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International Internship FAQs

Why should I consider an international internship instead of a study abroad program?

International academic internships are an excellent way to apply ideas, concepts, theories and principles acquired in an academic program to the professional world. They allow you to establish and address personal and professional development goals; develop necessary employment skills and strategies; and identify your professional strengths and limitations while learning the structure and operation of an international organization. International internships will help you gain a better understanding of the changing world of work and how to develop career planning and decision-making skills for the future. They will also allow you to explore various formal and informal organizational structures, communication styles and work cultures.

How do they work and when are they offered?

UNG-sponsored international academic internships are offered in a variety of ways and at various times. Some of the offerings stand alone, meaning that you can participate in a full-time internship for varying lengths of time throughout the year. Other internships require that you enroll in a classroom-based study abroad program, either simultaneously or immediately before the internship. Check timing and eligibility for whether the offerings are tied to participation in a classroom-based program.

How do I get placed into an international internship that fits my needs?

Each international internship requires a different placement process. In most cases, an on-site contact will work with the UNG Internship Coordinator to facilitate a placement; however, some programs will require that you work directly with the local coordinator for your placement. 

What type of credit will I earn?

All UNG-sponsored international academic internships offer varying amounts and types of credit. Academic arrangements will need to be made through your UNG academic advisor, college, or department. Your college’s international internship advisor can assist you with the specifics of developing and earning credit for an international academic internship. If your college does not sponsor of a program, contact the international internship coordinator.

Do I get paid?

Because of the difficulties created by visa requirements, and because of UNG’s desire to not displace local workers, most internships will not be paid. However, local hosts and organizations may help to defray associated costs such as subsidized housing, transportation costs, and/or food expenses.

Do I need to know a foreign language?

In many cases no foreign language ability is required, but each international internship program has different foreign language requirements.

Where will I live?

Living arrangements can be in a variety of accommodations such as residence halls, homestays, or apartment housing. Homestays are one of the best ways to learn about a new culture, new language, and adjust to your new environment.

How much does it cost?

Every internship offering costs a different amount. 

How can I pay for it?

Because all UNG-sponsored international academic internships offer credit, financial assistance is handled in the same manner as for study abroad programs. Financial assistance is available when students make appropriate arrangements with the UNG International Internship Coordinator and Financial Aid. All students planning to use financial aid toward an internship must indicate their intentions on the study abroad application form. Your financial aid award package will be based on the number of credits in which you enroll.

Scholarships may also be available.
How do I apply?

It is best to start with a meeting with your academic internship advisor. See the international internship process for more information.

What happens if none of these offerings suit my needs and interests?

You are free to consider participation in a non-UNG international internship offering. Alternatively, you may seek to identify your own international internship. Because of the challenges in setting up your own international internship, you will probably need assistance from someone on-site. You may be able to identify this person through personal or professional contacts, as well as colleagues of professors within your department. Once you have identified an international internship, you will begin the application process.

Who can tell me more about these offerings?

Set up an advising appointment for more information.

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