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Internships Abroad

Internships and Research Opportunities Abroad

Studying abroad can and should be an experience that enhances students' personal and academic learning and can continue to have positive influence throughout their personal and professional lives. Both global learning and internships are defined by the AACU as High Impact Educational Practices and study abroad can be a unique opportunity to engage in both. Some of MU's partner schools offer internship and/or research opportunities. This page outlines the details of the various internships and we encourage students to explore these relative to their own academic and professional experience and goals.

Australian Catholic University (Australia)

The ACU "Study Abroad + Internship" combination allows MU students to enroll in 2-3 elective units (classes) during the semester abroad while also doing a professional internship at a local company.

Placement Areas: Business Administration, Information Systems, Marketing, Media, Communications, International Relations, Fundraising, Public Relations, Environmental Science, Education, Social Science, Political Science, Non-Profit Organizations, Event Management, Creative Arts, Hotel Management. Projects in the following areas are competitive and are limited: Banking, Accounting, Investments, Research, Medical Sciences, Film, Psychology, Television.

How to Apply: Apply to the ACU study abroad program, indicate your interest in the study abroad plus internship component, complete a brief sub-application, talk to your ACU course coordinator.

Placement Process: ACU accepts you into the study abroad program and internship component. Our professional staff arrange the internships and place students with host companies. Placements are limited and not guaranteed - a flexible attitude is key!

Additional Info:
  • Location: Brisbane
  • Duration: Semester (includes 120 hours internship placement)
  • When: February and July intakes Unit
  • ACU Credit Value: 10 credit points.
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The Beijing Center (China)

The Beijing Center (TBC) has offered credit-based internships for over 10 years and has worked to develop a large network of startups, non-profits, and international companies for internship placements throughout Beijing. Internship placements are facilitated by TBC staff and MU students can do an internship in either the semester or with the 6-credit Global Leaders Summer Internship Program. During the semester, students complete a for-credit professional experience, other academic courses taught in English, and one Chinese language course (beginner to advanced).

Interns must be U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled students or students who are between school semesters for no longer than five months.

Apply to The Beijing Center
  1. Contact our dedicated Internships manager Sara Huang to discuss Internship goals and requirements.  
  2. Interview and find a good match with aligned expectations
  3. Get accepted by TBC and their University
  4. Draft their cover letter, prepare their resume and send to Janet Robertson – Commercial Officer at the US Embassy Beijing
  5. Get ready to come to Beijing!

Students can complete a TBC internship application and begin working with the TBC internship coordinator. Students are also allowed to identify an internship on their own as long as it meets the minimum internship quality and hour requirements.

Spring- October 31st (Response date November 30th)
Summer- February 28th (Response date March 30th)
Fall-May 31st (Response date June 30th)

For students who are interested in corporate social enterprise or not-for-profit internship opportunities, with international studies, liberal arts, education or international business majors.  We are developing some interesting Internship partners.  The two partners below have had positive experiences with previous TBC interns and are looking to TBC to provide more great interns.  

YouChange Foundation
The China Social Entrepreneur Foundation, YouChange, is a non-profit charitable organization with independent legal status. It is formally approved by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China and officially registered at the Ministry of Civil Affairs. YouChange is an innovative, non-public fund-raising foundation whose funding is mainly sponsored by entrepreneurs from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The first of its kind in China, YouChange operates through contributions as well as participation providing support to project-based poverty alleviation projects and other public interest endeavors.

Thirst for Water
Through educational outreach, large-scale events and an active social media presence, Thirst is building a community of 12-16 year-olds who are changing the way the world uses and consumes water. Thirst seeks interns who want to gain experience working for a fast-growing social enterprise. Internships are available within the Partnership team, which identifies partnership approaches and develops international supporters. Internships are also available in areas including: educational outreach, social media engagement, event management and graphic design.

Placement Areas:
  • Communication: Advertising, Communication Studies, Digital Media, Journalism, Public Relations.
  • Business Administration, Information Systems, Marketing, Media, Communications, International Relations, Fundraising, Public Relations, Environmental Science, Education, Social Science, Political Science, Non-Profit Organizations, Event Management, Banking, Accounting, Medical Sciences, Film
  • Previous Placements:
Additional Info:
  • Location: Beijing
  • Duration: Semester (~ 10 weeks); Summer (~8 weeks)
  • TBC Course: IBUS 370 (3 credits)

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The Internship Program is a newer program designed to expose students to the reality of the Italian workplaces, according to their major and interest.

Placement Areas: Education, Art History, Communication, Journalism, Marketing, and Public Relations.

More Info HereGonzaga-in-Florence Internships


John Cabot University (Italy) 

The Center for Career Services at John Cabot offers internships for both degree-seeking and visiting students. Internships are offered on the basis of merit and compatibility with the host organization (they evaluate resumes, select candidates to interview and then make offers).

Placement Areas: Over 200 opportunities for Spring 2016 (listed on JCU Intranet).

How to Apply: The internship catalogue can be accessed via the JCU Intranet. Internship and job opportunities are also posted on the bulletin boards in both of the JCU campuses.  A word of warning regarding internships at international organizations like FAO, WFP, IFAD, IDLO and the US Embassy: students who have American citizenship must apply directly through the websites of the organization or of the Department of State many months in advance. Students should then notifying the Center for Career Services after having applied following the appropriate procedure, so the office can contact the HR representative to inform the organization that the candidate is a JCU student. However, if a student has EU or dual nationality, he/she may apply directly through the Center for Career Services.

Additional Info: Each employer will have his/her specific requirements for potential candidates, but to be eligible to apply for an internship through JCU Career Services students should have at least sophomore standing and a minimum GPA of 2.7.  Those who would like to complete an internship for credit must have at least junior standing and a minimum GPA of 3.0.  It is understood that if students are enrolled in regular courses the internship would be part-time, meaning on average 120-150 hours in total, to be distributed over the semester in agreement with the organization.  Generally, interns work between 15 and 20 hours per week.

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Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy)

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore offers a program designed for the professional growth of the student, through workshops, Italian classes and an internship in Milan!  Full-time internship are designed for students having done a prior semester at UCSC and include an intensive Italian language course (before placement, 6 ECTS), internship placement, academic and company tutorship/advising. 

Placement Areas: Business, Supply Chain, Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Consulting, Banking, Fashion and Sales (some Italian needed), Legal services, Translations/Editing, Communication.

How to Apply: In addition to the regular application for your exchange/study abroad experience at UCSC, submit the supplementary Internship Placement App (completed and signed by academic advisor), with a resume and cover letter to UCSC International.  You will be invited to interview with UCSC to discussion areas of interest/availability of internships and Italian language proficiency.  You will be notified of a possible internship placement and initial job offer, should an adequate match be found.  You may be required to do a phone or Skype interview with the company as part of the selection process before the internship placement is finalized.  Application deadlines: Fall – May 15; Spring – October 15; Summer – April 15.

Additional Info: Must be junior or senior standing at their home institution; students must also receive academic credit/recognition for their internship at their home institution.  Students will be accommodated in shared-room, self-catered UCSC apartments that house semester study abroad and exchange students. Milano International Living Service (MIL Service) offers fully furnished apartments with wireless Internet connections, utilities, cleaning service and other extra amenities.  The apartments are located around the city, all within good transportation links (see the website for details). 

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St. Mary's University College-Twickenham (England)

The "Study Abroad + Internship" program gives students the opportunity to do an internship in their field of interest one day per week whilst studying two or three other modules at St Mary's.

Placement Areas: Business, Not-for-profit, Sports, Education.
Sample internships include: Sports Coaching, Hospice, Mental health charities, Conference and events management, Primary schools (ages 4 – 11), Special needs schools, Historic houses, Homeless shelter, Lawyers, Secondary schools (11 – 18), Banks, Family support services, Local government, Environmental charities, Youth work, Business Administration/Management, PR / Marketing, Social Media, Travel and Tourism, Hospitality / Hotels, Sports Management, Mentoring / befriending services.
How to Apply: If you choose the Study Abroad + Internship pathway, you will be asked to answer a few questions about your interests, aspirations and previous work and voluntary experience which will help us to find the right internship for you.  Once we have your application, we will be able to give you some information about the internship opportunity we could offer you including the type of organisation and the work that you might be expected to undertake.  We will not give you exact details of the organisation in advance, but we can answer any questions you have throughout the application process and before you come to St Mary’s. 

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University College Dublin (Ireland)

Summer Engineering Research/Industry Placements
Summer Business Internship Program

Summer Engineering Research/Industry Placements

Students can be accommodated in a 4-16 week unpaid placement on the basis that you will have spent an academic semester of study at the UCD College of Engineering & Architecture (fall and spring semester applicable). There is no additional program fee for placement. While placements cannot be guaranteed, a dedicated Study Abroad Officer will work with you from the outset to secure their summer placement as early as possible. A 3.0 GPA is required.

Placement Areas: Engineering

How to Apply: On the standard online application to the Engineering Study Abroad Programme, a question asking the student if they would like to engage in an unpaid summer research/industry placement after their academic semester will be included. When a student then accepts their UCD offer, interested students will be required to complete a form which will include questions such as;
  • Research area of interest
  • Indicate duration of placement ( i.e. between  4-16 weeks)
  • Any research or relevant work experience to date
  • Whether the student plans on studying for a BE, ME or PhD
Housing: Students will live on-campus with an approximate cost of between €25-€40 per night depending on the Residence Hall.
Visa/Immigration: American citizens do not need a visa to study in Ireland.  However they do need to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) after arrival at UCD.  Students participating in summer research will have their dates included on their UCD acceptance letter to present to the GNIB upon registration.  If they do not get their passport stamped until the end date of their placement, they can extend their GNIB registration period for an additional €300. 
End of Placement: Students will receive a Certificate on the successful completion of their placement. Students will be registered in an "Independent Study 4995 course". 

Our Summer Internship Programme allows you to fine-tune your communication skills and develop practical professional skills within a business environment. Part of the thrill of an internship abroad will be discovering the cultural differences that lie between you and your co-workers, and how you relate to each other. The programme consists of a six-week unpaid internship with a leading organisation and two weeks of intensive classroom work. The internship placements will be in Dublin, Monday – Thursday, for approximately 32 hours/week. 

Placement Areas: There are three different internship tracks: Business Analytics, Irish History and International Business. 

How to Apply: Applications can be made online. The deadline for applications is 10th March 2016. A full comprehensive guide to applying to the programme is available on the Lochlann Quinn School of Business website.

Additional Info: UCD recommends that 3 US credits are awarded for the Internship module and for the Irish History, International Business or Business Analytics module. The program total should award 6 US credits.  Your home institution ultimately decides on the credits to be awarded.  Min GPA: 3.00

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