GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT

About Beyond120 Global Engagement

Participating in a global experience can help you acquire skills and perspectives that will help you grow as an individual and future professional. Step outside of your comfort zone and learn about other cultures, explore new ideas, and experience a different way of thinking. CLAS offers a wide variety of programs including internship and research opportunities.

The Gator Nation is everywhere. You could go anywhere too!

For additional information, contact Joe Orser or Christine Richmond by emailing b120international@advising.ufl.edu.

Virtual Opportunities

With summer study abroad programs and international internships grounded by the Covid-19 pandemic, a new type of opportunity is being made available to students. Remote international internships (also called online or virtual international internships) allow students to develop professional and intercultural skills in a global workforce environment while staying home.

But just as there are new opportunities emerging, there are also a lot of questions about this form of global engagement. Below is a list of remote international internships that are being offered by outside providers. The providers are established companies with experience in organizing study abroad programs and international internships, but they are also unaffiliated with UF. For that reason, the following is provided for your information; it is not intended as an endorsement. It is important that you look into these opportunities and evaluate their appropriateness for your circumstances.

How do I benefit from doing a remote international internship?

You can acquire experience in your chosen field, develop intercultural communication skills, perform meaningful work, and enhance your resume. Remote international internships are also more affordable since there is no travel involved For this same reason, they are also better for the environment.

How do I find out more information about a remote international internship? What do I need to do to apply?

Each of these programs is offered by an outside provide that is unaffiliated with UF. To learn more information and to apply, you will need to communicate directly with the provider.

What does the program fee entail?

The program fees between the different programs vary widely, and each program’s fee will cover different things. (Another reason to read the descriptions carefully.) In general, however, the program fees cover a range of costs. The organizations arrange your placement for you, and that service is included in the fee. There will be a variety of resources devoted to professional development. These might include (depending on the organization) resume and interview preparation, pre-program mentoring, career coaching, and post-program seminars. Some organizations include intercultural training, also. And some programs have built-in coursework that is required.

How many hours will I be working?

Each program is different, but generally, the hours per week range from 20-40, depending on what you want. The hours would generally be flexible, though you would probably be required to attend weekly online meetings with a supervisor at a time that works for the home country’s time zone.

I’m graduating this semester. Can I still participate?

Many of these opportunities do welcome recent graduates.

Are these remote international internships available only for the summer?

Some have announced programming only for the summer. Others have already announced programs for the fall. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to limit travel opportunities, it is very likely that more remote internships will continue to be available beyond the summer. Indeed, some programs offer remote internships year-round.

What will I miss out on by taking a remote internship?

Nothing can replace the in-person experience of travel. The sights and smells, the museums and markets, the mountains and beaches and cities – you will miss out on all of that. But the virtual connections you make as part of your work can still foster important cross-cultural skills. And your remote internship might also lay the foundation for future travel, study, or work in your host country, allowing you to arrive prepared, confident, and with a network of professional and personal contacts.

Some remote international internships have credit-bearing internship courses built into the program (and so they are part of the program fee). Some of these programs offer an optional internship course (for an additional cost). And others do not offer courses for credit.

For programs where the internship course is optional or no offered, you may register for UF credits through IDS4940: Internship.

If interested in pursuing internship credit through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, please review and submit the application below to internship@advising.ufl.edu. We encourage you to apply early. All applications must be in and processed no later than  Friday, May 21, 2020, by 11:5 p.m.

IDS4940 Application (PDF, 444 KB)

Study Abroad

When choosing a study abroad program, think about the type of experience you’d like to have. Do you want to go for a few weeks or a whole year? Do you want to go with a group or by yourself? What kind of classes do you want to choose from? Take a look at the program options below to see what type of program best fits your needs.

  • Travel independently
  • Go for a semester or academic year
  • Taught by faculty of host institution
  • Pay UF tuition rates
  • Knowledge of foreign language may be required

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  • Usually offered in summer
  • UF faculty accompanies a group of students
  • More limited choice of courses
  • Usually focuses on one or two areas of study

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  • Grades don't go into UF GPA
  • Wide variety of programs to choose from
  • Choose from Summer, Fall, or Spring

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Other Global Experiences

In addition to traditional study abroad programs, CLAS offers ways to get
valuable work, research, and volunteer experience abroad. Why not build your resume and learn about a new culture at the same time?

Completing an internship abroad can be a great way to gain both intercultural competence and get experience in your field. There are multiple ways you can experience work abroad.

UF Sponsored Programs

CLAS offers some exciting internship options to choose from on our sponsored programs. Most are faculty-led and may include other courses in addition to your internship.

Internship Providers

In addition to UF programs, you also have the option of using a study abroad or internship provider that offers help with finding placements, arranging housing, securing visas, and vetting employers. While these programs can cost more, they come with the peace of mind of having support through the entire process. Be sure to get approval through UF’s International Center if you choose this option for credit.

Program examples*:

CEA Abroad -offers internships around the world in Europe, South America, China, and Australia

CRCC Asia – offers internships throughout Asia

BUNAC - offers different levels of support for a lower cost. They can help you find a placement in Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland, or simply help with the visa process.

*UF does not endorse any particular third-party programs, but you can speak with a study abroad advisor for advice in participating and for UF approval if you are earning credit.

Direct Internships

If you choose to get an internship on your own, be sure to do plenty of research before you go. You’ll be responsible for finding your own placement, abiding by all laws and work permit visa requirements, and securing housing and insurance. There are different types of internships available including in government, corporations, NGO’s, and education.

Examples:

U.S. Department of State Internships

United Nations Internships

CIEE Teach English Abroad

GoinGlobal- This database of international internships and jobs is available through Gator Careerlink.

It can take time and effort to secure a placement, but other helpful resources include connecting with UF faculty who may have international connections in your area of study or CLAS Centers that may have connections to specific regions.

Making the Most of your Internship

  • Research before you go. Make sure you compare what programs include even speak with past participants.
  • Set goals. Before you select a program, you should identify what you want to learn and accomplish while you’re abroad.
  • Know expectations. Be sure you’re clear on what’s expected of you in the position. Work culture is different abroad, so also try to learn about some of those differences before you go.
  • During and after your internship, think about the skills and knowledge you’ve gained. Keep a journal and write about your experiences. It will help later in preparing for job interviews and revising your resume.

Resources

Foreign Embassy listings- Undertaking any type of work abroad, often including unpaid volunteering or research, usually requires a visa. You should check with the foreign embassy to find out what’s required.

GoinGlobal- You can access this database of international opportunities through your Gator Careerlink account

GoAbroad.com

Global Service Learning

Service learning is a form of experiential education that combines academic learning with service to community members and organizations. This type of civic engagement allows students to work with others to address human needs in areas such as sustainability, education, health, and social justice, among others. These opportunities allow students to engage with local residents in a meaningful way and have a positive impact on the host community.

UF-Sponsored Programs

CLAS offers a number of UF-sponsored programs that support service-learning opportunities:

Other UF-sponsored service-learning programs that accept CLAS students include:

Service-Learning Providers

In addition to UF programs, you can also use providers that offer help with finding placements, arranging housing, securing visas, and vetting placements. While these programs can cost more, they come with the peace of mind of having support through the entire process. Be sure to get approval through UF’s International Center if you choose this option.

A few examples of providers include:

  • GVI provides service-learning programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific.
  • IES Abroad offers a range of programs with service-learning options in Europe and Latin America.
  • International Studies Abroad (ISA) has opportunities in Africa, Europe, Latin America, and Oceania.

UF does not endorse any particular third-party provider, but you can speak with a study abroad advisor for advice in participating and for UF approval if you are earning credit.

Ultimately, as with any study abroad program, you should make sure to research the possibilities and meet with a study abroad advisor to explore your options and determine the best fit for your personal circumstances.

Once you find a program you’re interested in, you can meet with the listed program director to discuss any questions you have about the study abroad program, but academic advisors in the AAC are here to help show you how study abroad can fit within your academic plan and keep you on track to graduate.