Remote Global Internships
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?
In Summer 2021, GEO is offering credit-bearing remote internships worldwide. These internships allow you to work remotely with an overseas organization and earn Vanderbilt credits over the summer, and are supported by need-based scholarships. 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 work on technology development for an industrial hardware company in Shanghai.
How Does It Work?
Remote Global Internships are available to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good standing; note that seniors should be planning to graduate in the fall of 2021 or later. Internships are offered through three different 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, challenge them to manage their own time effectively, strengthen a range of communication skills, and thus can be good preparation for both the virtual workplace and the traditional office.
Vanderbilt Credit and Costs
Like study abroad courses, a Summer Remote Global Internship will be reflected on your transcript as a course earning Study Abroad/Away Credit. Internship courses will earn 3 credit-hours. The course evaluations can be found on YES.
Summer tuition is billed by the credit hour, totaling $5,322 for the Remote Global Internships. You can also review the Remote Global Internship budget sheets here. Global Summer Fellows awards may be applied to the cost.
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.
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, including Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, and more.