Internships Abroad

Internships Abroad

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.
If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.
As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
– Steve Jobs


UMW Abroad Internships

  • 8 Week Summer Internships (6 transfer credits)
  • Organized with CIE’s Approved Program Providers
  • Industry areas and internship placement options vary by program
Winter Break Programs:
UMW in France Internships
UMW in Spain Internships UMW in Asia Internships


All Other International Internships

There are multiple ways for other international internships to transfer back to UMW:

  • For Transfer Credit, student must be graded by a university or study abroad provider; however, grade does not affect a student’s UMW grade point average and only credits are transferred provided a student earns a C or better;
  • For UMW Credit, and grade included in UMW grade point average;
  • For no UMW Credit, but to fulfill the Beyond the Classroom General Education requirement;
  • As a Resume Builder

For Transfer Credit: Students who are already planning on studying abroad may want to consider doing an internship abroad that will coincide with the time abroad for the summer, semester, or year. Like courses taken abroad, an internship can also afford students transfer credit. The internship must be graded abroad (not taken pass/fail), and credits must be assigned as well. The completed internship grade is typically included in the Official Transcript from a participating international university or internship program. Students would use the standard Study Abroad Course Approval Form to receive transfer credits for an internship abroad.

For UMW Credit: Students may independently pursue international internship opportunities by working directly with Center for Career and Professional Development. To start, download the Academic Internship Contract and determine whether you are eligible to do an internship for academic credit.

For Non-Credit Bearing Internships: Students can fulfill the Experiential Learning (EL) general education requirement with their abroad internship experience.  Students choose a reflective component that is focused on their abroad experience, select a faculty sponsor, and either while abroad or upon return, complete the assignment and a satisfactory (SA) or unsatisfactory (UN) grade is awarded, and the course SAGE 000 is added to the students list of classes.  Only satisfactory assignment completion fulfills the EL requirement.  The contract cannot be used during the student’s last term at UMW.

As a Resume Builder: Whether for UMW credit, transfer credit, or for simply the experience of completing an internship abroad, students can work directly with the Center for Career and Professional Development to create a resume, update their current resume, or incorporate an internship abroad into a resume.

Sounds great.  What do I do now?

For a list of international internship programs, visit the Center for Career and Professional Development Internship page and scroll down to the section titled “International” and explore your options.

Once you have selected your internship program:

  • Register for an International Internship during your selected term. You will receive a confirmation email upon successful registration.
  • Apply to the internship provider or international company for whom you’d like to intern.
  • Enroll in comprehensive international medical insurance through the CIE if your internship does not provide insurance coverage. Send us your dates of travel and the cities/countries on your itinerary and we’ll get you signed up and charge the expense to your student account.
  • Submit your emergency contact information.
  • Attend a Pre-Departure Orientation and complete an Assumption of Risk and Release from Liability Agreement form. A signed copy of this form must be filed with CIE prior to any student international travel. Contact CIE to arrange the orientation or if you have further questions or concerns.
  • Pay your Education Abroad Fee.  $20/week or $300/semester will be billed to your student account.

For more information, please visit the Center for International Education in Lee Hall, Room 434 for walk-in peer advising.