Academic Internships in Boston

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Both dynamic and historic, Boston is a world-class hub of intellectual advancement and entrepreneurship.

Home to more than 30 colleges and universities, the Boston area is one of world’s great academic centers. It is also a hive of innovation and business activity in a range industry sectors, from finance and technology to healthcare and marketing.

Boston offers a wide variety of cultural activities, from historical sites and museums to theatre, dance, music, and sports. Boston is a beautiful and manageable city, easily explored with its excellent public transportation system — the first in the U.S.

With all these advantages, Boston is an ideal venue for a challenging and rewarding internship program.

Learn more about Boston and see past internship examples »

What People are Saying

  • “The things I learned from engaging my supervisor and coworkers were not - honestly, probably could not have been - learned in any classroom or book. I honestly don't think I would have gotten half as much out of my education if I had not taken the chance and gone to Boston. I have always been called "driven," but Boston allowed me to see where I was driving to. Most importantly, I left knowing what I can do - even at 20 years old - to make myself prepared when I get to do work as a licensed professional."

    Ethan H. - Northeast Behavior Health
  • “Little did I know that my internship experience was more than I had bargained for. I learned how to film a show, direct it, and work audio! I also learned some other skills that I could use in my everyday life: confidence, building a thick skin, multitasking, and focus. I am very pleased with my internship. I find it fun, exciting, where I love my co-workers and don't mind working.”

    “Little did I know that my internship experience was more than I had bargained for. I learned how to film a show, direct it, and work audio! I also learned some other skills that I could use in my everyday life: confidence, building a thick skin, multitas
  • “I am enjoying myself and learning at a place that will position me well for the future.”

    Tyler K. ESC New England
  • "I really enjoyed working with people of different cultures. The hands-on experience especially was really enriching. In terms of professional development, I have gained the lab skills I sorely needed. Previously, I had little or no experience in a Bioengineering lab. However, this internship has exposed me to manufacturing equipment and endowed me with good lab habits. This will be invaluable experience when I look for my future internships. Thank you for this internship experience!"

    Tze Hao – LaunchPad Medical

Students interning in the Boston area are placed with companies ranging from innovative start-ups to global organizations representing a spectrum of industry sectors:

  • Business – Consulting, Biotechnology, Insurance, and Retail
  • Finance – Financial Services, Investment, and Auditing
  • Communications – Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations, and Media
  • Healthcare, Environment & Education – Healthcare Management, Hospitals, Research, Environmental Policy, and Education
  • Hospitality & Travel – Airlines, Hotels, Tourist Sites, and Travel Agencies.
  • Politics, Law & NGOs ­­– Government, Non-governmental Organizations, Think Tanks, and Advocacy Groups.

A Typical Boston Program

While AIC tailors internship programs to the needs of each academic partner, a typical program in Boston includes:

Personalized Placement including pre-placement interview, student assessment, resume review; personalized matching with appropriate internship opportunity from AIC database and ongoing employer outreach; coaching and troubleshooting during the interview process.

Academic Components designed by our university partners or through online coursework.

Housing in student residences convenient to the city center and easily accessible via public transportation. Apartments are fully furnished and include kitchen facilities, access to laundry, and internet connection. Bedrooms are typically doubles.

Student Orientation including a pre-departure orientation on campus and an on-site city orientation, featuring a tour of Boston’s neighborhoods, tips on affordable entertainment, and an introduction to the Boston Transit system.

Ongoing Local Support from our Boston Program Team, including full-time program management, coaching and troubleshooting, and 24-hour emergency support throughout the program.

Cross-cultural Support to help interns prepare for success in a multi-cultural workplace and to assist students with their transition to Boston.

Professional Development opportunities that include workshops, symposiums or materials on interviewing skills, working styles, making the most of your internship experience and beyond, and industry-specific networking in the Boston area.

Cultural Activities such as visiting the Museum of Fine Arts and other area museums, Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox), or touring the Italian pastry shops of the North End.

Optional Recreational Activities such as day trips to Cape Cod or historic Salem, skiing at Wachusett Mountain, whale watching, or kayaking on the Charles River.

Students: Please note that internships are available only through our partner academic institutions. To find out if you can participate through one of their programs, contact us.