1. We are now offering Virtual International Internships!
    1. Eligibility
    2. Application
    3. Funding
    4. Student Experience
    5. Contact

We are now offering Virtual International Internships!

Given the current circumstances with COVID-19, we are now offering a virtual internship experience. A virtual international internship is an opportunity to work internationally for academic credit, and is typically unpaid. Internships 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.

Internship details are as follows:

  • Internships are available in the fall, winter and summer term
  • Internships start at 6-weeks and can be customized to fit your course schedule
  • Positions are unpaid, but students receive academic credit as part of their internship (Course: GINS 3930 is half a credit for a 6-week internship, GINS 3931 is a full credit for a 12-week internship)


In order to be eligible for the program, students must:

  • have a minimum 6.5 CGPA
  • have 2nd year standing by the time they start their internship
  • be registered in an Undergraduate degree program at Carleton


The Summer 2021 International Internship Program Cohort is now full. If you are interested in participating in an internship, apply for the Fall 2021 term now!



Students enrolled in this program are eligible for the International Internship Bursary, which provides up to $2,500 in funding for these experiences.

Student Experience

Dana, a third year Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGInS) student, completed a virtual internship throughout the summer 2020 semester with Emzingo, an international organization that uses social impact and leadership development projects to address global challenges. Read about her experience below!

Female student smiling, leaning against a wall with her hands in her pockets.

¡Hola! My name is Dana and I am a third year BGInS student. Summer 2020 created an opportunity for me to complete my International Experience Requirement (IER) virtually.

In the beginning, I was disappointed to have missed out on the travel experience and had some doubts that I would still have an impactful experience. By the end of my orientation week I had a notebook full of personal and professional skills!

The journey was one of great discovery; since day one, my cohorts and I learned about Peruvian culture and its history. We learned about design thinking and prototyping, but most of all I learned a lot about ourselves. One session in particular helped me understand the importance of setting expectations, how to set them in a healthy way, and how the mind uses memories to anticipate these expectations.

Finally, the connection I built with my mentors will last me a lifetime. I have plans to travel to Peru in the near future to visit them and hopefully work in their shadow towards socially and environmentally sustainable solutions.

Julia, a third-year student double-majoring in Anthropology and Art History, completed a virtual internship with Global Experiences throughout the summer 2020 semester. Global Experiences is a cultural exchange program that helps students develop highly-customized internships (both abroad and virtual) that align with their studies and help them gain the professional experience they need to advance their academic and career goals. Read about her remote internship experience below!

Hi, my name is Julia! During the summer of 2020, Carleton’s Virtual International Internship Program helped me partner with Global Experience which provided me with the opportunity to gain valuable international work experience during a time in which this would have been otherwise difficult.

The 10-week internship proved better than I could have hoped. I received a placement working as an illustrator for a small artistically driven business in Barcelona. Throughout the summer I was able to build strong professional relationships and gain many skills related to networking and working in a different cultural environment. There were many people at Carleton, both other student interns and employees, who were supportive, encouraging, and very helpful throughout the experience. I would strongly recommend this program to any student in search of valuable work experience and international professional connections.

Stephanie, a third-year Communications & Media Studies and Film Studies student, also completed a summer virtual internship with Global Experiences. Her original internship was scheduled to take place in Paris but was cancelled like many other things due to the coronavirus but Global Experiences helped her to find a remote work opportunity so she could complete her internship from home. Read about her experience below!

I completed an internship with Colour Me Social, a social media agency based in England. I managed their social media, created a rebranding strategy for Colour Me Social and remade the promo video that is featured on their new website.

Doing this experience virtually was disappointing at first, but it allowed me to gain knowledge on how to work effectively in a team from home, and have a flexible schedule that helped me to maintain good physical and mental health during these difficult times.

Learn more by watching a YouTube video Stephanie made about her experience working with Colour Me Social.


Please contact international.internships@carleton.ca to find out more!