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Remote Global Internships

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Interested in adding an international professional experience to your resume? Want to develop and demonstrate remote work experience for the post-COVID job market? Or use your language skills in a real-life setting? Would you like to broaden your perspectives on the global workplace by being a part of an international team? Or do a deep dive on a topic you are passionate about?

GEO is offering credit-bearing remote internships worldwide in Fall 2021. These internships allow you to work remotely with an overseas organization and earn Vanderbilt credits. They are supported by your Vanderbilt financial aid package (semester) or need-based Global Summer Fellows scholarships (summer).  You'll develop intercultural and other critical skills while doing real work for startups, community organizations, media companies, international relations firms, and other organizations across the globe.

For example, you could practice integrated risk assessment for a multinational financial firm, write articles for Taiwan’s leading English-language newspaper, or work for an Amman-based organization helping address educational needs for children and women in war-torn areas. You could use your Spanish language skills to work with a non-profit dedicated to strengthening Argentine democratic institutions, or create marketing strategies for a family-run winery in Italy, or or work with an organization bolstering health systems in Kenya.

How Does It Work?

Remote Global Internships are available to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good standing. Internships are offered through Global Education Office partners, and an application is required. You'll work with our partner directly to secure your specific internship placement.

While requirements will vary based on your internship and provider, you can generally expect to work at least 10 hours per week and participate in a concurrent seminar to help facilitate your learning. Programs will also offer optional enrichment activities.

Remote internships often involve different types of work than in-person internships. They afford students more autonomy, allow you to develop in-depth knowledge about your areas of responsibility, challenge you to manage your time effectively, and strengthen a range of communication skills. They can thus can be good preparation for both the virtual workplace and the traditional office.

F-1 students who participate in Remote Global Internships may need to obtain Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization. Interested students should schedule an appointment with their ISSS advisor for guidance as early as possible.

Vanderbilt Credit and Costs

Like study abroad courses, a Remote Global Internship will be reflected on your transcript as a course earning Study Abroad/Away Credit. Internship courses will earn 3 or 4 credit-hours. The course evaluations can be found on YES. During the semester, you will complete the Remote Global Internship as part of your regular full-time academic load.

For semester Remote Global Internships, an additional program fee will be billed for the Remote Global Internship; the exact amount depends on the opportunity. GEO will inform the financial aid office of the change in your expected cost of attendance so that your need-based award package can be adjusted, if applicable.

For summer Remote Global Internships, tuition is billed by the credit hour.  Global Summer Fellows awards may be applied to the cost.

Find more information, including fees, on our brochure pages.

Remote Global Internships and Immersion Vanderbilt

Remote Global Internships are significant experiential learning opportunities that take you beyond the classroom. As such, they can potentially form part of an Immersion Vanderbilt plan proposal. To discuss how to incorporate experiential learning opportunities into your plan, contact the Office of Immersion Resources. GEO also has a guide to thinking about Immersion and study abroad that might be useful.

Get Started

Browse the available opportunities. We highly recommend attending a GEO information session or meeting with a GEO Advisor to get an overview of the possibilities. Once you decide on a good fit, complete applications through GEO and your chosen provider.

Locations

Remote Global Internships placements generally take an industry-first approach, with location secondary to matching you with a good fit for your skills and interests. However, there are placements available for students with appropriate language skills in local languages, and some internships examine a given sector or sectors in a specific region.