Emory College Summer Global Internship Program

watchIn an increasingly connected world, cross-cultural awareness and understanding across borders and languages are critical skills.   Global Internships are a gateway to building cross-cultural competency.

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Global Internship Program takes Liberal Arts into the Workplace"

The Emory College Summer Global Internship Program provides students with a comprehensive academic, professional and cultural experience.  Each participant will be placed in an internship that corresponds with the student's course of study, to ensure the quality and academic relevance of the placement.   Students complete an internship in a global city outside of their home country (32 hours per week for 8 weeks) while enrolling in an online course (4 Emory credits) during the summer term.

The Emory College Summer Global Internship Program enables students to:

  • Develop professional fluency in new linguistic and/or cultural contexts
  • Adapt to workplace practices in another country
  • Connect with international experts in their disciplines
  • Create a lifelong and global network of peers and mentors
  • Meet personal, academic and career goals
  • Earn Emory credit (4 credits)

Global Internships are available in key locations abroad that offer a wide range of placment opportunities for arts and sciences majors. Students live in furnished student housing for the duration of the program.  Housing is located convenient to public transportation and includes kitchen facilities, access to laundry, and WiFi.

Internship Sites

HONG KONG: Home of multinational companies in the strategic heart of Asia. 

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Canada's economic capital and the fastest growing financial center in the G7.
A crossroads of international trade and the dynamic gateway to Asia.
DUBLIN: The center of Irish industry.
BOSTON: America's dynamic and historic hub of intellectual advancement and entrepreneurship. boston

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Students will be placed with companies including innovative start-ups, global organizations, multinationals, and NGOs in a variety of industry and social sectors.  The internship placements are organized through the program providers Academic Internship Council (AIC) and EUSA.  For a full description of the timeline of the internship placement process, please click here.

Prior to departure, students will complete a personalized process including individual pre-placement meetings, industry-specific resume review, interview coaching, and customized employer outreach.   Upon arrival, students will participate in on-site orientation that includes an introduction to local culture, transportation, health and safety protocol, and workplace cultural expectations.  Students will complete 32 hours per week at the internship site.  The program also includes discussion groups, cross-cultural activities, and events to integrate students into the city, local workforce, and the global internship cohort.

Sample Internship Placements

Anthropology/Visual Arts major
interns at art gallery in Toronto
Economics major
interns at a start-up consulting company in Hong Kong
Film Studies major
interns at marketing firm in Toronto
History/Media Studies major interns at digital ad agency in Hong Kong
Math/Computer Science major interns at research institute in Singapore
English/Political Science major
interns at women's NGO in Hong Kong

Industry Sectors

Communications, Media, Film & Web television, film, news, magazines, literary agencies, and web developers
Technology, Research & Science engineering, construction, IT firms, and pharmaceutical companies
Arts, Culture & History art galleries, cultural sites, auction houses, fashion labels, and museums
Politics, Law & NGOs legal departments, law firms, governmental agencies, and trade associations
Design architecture, interior, industrial, graphics
Economics, Accounting & Business investment banking, insurance, management consulting, and human resources
Community Service & Education schools, community organizations, and children's services
Hospitality and Travel airlines, hotels and tourist destinations

singaporeStudents will enroll in one Linguistics seminar course (Intercultural Discourse for Internships) which will be taught online during the internship placement (4 Emory credits).

This course introduces students to studies in intercultural communication, occupational sociology, and professional discourse. Using various methods, such as ethnography and linguistic landscape, you will examine both your host city and your internship organization as field sites. You will learn to observe, analyze, and question language use and cultural norms, as well as professional expectations. Moreover, through this course, you will be able to share and reflect upon your and your peers’ developing identities as global citizens; students from several work sites will have the opportunity to discuss and compare all stages of the internship experience. Additionally, a goal of this course is to give you the ability to connect your internship experience directly to your liberal arts education.

As with other Emory online courses, students will learn from both posted materials, including multimedia lectures and readings, as well as from online, live, group discussions where students from several sites will have the opportunity to discuss and compare all stages of the internship experience.  Students will also complete practical exercises, writing assignments, and projects, and will be guided through all stages of the internship experience.



Applications are competitive and will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.  Application deadline for Summer 2017 is February 3, 2017.  To apply, click here for the program brochure of the internship location and select APPLY NOW.

Program Dates:

mid May to early August 2017 (see program locations for exact dates)

Eligibility Requirements: 

The program will be open to all majors within Emory College who meet the following requirements:

  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Be in good academic standing and remain in good academic standing
  • Be a rising junior or senior (have completed a minimum of 4 semesters of college-level work, which must have been completed in residence on a college and/or university campus)
  • Select a global city that is outside of your home country
  • Enroll full-time at Emory (or accredited institution for visiting students) the semester prior to the study abroad term
  • Graduating seniors may also apply if they defer graduation to August 2017

Application Timeline:

  • February 3, 2017: Application Deadline
  • February 24, 2017: Applicants notified of admission status (applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis)
  • March 15, 2017: Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $350 deposit
  • late February to late March 2017: Interview with Internship Placement Provider (AIC or EUSA)
  • April 2017: Attend pre-departure orientation.  Complete pre-departure materials online.
  • late March to late May 2017: Interview with Employer at internship placement
  • early April to late May 2017: Confirm your internship offer
  • mid May 2017: Online course begins
  • end May/early June 2017: Arrive onsite to city for internship location
  • First week of program: Attend onsite orientation activities
  • end July 2017: Online course ends.
  • end July/early August 2017: Last day of program onsite.

Program Costs: 

A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheets for each internship site.

Global Internship Advising

Learn more about Global Internships at the upcoming Advising Sessions.  Click here for upcoming Global Internship Advising Sessions.

Dana Tottenham
Global Internship Manager | Business Analyst
Study Abroad | Office of International and Summer Programs (OISP)
Email: dtotten@emory.edu
Tel: 404-727-9009

Students should attend a Global Internships Advising Session for initial advising.  For follow-up questions, click here to schedule an online appointment.

About Global Internships

The Emory College Summer Global Internship Program seeks to expand undergraduate opportunities for global experiential learning through academic internships abroad.  The program aims to:

  • Expand study abroad for Emory College undergraduates through academic internships in fields that align with students’ major or minor disciplines and professional goals.
  • Promote opportunities for global experiential learning that enhances cultural engagement and connections with the classroom. 
  • Utilize the innovative Emory College Online initiative to offer courses designed to contextualize academic internships within the framework of cross-cultural communication, local cultures, ethical engagement, globalization and identity formation.

An academic internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.  Academic internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.  Through academic internships, students will process new academic content with guided coursework and use the on-site experience at the internship placement as the field site or lab to test new theories and knowledge. 
*Definition adapted from National Associations of Colleges and Employers (NACE): http://www.naceweb.org/advocacy/position-statements/united-states-internships.aspx