The Global Summer Internship Program

Pre-Internship Course (1 credit) &
Internship Course (6 credits)

OPEN TO ALL UMD MAJORS (SOPHOMORES-SENIORS)

Program Dates June–August 2019
Individual program dates may vary.
Destinations Sydney, Australia
Prague, Czech Republic
Hong Kong
Dublin, Ireland
Auckland, New Zealand
Singapore
Madrid, Spain
Program Fee $6370 (subject to change)
Scholarships available!
Application

Deadline: Feb. 1
Rolling admission
Auckland, New Zealand
Dublin, Ireland
Hong Kong
Madrid, Spain
Prague, Czech Republic
Singapore
Sydney, Australia
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Spend the summer of a lifetime working in Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Prague, Auckland, Madrid, or Dublin at a for-credit guaranteed internship!

You'll begin with a 1-credit pre-internship cross-cultural practicum in spring 2018 and then travel abroad for a 6-credit internship. You will experience first-hand the challenges and opportunities of working in another country and with people from different cultural backgrounds. Based in one of our exciting locations around the world, the internship program will give you an international experience that is invaluable for building your professional development and resume, while supplementing your current course of academic study at the Smith School.

All majors are eligible, though some restrictions may apply to certain disciplines for internships. Please contact the Center for Global Business for more information.

Want more information? Chat with a former intern, Samantha Dellenoci. A senior operations management and marketing major, Dellenoci did her internship in Singapore. Email her at sdellenoci13@gmail.com.

Cross-cultural Practicum

The pre-internship course will give you a solid foundation for working abroad. By the end of the class, students will be equipped with tools to work with people from different cultural backgrounds and succeed in a multitude of workplace environments. You'll learn about the importance of culture when interacting with people from different backgrounds and learn how to overcome challenges while you're abroad.

The Internship

Upon acceptance, you will be placed in an eight-week unpaid internship with a company, organization, or government agency relevant to your academic and professional interest. You are guaranteed a meaningful business internship placement, however, placements will vary based on:

  • Students' previous work and leadership experiences.
  • The quantity of core business courses completed.
  • Interview confirming intellectual curiosity, personal maturity, and flexibility necessary for a successful work experience abroad.

The Accommodations

Students will be placed in shared accommodations. Accommodations vary across programs, but most will be in apartment-style or student residences.

Timeline

Date Timeline
November 1 Applications open
February 1 Application deadline
Spring Semester Placement partner interviews
March 26–May 7 Cross-cultural Practicum (blended)
Spring Semester Internship placements given
June 7–June 10* Orientation and welcome activities on-site
June 11–August 4 Guaranteed full-time internship

*Please note: These dates may change based on program adjustments and location-specific programming.

Internship Placement Process

Step 1: Application. You will meet with a CGB advisor to discuss the program and your eligibility.

Step 2: Review and Acceptance. Upon submission, your application will be reviewed.

Step 3: Placement Partner Interview. Once accepted, your information will be transferred to the internship placement partner. They will review your career and academic goals, your interests, and other information to place you in an internship. Note that while the partner company will try to place you in an internship that you have requested, it is the companies who decide on the interns.

Step 4: Internship Interview (if applicable). Some companies may wish to interview via Skype before accepting you as an intern.

Step 5: Internship Placement. You will be notified of your internship placement between March and May. Note that the internship placement is final.

Step 6: Depart! Embark on the summer of a lifetime. Some locations may require a confirmation interview with the company during the first week.

What else do you need to know?

Program fee includes: UMD tuition for 7 credits; lodging in shared accommodation; on-site support and orientation; costs for any mandatory academic and cultural excursions and/or activities; some group meals; professor and partner fees; UMD Education Abroad services; international health insurance.

Not included: Personal expenses; most meals; optional trip insurance and international airfare (optional discounted group flight information will be provided). Students are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own visa, if applicable.

Payment of the published program fee is divided into three separate charges that are collected accordingly:

  1. A non-refundable $50 application fee payable online by credit card is due at the time of application.
  2. Upon acceptance into the program, students will need to commit to the program within 10 days. Upon commitment, students will be charged a non-refundable education abroad fee of $500 on their student account.
  3. The remaining balance will be due upon Education Abroad's registration of student into the program. This amount will appear on the student's account and will be payable before the end of the next billing cycle. See UMD's Education Abroad website for other refund and withdrawal rules.

Any scholarship monies awarded by Smith will be credited to the student's account once the charge appears on his/her account. All efforts will be made to have the scholarship monies credited prior to payment due date.