I loved my time in Florence and the Global Experiences program. I really liked how each person's experience is tailored to the individual and their strengths.
Global Experiences was founded in 2001 to help university students and young professionals find a career they love through interning abroad. As a pioneer of this growing area of international education, we have remained solely dedicated to providing the highest quality academic internship programming available. Our programs combine
world-class internship placements with an award-winning career readiness program using CliftonStrengths®
through our partnership with Gallup Education.
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What efforts has your campus made toward career integration? Are you hoping to expand your tools and advising structures in 2021? Join Global Experiences next week for two panel discussions on building and growing partnerships between Study Abroad and Career Services. Representatives from four various institutions will share how they currently work with partner offices on campus, what successes and challenges they have experienced, as well as share ideas for future collaborations.
Emily Merson, co-founder and current CEO of Global Experiences, a leader in international internship programs that was acquired by AIFS in 2019, has been named the new Executive Director of AIFS Abroad, effective January 1, 2021. Merson succeeds Paul Watson, a 40-year veteran of international and higher education who is retiring after having spent the previous 14 years in the role.
Global Experiences is pleased to offer special program dates for specific locations that align well with the quarter system academic calendar. We understand the importance of flexibility in degree and travel planning, and hope that the dates for these global cities increases accessibility and opportunity for your students.
Check out our quarter program locations, dates, and tuition here.
GE's Co-Founder and CEO, Emily Merson, was recently interviewed by NAFSA, the professional association for international education, about the importance of international education and the benefits to students. Read the full article here.
We are elated and honored to be recognized as one of GoAbroad's Top Rated Internship Organizations of 2018. This recognition means everything to us because it is 100% student driven. We love what we do, and are so happy to know our interns loved their internship program experience.
Global Experiences was pleased to be involved in the update of the Forum on Education Abroad Standards for Internships Abroad. Working with colleagues in the field to create a blueprint for success has been a valuable process. You can view the Guidelines on the Forum's website.
Global Experiences' programs are designed to complement a student's academic degree program. Through Global Experiences, interns also receive our award-winning career readiness program. Interns are supported every step of the way during their program. Global Experiences' university partnerships fall into three broad categories, and we work closely with our partners to determine the right design for each institution. All programs options provide robust location support, supervision, and health and safety protocol through our experienced location staff.
Got a good idea? We love building innovative programs that suit your needs and align with our strengths. Create a program for a cohort, or blend a course with an internship.
Already have a semester program in place in one of our locations? Consider adding an internship during or after the semester. Options can include part-time or full-time placements.
Need all the bells and whistles? This works for institutions who are looking to offer all GE locations, receive all inclusions, and the highest level of support for their students.
Academic Credit for International Internship programs is often one of the biggest obstacles to participation. Fortunately students now have many options to gain academic credit and access financial aid, just as they can with study abroad programs. We are happy to discuss the successful academic experiential education models we have developed with Universities around the world or offer students the option to add 6-12 credits through our School of Record relationship with Fairfield University in Fairfield Connecticut.
Any student participating in a GE program may enroll in our internship course for 3 or 6 credits and receive a transcript from Fairfield University.
Students receiving credit from their home institution are encouraged to share any documents and checklists for their internship with their program advisor.
A student may earn credits from their home institution, and credits from GE. We'll connect with academic advisor to stay on the same page so it transfers back.
No credit? No problem. Credit is not required and all are welcome to participate in a GE
internship without receiving academic credit.
Global Experiences believes that every student has their own strengths and that by focusing on self-awareness and one-on-one development everyone can find a career that they love. Through our unique partnership with Gallup Education, Global Experiences has built an award-winning career readiness program that integrates the CliftonStrengths® assessment into our preparation, placements, and on the ground training for our students.
CliftonStrengths is the foundation for every Global Experiences intern from New York City to Barcelona. All interns start with the CliftonStrengths online assessment, and then connect with a certified Gallup coach to discuss their results.
At GE we believe strongly in professional development and sharing our knowledge of the Clifton Strengths is one way we are able to give back to our partners.
Global Experiences is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for all students. Through our committed location staff we have consistent contact with participants on location and we have support staff available 24/7. Global Experiences has designed its own Health and Safety training system deisgned uniquely for Internship Abroad Programs through best practices and support from key institional partners and NAFSA’s Resources for Health and Safety in Education Abroad.
Global Experiences recognizes the importance of students making informed decisions about overseas travel. We regularly monitor safety and security in each program location and advise students of any risks that would potentially affect them. We use multiple sources to verify risk including recommendations from the US State Department and other embassy's abroad.
Global Experiences is committed to its role within the International Education community. Whether through membership, presenting at conferences or participating in panels, GE values the close bonds and interaction with its partners and the role the broader community makes it advancing broad international goals.
Advising for an international experience is not always easy. While most study abroad advisors are confident with tips on academic credit, living abroad, succeeding in another culture, and how to choose a program, they may not be ready for working with a student seeking a professional experience abroad.
Global Experiences is widely known in the field of Education Abroad as the premier provider of International Internships and Career Readiness. Global Experiences has been recognized as an innovator in impactful programming due to its customized internship placement process and award-winning Strengths-Based Approach to Career Readiness.
Global Experiences uses a Strengths-Based Approach to Career Readiness. What this means is that our program is designed to help interns realize their natural talents and apply them not only to their internships abroad, but to their journey in finding a career they love.