Intern Abroad Application & PreDeparture Timeline

Today – Apply!
Submit Application and Application Fee. You will receive an email from FSD within 48 hours confirming receipt of your application materials.

Within 15 - 30 days of the application deadline for which you applied – Acceptance
The Site Team(s) that correspond to the region you would like to go will review your application. If the Site Team determines a strong placement for you, you will be notified of your acceptance to the program within 15-30 days of the application deadline. Note that the Site Team determines your acceptance based upon how well your interests, skill sets, language level, and time commitment align with the needs of one of our partner organizations in the field.

Note: If you are applying for a Fall session, there will be a delay in your acceptance letter due to a large volume of Summer applicants. We appreciate your patience.

Within 7 days of acceptance - Confirmation
If you choose to accept, you will have seven days to confirm your participation in the program. To confirm, you will submit a signed contract, release form, and passport copies, along with a Confirmation Deposit. The Confirmation Deposit is $300 and is nonrefundable. Please note that your deposit is credited toward the total amount due for your program. Upon receipt of your confirmation materials, FSD will set up a time for your telephone interview.

Within 2 weeks of Confirmation - Interview with FSD Site Team
The interview is critical to the Site Team’s ability to determine which out of the organizations they are considering for you would be the best fit for your final placement. During the interview, the Site Team will clarify your goals and needs for the program, ensure that you understand our expectations, assess your language skills, and address any questions or concerns that you have. Ultimately, your participation in the program is contingent on the interview.

2 months prior to your start date or earlier - Final Host Organization Information
After you have completed the Site Team interview, the FSD Site Team will be working to designate a host-organization placement for you. The timing of this varies and FSD will send you information about your finalized host organization placement two months (or earlier) prior to your start date. This will include additional details about the activities you may be involved in, as well as information about past FSD Intern and Volunteer projects with that organization.

If FSD is unable to place you with a host organization in your area of interest, we will let you know as early as possible, and you will receive a full refund of your deposit.

45 days before program start date - Balance Payment
Your final balance payment is due to FSD 45 days before your program begins.

It is your responsibility to secure your flight, get all vaccinations, and take care of all Visa preparations. We suggest you do so at least four weeks before departure, and even more for those applying for India.

FSD lists reliable resources for information about Visa and vaccination requirements on each country’s page of our website. As part of the application process, FSD will also provide you with suggested flights and tips for international travel.

2 weeks before program start date – Final steps…

Proof of Insurance
FSD will send you your Proof of Insurance Card for your limited medical and evacuation insurance.

Host Family Information
Two weeks before your departure, you will receive host family information and final reminders from your FSD Site Team abroad.

Pre-Arrival Check-In – One Week Prior to Arrival
We recommend that you contact your FSD Site Team abroad to confirm flight information and to address any of your last-minute questions or concerns.

Timeline-Summer Sessions

See Application FAQ's for more details.

Due to the high number of application received for the summer Intern Abroad program, applications will be reviewed in 3 rounds following the early, regular, and late application deadlines.

Today – Apply!
Apply today and FSD will hold your application until the application deadline.

**EARLY APPLICATIONS – Highly Encouraged**

February 1st - Early Application Deadline
Final day to submit all application requirements in order to be eligible for the early application processing. Submitting your application early is highly encouraged.

FSD will begin processing applications that have been submitted with all required application materials – including application fee. Your application will be reviewed by both San Francisco and International Staff.

Within 30 days of Early Application Deadline – Acceptance

If you are accepted, you will receive information on your assigned internship placement by early March.

Within 7 days of acceptance - Confirmation

If you choose to accept, you will have seven days to confirm your participation in the program. To confirm, you will submit a signed contract, release form, and passport copies, along with a Confirmation Deposit. The Confirmation Deposit is $300 and is nonrefundable. Please note that your deposit is credited toward the total amount due for your program.

Once you have confirmed, your application will be held until the interview, taking place 8 weeks before the start of the program. See ALL CONFIRMED APPLICANTS below.

**APPLICATION DEADLINE**

March 1st - Application Deadline
Final day to submit all application requirements in order to be eligible for the early application processing. Applications will be reviewed for remaining placement availability.

Within 14 days of Application Deadline – Acceptance
If you are accepted, you will receive information on your assigned internship placement within 14 days.

Within 7 days of acceptance - Confirmation
If you choose to accept, you will have seven days to confirm your participation in the program. To confirm, you will submit a signed contract, release form, and passport copies, along with a Confirmation Deposit. The Confirmation Deposit is $300 and is nonrefundable. Please note that your deposit is credited toward the total amount due for your program.

Once you have confirmed, your application will be held until the interview, taking place 8 weeks before the start of the program. See ALL CONFIRMED APPLICANTS below.

**LATE APPLICATIONS**please call the FSD San Francisco office for more information on availability.

April 1st – Final Application Deadline
Final day to submit all application requirements in order to be eligible for the early application processing. Applications will be reviewed for remaining placement availability.

Within 14 days of Final Application Deadline – Acceptance
If you are accepted, you will receive information on your assigned internship placement within 14 days.

Within 7 days of acceptance - Confirmation
If you choose to accept, you will have seven days to confirm your participation in the program. To confirm, you will submit a signed contract, release form, and passport copies, along with a Confirmation Deposit. The Confirmation Deposit is $300 and is nonrefundable. Please note that your deposit is credited toward the total amount due for your program.


ALL CONFIRMED APPLICANTS

8 weeks before program start date - Interview with FSD
This 30 to 60 minute interview is the opportunity to further clarify for us your goals, ensure that you understand our expectations of you during the program, address questions or concerns, and assess your language skills if applicable. Your participation in the program is contingent on the interview.

Your Site Team abroad will use the information gained from the interview to finalize your host organization placement. The Site Team will match you with an organization that expresses a need for your skill set and abilities and that best aligns with your interests, experience, language level, and time commitment.

7 weeks before program start date - Final Host Organization Information
Five to seven weeks before your program begins, FSD will send you information about your finalized host organization placement. This will include additional details about the activities you may be involved in, as well as information about past FSD Intern and Volunteer projects with that organization.

If FSD is unable to place you with a host organization in your area of interest, we will let you know as early as possible, and you will receive a full refund of your deposit.

6 weeks before program start date - Balance Payment
Your final balance payment is due to FSD 45 days before your program begins.

It is your responsibility to secure your flight, get all vaccinations, and take care of all Visa preparations. We suggest you do so at least four weeks before departure.

FSD lists reliable resources for information about Visa and vaccination requirements on each country’s page of our website. As part of the application process, FSD will also provide you with suggested flights and tips for international travel.

2 weeks before program start date – Final steps…

Proof of Insurance
FSD will send you your Proof of Insurance Card for your limited medical and evacuation insurance as well as additional information about the FSD program four weeks before the start of the program.

Host Family Information
Two weeks before your departure, you will receive host family information and final reminders from your FSD Site Team abroad.

Pre-Arrival Check-In – One Week Prior to Arrival
We recommend that you contact your FSD Site Team abroad to confirm flight information and to address any of your last-minute questions or concerns.