International internships equip students with the skills necessary to compete in today’s globalized marketplace. In addition to gaining valuable professional experience, students who intern abroad also develop an in-depth understanding of another culture, create a global network of contacts, and strengthen their resumes.
Realities of International Internship Opportunities
- Paid internships abroad are rare
- Companies usually require interns to speak the language of the host country
- A visa and/or work permit is a typical requirement
- Volunteer positions can be as valuable as an internship
- Volunteer opportunities are more common in nonprofit and government organizations
Programs with Internship Components
Non-Affiliated / Independent International Internships
All credit associated with international travel must be approved by the University of Florida International Center (UFIC). Follow this process to earn credit for your international internship:
- Obtain “Employer Verification Letter” with the dates of the internship, expected work hours, anticipated responsibilities, and supervisor contact info on company letterhead.
- Request approval for your independent internship by emailing your “Employer Verification Letter” to our email. If your internship will be entirely remote, please skip steps 3 and 4.
- If the internship will be in-person, make an appointment with the UFIC advisor assigned to the region where the internship will take place.
- If the internship will be in-person, complete UFIC application and pay the UF application fee.
- Apply for the GEB 4941 Internship Course after your UFIC application is approved.