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Pandemic Upends Traditional Intern Abroad Experience: But Also Lends Opportunities

Emma Freese | October.18.2021

 

Interning abroad is an experience filled with opportunities. Students are given the chance to travel, live, and work abroad, explore a new culture, gain intercultural skills, and so much more.

COVID-19 changed a lot of things, one of which being the world of international education. COVID forced us to adapt and find new ways to gain international experiences, one of which being virtual programs.

After March 2020, our world changed. Instead of shaking hands when meeting new people, we shifted to a wave, or the occasional elbow tap -- and that’s if we were lucky enough to meet in person.

Instead of a small talk at the start of a meeting or class that time was used for people to ask the most important of questions: “Can you hear me?” and “Can you see my screen?”. As Zoom became the most used app on everyone’s computer, virtual internship abroad programs grew in popularity.

Remote Internships-Biggest Pandemic Success Story in Global Education

Emily Merson | April.05.2021

A little more than a year ago, the Global Experiences team was challenged to move its spring semester global interns from in-person to remote internships.

Many students required credits from the internship to graduate and we worked with hundreds of our partner employers to move to remote supervision to ensure academic continuity.

While we rushed to reorient our participants and partners, I challenged our whole team to work together to build a new virtual internship program from scratch. How could we create a virtual program as successful as on-location programs we had been refining for almost 20 years?

We had no idea at the time what the biggest issues or opportunities would be, and whether the experience would measure up to the benefits of interning abroad, in-person.

Resume Tips That Will Help You Get Hired

Chelsea Conran | February.17.2021

Not all resumes are created equal. There are short resumes, long resumes, confusing resumes, boring resumes — and your job as a potential employee is to try your very best to avoid all of these. It’s not an easy task, especially when putting together your resume for the first time.

So you don’t get overwhelmed, here are our top tips to perfect one of the most important documents of your life.

Virtual Internship Program Named Top Rated Program of 2020

Molly Haskell | January.28.2021

Announced on January 22nd, 2021, GoAbroad named Global Experiences’ Virtual Internship Program the Top Rated Online Internship Program of 2020!

We are honored to receive this recognition based on the innovation and hard work of our team, and most importantly, the reviews from our participants.

Is a Virtual Internship Worth It?

Molly Haskell | December.17.2020

In short, yes.

Internships are essential for university students and recent graduates -- they are the stepping stone from academics to working life. Internships help you take what has been learned in the classroom and put it into practice.

With COVID-19 still among us, internships have taken to the “new normal” and  been fully transformed to be remote work settings.

The remote workplace has become a reality for many, making it a great time to build your resume and gain professional work experience without leaving home!

A virtual internship is worth it for many reasons… it reduces juggling travel uncertainties, it trains students on a new set of digital skills and independence, and most importantly, it provides flexible and convenient professional experience.

Don’t let travel bans stop your career growth!

How Marymount Student Adapted Her Summer Internship After COVID

Karl Jacobs | September.15.2020

For most of us, summer 2020 was a time to discover new things about ourselves. Whether you enjoyed remote learning, how many episodes you can binge watch in one sitting, which food delivery service is the fastest — these uncertain times brought new experiences.

Many university students had summer internships to look forward to but were disappointed to learn that they were cancelled. Read about how Marymount student, Sibeso M., adapted to these challenging times.

4 Tips to Help You Crush Your Virtual Internship

Brooke Matta | September.09.2020

Working virtually can be a challenge, especially if it’s your first time in a remote position. As with any new experience, it’s best to educate yourself, prepare well, and connect with people who can guide or advise you.

This past summer, our team worked with 100+ interns on our first ever virtual internship program. Even though most of the interns had not worked remotely before, the program was such a success!

Here are four top tips from our interns to help you crush your virtual internship.

What 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:

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