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Step 1: Getting Started

  1. Meet with your academic internship advisor to ensure you are eligible to participate in an international internship
  2. Research international internship opportunities
  3. Review the International Internships page as well as the Internships FAQs provided by Career Services
  4. Complete the CGE Advising Application
  5. With your academic internship advisor, develop an internship academic plan and receive approval from your academic internship advisor
  6. Make an appointment with the CGE International Internship Coordinator

Step 2: Application Process

  1. Meet with CGE International Internship Coordinator and receive information on application and expectations
  2. Complete international internship application on the UNG CGE website

College of Arts and Letters: International Affairs

International Affairs International Internship Application

All other disciplines and majors

International Internship Application

  1. Also complete approved (host country) international internship application (if applicable, to be found on organization/company website). Note: You will need to determine application deadlines, required documents, interview process, résumé requirements, and/or letter of recommendation requirements specific to your internship opportunity
  2. Once you have been accepted to the internship, fill out the UNG Internship Agreement Form; obtain all signatures and return to the CGE International Internship Coordinator

Step 3: Pre-Departure

  1. Make the second appointment and meet with the CGE International Internship Coordinator
  2. Complete all application requirements
  3. Attend a Pre-Departure Orientation

Step 4: While Abroad: Keep in Touch!

  1. Communicate with your Academic Internship Advisor to understand the department requirements for checking in while abroad
  2. Check in with the CGE Internship Coordinator at least once every two weeks

Step 5: Returning Home

  1. Complete the End-of-Course Evaluation
  2. Attend a mandatory Re-Entry Workshop
  3. Complete the International Internship Survey
  4. Complete the International Internship Testimonial

Center for Global Engagement (CGE) International Internships Information


  • Great for students who are seeking internships or junior-level positions (or higher) with international development organizations

Uniworld: American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries

  • Search American firms and their locations in other countries as well as firms based in other countries with locations in the US
  • Searchable by country or industry

Transitions Abroad: The Guide to Learning, Living, and Working Overseas

  • A large list of organizations and websites, broken down by work, study, or travel

  • A "leading international education and experiential travel resource"
  • Search by type of program, location, or language
  • Verifies authenticity of programs

Teaching English Abroad

Government, Global Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations

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. Check the International Internship web site, with the International Coordinator, or Career Services for the suggested procedure.
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. Check the international internship web site for the name and contact information of your college’s international internship advisor. He or she 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.  For specific requirements check the UNG international internship website.

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. Refer to the international internship website and review the specific internship opportunity for the current program fees.

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 Office of 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 are also available through the international internship coordinator.
How do I apply?
Refer to the "Getting Started" tab.
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?

Refer to the contact information tab.


International Internship Coordinators (CGE)

Lacie Warren
International Projects Coordinator
104 Price Memorial, Dahlonega Campus
Send Lacie an email!

LTC Tony Fritchle
Associate Director, Center for Global Engagement
218 Price Memorial, Dahlonega Campus
Send Tony an email!

Career Services

Lisa Geddings
Career Services Specialist
346A Student Center, Gainesville Campus
Send Lisa an email!

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