Experience Life Abroad While Setting Yourself Up For Career Success

We partner with a variety of unique international organizations to provide students with valuable work experience in their field while experiencing life in a new country and culture. Students must apply for to the placement option as a first step. Once accepted, students will be supported in finding an internship of interest, as well as in the months leading up to the experience.

What is an International Placement?

An international placement is an opportunity to work internationally for academic credit, and is normally unpaid. Most often this means the placement is with an organization outside of Canada, but it could also mean work with an organization based in Canada that works on global issues.

Placements are an excellent way to gain real-world work experience, develop contacts in your field and build your resume to market yourself for future career opportunities, all while experiencing life in a new country and culture.

Students considering this option will normally go on placement during the Summer term. Placements are between 6 and 12 weeks, and equivalent to full-time work (35 hours per week).

Past work experiences have included: (please note we have a number of new, incredible opportunities available in addition to these examples listed)

• International Senior Lawyers Project in London in which a student assisted the law partners in pro-bono cases.

• EQWUiP Hubs – an organization that strives to connect youth in developing countries with employment opportunities. One student interned in Indonesia where she evaluated and strengthened a community’s projects to support youth access to employment. Another interned in Senegal, where she worked closely with the local youth to enhance relationships between the community and the organization.

• Group IDD – a creative marketing agency in South Korea in which a student assisted with producing English content for global campaigns on major Korean Brands, specifically Samsung and Hankook Tire.

• Insight Global Education – a student worked in Uganda with a legal aid clinic and spent some of her time preparing inmates for their upcoming court cases.

Check out our student testimonials to learn more about these experiences.

Placement Considerations

Placement Considerations Academic Requirements Transfer Students Financial Considerations
Term: Summer (GINS 3900 or 3901), Winter (GPOL 3100)


  • GINS 3900:  6 weeks and 0.5 academic credits
  • GINS 3901:  12 weeks and 1.0 academic credit
  • GPOL 3100:  One year course activity with 12 week placement (for Global Politics students only)

Work vs Academic: Primarily work experience, with academic assignments

Destinations: Worldwide

Status: Full-time undergraduate student.

Year Standing: Mimimum of 3rd year standing

CGPA: 7.0 or higher.

Available option. Tuition: For the term that are on placement, you will pay your tuition to Carleton

Other Costs:
For placement outside Canada: >$5,000 You will be responsible for travel, accommodation and living expenses

For placement in Canada: <$1,000 Tuition only

Applying to GINS 3900 or GINS 3901, International Placement

The application cycle for Summer 2020 will open on August 19, 2019.   In order to be eligible for individual placements, students must apply to the placement option by October 18, 2019.

Applications for individual placements with specific organizations will be open on October 30 and close on December 4, 2019.  Students are encouraged to apply early as placements fill up quickly. Please note that these applications will be available using your mySuccess account.

Dates and Deadlines for 2019/20

October 18, 2019: Deadline to apply to take part in the placement program
October 30, 2019: Applications for individual opportunities with specific organizations open
December 4, 2019: Deadline to apply for specific positions
January 31, 2020: Placements are secured
Feb 1- March 30, 2020 – Preparation (Visa, passport, apply for funding, travel arrangements)
April 2020: Pre-departure Information Session
Summer 2020: Placement overseas

Our Partner Organizations

The full list of partner organizations with which BGInS has signed Affiliation Agreements is only available to eligible BGInS students who are applying to the international placement option.  Here is a sample list of some of the partner organizations which offer international placements for BGInS students.