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Are the internships paid?
As with most international internships, the vast majority of our placements are unpaid. Many of our participants receive academic credit from their university and the placement forms part of their college degree. Internships are an opportunity to gain professional skills and our programs abroad are in line with local expectations from companies accepting our interns. In many cases, immigration policies and visa restrictions also prevent businesses from being able to pay interns.
What can my students expect from a Global Experiences program?
Our programs are designed to provide valuable personal and professional experiences. Prior to departure, students receive 15+ hours of consulting and advising by our staff at headquarters to further their career development and ensure a readiness for their internship experience. The internship placement is customized to match students’ career goals, strengths, and level of experience. On the ground, location staff are always available to support students, but encourage them to live independently and live their own global experience. Many of our participants say that our program helped them develop the confidence and skills to enter the working world.
What is included in the program fees?
All our programs generally include internship placement, accommodation, on location support services, excursions and social events, travel and medical insurance, mobile phones, and much more. Non-English speaking locations also include language training and some locations can include academic coursework. Each location has its own unique feel and we aim to provide a very unique professional and personal experience for all of our interns.
What will the accommodations be like?
Depending on the program, accommodations are generally offered in single rooms in shared apartments, contemporary student housing, or home-stays. We attempt to provide accommodations as close to the language courses and/or internship placement company as possible. Most of our accommodations options provide all of the amenities and essentials for living, including linens, pots, pans, dishes and other general home supplies.
What nationalities can participate?
Our programs are open to most all nationalities and backgrounds with varying levels of academic and professional experience. Some positions require minimum proficiency in a foreign language or work experience in a given field. Program eligibility also depends on the visa requirements specific to your country of origin.
Why take an unpaid internship?
The intent of the internships is to provide practical, applicable work experience in each applicant’s career field of choice. These internships allow students to further differentiate themselves from the rest of the competition by showing that they not only have experience in a given field, but also have demonstrated ability to live and work in a foreign culture.
When should students apply for the direct enroll option?
Applications for all programs are taken on a rolling basis. There are often limited placements in popular fields so we recommend people apply and make their program deposit as soon as possible to get the placement process started early. Program deadlines indicate the last date we can accept participants for a start date, which is usually based on accommodation availability and visa deadlines.
Are there age limits for the programs?
Most programs are open to those 18 years or older. Generally speaking, the upper age limit is 30 years of age, however, exceptions are possible.
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