The Global Summer Internship Program

Please note that all study abroad programs have been suspended for summer and fall 2020. Learn more about study abroad updates »

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


Program Dates

June–August 2020
Individual program dates may vary.

Program Fee

Scholarships are available!


Auckland, New Zealand
Dublin, Ireland
Hong Kong
Madrid, Spain
Prague, Czech Republic
Sydney, Australia

Click on the program link to learn more and apply!

Application Deadline: Feb. 10
Rolling admission

Auckland, New Zealand

Dublin, Ireland

Hong Kong

Madrid, Spain

Prague, Czech Republic


Sydney, Australia

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 2020 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? Email CGB at

Want more information from a student perspective? Email Eric Winik, senior operations management business analytics major, interned in Singapore, at

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.

Students applying for the program must be available for the pre-internship cross-cultural practicum.

BMGT398J | Mondays (starting March 23, 2020) | 5 p.m–6:30 p.m.

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.

Students will be enrolled in 6 credits of BMGT386: General Business, BMGT373: Supply Chain/Logistics, or BMGT357: Marketing, which may fulfill major requirements.

Learn more about living and interning abroad by watching the webinar recordings below:

The Accommodations

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


Date Timeline
October 1 Applications open
February 10 Application deadline
Spring Semester Placement partner interviews
Late March–May Cross-cultural Practicum (blended)
Spring Semester Internship placements given
June 7–June 10* Orientation and welcome activities on-site
June 10–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 the 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 the payment due date.

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