How to Choose the Right Virtual Internship for You
A virtual internship can serve as a valuable stepping stone to build up your skills, resume, and cross-cultural understanding as you work with colleagues from across the U.S. and potentially the globe – not a replacement, but a great foundation for future internships on site. But, with so many options out there, how will you choose the right virtual internship for you?
We’re proud to offer two types of virtual internships - because shouldn’t you get to choose the right virtual internship for you? Depending on which type of internship you go for, you’ll have access to a different level of support and resources. Keep reading for a deep dive into the two program models or check out our at-a-glance comparison chart.
Choose from customized placements spanning more than 15 career fields in Argentina, Barcelona, Ecuador, New York City, or South Africa. Rolling application deadlines every two weeks allow you to fit this valuable international work experience into even the busiest of schedules!
A Virtual Accelerated Internship is the perfect program for you if you:
Are an independent worker but want support if needed
Need a short-term internship that will easily fit into your schedule
2. Virtual Global Internships
If you’re looking for something a little more robust, consider our Virtual Global Internship programs. With two 6-week sessions available to choose from this fall, their longer duration and additional cultural curriculum allow you to forge a deeper connection with your host country, so you’ll be even more prepared to visit in person someday.
At the end, you’ll walk away having earned a digital credential in Working Remotely Across Cultures. Plus, we’ve partnered with Plymouth State University to offer the option to earn 3 credits for your internship. If you need credit, we highly suggest reading more about interning for credit through CIS Abroad.
Whether you’re earning school credit or not, online seminars will be a core part of your virtual global internship. You’ll get to work with the CIS Abroad Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Jenn Engel, who’ll provide ongoing support, guidance, and reflection sessions that help you understand your work experience in a cross-cultural context. Here's a brief overview of the modules:
Pre-Program: Cultural Orientation – Learn everything you need to know about your host culture from your site director, a local in your host country
Pre-Program: Own Working Remotely – All you need to know to set yourself up for success for your virtual internship
Build Your Personal Brand – Reflect on how you want to be perceived as a professional entering the workforce, looking at critical skills like communication, networking, and technology
Working Remotely Across Cultures – Your guide to working in an international setting and gaining cross cultural competencies
Own Your Career – We’ll show you how to use your new profile and your experience to launch your career
A Virtual Global Internship is the perfect program for you if you:
Want a comprehensive professional experience with guidance every step of the way
Need credit for your internship
Want to learn about the culture of your host-organization and develop cross-cultural competencies
4-Week programs: Virtual accelerated internships let you choose 1 of 9 sessions offered this year with application deadlines every two weeks, now through October 1.
6-Week programs: Virtual Global internships offer two fall sessions with application deadlines on July 15 and September 1.
Q: Why should you choose CIS Abroad?
A: Valuable International Work Experience
CIS Abroad’s virtual internships are here to help you master remote working while adding international experience to your resume. With placements in more than 15 career fields across six countries, you’ll get relevant work experience while strengthening your intercultural communication skills.
A: Customized Placements and Unparallelled Support
And we’re here to help you every step of the way. Our program coordinators work closely with you and our partner companies to customize internship placements to meet your goals. During your internship, you’ll have the support of our staff and your supervisor, with access to career coaching, tools to help you build your self-brand, and cultural resources to help you feel more connected to your host country.
After your program, you’ll officially be part of the CIS Abroad alumni community and have access to all the benefits our alumni enjoy, including the option to use our GOAGAIN promo code for any future study or intern abroad programs you choose to embark on with CIS Abroad.
A: Programs Designed with You in Mind
We've worked hard to make sure our virtual internship programs are much more than a work project! From the seminars and modules (pre-program through post-program) to the Cross-Cultural Debriefs facilitated by site directors, we're finding ways to add value and connection.
From talking with students, we confirmed a connection to the host location is something they'd like - after all, who said virtual needed to be boring?! Our Virtual Local Life program will supplement the cultural learning from your virtual internship experience, delivering curated cultural resources and virtual experiences - all ideas for your future adventures.
Hear what students, interns, and alumni have to say
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Get to know your Irish classmates; you can learn about the country and culture from them. I have met people from around the world and from around America. Many of them I still stay in contact with them because we had become close friends and learned a lot from one another. These friendships would not be possible without CIS Abroad.
One aspect I enjoyed the most was the freedom that I had to be a student and visitor. My site director was the best at guiding me and always being there in any circumstance, yet I still felt like an adult.
This program changed my life in many ways, but most importantly it taught me how to be adaptable. I thoroughly enjoyed the intern mixers that allowed us to meet others in our program.
Come in with an open mind, make friends, and don't pass up an opportunity to explore. I now want to go on more adventures and feel more cultured.
Edinboro University of PA
I will forever have a respect for all cultures and people. My favorite aspect of the program was the weekend trips and weekly activities planned for the students.
University of Arkansas
The excursions included in the CIS Abroad program were amazing. The site directors chose awesome tour guides for our excursions and made it a great experience. Both the site directors and the tour guides were extremely caring and knowledgeable about their job. I felt safe at all times.
I stepped outside of my comfort zone and met so many friends while studying on the Gold Coast, which has allowed me to stay in contact with people on almost every continent. Being a marketing student, this diverse network will also benefit me on a professional level.
CIS Abroad created a comfortable and eventful atmosphere. This program opened my eyes to the world and allowed me to grow comfortable in my own skin when placed in new surroundings.
Colby Sawyer College
This experience opened my eyes to the beauty of the world and showed me how small my problems really are. It showed me that I can be whoever I want and do whatever I want and that money isn't everything. Lastly, it introduced me to my CISabroad family.
Keene State University
Going abroad with CISabroad was one of my best decisions. I really loved how CIS created a family through orientation, excursions, Facebook posts, rooming assignments, etc. There was never a moment where I felt alone or helpless. I've made friends that I'll have for the rest of my life.
University of South Carolina
This program made me realize how much I want travel, culture and adventure to be a part of my life forever.
One of the best aspects of the program was my site director, who is one of the most wonderful people I've ever met. The difference between my experience and my fellow students' experiences in other programs was very noticeable.
Loyola University Chicago
Studying abroad enhanced my Spanish-speaking skills, gave me deep friendships, and positively challenged the ways I viewed my own family, culture, and country. I’ve become a better student, sister, daughter, and friend. I can never see the world through the same lenses again. To that I am forever grateful.
Point Loma Nazarene University
This program gave me so many opportunities to learn about the Irish culture and took us on trips with locals to get the full experience. I was extremely prepared through CISabroad and was never nervous about any plans. I mostly miss the amazing people and culture of Ireland.
Boise State University
The best aspect of the program was the amazing people I met, the different culture, living in the city, and experiencing new and exciting things everyday.