Tips and Tales From Around the Globe

What 8 Interns Had to Say About Their Virtual Internship Experience

Molly Haskell | August.03.2020

The current pandemic pushed us all to adapt quickly -- how can we still provide life-changing international internships and cross-cultural experiences when we can’t travel? On April 7th, 2020, we launched our very first virtual internship program in response to a need from our students, our university partners, and our employers.

Fast forward to the middle of summer and our first virtual internship program closing! Check out what these seven virtual interns had to say about their remote internship experience.

Why It's Important to Get Internship Experience During COVID-19

Brooke Matta | June.30.2020

During a time of immense uncertainty, two things are for sure: COVID-19 has flipped the world on its head, and it’s not going to disappear anytime soon.

Thousands of students have cancelled travel plans, lost their internships, and tried to figure out what to do with themselves for the foreseeable future. We know it’s not easy, and our hearts go out to everyone who’s been affected over the past few months.

Although the virus has presented a ton of new challenges, we hope that Global Experiences can help you have a positive and productive internship experience during the upcoming year.

Why Pay For a Virtual Internship Program?

Molly Haskell | June.26.2020

“Why am I paying for an unpaid internship?”

Over the years, this has always been one of our most frequently asked questions - and we understand! For starters, you are getting more than just an internship. Through Global Experiences, you are getting a complete and well-rounded internship and professional development program.

We understand that you might think or your parents might ask you, “why am I paying for you to do a virtual internship?” and we’re here to help! Here are some of the key benefits of our virtual internship program you may not have thought of:

What is a Gap Year?

Katherine Adams | June.02.2020

For those of you who recently graduated from high school, you could be thinking, “I don’t know what to do with my life.” We get it!

If you’re a current university student who just went through having spring semester switch to virtual and fall semester in limbo, you may be thinking “why am I paying full price for tuition for an online education?”.

Or, you may be a student or young professional who really likes the concept of virtual learning and fully embraces the flexibility and new skills - like internet literacy, digital competency, adaptability, responsibility, and time management.

A gap year is a great option for you all, now more than ever.

With many universities planning to remain online in the fall or those who may be back on campus with more restrictions, it’s safe to say that the “normal” college life is on pause for now. Many students have been forced to look at alternatives like gap year programs.

According to recent surveys reported by Axios, “more than a quarter of college students are questioning whether to return to their current college or university in the fall due to uncertainty around plans to reopen… 35% of prospective college students said they’re planning to take a gap year.”

A gap year is a strong alternative for not only prospective college students but those currently enrolled who are uncertain about what the future of their education looks like.

Advice to the Graduating Class of 2020

Kate Ziegelstein | May.20.2020

To the class of 2020, completing your college degrees and preparing for the next step–congratulations! Earning your degree is a major milestone and you should feel extremely proud.

Given the pandemic, we understand that you are not getting to celebrate your graduation with family and friends in the way you had always planned.

While the world moves to online classes, remote work, and virtual hangouts and ceremonies, we are thinking of you, the graduating seniors, and we have some well-wishes to share!

There is an element of graduation that is universal–the sharing of thoughts or advice that those who have come before received or would have wanted to hear when they were in your shoes. But graduating in 2020 is also a unique accomplishment that now bonds you and your fellow classmates around the world.

With that in mind, here is what the Global Experiences team would like to share with the graduating seniors of 2020 and some inspirational quotes to help you take the next step.

How to Plan For Your Internship Abroad Next Summer

Kate Ziegelstein | May.14.2020

Staying at home may have you daydreaming about your next big adventure, and lucky for you, you don’t have to wait to get started!

Now is a great time to start thinking about an internship next summer, and don’t stop there—you can spend this time planning and preparing too.

The best thing about planning ahead is that it takes away all the stress.

Need an internship to graduate? Want to gain that professional experience to boost your resumé? Starting now can help you get there in a way that makes you feel prepared, excited, and ready to tackle this new experience.

Here's how to plan for your summer 2021 internship abroad.

 

8 Top Career Fields For Virtual Internships

Molly Haskell | April.29.2020

In a trying time, it can be hard to concentrate on what to do next. While we may be social distancing and feeling (more than a little) distracted, there’s always a way to keep moving forward.

Internship experience during college is indispensable. The good news is that today’s technology makes remote work easier than ever before.

Due to the nature of businesses and work environments, there are career fields and industries that are more adaptable to remote work. Here are our recommended top 8 career fields for a virtual internship.

Global Experiences’ Virtual Internships Has Landed

Molly Haskell | April.16.2020

Excitement was flowing and wanderlust was in the air -- spring interns were enjoying their time abroad and others were getting ready for their summer adventures. That was before we heard the word “pandemic,” first used by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020, in reference to the rapidly-spreading coronavirus.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put experiences on hold in a dramatic way. It has brought challenging and uncertain times to countries around the world and disrupted many plans.

We care about each and every one of our program participants, which is why we made the decision to end our spring programs early and proactively cancel our summer intern abroad on-location programs.

This disruption forced us to think about our mission in a different light -- How to adapt? How to continue providing life-changing experiences around the world if our participants are unable to board a plane and travel abroad?

We may be in isolation, but we are not alone. Let's put mobility challenges aside and do something impactful for the future of work and career paths of our participants.

Global Experiences Announces Green Initiative: Combating Climate Change

Kelly Holland | January.06.2020

 

As we look ahead to 2020, Global Experiences has committed to a goal to be carbon neutral by 2025 in response to the overwhelming global climate crisis.

This groundbreaking green initiative is set to begin with our 2020 internship programs. Travel for all participants and staff will be neutralized through the purchasing of carbon credits in a variety of alternative energy, reforestation, and biodiversity projects in critical regions of the world.

Introducing: 3 New Internship Abroad Program Locations

Kelly Holland | September.04.2019

It is with great excitement that we announce not one, not two, but three new European cities for the Global Experiences catalog! Applications are now open for our Summer 2020 internship abroad programs in:

  1. Berlin, Germany
  2. Madrid, Spain
  3. Rome, Italy

So how did we get there? Through the work of our executive team, we are able to investigate what new locations are best suited for internships. This means looking closely at capacity, housing, placement opportunities, industry, and much more in the area. Take a look at some of our favorite things about these new destinations and why you should intern abroad in Berlin, Madrid, or Rome!

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