There are numerous pathways to an international internship, and it is important to consider them in light of your individual conditions, aims, and capabilities.
Mary Alice Kukoski - Bangalore, India
If I could recommend one thing to every UVA student, it would be to do an internship abroad. Having traveled and studied abroad before, the experience of living and working abroad was vastly different. The adventure of immersing myself in the culture and lifestyle of Bangalore, India through my internship was unparalleled. From working in a global workspace to experiencing the city through my walks to work, I constantly found myself learning while in Bangalore. Each day brought a new opportunity to learn and engage with the local community and culture.
Kenza Lo - Ghent, Belgium
Interning in Belgium was an awesome experience! I was there as a research intern and was able to gain valuable work experience such as the ability to conduct in-depth interviews, compiling literary sources and presenting my findings in one thorough report. Outside of work, I was able to travel to London, Lille and Paris as well as many other Belgian cities like Bruges, Ostende and Brussels. Getting the opportunity to intern abroad was valuable because I got to combine work and play which was great. I would totally recommend an abroad internship to everyone, especially those who find it difficult to spend an entire semester abroad.
An internship abroad is likely to be an invaluable learning experience, but it will take resources (financial, time, energy, wits) to make it happen. Learn more about the feasibility of interning abroad and potential sources of financial support, including Global Internships's Summer Travel Grant.