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Virtual Internships

    The Virtual Summer International Internship is a new three-credit internship opportunity. As the beginning of 2020 has taught us, it’s critical to learn to adapt, acclimate, discover new ways to contribute, and be productive working remotely. Virtual internships combined with the internship course will give you an opportunity to learn, as these new educational models are unfolding and responding to needs.

    You’ll be matched with a business in Barcelona, Dublin, Florence, London, Madrid, Prague, Rome, Shanghai, Sydney, Taipei or Toledo, depending on the best internship fit.  Internships in English are possible at all of these locations.  You’ll work on projects for an international organization from the US, while adding a global perspective to your professional work experience. You’ll apply your in-class knowledge to real-world meaningful work, gain experience, expand your skill base, earn three credits from coursework, and maximize your time spent at home this summer.

    While we’ll try to place you in your preferred location, keep in mind that our top consideration is making an appropriate match to your skills, experience, and internship goals.

    Internships with Spanish and Chinese organizations: Although not required, strong Spanish or Chinese language skills will be an asset for some internship placements. On the form, indicate if you’re able to complete work in Spanish or Chinese.

    You’ll be assigned projects in the US for 12–20 hours per week. Placements are available in the following areas:

    Art History Health Care
    Art Management Journalism
    Biotech Law
    Business Marketing
    Communications Nonprofit
    Computer Science Operations
    Creative Arts/Writing Psychology
    Creative Media Public Health
    Education Public Relations
    Electronics/Fabrication Publishing
    Engineering Research
    Environmental/Sustainability Social Media
    Fashion Sports Management
    Finance Urban Planning/Urban Design
    Government/Politics Web Design

    Sample Placements

    Please note that these are not positions to be filled but examples of possible placements based on a match of skills and experience to the needs of the organization or business.

    Bioinformatics Clinical Researcher Game Design Intern
    Business & Markets Researcher Graphic Design Assistant
    Business Analyst Health Researcher & Blogger
    Business Development Intern Human Resources Researcher
    Computer & Graphic Design Assistant International Marketing Assistant
    Copywriter Journalism Internship
    Creative Marketing Intern Marketing & Social Media Assistant
    Data Analytics Researcher Marketing Content Coordinator
    Design Intern Policy Research Intern
    Digital Marketing & Sales Intern PR Assistant
    Digital Marketing Assistant Publishing Intern
    Digital Marketing Researcher Social Media Intern
    Educational Marketing Assistant Translational Researcher in Critical Infection
    Event Planning Assistant Video Editing & Animation Intern
    Financial Modeling Intern Website Design Intern


    This internship includes a three-credit online internship course. The course will be taught and facilitated using lecture, workshops, discussion, formal presentations, self-guided research, and preparation for future interviews. The course will help you apply in-class knowledge to your work and understand your newly developed professional skills so you can articulate them in professional situations.

    The Virtual Summer International Internship is an excellent opportunity to gain real-world experience, develop intercultural communication skills, and build professional relationships with international colleagues.

    Hours: 12–20 hours/week depending on the placement. The program curriculum spans the full duration of your placement.

    Dates & Deadlines

    Program Dates

    June 22–August 1 (Florence, Madrid, Prague, Rome, Shanghai, Taipei and Toledo)
    July 6–August 14 (Barcelona, Dublin, London, and Sydney)

    Deadline Extended

    June 1, 2020


    The program fee is $1,540. Virtual Internships are not eligible for other discounts, although some scholarships may apply. University of Minnesota participants pay the internship fee instead of on-campus tuition and fees for the term they participate in the internship and course.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit the billing page for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.


    Learning Abroad Center scholarships can be applied to this internship.

    Eligibility Requirements

    2.5 GPA
    Minimum of sophomore status


    NOTE: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account when you initiate an application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you must select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name: TC Learning Abroad Center
    Education Abroad Term: Summer 2020
    Country: Choose Australia, China, Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, or United Kingdom

    Select the Virtual Summer International Internship program and track.

    Apply – University of Minnesota Students

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

    Apply Now – UofM Students

    Apply – Non-University of Minnesota Students

    Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for this program.

    Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.

    Apply Now – non-UofM Students

    Application Checklist Items

    Your application checklist will include the following:

    • Placement interest form
    • Resume
    • Cover letter

    Program Contacts

    Barcelona, Dublin, London, & Sydney: Ashley Metz
    Florence & Rome: Whitney Westley-Fisher
    Madrid & Toledo: Amy Garwood Diaz
    Prague, Shanghai, & Taipei: Holly Zimmerman-LeVoir