Academic Internship Programs Abroad for University and College Students

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 Clifton StrengthsFinder® through our partnership with Gallup Education.

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Global Experiences named GoAbroad's Top Rated Intern Abroad Organization of 2018!

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. Learn More

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Forum Standards

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.

 

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Interview with NAFSA

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.

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A New Partnership

As of Summer 2018, students from ISEP and ISEP's 350+ Institutions are able to take part in full-time internships and gain credit through either their home university or through Fairfield University, Global Experiences school of record. Read more

How We Work Together

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.

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Experiential

Looking for short term opportunities? We can help. With opportunities in January and May, GE can embed career-focused inclusions to add to your short-term program.
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Customized

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.

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Add-On 

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. 

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Inclusive

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. 

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Academic Credit Models

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.

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School of Record

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. 

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Home School Credit

Students receiving credit from their home institution are encouraged to share any documents and checklists for their internship with their program advisor.

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Blended Credit

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.

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No Credit

No credit? No problem. Credit is not required and all are welcome to participate in a GE
internship without receiving academic credit.

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 Global Career Readiness

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 build an award winning career readiness program that integrates the Clifton StrengthsFinder® assessment into our preparation, placements, and on the ground training for our students.

  • Find Your Strengths
    The Global Experiences starts with every student learning about their Strengths and applying them to their passions and academic interests.
  • Exercise Your Skills
    Our foreign internships are based around your personal strengths and goals. We customize match based on each individual and ensure they maximize their potential while gaining hands on experience. On site career sessions make sure every student is career ready by the end of the program.
  • Leverage Your Future
    As an alumni of Global Experiences, all students are part of a global network of over 7000 past interns who are now working globally in a wide range of career fields. 

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Career Development

Our Strengths are Your Strengths, too

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. Click here to learn more about our workshops, and Strengths expertise.

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Health & Safety

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. 

Safety 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.

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Advisory Board

In Summer 2016 Global Experiences announced the formation of an Advisory Board to deepen its ties to the higher education community and further the academic focus of its internship programs. The Advisory Board will focus on key issues in relationship building with universities and employers as well as a forum for innovation and change within the international education community.

 

Board Members

The board represents the GE university portfolio including a breadth of large state institutions and small private liberal arts institutions. Global Experiences is grateful for the expertise of its Advisory Board and its contributions to the vision of the company.

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IE Community Leadership

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.

  • Memberships: Global Experiences maintains membership in NAFSA Association of International Educators, and the Forum on Education Abroad, two of the most notable organizations in the field of international education.
  • Presentations & Panels: GE staff are often found co-presenting with university partners and colleagues at various conferences and meetings. The opportunity to focus on case studies of best practices keeps us on the forefront of academic internships.
  • Community Leadership: Global Experiences staff are volunteer leaders in dozens of  organizations and at events  every year including  on national and regional committees.

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Featured University Partnerships

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Towson University
Arizone State University
University of Georgia
University of Illinois
USC
University of Mississippi
SUNY Potsdam
Elon University
Salisbury University
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Featured Blogs

5 Tips for Advising Students on International Internships

5 Tips for Advising Students on International Internships

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.

Positivity and Developer: Understanding Relationship Building Strengths

Positivity and Developer: Understanding Relationship Building Strengths

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.

What is StrengthsFinder and Why Do You Need It?

What is StrengthsFinder and Why Do You Need It?

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.

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Student Rating from GoOverseas.com

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  • Samantha
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    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. 

    Samantha B.

    Fashion Business — IADT School of Design

  • Vince
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    Global Experiences did a great job with team building and getting people together. My favorite part of the entire experience was getting to know the other interns on the program and having a sense of community throughout the entire time we were in Dublin.

    Vince M.

    Media/Telecommunications — Penn State University

  • Ben
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    I worked with a 10-person marketing team and got a lot of responsibility handling social media marketing and managing accounts. My favorite part was feeling like an Australian and getting to know the whole city of Sydney. The whole experience was awesome. The people were great. I’m glad I did it.

    Ben M.

    Marketing — Penn State University

  • Sabine
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    My internship program in Washington, D.C. has completely changed my perspective on things and I feel like I really grew up. I'm confident that this will help me advance in the next stage of my career back in Canada.

    Sabine D.

    Journalism  — Algonquin College

  • Sabine
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    My internship program in Washington, D.C. has completely changed my perspective on things and I feel like I really grew up. I'm confident that this will help me advance in the next stage of my career back in Canada.

    Sabine D.

    Journalism  — Algonquin College5

  • Samantha
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    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. 

    Samantha B.

    Fashion Business — IADT School of Design

  • Vince
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    Global Experiences did a great job with team building and getting people together. My favorite part of the entire experience was getting to know the other interns on the program and having a sense of community throughout the entire time we were in Dublin.

    Vince M.

    Media/Telecommunications — Penn State University

  • Ben
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    I worked with a 10-person marketing team and got a lot of responsibility handling social media marketing and managing accounts. My favorite part was feeling like an Australian and getting to know the whole city of Sydney. The whole experience was awesome. The people were great. I’m glad I did it.

    Ben M.

    Marketing — Penn State University

  • Sabine
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    My internship program in Washington, D.C. has completely changed my perspective on things and I feel like I really grew up. I'm confident that this will help me advance in the next stage of my career back in Canada.

    Sabine D.

    Journalism  — Algonquin College09

  • Sabine
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    My internship program in Washington, D.C. has completely changed my perspective on things and I feel like I really grew up. I'm confident that this will help me advance in the next stage of my career back in Canada.

    Sabine D.

    Journalism  — Algonquin College10

  • Sabine
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    My internship program in Washington, D.C. has completely changed my perspective on things and I feel like I really grew up. I'm confident that this will help me advance in the next stage of my career back in Canada.

    Sabine D.

    Journalism  — Algonquin College11

  • Sabine
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    My internship program in Washington, D.C. has completely changed my perspective on things and I feel like I really grew up. I'm confident that this will help me advance in the next stage of my career back in Canada.

    Sabine D.

    Journalism  — Algonquin College12

  • Sabine
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    My internship program in Washington, D.C. has completely changed my perspective on things and I feel like I really grew up. I'm confident that this will help me advance in the next stage of my career back in Canada.

    Sabine D.

    Journalism  — Algonquin College13

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