Now that the entire world (it seems) has been canceled, virtual international experiences are popping up all over. You’re likely being marketed these new opportunities and have a few questions - like, what is a virtual internship even? Although it’s definitely not a substitute for a true international experience, it can be a great stepping stone. Check out our comprehensive Virtual Internship FAQs to learn more about this exciting new experience.
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Virtual internships are internships done remotely or online - a.k.a. a “virtual” setting. As an intern working virtually, you’ll be placed with an international company, report to a supervisor abroad, work with colleagues via online platforms, and gain relevant professional experience in your field. A win-win-win-win!
Remote working is becoming an increasingly relevant skill in the current workplace, with more and more companies offering (and sometimes requiring) this ability. Hone these remote working skills as you work with your international colleagues from home. As you navigate a remote work environment, we’ll be supporting you every step of the way with our Own Work Remotely module series, making sure you have the fundamentals and best practices in remote working to make the most out of your internship experience.
On top of that, you’ll be gaining all other hard and soft skills that every international internship provides, including cross-cultural communication, problem-solving, collaboration, and field-specific knowledge- just to name a few.
And on top of that, at the end of your program, we’ll help you articulate your experience and new skills in a way to help you find your next job!
We know it may sound unusual at first, but we’re ensuring you build a true connection to your host organization’s country and culture in a few key ways.
While it’s no replacement for the transformative power of international travel (which we’ll always be champions for), the reasoning is practical and about international work readiness. A virtual internship lets you get valuable international work experience in a cost-effective and low-risk way that also fits into your summer schedule!
And remember, remote work isn’t a temporary thing - it’s the wave of the future. According to Owl Labs State of Remote Work 2019, 52% of employees around the world work from home at least once per week and 68% of global employees work from home at least once per month. You’ll be sharpening those critical remote working skills and will be able to work from anywhere you please!
You’ll have the opportunity to participate in a virtual internship via a host organization based in either Argentina or South Africa. All placements are customized, but we’re excited to offer the following career fields:
We currently have virtual internships available in Argentina and South Africa! More locations coming soon...
You’ll be assigned meaningful, measurable tasks and projects. While we can’t yet say exactly what you’ll be doing (because it depends on your host company’s current needs) you can rest assured knowing that you’ll be working in your intended career field on a relevant project.
Ultimately, you’ll produce a final video, presentation, or similar deliverable for your supervisor at the end of your internship to showcase your learning and results. The only person’s coffee (or tea) you’ll be fetching is your own!
You can absolutely put a virtual internship on your resume - and we’ll even help you do it! Modern employers want to see that you’re capable of operating in a remote work environment. Even if you don’t choose to work remotely in the future, demonstrate that you have the important skills needed to be successful in a remote work setting - skills that are desired by every employer.
You’ll have access to colleagues from around the world. You’ll be working closely with your supervisor and may have the opportunity to collaborate with international colleagues. In addition, you’ll meet regularly with the other virtual interns as part of your cohort and weekly cultural de-briefs. You’re bound to build connections as you navigate a new culture together every week.
Credit is not available through CIS Abroad, but we’re happy to work with you to meet your university’s requirements to obtain credit if that option is available to you. You can have between 120-240 contact hours, depending on the number of hours you choose to work per week.
It’s really flexible to work with your ideal summer schedule and professional goals - you’ll work between 15-30 work hours per week during the 8-week internship session, for a total of 120-240 contact hours. The number of work hours per week will vary depending on your placement.
Session dates for the virtual internships are June 8 - August 7, 2020. Placements are based on a length of 8 weeks.
Great question - this relationship is an important part of your experience. Expect to have a weekly 1:1 “in person” meeting with your host organization supervisor to discuss project progress and performance feedback through various technology platforms like Skype or Zoom. You’re also likely to have meetings and co-working opportunities with colleagues at your host organization. If you’re not already, by summer you’ll be a pro at all these tools!
Virtual Internships are not paid, but you will earn invaluable work skills!
Never completed a virtual internship? No problem! Once you have your internship placement, you’ll receive pre-program mentoring with CIS Abroad teaching assistants through online seminars. Seminar topics include:
The program price is $1990, which includes:
The deadline to apply for our virtual internships is Friday, May 1, 2020.
After completing your initial online application and submitting your $90 deposit, get ready for things to move quickly! You’ll have a Skype introduction interview with your Program Enrollment Coordinator, who’ll get to know you better and learn more about your previous work experience and goals. From there, we begin the search for the best-fit virtual internship placement for you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.