Over 80% of Georgia Tech students who participate in the Global Internship Program annually are able to find paid internships abroad. However, there are many overseas internship opportunities that offer excellent professional development for students, yet are unpaid or offer minimal compensation. To help students overcome this barrier, we've compiled a few funding sources to help students who are applying to unpaid or low-paid global internships. These sources are found both on campus and off campus and are sometimes country specific.
Georgia Tech On-Campus Funding
In addition to the on-campus funding sources below, be sure to check with your school or college for any unlisted funding sources unique to your major. Sometimes, your department or degree program within the school or college will be the most likely source of funding. Additionally, professors and reserach units on campus sometimes have funding for specifc research projects.
The objective of this program is to provide incremental opportunities for first generation students at all levels in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs to participate in off campus programs of travel, education, and research. These are additional and supplemental to their degree seeking activities at Georgia Tech. First Generation students are underrepresented in overseas activities, networking pursuits, and career development, and these mobility scholarships will provide resources and opportunities for First Generation students to enhance on campus education. Applications are due January 20, March 20 and November 20 of each year.
The Halle Foundation has made a generous grant to support scholarships for students in the School of Modern Languages' German Program to study or intern abroad in Germany. The Halle Foundation is an independent, public grant making charity established by Claus M. Halle in 1986. Its mission is to promote understanding, knowledge, and friendship between the people of Germany and the United States. Contact the School of Modern Languages' German Program for more information.
Students whose home school is Biomedical Engineering and who are presenting their research at a conference will be eligible for BME Travel Funds. If planned properly, overseas conferences may coincide with overseas research/internships.
The IP Scholarship is now available to students participating in the International Plan who will be completing their second IP term abroad. The scholarship is meant to help offset the travel costs associated with an international experience, and students must meet all the listed requirements in order to be eligible. Students awarded the IP Scholarship will receive up to $1000 (pending approval from financial aid), and it will be disbursed at the start of the term for which they receive the award.
PhD or MS students in good standing in IAC may apply with approval of faculty advisor and School Chair or Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). Eligible students may be awarded matching funds (to School or Advisor's research budget) for travel expenses and registration to give a paper at an international refereed conference. International reimbursements may be up to $500 in matching funds.
The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the Georgia Institute of Technology is pleased to offer the Joe S. Mundy Global Learning Experience Endowment Fund. This fund has been established to allow selected students the opportunity to participate in an international experience during their enrollment at Georgia Tech. CEE students have the opportunity to apply for a maximum of $5,000 per application to cover travel expenses, fees, and living expenses. Funding will be awarded based on the student’s application and essay, travel plans, educational and learning goals, and expected outcomes of travel. Applicants should be U.S. Citizens in good academic standing, majoring in Civil or Environmental Engineering.
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program competitively funds individual requests by a student/faculty teams to support undergraduate student involvement in faculty research. The main emphases of the awards will be for student salaries and travel expenses for undergraduates to present their research at professional meetings and conferences. Students should contact individual faculty members for undergraduate research projects. Either faculty or students can initiate projects but the proposal must be written by the student. Student may apply for $1500 (max) salary awards or $1000 (max) travel awards.
Although most undergraduate and graduate financial aid requests go through the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, the Nunn School does have a few scholarships and awards for which students can apply, incluidng summer unpaid internships.
Students have already been selected as Stamps President's Scholars may be elibigle to recieve enrichment funding for pillar-based international experiences, unpaid internships, unpaid research, conferences, etc.
In France, students of all nationalities may apply for government housing assistance. France is the only country in Europe to offer this benefit. Just like French students, international students are eligible to apply for housing assistance under a system set up to deal with the relatively high cost of housing in France. Assistance amounts are computed case by case, based on the rental amount and the student's resources. The benefit is not automatic or assured.
Funding to support international students, teachers, and scholars to study and conduct research in China at various universities.
The Christianson Grant is awarded to individuals who have arranged their own work abroad programs. Proposed programs must be at least six months in length and emphasize a work component. The grant program does not support independent research projects or academic study abroad programs. The award amount is anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000.
Germany places great emphasis on globally networked research cooperation. Today more than 32,000 international researchers and academics are being supported with scholarships in Germany. Research funding in Germany has the goal of financing the development of new ideas and technologies.
The Overseas Ambassador Program is an initiative created for student who are planning to study, intern, volunteer or teach abroad. Overseas Ambassadors earn a stipend in return for representing Diversity Abroad, writing articles, and sharing experiences while abroad. Geared toward economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities and ethnic and racial diverse students.
FISITA offers student engineers the opportunity to apply for a travel bursary, of up to EUR 2000, to help with the costs of taking part in organised work placements (internships, exchange programmes, work placements etc.) in automotive companies and research institutions overseas.
Applicants for study/research awards design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. The study/research awards are available in approximately 140 countries. Program requirements vary by country, so the applicant’s first step is to familiarize themselves with the program summary for the host country.
The Fund for International Service Learning (FISL)
FISL is a non-profit organization that awards scholarships to students enrolled in an international service-learning program. Scholarships in the amount of $500 to students enrolled in a semester-long international service-learning program. Recipients are selected based on their academic and professional goals and accomplishments, as well as financial need.
Many GT students have found success in funding their overseas internships by setting up a crowdfunding site through GoFundMe, or other similiar pages.
The GT Global Internship Program maintains a list of research-based internships and fellowships. While many of these options are tied to specific opportunities at pre-determined institutions, others have more relaxed guidelines and are only restricted by region and/or academic discipline.
Participants will be given a travel experience in partnership with the international volunteering and learning organization UBELONG. The Giving Back Program will cover airfare, housing, UBELONG program fees, medical insurance, and some incidentals. Recipients will receive a foreign immersion trip combined with volunteering and self-growth. Up to five college-age students a year will be given a travel experience in partnership with the international volunteering and learning organization UBELONG.
This website, hosted by the Institute of Internationa Education, allows students to search by country or field of study to find hundreds of scholarships, fellowships, and grants.
The Japanese Government Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Monbukagakusho or MEXT) sponsors the Monbukagakusho Scholarship to enable foreign students from around the world to earn undergraduate degrees, study Japanese language and culture at the undergraduate level, train in Japanese specialized training colleges, and research a broad range of topics at the graduate level in Japanese universities.
ScholarTrips is a scholarship program that awards creativity and the desire to learn through travel. Since its beginning in 2004, it has awarded over $100,000 to students across the United States. Six grand prize winners will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship to put towards their study abroad or volunteer program. 30 runners-up will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.
Since 1923, the SSRC has awarded more than fifteen thousand fellowships to researchers around the globe. Council fellowship programs are strategic—they target specific problems, promote individual and institutional change, and expand networks. The SSRC’s varied fellowships and prizes share a core commitment to improving conditions for social science knowledge production worldwide. Programs engage themes ranging from global issues facing the United States and Japan to security in Africa and Latin America.
Recipients receive a $500 scholarship, which is paid directly toward the selected intern, teach, or volunteer abroad program.