A Senegalese beneficiary discusses his business with a student doing a Micro-finance internship abroad.

Micro-finance Internships Abroad

Help people realise their potential by setting up new businesses through interest-free micro loans

Projects Abroad Micro-finance internships are a unique way of gaining business skills while helping small businesses overseas.

Our international Micro-finance placements give groups or individuals small, interest-free loans to start their own businesses. Interns support applicants through the whole process, from the initial idea to running the business.

You’ll get a taste for the business environment in your chosen destination and work with upcoming entrepreneurs. Many of the businesses we support go on to become profitable additions to local communities.

By taking on one of these internships, you can help business owners make real change. Read our blog where we talk in more detail about how we use micro-finance to empower people.

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A group of gap semester students experience cultural immersion in a Maasai village in Tanzania, East Africa.
Take a Gap Semester Abroad in East Africa
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  • Price: $7,725 AUD for 6 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: $570 AUD
  • Start Date: Throughout the year
  • Minimum Stay: 6 weeks
  • Age: 17-24
A Micro-finance intern in Cambodia explains the importance of building savings.
Micro-finance Internship in Cambodia
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  • Price: $2,870 AUD for 1 week
  • Extra Weeks: $525 AUD
  • Start Date: June to September
  • Minimum Stay: 1 week
  • Age: 16 or over
Projects Abroad interns gain micro-finance work experience in Tanzania advising entrepreneurs
Micro-finance Internship in Tanzania
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  • Price: $3,145 AUD for 1 week
  • Extra Weeks: $575 AUD
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Stay: 1 week
  • Age: 16 or over

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small. 

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Is a Micro-finance internship abroad right for me?

Our Micro-finance internships are right for anyone interested in entrepreneurship, overseas businesses and helping communities and individuals overcome economic barriers.

Your work could include reading business plans, developing marketing strategies, managing interest-free loan accounts, and providing general business support. You’ll be supported by Projects Abroad staff and local experts.

You’ll build important business skills that you can take with you into your own career and education.

If you’re interested in our Micro-finance Projects, but would like to do something broader, you may be interested in our Business Projects. Read our full list of projects for internships abroad.

A local entrepreneur receives a loan on one of our Micro-finance internships abroad.

What will I gain from an international Micro-finance placement?

Getting micro-finance work experience gives you skills that prepare you for your next stage of education and career. You’ll also get a unique experience that you can talk about at interviews.

Here are just some of the benefits that our previous interns talk about:

  • Soft skills like teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, organising, planning, and time management.
  • Hands-on business development skills in an overseas country.
  • The ability to work and empathise with people of different cultures and backgrounds, helping to develop a ‘global mindset’.
  • Confidence from pushing past your comfort zone.

All of the above will enhance your CV, UCAS applications, and your personal development.

How are Projects Abroad’s Micro-finance internships different?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. You can be assured that your internship is ethical and well supported. Here’s just a few elements of our work that set it apart from other internship programmes:

Be fully supported by staff

On these projects, you’ll work alongside micro-finance professionals. You can support and observe them in their everyday work, and ask questions about the decisions they make. Your connections with staff and people in the community is where much of the learning happens on these projects, and as your build in confidence and understanding you will be able to contribute more and more to projects aims.

Projects that have an impact

All our projects are well researched, targeted and sustainable. We aim to make a difference to the local community for the long term. You’ll be able to see how transformative a small, interest-free loan can be on an individual and their community.

An intern gives a presentation to women entrepreneurs on one of our international Micro-finance placements.

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