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Global Internships

Global Internships

Global Internships

What could you learn through an internship abroad?

UVA Global Internships serves as a resource to all UVA students interested in engaging in the world, at work. We are a unit within the Education Abroad division of the International Studies Office.

How Can I Pursue an Internship Abroad?

There are numerous pathways to an international internship, and it is important to consider them in light of your individual conditions, aims, and capabilities.


What is it like to do a global internship?

Mary Alice Kukoski

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

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.

What makes a global internship impactful?

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Personal Reflection and Critical Thinking

Develop self-understanding by dealing with challenges, interrogate what you thought you knew, and situate your individual experience within a global frame.

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Relationships and Exchange

Ask questions, listen, learn, and weave yourself into the social fabric of a new cultural environment.

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Constructive Engagement

Whether you are in an office, school, lab, or in the field, gain knowledge and skills by contributing to an organization's mission.

Affording an Internship 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.

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