America's Unofficial Ambassador works to empower cross-cultural service that improves the health, education and economic opportunities for vulnerable women, children and elderly. AUA is an international social enterprise with no political or religiuos affiliations.


America's Unofficial Ambassadors have been a leader in the field of international volunteering for twenty years. In the communities and countries in which they operate, they recognize that the community members are the experts. They have worked to develop long-standing relationships with local organizations who communicate real-time needs and objectives to the AUA team. The in-country team is made up of local nationals, volunteers, and interns in order generate sustainable impact. The volunteer/intern responsibilities and duties all contribute toward five key objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: end poverty, end hunger, ensure healthy lives, ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, and achieve gender equality.


There is no language requirement. 


Amenities include in-country lodging, meals, transportation, and insurance.



  • Program Fee: $8,246
  • Academic Fee - $300
  • Tuition
  • Airfare


Students may apply for a merit-based scholarship, based on availability. Students who enroll earlier will have a greater chance at being considered for the scholarship.

International interns are eligible to apply for the Hinckley Global Scholarship offered through the Hinckley Institute. Information can be found here. The Hinckley Institute also offers a low-interest loan program found here. In addition to funding through the Hinckley Institute, scholarships are available through the Center for Learning Abroad.


Internship dates may vary depending upon location but are based around the academic calendar:

  • Fall Semester: September-December
  • Spring Semester: January-April
  • Summer Semester: May-August


Students are required to register for a minimum of 3 HNKLY credit hours and a maximum of 12. International interns are required to submit 4 reflections and 10 weekly updates throughout the semester, as well as write a final policy paper, which is due 4 weeks after the end of the semester.


Students are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which provides cultural and safety training and explanation of academic requirements. Students also meet with the program manager upon returning from the internship.


Please submit the Hinckley online application before the deadline and then email Global Internship Manager Jean Oh to set up an interview. During the interview you will receive more information on program specifics.