Are you seeking a highly relevant online global experience in your field of study that enables you to develop professional skills and offers you a thorough cultural immersion in a unique African or Asian country? Our Virtual Internships enable you to develop and apply your theoretical and practical knowledge in a supervised placement. You are matched with a local host organization according to your level of study, existing skills and desired fields. A specific internship plan is developed in advance of each placement. Academic credits are available, and you will be expected to complete some key course requirements. In addition to the placement, you will benefit from a pre-placement orientation, a weekly classroom with interdisciplinary training, and a weekly formal supervisory meeting. While we cannot guarantee that we will find a suitable host organization for you, placements are typically available in a range of fields. This includes Mental Health, Maternal & Newborn Health, Education, and Economic Empowerment. Custom placements have flexible starting dates with flexible duration (minimum 4 weeks).
- Combine a highly relevant global experience with professional skills development and cultural learning.
- Work with multidisciplinary colleagues and develop your intercultural communication skills, confidence and adaptability.
- Foster your technology and personal skills to work remotely.
- Gain new insight through a unique African or Asian perspective on social impact topics in low- and middle-income countries.
- Broaden your personal and professional network, and connect with people from all over the world.
This course enables students to develop and apply their theoretical and practical knowledge in a supervised internship experience. Qualified students are placed with a local host organization in one of the following fields: Mental Health, Maternal & Newborn Health, Education, and Economic Empowerment. Students are matched with host organizations according to their level of study, existing skills and desired fields. A specific internship plan is developed in advance of each placement. Students benefit from a pre-placement orientation, a weekly classroom or field session with interdisciplinary training, and a weekly formal supervisory meeting – all from the comfort of your home. After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify professional and personal values, strengths and interests
- Develop an increased level of self-efficacy and competency in a specific career field
- Navigate technology essential for remote working
- Display professional communication through oral and written means in professional settings
The interdisciplinary training focuses on cultural intelligence (CQ), the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), storytelling, and career development with special emphasis on international careers and networking.
Students should have already acquired a theoretical foundation and preferably a practical skill set in their discipline. To be eligible to apply for this course, students can be enrolled in any major and minor. Enrollment is generally reserved for juniors, seniors and graduate students, or by consent of the faculty sponsor. Professionals are welcome to apply for participation without credits.
Course requirements and student evaluation
To join our remote internship program, students need a computer with reliable internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a camera.
- Course participation and engagement (40%)
- Weekly reflective journal or blog (15%)
- Internship report (15%)
- Essay relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (30%)
1 credit per 50 hours is available (upon request for extra fees) from our main U.S. academic school of record, The College of New Jersey, under a Community Field Experience.
One of today’s greatest development success stories, Rwanda is Africa’s prime study abroad jewel. The country underwent a breathtaking transformation since the genocide in 1994. A model for poverty reduction and economic growth, it accounts for the highest percentage of women in parliament anywhere in the world. And the streets of its modern green capital Kigali are clean, safe and free of corruption.
The political and economic leader in East Africa, Kenya might still be most well-known internationally for the immense diversity and beauty of its landscapes and wildlife. But that’s only part of the story. In recent years, its capital Nairobi has become an epicenter for innovation. This is best seen by exploring the incredible tech startup scene with its dozens of accelerators, incubators and innovation hubs.
South Africa has emerged from its troubled and turbulent past into a healthy democratic country and the economic powerhouse of the African continent. At the same time, it’s a great place to witness a society going through dynamic changes, as it can still be considered both a developed and an underdeveloped country. South Africans forge a new identity, strongly embracing their unique multicultural character.
The Asian Dragon is undergoing some of the fastest socio-economic changes any country in the world has seen. It is a major development success story with remarkable rates of economic growth since the start of massive political and economic reforms in 1986. But the lure of modern living has a deep impact on the traditional networks of family and community that continue to play a pivotal role in society.
Students can participate in our remote internship programs from anywhere in the world, with flexible hours to fit their schedule.
- Internship placement
- Pre-internship advising, and development of an internship plan and goals
- Project- or research-based work to deepen understanding of topics in social impact and sustainable development
- Virtual interdisciplinary training and cultural activities/immersion
- Facilitated group reflection sessions
- Final presentation, report, and essay to synthesize learning
1 academic credit per 50 hours is available at an additional fee of US $125 per credit from the U.S. academic school of record, The College of New Jersey.
Francoise Uzamukunda, a Rwandan native, is the main Coordinator for our Custom Internships in Rwanda. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from the reputable University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and has previously worked as a teacher trainer. Over the course of her professional and academic career, she has held various leadership positions and actively engages with several women’s organizations.
Esther Mbau, a Kenyan native, is the Coordinator for our Custom Internships in Kenya. She is a counselling psychologist and professional trainer by profession and coordinated a regional counseling center and training institute prior to joining GEI. She is known in Kenya due to various TV appearances on national TV stations NTV and K24, where she offers professional views on issues such as effective parenting, dealing with trauma, loss & grief, and sexual abuse issues.
Cailin Human, a South African native, is the main in-country coordinator for our custom internship course. She holds an MBA from the prestigious University of Stellenbosch, and has previously worked at the business schools of the two leading universities in Cape Town – Stellenbosch and the University of Cape Town. Over the course of her professional and academic career, she has held various leadership positions.
Thuy, our Vietnamese Country Manager, is the main coordinator for custom internships in Vietnam. She has a Master’s degree in Gender & Development Studies from the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok and previously worked as Vice Director of the Center for Social Research and Development in Hue. She also gained experience as a Visiting Lecturer in different parts of Vietnam.
(minimum 4 weeks)
Starting at US $795 (4 weeks internship)
- Regular Internship:
– Start dates: Flexible
– Duration: 4 weeks
– Fees: US $795*
- Custom Internship:
– Start dates: Flexible
– Duration: 4-12 weeks
– Fees: US $795 for 4 weeks + US $75 for each additional week*
*credit card processing fee not included
1 credit per 50 hours (Upon request for extra fees)
- Program flyer: PDF download