance is provided.

International Labour Organisation
The ILO advances opportunities for people to work in productive and secure conditions. It promotes rights at work, international labour standards, and employment opportunities
Location: Switzerland
Formal Application: YES – cover letter and resume
Costs: YES – check website for more information

L.I.F.E Agentina
L.I.F.E Argentina is a non-profit, civil society organisation that works with socially marginalised and impoverished Argentinean youth. The minimum time commitment is 35 hours per week for two months.
Location: Argentina
Formal Application: Send Resume and cover letter to L.I.F.E
Costs: Low cost, varying according to the placement

Lasallian Foundation
The Lasallian Foundation supports projects throughout the Asia Pacific region that provide poor and disadvantaged children an opportunity to break the poverty cycle. The Foundation was established in 2004 by the De La Salle Brothers of Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, to help meet the growing needs of poor children throughout the region.
Location: Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia and South Sudan.
Formal Application: No- Contact organisation by phone or email for volunteering opportunities.
Cost: Yes, costs are involved, contact organisation for details.

Mosoq Ayllu
A local organisation run by locals that aims to alleviate poverty and disadvantage in the Peruvian highlands. Spanish lessons available if needed.
Location: Peru
Formal Application: YES – online application form
Costs: YES – check website for more information

Prime Trust
Prime Trust is a small, non-religious organisation founded and managed by people who want to contribute to their own community. They operate in numerous program areas including   women’s empowerment and education.
Location: India
Formal Application: YES – resume and cover letter
Costs: YES – check the website for most up-to-date information and exchange rates

Slum Rehabilitation Society, Mumbai, India
Slum Rehabilitation Society (SRS) is an NGO with the distinction of being the first to start developing principles of slum rehabilitation well before current government policies were formulated. Since 1972, SRS has been a key facilitator in Slum Rehabilitation Projects in Mumbai.
Location: Mumbai, India
Formal Application: No-Contact organisation for process.
Cost: Contact organisation for costs.

Spanda is a transnational non profit learning NGO for development and cooperation in the areas of culture, education, health and environment microfinance and research for the sustainable advancement of peace, knowledge and understanding. Spanda is particularly interested in projects that encourage freedom of inquiry, imagination, insight, creativity and expression. Spanda offers a very limited number of internships every year, however there are many ongoing less formal volunteer positions.
Formal Application: Yes- Check Volunteer section for opportunities and to download corresponding application form.
Location: The Hague, Netherlands.
Costs: Yes- costs involved.

SurfAid International
SurfAid is a non-profit humanitarian organisation whose aim is to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions. SurfAid programs represent an integrated approach to improving health and wellbeing and seek lasting improvement through cost-effective, high-impact interventions.
Location: Offices in Sydney Australia, New Zealand and the United States and projects in Indonesia. (Volunteer positions for Australia, NZ and the US only)
Formal Application: Yes- Advertised positions on the Volunteers page of the website
Cost: Yes-Contact organisation for details.

The Aziza Foundation- Aziza’s Place
The Aziza Ghori Charitable Foundation is a US-registered not-for-profit (501.c.3) organization focused on providing educational and self-enriching opportunities in a safe and nurturing living environment for children in need. Founded in 2003 by Fauzia and Amjad Ghori to honor the memory of their daughter Aziza, the foundation’s purpose is to help finance futures for materially-deprived children, families and communities through funding carefully selected schools, connected safe places, and related social care projects.
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Formal Application: Yes- See website for details
Cost: Yes- some costs involved

The Carter Centre
The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering; it seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.
Location: Atlanta, United States.
Formal Application: YES -Autobiography, short essay and writing example, all submitted and completed online, see website for details.
Costs: NO-however interns are required to cover own travel and living expenses.

Timor Aid
Timor Aid is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation that aims to deliver sustainable economic, social and cultural development outcomes for East Timor.
Location: East Timor
Formal Application: YES – Check website for details.
Costs: YES – costs vary according to the placement.

Timor Institute of Development Studies (TIDS)
Timor Institute of Development Studies (TIDS) was established in July 1997 as East Timor Study Group (ETSG) before changing to TIDS in January 2003. On December 5, 2003, TIDS was registered formally as a non-government institution for research and training. The objective of TIDS is to promote research and teaching in various development issues in East Timor. Core activities are research and training in three broad areas:
– democracy and social change
– economics and management
– and agriculture and applied technology
Formal Application: Yes- Follow the contacts from website above.
Location: Dili, Timor-Leste
Costs: Yes- costs involved.

UNICEF is a large non-government organisation that focuses on alleviating the obstacles facing disadvantaged children and youth. UNICEF works in 190 countries through country programmes and National Committees.
Location: Global
Formal Application: YES – application form, certificate of enrolment, academic transcript, letters of recommendation, proof of medical insurance
Costs: YES – check website for more information

World Food Program
WFP is a United Nations agency mandated to combat global hunger. In emergencies, WFP delivers food to victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. WFP offers internships for university students who have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies.
Location: WFP headquarters in Rome and at country offices.
Formal Application: YES – check website for more information
Costs: Some costs involved, however a living allowance is provided.

World Health Organisation (WHO)
This organisation works to promote rights for women, racial and economic justice, world disarmament, and peace. Applicants must be over 20 years old and be fluent in the working language of the office of assignment.
Location: Global
Formal Application: YES – online application form
Costs: YES – check website for more information

World Vision
World Vision is a large, not-for-profit, Christian organisation with offices all around the globe aiming to reduce poverty and its causes. World Vision Australia only offers domestic internships, so, under exceptional circumstances, students may want to consider an internship working with Indigenous Australians, for example. Most other international World Vision offices do not accept international students as volunteers. However, an internship may be possible with WV New Zealand, Malaysia, Ireland, and Canada
Location: Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Ireland and Canada, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America
Formal Application: YES – check website for further information
Costs: NO

Yayasan Usaha Mulia – Foundation for Noble Work
Is a not-for-profit social welfare group that aims to assist Indonesians from poor backgrounds
Location: Indonesia
Formal Application: Contact the organisation for more information
Costs: Contact the organisation for more information