Q: What is a Global Internship?
At Georgia Tech, the Global Internship Program (GIP) is an academic program in which students intern or co-op outside the United States, thus allowing them to develop their careers for the global job market in preparation for becoming tomorrow’s global leaders. Specifically, an internship is a professionally-oriented work experience that is major-related, that exposes a student to a potential career field that would be in line with their studies, that allows students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom in a practical setting, and that has specific learning outcomes. The Global Internship Program is open to any full-time degree-seeking student in good standing at Georgia Tech's Atlanta campus, undergraduate or graduate. Students can work one or more semesters during the fall, spring or summer. GIP participants build a powerful resume and develop a network of professional contacts around the world.
Q: When can I intern abroad?
Students who receive global internship offers tend to be juniors, seniors and graduate students. Students can intern any semester if they find an internship. Though there aren’t many, some research internships are available to freshmen and sophomores. However, we encourage first-year students to seek advising early so that they can better prepare for an international opportunity.
Q: Do I have to speak a foreign language to intern abroad?
It depends on the company and/or country. While most do not require foreign language skills, they are recommended and will help you qualify for more intern/co-op opportunities.
Q: Will the Global Internship Program /Advisor find a job for me?
The GIP advisor will offer guidance during your job search and make sure you know how to research job opportunities. However, it is your responsibility to apply and interview for available international positions. There are no guarantees that you will secure an internship abroad. Barriers to locating a job include being inflexible regarding the geographic location in which you are willing to work and/or the term in which you wish to begin working.
Q: How do I locate Global Internship positions?
It is important that you take the time to research international opportunities. It is recommended that you research for positions at least a few times a week, as many times the positions will open and close within two weeks. Positions are often found via the Global Internship Program’s Internship Opportunities page.
Q: May I apply for international internship/co-op opportunities that I locate on my own?
Yes! However, GIP must approve the company and intern abroad opportunity in which you are interested. You must work out such arrangements with your advisor. Remember that the job must be related to your major and a full-time position. Many employers conduct Skype interviews with students. Some employers will be on campus for on-campus interviewing as well. Interviewing types vary by employer. If the internship you applied for asks for intermediate or above language skills, you should be prepared to do part of your interview in that language.
Q: How long are the work terms?
Interns must work at least fourteen during a fall or spring semester and at least ten weeks during summer session for full-time credit of 12 hours. Six and 9 credit hour classes are available for shorter internships, but are approved less frequently.
Q: Can I study abroad and then intern abroad?
Yes! We encourage you to study abroad in a country and then complete an internship abroad experience after your study portion. This is a wonderful, immersive model for students to enhance their language skills. See options here.
Q: During work terms, will I be considered a full-time student at Georgia Tech?
Yes, you will be considered a full-time Georgia Tech student as long as you register for the international internship/co-op course. You must register before the end of Phase II registration.
Q: Is tuition charged for the International Internship/Co-op course?
No tuition is required for this course.
Q: Is a grade given for the International Internship/Co-op course?
The course is an audited course, and a letter grade is not given. A successful audit results in a designation of V on the transcript, and an unsuccessful audit results in a designation of W on the transcript. To earn a successful audit, be sure to register for the international internship course, work the required number of weeks, and complete the required reports in CareerBuzz.
Q: How will interning abroad impact my scholarships/financial aid?
You cannot receive financial aid or scholarships while interning abroad. However, existing scholarships are typically not impacted in future terms by interning abroad. Students interning abroad should contact the Office of Financial Planning at www.finaid.gatech.edu/ for more information about individual scholarship situations or to find out how interning abroad may impact other types of financial aid packages.
Q: What salary can I expect?
It will vary considerably depending on the country, company, and major of the student. Typically employers will pay undergraduate STEM students the cost of living (housing, local food stipend and local transportation) and students must pay for their airfare to their host country. Students in non-STEM fields will likely have fewer paid options. Graduate students sometimes earn additional wages on top of cost of living and airfare. However, depending on the internship and country, salaries and financial packages are often negotiable. Unpaid internship companies are sometimes known to pay some costs, such as international travel or housing. Remember that interning abroad is a part of your education and is a great resume builder. Your primary goal as an international intern should be to obtain the best work and educational experience possible.
Q: Will my employer locate housing for me?
You are ultimately responsible for making your own living arrangements. Some employers arrange housing for you while other employers often give students lists of local apartment complexes to assist them in their housing search. You may also be able to get advice from other international internship students who have worked, or are currently working, for your employer.
Q: How will my work performance be evaluated?
Your supervisor will use the Student Performance Evaluation Form (or substitute one preferred by the company or agency) to evaluate various aspects of your performance. Your supervisor should discuss your performance rating with you at the end of each work term. You will provide your perceptions of the international internship/co-op assignment as you complete your work report on CareerBuzz. As previously noted, submitting a work report at the end of each term is a requirement of the Global Internship Program.
Q: Can I co-op abroad?
Yes! You can co-op for at least two terms domestically and then have an international co-op that will count toward your co-op designation. It is theoretically possible to complete three co- op terms abroad, although these opportunities are hard to come by.
Q: How do I obtain a work visa?
You are responsible for obtaining a work visa for your international internship/co-op. You should consult the consulate for the country where you will be interning. Speak with your company and Global Internship Advisor as well for advice.